As a foxy dancing mama, my life revolves around my son and that means I’m always on mama duty unless the hubs has the day off. As I skim through my IG feed, I find myself scrolling past dance shows often in hopes one of them will be on a day I have the green light and it usually doesn’t work in my favor, but this time was different.
I haven’t been able to catch a burlesque show since February and I began growing weary, missing the life of sparkles and fringe shaking to-and-fro outlining the gorgeous silhouettes of these goddesses of the dance world. But finally I spotted the date: Bacon & Legs: July 10, 2022. Then I quickly checked the top left side of the reel on my screen: @demureproductions. Jackpot.
I reached out to SW to see how her life was going and to see if she missed watching burlesque as much as I did; she did. So we bought the ticket and made it happen.
Here’s a little sneak peek of what to expect- let’s jump in!
- 1. an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody.
- a variety show, typically including striptease.
When burlesque became an American institution in the late 1800s, it was able to succeed on the Vaudeville circuit which was focused on providing variety shows as family entertainment.
When the railroad industry took over, it revolutionized the burlesque genre into a more sensual art form that still kept the integrity of parody. This particular Demure Production reminded me of a true variety show! I was most impressed that the word inclusive really holds true in this space.
Keep scrolling to see what I mean…
Lola Demure owns the tagline “The Prima Ballerina of Burlesque” for good reason: once a pro ballerina, she now spills that talent over to pro burlesque performance and production. As a former resident of the House of Blues with her Burlesque and Variety Show, Demure currently resides at The Jolly Joker Tavern with her shows Bacon and Legs and Temptation.
There was something for everyone in this audience! All ages, political views, all ethnicities, all sizes and shapes, hair color, genders, whatever. You want it, you got it. Requirement- an open mind.
the hostess with the mostess
Dee Dee’s infectious, sparkly personality set the tone for the crowd’s viewing hours. Her spunky nature adorned in a sleeveless red wrap around dress with a bright, multi-colored headband delivered her dad jokes and dirty humor through her microphone that dazzled the eye with its silver sparkle.
Her fiery essence in collaboration with the producer’s never ending, upbeat energy left no room for boredom. Support for the performers while entertaining the audience was constant.
The soulful Whitney Shay kicked off the line-up. I’m pretty sure this song was dedicated to Lola….
WS’s elegant gown dripped in red sparkle while she sang into her matching microphone as she played to all participating audience members.
the masked one
Phoenix A’Blaze presented a friendly, coy character hiding behind her mask in the beginning. The twist of humor with the toy chicken whose sound reminds me of something my dog would chew on gave the crowd a good chuckle. The red ballerina slippers she donned here felt innocent…
Her exit was seamless. The red, sparkly pasties and glowing nude lingerie set were everything.
This dominatrix took the running red theme and strongly entered the scene in all black, hair slicked back in a high ponytail with hints of lavender in her hair. She took the time to check out the scene with no apology for her intensity.
the slow burn
Feisty Fuego came out in a pinkish purple long dress with blue sparkle wrapping the body from front to back. She was extremely grounded. Taking her time with everything, minimal props were used, as she made her presence the main event of her piece.
Just when the audience thought this couldn’t be any better, Dee Dee Cupcake threw us her own strip show and turned up the heat! (But this is all you get, there was more but you’ll just have to buy the ticket to find out).
the one with folklorico
The sassy presentation was strong and her arms were dynamic, staying true to this folk dance. She rebelled the colonization of the body by claiming the autonomy of her own through her sensuality. The bright yellow, multicolored headband and costume with teases of black pieces that showed with her flowing movement made the room feel like it was filling up with waves of water.
the housewife with a message
Hair perfectly coiffed, luscious green 1950’s style dress with pearls draping the neckline, Lexi La Vicious made a bold statement: we don’t own her.
the burning flame
With metallic red fringe accentuating the sensuous curves of her body, Miss Hell Fires gave us all the disco vibes we never knew we needed.
And that’s a wrap!
Whether one is obsessed with burlesque, likes dance, or loves to be entertained, Bacon & Legs is the show to satisfy your spectating pleasure if one is looking for something off-the-cuff and completely different from the norm blended with sparkle, booty cheeks, and a lot of bad ass energy filling room.