A lot of people see us and think we are just a bunch of burlesque dancers. And while they aren't wrong in that assumption, we are much more than that. We are body confidence builders, we are warriors, leaders, helpers, and we show women how amazing they are when they cant see it for themselves.
Six months ago my life came crashing down around me when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After months of flying high in a manic state, I had crashed and was extremely depressed. Those early months following were the worst. I felt like everything I loved had been taken away from me. With all of these changes, I didn't know if I could ever dance again. The future of the Boudoir Rouge Burlesque was in trouble and it scared me. My creativity, my spunk, my intensity, and most importantly, my confidence was gone. I felt like everything I had worked hard for had vanished and I didn't have the energy or the courage to get it back. That kind of sadness cannot be described.
But then something magical happened. This tribe of amazing women that I have around me, stepped up. Each one of them encouraged me in their own special way. Bit by bit I was assured that we can do this together. I had my hand held, my hair brushed, and I was lifted. Phone calls, flowers, messages, dancing, laughing...These beautiful women, who are more than just dancers, helped me piece together my confidence and find that fierce women who had been buried in sadness. They dug me out, dusted me off and assured me that no matter what, we are in this together. This is the culture that the Boudoir Rouge creates.
I am forever grateful for these women and you can thank them for the magic this season will create. If you are thinking about joining and are scared, I get it. But I can promise you that if you trust in the process, trust in us and most importantly trust in yourself, you too will be lifted into greatness.
We only recruit once a year, so if you want to dance with the Boudoir Rouge Burlesque, come to the meeting on August 24th. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @boudoirrougeburlesque for all the details.
Photo: Craig Cochrane