Camilla Stenmark, dancing Burlesque, in Malta?
did that just happen?
I love trying out new things, and if it’s a bit outside my comfort zone it makes it a bit more, how should I put this, interesting…
So when my friend invited me to a Burlesque workshop, Burlesque Express, I just had to say yes.
I absolutely love to dance ( we can refer to my dancing as “rather than good”) but the only experience I have following a choreography, is from my early teens when I played Rizzo in the musical Grease in school. Then on the other hand, the girl who played Sandy was an excellent dancer and the head of the dance, had to minimize the moves to suit absolute beginners and even if we were “following a choreography”, that didn’t involve any complicated movements and on top of that, that was probably 20 years ago.
Then around that time I signed up for one semester of show dance.
The first class was a Saturday morning and I think I spent the rest of the semester trying to fake illnesses and all sorts before the classes so I wouldnt have to go back, I absolutely hated it, mostly since everyone was so good and I was not, I couldn’t comprehend what so ever so quit.
That was my short and failed dance career summed up in a paragraph.
But 20 years later, I found myself in Activezone Gym in Msida, on a Saturday trying to following a choreography… and loved it.
I probably sucked as much as I did when I was younger, but I had so much fun.
Mares, the girl who arranged Burlesque Express, was an absolute doll and every piece of her body was breathing dance, she made me wish I’d just continued with my “dance career”.
I spent 2 hours shaking all my body parts, crawling on the floor (noone told me to bring knee pads) and most and foremost making sure that my limbs were moving in the same directions as the rest of the group’s. (it did remind me somewhat of my Zumba experience, especially the “a raggedy doll with body parts flying in all different directions” part) and believe it or not, after those two hours I learned the choreography to a whole song, and I felt so proud of myself.
Afterwards me and Jenny went for lunch and spend some well deserved hours in their pool
We ended the night attending Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Show while watching fireworks in Spinola bay