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Burlesque Is For Everyone!


Yes, even you!

Last night my good friend Carmen and I headed up to San Francisco to attend a free burlesque workshop at Good Vibrations. I was fortunate enough to have met and been invited to the workshop by the instructor and incredibly fabulous lady, Virgie Tovar. She is such a sweetheart and bad ass, simultaneously! You just don’t even know! Ha-ha! But I was excited about learning some new moves and in such a welcoming and comfortable and accepting environment (a rare thing indeed).

If you’ve never been to a Good Vibrations location, you’re in for such a treat! Imagine a sex toy shop, but set up like a fancy boutique! And the employees were all so calm and nice and just welcoming. Everything you could hope for in a sex toy shop! What I loved most about Good Vibrations is that they had demo/display models of every toy they carried! You could actually pick them up, touch and feel, turn them on (hello! So you know how powerful a vibe is–whoa!) and see what they can do! This was fabulous for me because I just never know what I want or like or whatever. Carmen was instantly attracted to the high-end stuff (go figure) because of the colors and design of their toys. Gorgeous, no lie, but $150? No dice!

We filed into the back room while Virgie set up for the class. It seemed more and more people kept coming in an almost endless stream. Finally everyone arrived and was seated and Virgie started the class. And she was just so friendly and cool and like that awesome older sister that girl had in high school? The one in college when y’all were sophomores? Yeah, the reeeeeeeeeeally cool one! That’s Virgie! She started by having up loosen up and just getting ready to move our stuff and shake our money makers (my words, not hers). Then she put on the music and showed us, very patiently, some burlesque moves.

She began with the classic and essential (in my opinion) shimmy! Anyone with a rack of doom can certainly pull this one off without a hitch. It’s a pretty simple move of just really shaking your shoulders so that your chest gets a good jiggling! Then we were instructed on “the bump” which is taking your hips and bumping them out on each side. As though you’re knocking something out of your way with your hips, one at a time. Then we were instructed on some arm movements, pelvic thrusts, feeling ourselves up and a special finishing move that is just too good to share here! So much fun!

What I found interesting was the great diversity in not only sizes of bodies in the class, but also ages and ethnicities and more! Plus, there were like three or four guys in the class, too! In fact, when it came time for us to perform our choreographed moves and a quick freestyle bit in groups of five and six in front of the class, the guys participated, too! It was so cool! We even got to use props! I chose a bright red feather boa and pretended to look like I knew what the hell I was doing! Ha-ha! The music was fun and perfect, too! everything from Prince’s “Erotic City” to Madonna’s “Vogue” and even 50 Cent and Kelis! All totally fitting and appropriate, I thought.

After the class I stayed to chat with Virgie and some other lovely ladies I had met at previous local fat events, Hi Allison & Alex! *Waves*
Virgie was kind enough to allow a couple of photos of us to be taken and so we had a bit of fun with it:

(Trying to re-enact the painting behind us.)

Next we headed back out into Good Vibrations for a bit of shopping! I had seen one specific toy that I almost bought online, but since it was the same price (and no shipping) and we got a 10% off coupon by attending the class I couldn’t say no! I thought it was extra awesome that they ask if you’d like to donate a dollar to planned parenthood, to which I most certainly said yes! How could I not? With the discount, tax and $1 for PP, it still ended up cheaper than the regular price! Chah!

By evening’s end, I had had a great time with a great friend and got to hang out with fellow fat fabulous ladies while learning some new dance moves! Who could ask for more?

Thanks, Virgie, for all that you do, gurl! You rock!


12 Comments to

“Burlesque Is For Everyone!”

  1. On May 13th, 2011 at 10:35 am Allison Says:

    I ended up buying something too! They didn’t ask me about planned parenthood, but I’ll for sure donate next time I’m in there.

  2. On May 13th, 2011 at 10:44 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Woo Hoo! Glad you bought yourself a little somethin’! Well, I was pretty chatty, so maybe they thought I’d be into it? I dunno. Oh well.

  3. On May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 am Rachel Says:

    Sounds like it was hella fun! We need a FUN sex toy shop in Eug…all the ones around here have the creepster look…you know what I’m talking about. This old idea that sex toy shops are BAD and ONLY for men (fuck that shit) and so they don’t need to update their paint job or try not to look like a place where some creepy person is gonna flash ya.

  4. On May 13th, 2011 at 11:55 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Most are like that no matter where ya go! It’s also why Good Vibrations has such a fab rep. Margaret Cho shops there! It’s THAT good! <3

  5. On May 13th, 2011 at 11:57 am Twistie Says:

    Good Vibrations is made of awesome. It’s been forever since I visited them, but now I’m inspired to think I need a field trip. It’s just a fun place to be.

  6. On May 13th, 2011 at 12:01 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    I was so glad to have an excuse to go! Field trips are made of awesome sauce!

  7. On May 13th, 2011 at 1:59 pm Carmdog Says:

    Mad Props to the instructor Vergie, she makes the class comfortable and fun. They should add THIS burlesque class to the “Things To Do Before Die” book.

  8. On May 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm Carmdog Says:

    WOOPS! “Things to Do Before YOU Die”

  9. On May 14th, 2011 at 9:44 am jery Says:

    If I didn’t have the play, I would have gone with ya.
    I was laughing at “rack of doom” that was awesome. This sounded like such a fun time. I am super glad you made it out there.
    Great post!

  10. On May 14th, 2011 at 9:59 am Not Blue at All Says:


  11. On May 16th, 2011 at 5:16 pm G Says:

    I’ve been buying toys from there for over 10 years now! GV rocks 🙂 Glad you had a great time!

  12. On May 17th, 2011 at 10:21 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Thanks! Yes, whatr a lovely place!

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