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How to Use Props in Your Burlesque Dance

Learn how to use burlesque props from professional dancer Elizabeth DeGennaro in this Howcast dance video.


In burlesque, we use lots of props. I'm going to show you how you can incorporate all your props in one routine. I have my feather fan, my boa. I have a chair that I'm on, and my hat. In this routine, we're going to use each prop and my gloves, and I'm going to show you how you do it slow, sexy, and seductive, and teasing the audience.

First, we're going to use the fan, nice and slow. From here, you might just take you leg off the chair, slowly and sexy. Then slowly you could put down your fan on the chair. From here, work your boa. Tease the audience. Slow, sexy, whip it down, bring it up and place it on the chair. From here you could slowly take off your gloves one by one. You could either use your fingers to pull it off, or you could use your teeth. I'm choosing to pull it off with my hands. Slow, reach, whip it down. Nice and slow. As you take your glove off, tease, whip.

Last is your hat. Now you want to play a little bit. So, you kind of give a twirl, nice and sexy. Caress your body, take the hat, come around with it, maybe put it back on. Have fun with it. Take it and throw it at the audience.

That is how we use our props in burlesque.

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