Maybe I Could, Could, Could

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Permalink

(A frightening) five years ago I wrote this tongue-in-cheek post about my foray into Burlesque dance classes.

I was doing a bit of exercise at the time butย keen for something different. I only did the one term and eventually went on to get fitter, healthier and more energetic.ย Indeed, by late 2012 I was going to classes at the gym 4-5 times a week with faux Zumba (ie. more Nicki Minaj, Timomatic and twerking than Latin music and salsa…) being my absolute fave.ย 

Then I finished work and moved. And gradually stopped exercising (#accidentally #sortof).

I initially walked (but felt like it wasn’t enough) so went to real Zumba and tried some local gyms (including a Bokwa class). However, the motivation and routine I’d built disappeared and I found nothing that I really enjoyed. By the end of 2013 I was doing the occasional yoga class and little else. (And had gained 20kg!)

Sadly walking is even a challenge for me now as I get shin splints and a sore back, but I’ve started Weight Watchers so am now trying to do some short walks. I’m hoping that once I drop some weight I’ll feel more agile (lighter – literally) and walking will be easier. And then… I can move onto higher impact activities that I enjoy (assuming I can find any in my not-so-new hometown!).

In the interim however I’m still looking for activities which are about more than exercise. About more than fitness. For me it needs to be fun! So… again I’m thinking about burlesque dance classes.

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However this time around I’m far more nervous. I’m much heavier than I was last time for a start. Like… LOTS heavier and WAY unfitter (and yes, I know that’s actually not a word ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

On top of that the local classes are offered via a local pole dancing school, so I’m a tad worried that my old uniform of sneakers, baggy t-shirt and leggings will be even more out-of-place, if there are heels involved.

Indeed, the cautious control freak in me has sent an email to the instructor about the class so I can make an informed decision either way. (Of course that *could* just be me looking for an excuse to decide against it!)

Why burlesque classes?

in the meantime however, in case you’re wondering why I’m considering burlesque classes, it’s cos I like the idea of:

  • A bit of exercise – cos I’m getting basically none other than a couple of short 15-30min weekly walks! And on Weight Watchers you can earn activity points from, well… activity!
  • An opportunity to meet some new people, even if everyone is half my age!
  • Something to get me out and about during the week
  • Something a bit dancey that’s not latin-based (and there’s nothing else locally. Well, except Bokwa, but…)
  • Fun, cos we all need more of that.

Anyhoo… ย now that I’ve blogged about it I’m kinda locked-in to doing something, so… wish me luck and I’m sure I’ll share tales of my exploits.

Have you tried something a *bit* outside of your comfort zone?
Would you try burlesque?

Linking up with Jess and the IBOTers today!

28 Comments
  • laura @ scribbles and sass
    January 21, 2014

    i took the plunge and am joining a burlesque troupe with the first rehearsal starting this wednesday. i’m quite nervous.

    i say go for it, Deb!

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Wow! That sounds really professional! I don’t intend doing any performances or anything… Well, I ASSUME we don’t have to!

  • Jo Tracey
    January 21, 2014

    Oh, If there was a class around here, I’d give it a goโ€ฆsounds like fun!

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Am getting more and more nervous as the time approaches.

  • Lee-Anne
    January 21, 2014

    Good on you, it sounds fun! I find organised exercise as in gyms and aerobics classes etc punishing – like you I feel there has to be something in it other than health and fitness. I run with Big (my lively kelpie) who is manic until he has that morning run.
    Keep us posted on the Burlesque… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      I used to really enjoy ‘classes’ at the gym but none of the local gyms offer dance type classes (Body Jam / Sh’bam etc) so I really just haven’t gotten back into it.

      I’m sure I’ll feel compelled to share my exploits – even if it’s me confessing that I’ve given up!!!

  • Char
    January 21, 2014

    You’re absolutely right – it has to be fun cause if it’s not fun you won’t go back. If you enjoyed it before you’re likely to enjoy it again. Does she offer a free trial class so you can go test the waters?

