Indigo Blue’s Burlesque Class: Day 1

My, oh my does the time fly! Even though I attended my first burlesque class several weeks ago, I haven’t had a chance to sit still long enough to write out my experiences. Let me fix that right now.

I am smack dab in the middle of a six-week Introductory Burlesque class taught by the famed and fabulous Indigo Blue of Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque. In six weeks, I’ll not only learn a bit about the history of burlesque, I’ll also create a character, craft my very own burlesque routine, and perform it in public at two shows in the Seattle area! I’m not a performer by nature so that last part makes me slightly nervous. On the other hand, I’m super excited about trying something new. After all, what better hobby for a Lingerie Addict than burlesque?

The first class was all about fundamentals. We discussed the political origins of burlesque and learned that it used to be a form of protest art performed exclusively by men in response to people who abused their power (such as government officials). Later, in the mid-1800s, women adopted burlesque as a way to critique traditional ideas of sexuality and gender. Unlike those other famous female performers, ballet dancers, burlesque artists invoked meaning through puns, winks, innuendo, and laughter. They defied notions of what it meant to be a “good girl” and put their bodies on public display, eventually resulting in disapproval and outright condemnation.

Burlesque has never really been fully legal, but as more sexualized dancing became available (i.e. strip clubs), so too did burlesque. The early 1990s saw a burlesque revival and Neo-Burlesque took center stage with the creation of events like Tease-o-Rama and the worldwide popularity of artists like Dita von Teese. Now, there are thriving burlesque scenes all over the world and the movement shows no signs of stopping.

After this brief history, the class spent some time discussing character names and how to pick one. Indigo Blue emphasized that our character’s name was an important part of setting her personality. Was she a coquette? A seductress? A vixen? A good name could convey any, or even all, of that. I struggled with finding the perfect name for my as-yet-undeveloped character. Tipper Velvet? No, too perky. Alanna Monroe? No, too bland. Cocoa Velvet? No, too unsophisticated.

Finally, with the assistance of my good friend K. and Yahoo’s Babelfish, I found the perfect name… Velvet La Soie. I’ll introduce you to her later on this week.

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

30 Comments on this post

  1. Treacle says:

    Thanks so much for commenting, love. I understand what you're saying about boyfriends…I think mine is looking forward to the final performance more than I am!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love it when new readers comment. Please feel free to do so whenever you like.

    No, those photos are actually of my burlesque instructor…Miss Indigo Blue. :-)

    @Jennifer Fabulous
    You should totally do bellydancing! I bet you'd love it.

    @Petra Bellejames
    Once again, I find myself wondering what I've done to deserve such fantastic readers like you. Thanks so much for the kind words.

  2. bsblove9 says:

    I jealous, I've wanted to do that ever since I saw "A wink and a Smile: The art of Burlesque". I'm sure you'll have loads of fun. Good luck!

  3. trishie says:

    Ooo, i love burlesque, so sexy!

  4. Jennifer Fabulous says:

    Oh my god that class sounds like a BLAST!! That is so freaking cool you are learning burlesque. I'm jealous. :)

    I love the name you chose. It is sophisticated and sexy at the same time, which is so hard to do.

    Wow, I would love to have a fun hobby like that. I have always been longing to try belly dancing…you might just have inspired me to go ahead and do it!

  5. michelle_ says:

    LOVE ur burlesque name . must someting interesting to try out.. sadly i dont think burlesque is available in indo ! hahah

    thanks soo much for dropping by at my blog :D
    hope you'll check out my new post up now :D

    love . michelle @ GLISTERS&BLISTERS

  6. clarewbrown says:

    Oh I love that you are doing burlesque!! I have a coworker who does it and she loves it!! I LOVE your name :)

  7. Mish Dish says:

    Your class experience sounds amazing. I really do love Dita Von Tesse. Great post! xo Mish

  8. Charles says:

    that is BEYOND exciting! can't wait to hear more! :D

    love the name!

  9. Monica Bedi says:

    sounds like such funnnn!


    sincerely, the fashionista from

  10. Kelly says:

    Oh this sounds like SO much fun. Can't wait to hear more!

  11. Katie@Knickersblog says:

    That sounds like too much fun! Do keep us posted.

  12. Miss Eve says:

    Love your burlesque name darling! Also the class sounds so much fun :-)

    Cheers: Evi

  13. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle says:

    Wow! Bravo! You are brave! I know someone who decided to become a burlesque dancer, trained and everything and LOVES it! Can't wait for your follow up posts!


  14. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl says:

    You are right! There's hardly a better hobby for a lingerie addict than burlesque! Wow, I am so excited for you somehow, it all sounds like a lot of fun :)

  15. Isquisofrenia says:

    is that katy p?
    she looks cute !
    i dont know girl i think its just one pattern?

  16. Reaper says:


    nice and the name is fun…

  17. Rachel says:

    The class sounds great! I'm sure it's a lot of fun!

  18. Sher says:

    Oh my, I do love your burlesque name! Sounds sexy and mysterious all at the same time!

    The class must be really interesting and fun, teach us something:P

  19. Festy says:

    I like your blog! I'm following it!

  20. Couture Carrie says:

    So much fun, darling!
    Love the name!


  21. sarah says:

    great post!! i have ALWAYS wanted to try burlesque! im going to have to see if they offer anything in my area now… can't wait to hear more!

  22. Christen says:

    What a crazy awesome experience! I can't wait to hear even more about it!

  23. Petra Bellejambes says:

    Dear Treacle ..

    The name is superb. Any cross dresser will tell you that adopting a new name and persona is an empowering thing. I am sure you get a little tingle too out of the exercise.

    Burlesque and Lingerie … the boyfriend should be telling at least 10 random strangers a day how lucky he is.

    Keep dancing …

  24. Miss Caitlin S. says:

    I love burlesque. I think it's so awesome and beautiful and the lingerie is divine in it.

  25. Angel says:

    I'm right behind you… I recently joined a burlesque meetup in the Los Angeles area, and I'm attending an open house this upcoming weekend. My hubby is looking forward to it too :)

  26. Rochelle says:

    Oh wow that would be amazing to learn!!! keep at it girl i wish i could dance i have to left feet!

  27. Ligeia says:

    Hello miss velvet :DD

    I adore that name!!! It must be awesome to attend to those classes, so much fun!!

    of course you can add the photo whenever you want, always an honour :)


  28. Leah says:

    This is awesome… great that you were able to attend the class.

    I love your burlesque name… so mysterious!!!

  29. Kristine says:

    Oh my, the class sounds like a blast, but the public shows would freak me out. Of course I don't have your legs . :) I'm sure you'll pull it off. I look forward to hearing more.

  30. CMA says:

    love your blog!
    keep it up
    thanks for sharing as always
    and thanks for your sweet comment, i really do appreciate it!


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