Burlesque is well established art form intended to be playful, coquettish and full of humour. It is incredibly empowering for the women who perform, is recognised as a form of body acceptance and celebration of the female form in every variety and attracts as many female audience members as it does male. Routines can involve balloons, ribbons, feather fans and all sorts of other accessories. Costumes are lavish and often tailor made for the individual artist. Performances do involve an element of strip tease but the artists never reveal everything.
There were three performers in total although one of the women moved so quickly the photos of her are nothing but a blur! Each girl performed twice with full costume changes between.
There was the routine where the artist unwrapped herself like a Christmas present and her second routine as a drum majorette*.
The floor was packed, the bar was buzzing and we eventually slipped away just after midnight with weary feet to head back to the hotel. As an experience, the Proud Cabaret Club is certainly one to be remembered!
* Photo's were allowed on this night and all photo's pictured are similar to ones available on the performers own websites.