    Admittedly I probably wouldn’t try Burlesque but that’s more a coordination issue than anything else. There’s a reason that I’m a runner.

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      No test class, but the outlay isn’t that great. It sounds far more organised than the previous class I attended (where we spent 12 weeks learning one very short dance!).

      Coordination isn’t usually an issue for me, but I expect my fitness and *ahem* girth may well be. But… hopefully I’ll meet some nice people who won’t laugh at me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jackie
    January 21, 2014

    Keep wanting to do belly dancing, but always chicken out… one day maybe, can’t rush these things, it’s only been 4 years I have been wanting to do it, so whats another year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Oh no… you should do it. In the original “Yes I Can Can Can” post I talk about having done belly dancing with a fabulous instructor once who tried to make us all feel sensual and proud of our bodies (no matter what) and that was one of the reasons I did burlesque in the first place. Even now… it’d be nice if I could appreciate my body more than I do (which is barely at all… despite everything it does for me!).

  • Janet @ Middle Aged Mama
    January 21, 2014

    I’ve never thought about doing burlesque, I guess if an opportunity came along I’d give it a try. Though hopefully I could hide at the back of the class because I am very unco-ordinated!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      I’m actually more worried about the mirror I must confess Janet… ๐Ÿ™

  • Me
    January 21, 2014

    Good luck !!! I have always thought it would be a great fitness class but there is no way I could do that – I am so ‘unco’ and totally not able to dance/move in any reasonable sort of way !!!
    Have the best time !
    Me

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Thanks… fingers crossed I’ll have a ball!

  • Jess
    January 21, 2014

    I think it is awesome! I’ve done pole and burlesque and they can be a blast, although I did do one term of pole that was awful mostlyncause the teacher was not so nice. I think it is great you are doing it, good experience and worst case a bit of a laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      I decided against the pole dancing Jess cos there’s no way in hell I’d be able to lift my body weight ONTO the pole!

      And… thanks!
      Deb

  • Emma
    January 21, 2014

    ‘Tis true Debbie – you’ve thrown it out there now, so you’ll have to follow through ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure that burlesque will help shed those kilos because 1. It will give you lots of inspiration to get more ‘agile’ and 2) I’m sure it will get you lots of activity points. I look forward to hearing an update on this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Well I did go! I actually got more nervous as the day wore on and HAD I not written about it I probably would have piked-out… but I went and it was great. Everyone was lovely. We did a chair routine and I had to borrow one but was completely obsessed I was going to break it. So – I need to buy a sturdy (armless) chair before next lesson!

  • Liz
    January 21, 2014

    Sounds like a bit of fun. I would probably be nervous too – but I am in all “new” situations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Was actually fine once there… Though I couldn’t stop obsessing (aloud) about the fact I might break the chair we were using as a prop! Must stop being so self-deprecating!

  • Sue
    January 21, 2014

    Best of luck!!! Great idea to blog so you’re locked in ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 21, 2014

      Yes… once I’d published it I knew I’d have no choice but to go…

  • Mrs Holsby
    January 22, 2014

    I would totally do burlesque. I love dancing, I’m ok with tastefully getting my kit of in a see environment, and it beats the shit out of Step Class.
    Let us know how you go!
    #lateibot

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2014

      Fortunately I don’t think I’ll be required to get my kit off – though there is an end of semester concert thingy! #eek

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 22, 2014

    Woo hoo – I think I’d try it – but only if I didn’t know anyone there! Then again why not – GO YOU – I can’t wait to read more ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2014

      I initially liked the idea of having someone to go with. I’m not usually like that (happy to do stuff alone) but as it worked out it was fine!

  • EssentiallyJess
    January 22, 2014

    I think it sounds awesome! I would totally give it a go, but then again I’ve always wanted to try pole dancing as well. Just cause. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2014

      There was pole dancing on after my class Jess and it was PACKED!

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