Burlesque is marked by its seductive style and irreverent humor, as opposed to burlapse, recognized as an itchy and slow-moving form of entertainment. Embrace the flirtatious side of fitness with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 10-class package at Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp (a $99 value).
The coquettish choreographers at Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp aim to tone muscle, burn calories and educate women of all experience levels in the ancient burlesque art of the tease. Each one-hour fusion-fitness class blends aerobic, dance, and yoga techniques into a bold brew designed to elevate heart rates. Lady Chardonnay and Pink Champagne administer this titillating training, teaching spicy routines ideal for impromptu subway numbers or particularly elaborate restaurant orders. Check out the information page for the schedule, helpful hints on what to bring to class, and tips on dressing for sultry success.
Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp
Sally Blenkey-Tchassova (alias Lady Chardonnay) had a singular vision when she founded Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp: empower women and free them from being overly critical of their bodies. "The essence of burlesque dancing is to have fun, to play a character, and to … express yourself in a different way," she explained in a segment on the Today Show. Her innovative burlesque dancing is grounded in the rigorous technicality of ballet, largely due to her partner Teresa Kliokis (alias Pink Champagne), an acclaimed ballerina, as well as her collection of spinning tops. The two teach sultry moves to female students, blending the duo's diverse backgrounds into a new burlesque dance. The classes are suitable for dancers of all skill levels, and they often end with yogic stretching to relax muscles post workout.