Well, what a night! Feathers, glitter, corsets, 20 beautiful burlesque students and a hyperactive Mr Impressive Johnson can only mean one thing – the annual Dance Base Christmas Show.
As Edinburgh born-and-bred girls, both Gypsy and Viva have had the pleasure of teaching at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance. This is the sixth year our Edinburgh burlesque classes have strutted their stuff, and they never fail to raise both a smile and an eyebrow! This year the theme for the burlesque class’s routine was The Alternative Office Party. Using the traditional office party theme, we added a burlesque twist, where the infamous Scottish boylesquer Impressive Johnson who is (as usual) having no luck with the ladies at the annual office do, ends up falling asleep in a drunken stupor. He then dreams of his ideal Christmas office party… and to the happy beat of Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’, our hero is surrounded by the ladies of the office wielding beautiful fans who proceed to perform a showgirl style burlesque dance around him as he strips off his tuxedo. Then, as you would expect, his dream turns towards the ladies’ garments, as he imagines them performing a stunning burlesque striptease. Obliging him, our Edinburgh burlesque ladies proceed to strip out of their glam evening wear to the burlesque classic ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ to whoops, cheers and saucy noises from the audience.
It was a raucous, glam, so wrong yet utterly right end to a great year of Edinburgh burlesque.
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