Who doesn’t love a good musical? Or making fun of a good musical?! With Burlesque of Broadway, presented by Burlesque Classique, nothing is sacred in this sassy, sexy rumpus to some traditional Broadway show tunes. Watch the costumes fall away and the sparkly skin emerge to songs from Damn Yankees to Nine – some classic and some unexpected!
The show is hosted by the gorgeous and irreverent Mx May Nads, who has costume changes to rival Cher and a body to make Vida proud. Each night we will have a different line up of glittering beauty. “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago is a guaranteed showstopper. Sultry murderesses will grace the stage wearing costumes that leave little to the imagination.
A glamorous dance with ostrich feather fans will help Lola get whatever she wants. Bondage tape makes going “Out Tonight” so much more intriguing. And no one expects to have to literally “Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair”.
Burlesque Classique is a modern day traditional burlesque troupe that delivers sassy, saucy entertainment, which I direct. Our experience ranges throughout most dance genres, from ballet to ballroom to belly dance to musical theatre, with many styles in between. As a result, we will bring you a different burlesque show than what you might expect.
Yes, there are titillating strip teases; yes, there are pasties and tassels; and yes, there are bumps and grinds. BC dancers spend many hours in dance class and rehearsal to hone technical prowess and precision which we’ll show off with grand battements, pirouettes, and stag leaps in our group numbers.
Hearkening back to the beginnings of burlesque, Burlesque Classique questions traditional roles and ideas of both gender and sexuality. Traditional burlesque makes fun of social mores and pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable.
Our burlesque show is a high-energy romp; it is fun and stimulating. It celebrates humanity, sensuality, and relationship.
The Burlesque of Broadway
by Burlesque Classique
at Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar
607 New York Ave NW
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I am a classically trained ballerina, so people often ask why I dance burlesque as if it would cheapen my dance technique. Burlesque has a much broader spectrum of performance opportunity than most any other forms of dance. My ass has always been a bit too large for ballet – but it is my ‘moneymaker’ in burlesque!
In a recent article in the Washington Post, Celia Wren wrote, “Back in the day, the leg show and striptease facilitated the ogling of attractive women. The new burlesque is more inclusive: It facilitates the ogling of everybody.” And Burlesque Classique will give you plenty to ogle!
This production is presented as a part of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.
— Guest writer Lola Rose is a dancer, choreographer and director of Burlesque Classique —
Part of Fringe Peeks, our “in their own words” series