Unleashing Your Inner Kit Kat
"Cabaret" at Arena Stage is a political musical about receding civil liberties in Weimar-era Berlin, but the most striking feature of the show is the brazen sex appeal of the nightclub set and its saucy performers. As I watched the Kit Kat Klub's patrons snarl and purr about in self-indulgent pleasure and skimpy flapper wear, I was reminded of Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" and was instantly jealous of the dancers. Their coordination was amazing, and I wanted to pick up some alluring Kit Kat-style moves.
It seems like opportunities are popping up all over D.C. to unleash your inner star. Miss Kitty Victorian, a local instructor, offers her Burlesque University at the Palace of Wonders. University is clearly an intimidating term. Is it possible to fail at learning burlesque dance? The "curriculum" for single classes includes tassel-twirling and fan dancing in a group setting on Saturday afternoons. If it inspires you, Miss Kitty sells feather boas, corsets and other gear on her Web site.
Xpose Fitness specializes in exotic dance classes. Beginners can take an intro class for free at noon on Saturdays. The classes are broken into two types: floor classes using a chair as a prop (think Pilates-goes-exotic) and the more rigorous pole dancing classes. There's a limited number of poles, so call ahead to reserve yours and avoid a spike-heeled cat fight over the prime real estate.
If you're interested in taking your skills to the pole in a smaller environment, Pros in the City has a 90-minute pole dancing class on Oct. 7 that promises physical fitness and personal empowerment at a private residence. I don't know about that, though. If I'm going to embarrass myself, it should be for the benefit of as many classmates as possible.
Finally, spanking-new Vida Fitness at the Verizon Center will get you toned and tawdry with Cardio Strip Tease, which combines dance and exercise.
It's hard to choose where to begin, but with all of these opportunities for a burgeoning burlesque star, all we'll need is D.C.'s own Moulin Rouge.
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