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Burlesque: Stripping as art?
It's grown in popularity over the past decade and with the launch of Christina Aguilera's new film, burlesque is hitting the mainstream. But does it do women any favours?
With the opening of Cher and Christina Aguilera’s new filmBurlesque in cinemas nationwide this weekend, the blend of risqué dancing, striptease and innuendo is thrust under the lime-light.
Its association with stripping has often marred burlesque dancing, but industry professionals claim it’s all about dressing up and embracing glamour with old Vegas style entertainment.
Alex Proud, founder of the Proud Group, told Marie Claire: ‘Burlesque has risen as entertainment form because it appeals to an older generation bored with traditional nightclubs. It offers the gentle sexual tweaking of the Carry On era and is inclusive for men and women.’
Inspired by the success of films like the Moulin Rouge, the burlesque scene has burst out of minority shows and in to popular culture over the past decade with club nights and dance classes popping up all over the UK.
The Proud Group offer cutting edge burlesque around the country from Cabaret Camden to the Brighton Ballroom, encouraging a dress-up social scene not seen since the heyday of Leigh Bowery, Blitz and the New romantics of the 1980s.
Despite the strip club stereotype, the art of burlesque has a majority audience of women with 80 per cent of Proud Cabaret’s cliental being female, out to enjoy the glorification of the feminine form.
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