My daughter is a burlesque performer in Laramie. Tropes Burlesque is the name, semi-naked women (and men) is the game.
I’ve been to a number of her performances. It is very odd to watch my daughter strip. I’m not going to lie. But I’m very proud of her and to some extent I pat myself on the back for raising a confident girl.
Burlesque is different than working as a stripper. For one thing, all the money goes to charity. When I asked my daughter how much money she made for performing and she told me she didn’t make any money, my first thought was, ‘Great. You’re taking your clothes off for free. Didn’t I teach you ANYTHING?!’ At least she doesn’t pay her bills with ones.
Burlesque celebrates all body types. Not everyone is a 24 year old, size 2 with a boob job. If you have a talent and want to be on stage, you can join the troupe. There are belly dancers, a fire juggler, singers, musicians, a master hula-hooper, and exotic dancers. I’ve never been bored at any of the shows I’ve attended and more than once I’ve sat up and said, “WOW!”
The troupe had a show on Saturday night and I was supposed to be there. Crappy weather and unreliable transportation caused me to stay home (and quit my job). Little by little pictures from the dress rehearsal and the show are popping up on Facebook. If you’re interested, click here for pictures.