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The last few kinds of Erotic Dance fall uder the category of Performance Erotic Dance, which will be further classified as BURLESQUE AND NEO-BURLESQUE.


A. Burlesque

Burlesque is humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes grotesque exaggeration. In 20th century America, the form became associated with a variety show in which striptease is the chief attraction. 

Burlesque originated early in the Victorian Era, when the social rules of established aristocracy and working-class society clashed. The genre often mocked such established entertainment forms as opera, Shakespearean drama and ballet. The burlesque was a logical descendant of ballad opera and other forms of comic musical entertainments...The name "burlesque" is derived from the Italian burla, which means "jest." The form began as comic parodies of well-known topics or people. 

According to April O'Peel, Burlesque audiences follow their own set of rules! Unlike traditional theatre audiences, Burlesque crowds are actively encouraged to vocally show appreciation for performers. Hoots, hollars, claps, whistles, and requests to "take it off" make audience participation more fun than ever.  

1.  Gown-and-Glove Dance

Gown-and-Glove Dance is said to be the most traditional form of strip and tease. The performer is dressed elegantly in an evening gown with a back zipper and elbow length gloves. Integrated in the choreography of the dance, she will remove the gloves one at a a slow sensual manner before removing the gown itself. 

2. Bump and Grind

According to April O'Peel, the Bump n' Grind is a suggestive dance move that has a very important place historically in Burlesque. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, the bump and grind was considered a very risque dance move albeit very popular with striptease artists. To bump is to thrust your hips forward or to either side (almost violently!). To grind is to move your hips around in a circular fashion. Combine the two movements and you'll be ready to set the stage on fire! 

B. Neo-Burlesque

Neo-Burlesque (or "New Burlesque") is the revival and updating of the traditional burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance styles. Neo-burlesque acts can be anything from classic striptease to modern dance to theatrical mini-dramas to comedic mayhem. As with the earlier burlesque, neo-burlesque is more focused on the "tease" in "striptease" than the "strip". Audiences for neo-burlesque shows tend to be mixed; men, women, straight, gay, and everything in between...

Today New Burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque's previous incarnations, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and more. There are modern burlesque performers and shows all over the world, and annual conventions such as Tease-O-Rama, New York Burlesque Festival, The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition, and the Miss Exotic World Pageant... 

New Burlesque tends to put the emphasis on style and tend to be sexy rather than sexual, often involving humor. Unlike modern strippers, who dance in strip clubs to make a living, burlesque performers often perform for fun and spend more money on costumes, rehearsal, and props than they are compensated. Performers will often strip down to pasties and g-string.(

1. Fan Dance

The Fan Dance is an erotic dance performance, traditionally by a woman.

The performer, either entirely nude or apparently so, dances while moving two large fans, typically constructed from ostrich feathers. The essence of the choreography is suggestion, limiting the parts of the body exposed to the audience while focusing attention on illusions of exposure. Performers often evoke illusions of: having already seen what had never been exposed; not being able to shift one's gaze fast enough to see what seems surely to be presently exposed or being aware of currently "seeing" what in fact is not exposed to be seen.

A fan dance can be viewed for erotic stimulation, aesthetic appreciation of grace and beauty, and for simple amazement of the skill of the illusion.  

In the 1960s, many gay men took the classic art of fan dancing and created the flagging dance, flag dancing, fanning or fan spinning. In the 1990s, flag dancing has been incorporated into fire dancing.

So what exactly is flag dancing or “flagging"?  “It’s a high-energy dance form where colorful flags are spun in patterns with the body as extensions of the music,” says Bryan. Flaggers create eye-popping, almost dreamlike effects by artistically mixing liquid-like movements, technical skill, and amazing athletic intensity. Throw in the strobes and black lights of a nightclub, set the whole thing to a good dance beat, and the results can be fantastically surreal. Flag dancing draws its inspiration from Japanese fan dancing and Polynesian poi dancing (think Hawaiian fire twirlers), and this dazzling style of dance has begun to gain widespread popularity – from Boston to Brazil, from Texas to Thailand.  

Flaggers are most common in gay dance subcultures, and to a lesser extent, in the alternative subcultures of poi and fire dancers, where spinners of hard objects or fire may branch out into flagging...

The added weights to the otherwise loose fabric made it possible for the new flaggers to spin and move the fabric through the air in ways similar to fan dancing, but with the added maneuverability of a very flexible material. Flags used by these new flaggers can be of almost any fabric, but silk, organza and lamé are preponderant, with silk being the most favored. Silk flags are usually dyed in vibrant, ultraviolet fluorescent colors, creating an almost hypnotic spectacle when waved rhythmically to music. 

2. Bubble Dance

The Bubble Dance is an erotic dance developed by Sally Rand. This was an alternative to the striptease, with some similarities to fan dancing. The dancer (sometimes naked) dances with a huge bubble to make some interesting poses.It is usually performed by women, although it can also be performed by men. The performer does not necessarily have to be nude, although the performer can play "peek-a-boo" with the audience with the bubble. However, this dance can be a great embarrassment to many dancers if the audience threatens to burst their bubble. Today, the bubble dance is less practised in some countries, but still popular in others. 

