When things get you down, make the best of your own life rather than worrying about what everyone else thinks. - Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese
When my confidence is called into question, I always think about people who have been ostracized for their outrageous antics and unconventional ways and still had the chutzpah to keep going despite what others think of them. One of the groups that embody this is the burlesque dancer.
Since the 19th century burlesque performers have been tantalizing audiences with their outrageous costumes and sultry moves. While some see burlesque as nothing more than a strip show, others view it as an art form and an expression of confident women.
Whatever your viewpoint, there is something to be said about people who have the guts to express themselves on stage. Hollywood recently brought this performance art form to the big screen with stars like Cher and Christina Aguilera dancing and singing their hearts out in the movie aptly named Burlesque.
If you are curious about what goes on or just want to indulge your inner diva, head over to the Holiday Inn Conference Center Hotel in Decatur for four days of the Southern Fried Burlesque Fest from March 10-13. You find vendors, workshops, classes and shows all about burlesque.
People who do what they love don’t necessarily follow conventional rules and they sure don’t care about what others think of them. After all, isn’t that what confidence is all about?