Cogan Channels Her Inner Hussy
Burlesque Class at the Museum of Sex
Written by Jessica
release your inner showgirl? Want
to learn the art of the tease for
public or private consumption? If
so, shimmy on over to the Museum of
Sex and check out one of their women-only
of the Tease: Burlesque Basics
I visited a recent
class led by the lovely and talented
Peekaboo Pointe -- a petite brunette
with a dancer's body and sailor's
tattoos. Peekaboo dances with Red
Hots Burlesque, Le Scandal and other
burlesque shows at venues all over
The class was made
up of 14 women from a wide range of
ages, shapes and sizes. Some expressed
professional interest; others were
there out of sheer curiosity.
were a little shy to start ... until we took up
the boas, wigs, accessories and costumes that Peekaboo
supplied. A feathered bra and ruffled panties can
do a lot for a girl's confidence.
Peekaboo led the
class through a short history and background of
burlesque, giving context to the craft. Then she
cut to the chase -- the basic moves. The class
went through the bump, the grind, the shake, the
shimmy, the strut and -- my personal favorite --
the presentation. (Presentation is a Vanna White-esque "presenting" of
one's arm, leg or other body part.) . After running
through the moves a few times, Peekaboo showed
us what it looks like all put together.
Together we choreographed
a group routine to some classic striptease music.
Members of the class suggested the moves then executed
the dance in smaller groups -- with the rest of
us serving as a supportive audience.
After the show Peekaboo
sat down and answered our many questions: where
can you find pasties? How do you put them on? What's
the best brand of fishnets? And how do you make
those false eyelashes stick? The veteran strutter
responded patiently and let us in on some great
trade secrets... do you know how to prevent your
fishnets' waistband from showing when you're in
a thong? Peekaboo could tell you.
The class is a lot
of fun -- whether you're looking to make it on
stage, in the bedroom or just want to get your
bump and grind on. The first class had a waiting
list, so there are sure to be more scheduled soon.
Check online at www.museumofsex.com or
call the Museum at 212.689.6337 x115.
Sex | 233 Fifth avenue, Suite 3B.