Conscious Burlesque Workshop 

Our burlesque workshop grand finale performance! Meet a few of the dancers!

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Venus

Venus has the sex and passion of a blazing fire, and the sweet gentleness of a stream in the woods. She will tempt you with her beauty, but be careful–she bites. Her house is made of gum drops and cotton candy, and she eats hearts for breakfast. The only utensils in her house are knives. She also likes kittens! Her past lovers find themselves heartless and looking to the stars on cold nights–which is how she got her name. Venus believes in fairy tales, but only for the monsters.

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Amber Sands

Amber Sands is a playful kitten who doesn’t believe in bad dreams or going to bed without dessert.

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Sinful Serenity

Sinful Serenity is a very adventurous woman and will pretty much try anything once. I enjoy experiencing new aspects of my life in particular, my sensuality and sexuality with full-embodied acceptance! I have a dark side from my past that gives creativity and depth to my dance. I’d like to invite you to explore with me.

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Madame Merci

Madame and founder of Boulder Burlesque. She teaches workshops, private lessons, leads classes and performs regularly. Madame Merci works with people to discover, explore, and ignite their sensual flame. She believes we live in a culture and a time where shame still fills so many there is great significance in being able to stand in your sexuality, your body, and your being and say, “This is it, this is me.”

Madame Merci describes the Art of the strip, as a shedding of layers. She says , “We shed layers of doubt, of insecurity, and of cultural taboo that have held us and that so many are still held by. We dance for a type of freedom that very few ever have the privilege to feel.”

Also a special thanks to Lucy Wallace and Alchemy of Movement!

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Next Workshop: Twerk-Shop! Tuesday April 14th @ 6:45p Get the details: here

Conscious Burlesque

Where The Profane Is Sacred

More info: boulderburlesque.com

or for online classes and workshops visit:

consciousburlesque.com

 

Twerk-Shop

Rediscover your Assets with Madame Merci! 

One evening of booty poppin‘ dropping fun! Come and celebrate your bountiful and beautiful behind. Small or large- fear not- it’s time to shake what you’ve got!

April 14th 6:45p-8:45p MST $30

Live stream to join Madame Merci from anywhere in the world or join us live at Alchemy of Movement in Boulder, CO.

Live Stream: HERE 

Join Us Live In Boulder, CO at Alchemy of Movement

More Info and RSVP: HERE.

For a detailed review of the Twerk-Shop visit: HERE.

A Female Re-wilding

Contributor: Madame Merci, MA, PhD Pending

When is the last time you swung from a staircase banister with abandon? Well for me, prior to meeting Kristin Morelli, I don’t remember ever having done so.

When I first worked with Kristin she had never worn a corset, never worn pasties. In fact, I remember her giddy squeal and blushing cheeks as I explained to her how pasties adhere to breasts. Initially, I began teaching her along with her hundreds of students from all over the world Conscious Burlesque.

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I didn’t know how powerful the experience teaching in the Pleasure Tribe would be for me personally; working with this group has been beautiful, celebratory, and magical. A major shift occurred in that time- Kristin went from blushing at the thought of wearing pasties to dancing with our troupe on her staircase.

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Conscious Burlesque is an amazing offering to be able to bring to Kristin’s women because they are already learning from experts around the world about their bodies, about their voices, about how to stand firmly in who they are- as radiant divine women.

I have worked for months preparing for this years Red Tent (beginning Friday March 20th). There are many incredible experts speaking at the event: leading tantric practitioners, famous artists offering yoni casting (yes vagina casting art!), and more. There will be vaginal steams, a full moon party, and of course there will be dancing!

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I have been teaching Kristin’s Red Mastery students detailed conscious burlesque choreography (online) and all of their hard work is about to come together. These courageous sisters, many who never have worn a corset or fishnets, will be performing their first group dance in just a few days!

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And here’s the best part: portions of this event will be live broadcast in an online celebration called The Red Tent Revival. You are welcome to join, watch, and participate- and it is completely FREE of charge. The Red Tent is an event that cultivates female pleasure, honors the womb, offers embodied education, and is full of celebratory dance!

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Join me from your living room in The Red Tent if you want to celebrate your own unique re-wilding and if you love what you see, how you feel, and what you discover with burlesque, you may just be ready to join me in our next online Conscious Burlesque Workshop (beginning April 4)

To you, your pleasure, your unbridled heart, and to this one precious life!

Now, let’s go dance on the banisters!!!

-Madame Merci

My passion is conscious burlesque.

Contributor: Paul Paiva, M.Div., M.A.

“I wouldn’t go to a burlesque show with someone I had just met, not because there’s anything wrong with it, just because it’s not me.”

