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Celebrate World Burlesque Day!

By March 26, 2024April 13th, 2024No Comments
Mae de la Rue in a pink Corset with vintage style lingeries and crystals

There is a day for everything, coffee, tea, chocolate, even burlesque! World Burlesque Day is relatively new to the yearly calendar of ‘days’ but it’s definitely one to celebrate!

This year the Muse School of Burlesque is the Official Australian Sponsor of World Burlesque Day and tutors and students will be participating in the World Record Attempt for the Largest Online Burlesque Class!

Plus, Hot n Fresh Burlesque will host 2 shows this month! Wollongong’s bi-monthly burlesque show, is coming to the Sutherland Shire for the first time with a sizzling line up featuring interstate stars!

AND! Muse School of Burlesque will be running classes to learn the World Burlesque Day Dance Challenge choreography in both Sutherland and Wollongong, as well as hosting workshops with visiting performers, Autumn Daze (WA) and Letitia Stitch (SA).

What is World Burlesque Day?

The beauty of World Burlesque Day is it’s not just for performers, or people experienced in burlesque. The creator wants to share the joy and sparkle of burlesque with people around the world.

Sapphira is an Australian burlesque performer living in London. She has an extraordinary life story and personal journey to Burlesque. I recently heard Sapphira on podcast, “What’s the Tease?” where she spoke about the origin and purpose of the day. I’ve read her autobiography, “Burlesque of Bust”, and have participated in the last two annual celebrations.

Sapphira’s vision is for a day where anyone, in any profession can have some fun and channel the spirit and glamour of burlesque to brighten their day. And perhaps people will learn a bit of history, go to a show, or learn burlesque themselves.

Why 26 April?

One of the most famous Burlesque performers in history who caused scandals and really kicked off modern burlesque as we know it, is Gypsy Rose Lee. Her career has inspired books, musicals, and even the movie Gypsy. I recently read her autobiography – which I won by participating in World Burlesque Day in 2021! The anniversary of her death is 26 April, and the Day was started in 2020 to commemorate 50 years since her passing. What better day to celebrate burlesque around the world?

How to celebrate World Burlesque Day

There are so many ways you can join the celebrations, pick whatever works for you!

Here’s a list from the easiest to the most involved. Choose as many as you like that sparkle your pastie.

  • Follow #AustralianBurlesque or #Burlesque on social media and follow some performers that catch your interest
  • Watch the 2010 movie ‘Burlesque’ featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher
  • Watch the 1972 movie ‘Cabaret’ featuring Liza Minelli (hot tip; it features more ‘burlesque’ than the movie “Burlesque” does)
  • Listen to a podcast about burlesque performers
  • Use a Burlesque Name Generator (google it) to create your burly name, put on some pizzazz, and post a photo to Social Media with the World Burlesque Day logo collage
  • Download the 2024 World Burlesque Day Anthem “Oooh La La” by Sapphira, and record your  video for the #worldburlesqueday dance challenge
  • Order and read one or more books about burlesque, like The Burlesque Handbook by Headmistress Jo Weldon, or Gypsy by Gypsy Rose Lee
  • Wear something sparkly (like a tiara), or feathery (like a boa) or silky (like gloves) for a work meeting, just for fun of it!
  • Buy tickets to an upcoming Burlesque show (hot tip; Hot n Fresh Burlesque is on in Sutherland and Wollongong!)
  • Get together for a burlesque themed party
  • Attend a Burlesque Class in person (hot top; Muse School of Burlesque has classes starting in time for World Burlesque Day!)

Share this article with your friends and networks and help spread the joy and celebration of burlesque!

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