Is burlesque stripping?

Posted on: July 30, 2020, by :

Is burlesque stripping?

A common question we get asked is, is burlesque stripping?

The short answer is No. But it does include having not much clothes on and dancing.

Burlesque and stripping are sisters but not twins.  One strips when doing burlesque.  One can even choose to be referred to as a stripper if one dances burlesque.  The way in which strippers in strip clubs are compensated make it very different from burlesque.  The historical and performance elements of burlesque make it very different from stripping.  Burlesque is an on stage performance piece.  Strippers are  independent contractors who  must “always be selling” the fantasy of their flirty attention to the customers.

Traditionally, burlesque is a type of variety show that is both provocative and comedic. It features a female chorus and solo dances, plus bawdy, slapstick skits and songs. And yes, it may feature striptease acts, but not necessarily.

Burlesque comes from the Italian and means “mockery.” Historically, it was used to refer to an array of entertainment that used caricature, ridicule, and distortion. The word was first used in the 1500s by the Italian Francesco Berni, who called his operas burleschi.

not all burlesque involves taking off clothes. Delores, who books all the acts for Volupte and is the boss of The Kitten Club, has never been known to remove anything during any act. Burlesque means a parody, a send-up, or to turn on its head, none of which technically require any sort of nudity. Additionally, most clubs will mix burlesque acts with cabaret anyway.

Also, stripping is more complicated than it looks and there’s no “just” about it; fair play to you if you can make money doing it, because I sure as hell wouldn’t be able to (not that any strip joint would be daft enough to let me try, but still). And don’t even get me started about how difficult pole dancing is.

And finally, yes, there is a large strand in burlesque which is what we have nasty tendency to call “pretty stripping”, i.e. strip tease. But that’s strip tease, not stripping. These two things are actually very different in a number of key ways, so I thought I’d set out a few points to clarify for the apparently vast numbers of people that think we provide gladrags for stripclubs and that I spend all my time in topless bars. Why anyone would think I needed more boobs in my life after work, I have no idea! For more on male strippers visit our top 7 stripping companies in Sydney.

 

 

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