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This is the response I received from a lady friend with whom I had had a first date.  During that date we were both engaged with each other’s energy.  After ninety minutes of conversation over coffee at Vic’s I felt confident that we had a fabulous rapport.  We agreed to meet again.  A few days later I invited her on a second date to see a “conscious burlesque show at the Dairy this weekend”.

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I know that six months ago I may not have wanted to go to a burlesque show, either.  Her response to me, while disappointing, seems completely appropriate.  I have blown any chance of a second date with her.

I have to analyze my own motives.  How has my interest in burlesque evolved?

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In my youth, burlesque to me connoted something dirty.  I grew up in the seventies when words like porn and homosexuality were not mentioned at the family dinner table.  Indeed they were not even acknowledged to be part of English vocabulary.

Last summer I attended a sexuality discussion group, called Sex Talk, led by Jenna Noah and Lucy Wallace.  Both these ladies are practicing psychotherapists and graduates of the psychology program at Naropa University.  They founded this group because they recognize our society has few forums where the breadth of sexuality can be acknowledged, much less nurtured.  The group discussions were amazing.  Participants shared deeply of themselves:  stories of desire and arousal, and of the successes and difficulties in sexual relationships.  I found this to be a safe environment; it was refreshing to be vulnerable for ninety minutes without any fear of being scorned or hurt, or of my spirit being squelched.  This feeling of liberation spilled into my day-to-day life as a tonic that revived my post-divorced spirit.

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I later learned that Jenna’s stage name is Madame Merci, and she also does workshops and performances in conscious burlesque.  I heard of an upcoming event, The Seduction of Madness, to be held at the Dairy Center for the Arts in September 2014.   But for me burlesque was still on the fringe and not something that interested me.  I didn’t want that tarnishing my reputation.  Until I learned that a fellow attendee of the sexuality discussion group, Greg, was going to perform in the show.  He and I had gone out for beers and vino a couple of times; he was a new buddy.

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So my first experience of burlesque was to support my friend Greg in his performance.  This event was a play with eight scenes based on the late psychotherapist Edward Podvoll’s book, The Seduction of Madness.  The show had ample titillating shots of shaking booty, yet a thought-provoking inner-journey as well.  A story of the stages of psychosis seen through the lens of burlesque.

In the weeks after, I watched dozens of YouTube videos of “regular” burlesque, and attended a live show in Boulder.  Fun.  Interesting.  I get it.  “Regular” burlesque is a jocose risqué parody that revels in sexuality in the numerous places where our society is typically prudish.  As such, it does us a great service.

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Last night I attended my second show of conscious burlesque called Love & Loss at the Dairy.  It sizzled.  I found it even more satisfying than “regular” burlesque.  It wasn’t just gorgeous booty.  It is a story of human psyche, of love gained and love lost.  I think of The Arts encompassing all aspects of creative expression.  Isn’t creation the hallmark of sexuality?

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Dating advisors say “do your passion” and there you will meet compatible people to date.  Ok.  My passion is conscious burlesque.

Paul Paiva, M.Div., M.A.

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A Big Heartfelt Thank You.

My heart is filled with an unexplainable joy. The last few nights of performance have been so beautiful. I have been touched deeply by the performers of Boulder Burlesque.

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Their fearless, strong, mindful, hot booties are so inspiring to me. Seeing each dancer transform is incredibly rewarding and impacting.

DSC_0217_AzucarAtalantaEach dancer is willing to be vulnerable and exposed. They give so much- they practice insane hours, offer their bodies, and their hearts. They each are incomprehensibly incredible.

DSC_0142_VanillaI have had the honor to work with these women who I respect so deeply.

DSC_0131_Avarice (1)Each of them teaches me about the power of standing strongly in who you are, and giving deeply from a grounded and sustaining place.

DSC_0203_MerciBethany1I addition I am so inspired by the amazing people who have been so willing to sit on our panel each night. I want to deeply say how grateful in particular to Sara Connell, trans and youth coordinator of Out Boulder, and the incredible work she is offering to Out Boulder, and the Boulder community. Sara is an amazing leader; her voice is so important and impactful. She has taught me a great deal in the very short time I have had the privilege to know her- I hope to continue to learn from her and have the opportunity to work with her again in the future.

Thank you to the amazing audience who came, donated generously, and participated fully!

DSC_0232_Merci_Submissives1We would never be able to dance as vigorously, play as outrageously, or celebrate our flesh so freely with out your incredible hoot-hollering support.

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I’m feeling sore all over and completely in love.

Yours,

Madame Merci

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