Last night I performed in my first, ever Burlesque show. It was held at the Slipper Room in the Lower East Side but in my head, I was performing at the Los Angeles Forum in front of thousands and thousands of people, along side Janet 'Miss Jackson' if your nasty!
Oh yes, this one was for my teenage self who used to pause those amazing Janet music videos and try to figure out all the choreography. And truthfully, it was for my inner Rockstar, the girl I dreamed of becoming! And at age Forty, I got to sass it up on stage with some fringe on my hips, belly-showcasing, thigh-high revealing, busty-bra top exposing attire! I embraced every inch of my God-given, womanly, curvaceous, bootylicious body. And that's what a Burlesque show is all about. I, along with these beautiful ladies, have been rehearsing for a few weeks before last nights big performance.
I didn't initially want anyone to come but last minute, I invited my good friend, Nikki for support (and to snap pictures). When I heard her scream my name, I almost teared up! Can you imagine?!? Crying in a Burlesque show?!? But there's something to being fully seen for all that you are: the sweet and innocent; the fun and light-hearted; the deep and vulnerable; the strong and sexy...And to have people in your life who support that, who truly allow you to be you...is something special. It didn't matter what I was wearing, or what I was doing...what mattered was the spark it brought out of me.
So, wherever you on this journey, embrace that beautiful body of yours, honor your past and where it's brought you and remember...you, too can shake your inner Rockstar, no matter your age or status or body-shape!
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These blog posts are part of my #40daysoffearlessacts Challenge. When I turned Forty on June 6th of this year, I decided to STEP-UP my life and created a "40 Days of Fearless Acts" challenge. Follow along as I step out of my comfort zone, do things that scare me, that I've never done before and/or are just plain silly and make me laugh!