Thursday, 16 April 2015

Burlesque Dancing Has Seen Major Transformation

Burlesque dancing is a dance form that incorporates humor into the act. This was first found prominence in the Victorian literary culture and was imported to the United States and was given a new dimension to this art form. This type of dance often mimics personalities and create themes that are in trend. Burlesque dancing is showcased in theaters and arenas and over a period of time has seen a major renaissance. In this dance, you can find different styles combined and are mainly homosexual in nature. The dance is accompanied by music, especially piano. Artists decorated in colorful custom grace the center stage to perform belly dancing and strip tease at times to entertain the crowd but more in a comical tone.

The format has greatly changed through ages and has turned from a traditional dance form to a contemporary style called the neo-burlesque. This dance form is meant to entertain both small and large crowd alike. The demand for burlesque dancing has given opportunity for the artists to cross borders and earn millions of dollars for their performance. Despite the dance form undergoing metamorphosis, the originality is retained giving it a unique identification. What makes burlesque dancing popular is it an attractive costume, massive sets, decorative stages and transformation from draping to undraping the attire. The dance became popular in 2010 when a film was made. The show is often seen as a form of entertainment, and the eroticism of strip tease is often muted to a certain extent giving the pleasure of enjoy the dance than the act.

Burlesque dance was in rage during the 1830s and 1890s in London. The performances happened at the Royal Strand and Gaiety theaters in London. The show was introduced in the 1840s in the US. The female artists wore skimpy costumes and uttered sexually oriented dialogs. This form was popular in America till the 1930 and later diminished due to moral crackdown only to resurge later. Similarly, in England too, this form of dance was substituted by Edwardian musical comedy. Sometimes the dance form made fun of great literary works including that of Shakespearean plays by adding music and songs along with humorous dialogs.