Basic Beginner Burlesque Moves

Learn the basic moves of burlesque dancing from professional dancer Elizabeth DeGennaro in this Howcast dance video.


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How to do burlesque dancing for a beginner. Okay, so I'm going to teach you a little beginning step to start up a lot of your burlesque dancing. We're going to start with our hands up and then we're going to caress our body as we come down half way, turn your legs and come back up as you stick out your tush. OK, let's do it again. So we're going to look at our hands, up, feel and caress your body as you come down the side, switch your knees to the other side, stick out your tush, and come up. Let's do it again. So the counts are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Okay, so that is you’re beginning steps. So really you can go faster, you go slower, it's up to you. You just want to caress your body, feel the music, and just feel sexy. And here's another beginning move for burlesque, you’re going to come out with your right leg, slap your legs, come down make it all the way down low, pop your hair and come up. Okay, so again you start with your feet together. You step out, slap, down, flip up, and then come in. Good, let's do it again. So we're going to step out with the right, slap, slowly come down, and flip up and then come up and bring your legs together. Okay? That's 2 beginning burlesque moves Okay? To start out with, I'm going to give you 1 more. Okay? This 1 we're going to come up, you’re going to come all the way down, you’re going to open your legs, come together and come back up Okay? So you come up, slowly come down, open, close and up. Again, the last 1. Up, slowly come down, open, close, and up. Okay, so you have 3 beginning basic burlesque moves.


  • Elizabeth DeGennaro

    Elizabeth DeGennaro is a professional dancer, actress, model, and choreographer. She is the founder and owner of “Wild Cherryz Entertainment" in East Meadow, NY. where she teaches dance and fitness to all ages at Wild Cherryz Dance and Fitness Studio. Her cabaret company “Wild Cherryz Burlesque” has performed in NYC and surrounding areas. Elizabeth holds certifications in Pole Dance, Zumba, and Personal Training. She is fluent in numerous styles of dance with a specialty in Cabaret and Latin dancing.