The Importance Of Play In Your Practice

Yes, we all know what it is to play. We’ve played in playgrounds, we’ve played with our cats and played with a lot of other things… But how many of us performers remember the art to creating great things on stage is playing? Here’s a guide to why it’s important and how it can enhance […]

I Want To Make My First Routine – Where Do I Start?

This is a question DeeDee and I always get asked by the students we teach who want to actually get themselves out on a stage. We don’t teach routines in our classes, we just give tools to build your own routine as we strongly believe that everyone has their own style and already has a […]

Audience Participation – Own It!

What’s the most important part of our acts? The Audience! Yes, the audience… They are the most important as without an audience we don’t have an act, really – as what’s the point if you are just going to perform for yourself in front of a mirror? And everything about burlesque screams audience participation – […]

Facing Up To The Music – why you have no claim on the music you use for a routine…

Let’s admit it… Whether we are in the burlesque, cabaret, belly/contemporary/street dance -or any other performance forum that uses music, we’ve all gone out there and found the most suitable track for our act, one that has the most relevant words, the best notation for accents, etc. We’ve got excited, choreographed our act only to […]

Why Imitation Is Not The highest Form Of Flattery – Copyright Of Routines

The world of burlesque is a caring, sharing place! We care about other performers, we like to take new performers under our wings, we like to share ideas, stages, limited backstage space, hairspray and boob tape… But there’s one thing that it’s definitely not okay to share and that is routines – especially without permission… […]

Things to think about when constructing a routine…

We always get asked what we look for when booking acts for the shows and as Bluestocking run beginners burlesque classes, we get asked by potential performers how to construct a routine… so we thought we’d put together a few pointers (which we must just point out isn’t the ‘be all and end all of […]