This performance will make you smile

BY THE CHEESECAKE BURLESQUE REVUE: This is exactly how Burlesque can be used to empower women!  This performance is so packed full of fem-power and love, it makes me smile every time I watch it.  Thanks to The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue for this inspiring piece. Firework! The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue at Vancouver International Burlesque Festival…

I dare you to make yourself seen – today

BY FREYA WEST “I put my body on the front lines of public opinion every day. Some people are horrified by my lack of shame at my own skin, as if they also aren’t naked under their clothes. Some folks tell me my body is disgusting, as if hating yourself somehow makes you more worthy…

Body Positivity is super important in the gay scene

BY JOSH SCHONEWOLF (Co-Producer of Bearlesque): “I think Body Positivity is super important in the gay scene because a lot of body shaming happens.  BEARLESQUE is a show that doesn’t take itself to seriously but body positivity is definitely the message! CHECK THEM OUT: https://bearlesqueofficial.com https://www.instagram.com/bearlesqueofficial/

I was too afraid to take off my clothes

BY FANCY FEAST is a plus-size burlesque performer who wants to inspire others to be self-confident. She’s an advocate for body positivity and owning her story and her body—and her confidence is contagious. CHECK HER OUT: http://www.fancyfeastburlesque.com https://www.instagram.com/fancyfeastburlesque/

I can seriously say that burlesque has changed my life

Anna Smith-Higgs suffered a major stroke just a month after giving birth on Christmas day 2004 at age 24.  She had lost the use of her right arm, was left partially sighted and doctors warned she may never walk again. She spent two years in bed with severe depression before finding the resolve to fight back…

It’s time to redefine these labels for ourselves

BY LADY LOU: It’s a life long journey learning how to set ourselves free from the distorted and broken reflection we see in the mirror and on social media. This distortion happens because we live in a world that tells us we don’t measure up to the unrealistic socially constructed ideas of what “beauty” &…

remember to laugh at our own absurdity

BY VIV CLICQUOT: “This act is a celebration of pure freedom of movement and a reminder that female bodies are instruments of our own joy and pleasure. Burlesque performance as a whole has been an incredibly powerful force of positive feminist change in my life. With each and every performance, each time I take to…

The rhythm inside myself

BY FATTY MA COUS COUS Movement has always been very important to me in a family where communication and emotional expression is frowned on I found that listening to the rhythm inside of myself always allowed for perfect communication with at least me. As I grew up I found that movement expression became more limited…