One day after class a few weeks ago, I noticed a video playing on the studio’s television that was so incredible, I was stopped right in my tracks and got glued to the screen: It was a video of Rodney James, aka ‘Mr Burlesque’ dancing in a chair routine!
Aside from the fact that I haven’t seen very many men doing burlesque chair performances, (actually, none at all) Rodney also happened to be wearing an outfit that would put a Pussycat Doll to shame: little sparkly tie, hot pants, gloves, killer high-heeled boots, and an adorable black busboy hat. And very little else.
As I stood transfixed, I realized that not only was the way he moved deliberately, unnervingly, sexy, but I also couldn’t stop watching his face! The man dances with the most smoldering come-hither (and come-f*ck-me!) expression I’ve seen this side of Britney Spears.
“Want to sign up for his workshop?” asked the receptionist, whipping out a brochure. “He’s coming, you know.”
I glanced back at the screen and watched him roll buns of steel in the most excruciatingly sexy hip circle.
So I signed up for two of his workshops: Burlesque Bonanza Party Time, and Choreography & Artistry. Cos if anyone’s teaching burlesque and artistry, I want to learn it from him!
Fast forward to today:
I just attended Rodney’s Burlesque Bonanza workshop, and it was awesome! Not only is Rodney absolutely Super-fking-Fabulous in person, he’s warm, friendly and funny too.
He spent 90 minutes not just teaching us 2 mini routines, but also making sure we worked the right attitude into them. And what fun it all was!
Tomorrow the Choreography & Artistry workshop happens, along with his famous Chair Challenge workshop, aka ‘Class for the Ass’ which the other girls whom I did today’s workshop with are goading me into signing up for too. But we’ll see how it goes tomorrow, and if I have enough energy to get through it.
Wish me luck!