Bringing Sexy Back
The Calgary Burlesque Scene is not only artistically riveting, but also sex positive.
By Robyn Welsh
On Oct. 16 to 18, pubs were packed with enlivened crowds ready to get a taste of The Calgary Burlesque Festival. Hours before each show, the pubs were full and the crowds were ready.
It’s Saturday night, the crowd is buzzing with energy when the soft xylophone introduction of “Pure Imagination” fills the room. The lights come up on and Willy Wonka walks on stage. The music soon picks up and the crowd sees Willy Wonka portrayed like they never have before, dancing burlesque. With hints of Veruca Salt’s demanding, “I want it now,” Hella Tang flaunted her wild bad girl side and captivated the audience.
From 50s housewives, to Christmas toy soldiers, to skull faces, the festival had a wide array of captivating performances. Between performers, the hosts made jokes and encouraged the audience to feel good about themselves, to practice safe sex, and to have fun. At several points throughout the weekend, condoms were thrown into the audience, further promoting safe and positive sex lives.
Take it from Baby Doe, a seasoned burlesque dancer. “It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are. Burlesque is about feeling positive about who you are, about knowing how to shake what you have and being proud of it,” says Baby Doe.
If you missed the festival, there are many opportunities year round to see shows. Whether you go to see The Rhinestone Affair, or The Fake Moustache Drag King Troupe perform, your night will be transformed. After seeing a few shows, if you are really interested in the dancing and would like to get a dance workout, check out Burlesque Burn for lessons.