Sally Rand is an American icon, best known for her famous "fan dance." But, as with so many other celebrities, Miss Rand had a multifaceted career and personality that deserves (*ahem*) further exposure.
"Sally Rand" was born as Harriet Helen Gould Beck in the Ozark Mountain town of Elkton, Missouri on Easter Sunday, the 3rd of April, 1904. She was the daughter of Nettie Grove, a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker, and Corporal William Beck, a veteran of the Spanish-American War. Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States and there would come a time when little Helen would fall asleep in the great man's lap.

Sally was interested in dance from an early age and, literally, ran away with a carnival as a teenager. She later pursued such career opportunities as night club cigarette girl, artist's model, and cafe dancer...

When the Chicago brought about a fair to bring business to the state, Sally perceived the need for something new: "I had to find a new twist."

 She decided on a bubble dance: "I wanted a balloon sixty inches in diameter, which is my height, made of a translucent or transparent material."   The only trouble was that the biggest balloons available were a mere 30" in diameter.  They were heavy red target balloons used by the War Department.  Since no one knew how to make the required equipment, Sally fronted the funds for necessary experimentation herself.  After numerous tests, the super-dooper, see-through bubble was born.  Once again, Sally was a smash hit, now heading a big show of 24 dancers and 16 showgirls. 

Watch out  for the last installment of my article in Erotic Dances next week.


The Soulja Boy dance refers to the choreography to a single song, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”, which was written, performed, and produced by Soulja Boy. The song was first released over the Internet, on YouTube and Myspace, in 2007. It subsequently rocketed to #1 on the Billboard charts. In March 2007, a low budget film was made to teach everybody how to do the Soulja Boy dance.

The dance is performed by hopping/bouncing several times to the left, then to the right. A cross-step and then flying motion are performed during the Superman lyrics of the single. The dance also included shoulder leans and finger snapping.

Also having been nicknamed the “Superman”, the dance quickly spread throughout the United States nightclub scene and then around the world. The pop/hip-hop track combined with line-dance type moves makes it fairly quick to learn and master. It was very common in 2007 to go to the club and see almost everyone dancing the Soulja Boy together.

Soulja Boy was the youngest person to write, perform, and produce a #1 Bilboard hit.

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Also known as 
Crank Dat, Spiderman, Superman, Batman 

Soulja Boy 

Region of origin: 
The Internet, Myspace, YouTube 

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Soulja Boy

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Getting ready for the holiday season? Come and join different fun, wonderful and colorful dance festivals that our country - Philippines can offer.

We all know that Pinoy love feasts. For Filipinos, different occasions are always an opportunity to celebrate. Festivals at all times come with magnificent and one of a kind pinoy dance performances. The colorful costumes, props and lively pinoy dance parades are indeed something to look forward to. 

We have hundreds of festivals all over the country. So, I have listed down some of the remarkable Pinoy Dance Festivals that one must not miss in December. Of course! Our friends – foreign visitors are all welcome!

December 4 -8 – Roxas City
Explore the exceptional beauty and culture of Visayas when you visit Roxas and Capiz City in December!

Sinadya sa Halaran Festival is a two merged festivals: Roxas City's Sinadaya (celebration) and Capiz Province' Halaran (offering). It is a celebration of joy in sharing and thanksgiving which showcase the culture thru energetic pinoy dance performances, vibrant costumes, lively parades, fireworks and trade fairs.
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December 8 – Puerto Princessa, Palawan
Spend your holiday off and get a chance to experience the rich culture of Tagbanua Tribe when you visit Palawan in December!

Pagdiwata Ritual Festival is an annual thanks giving event celebration of Tagbanua people in Palawan by ritual pinoy dances, food offerings to their deities and souls of departed love ones.

Also part of the spiritual ritual is to seek their deities help in healing the sick. So, people who are in serious health conditions also come to join the event hoping to receive miraculous healing.

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December 18 – Legazpi City, Albay
Feel the vibe of exceptional "caroling" version of Bicolanos when you visit Bicol province in December!

Bikol Pastores is a unique Christmas celebration – “caroling, Bicol style” in the region. It is a musical re-enactment of the ancient nativity story.

Pinoy dance performance is done with an entourage of musikeros playing “Pastores de Belen” - which is one of the first Chrismas carols. Also one interesting part of the festival are the colorful costumes worn by the singers to honor the biblical shepherds who sang the first Christmas carols.

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December 26 – Maasin
You should not miss this festival if you are visiting Ilo-ilo City in December!

Tultugan Festival is a yearly event that contributes to the evolution of bamboo music and dance in the Philippines. The festival feature competition between tribes wearing costumes highlighting bamboo material and dancing to the beat of bamboo (“Tultugan” indigenous Ilonggo bamboo drum used centuries ago by the natives of Panay to communicate with each other) musical instruments.

One of the must see in the festival is the “Gwapo-Gwapa Carabao” whereas carabaos are dressed in fancy costumes.

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December 15-19 – Cotabato City
Learn more about Islam culture and check out the amazing showcase of arts and music in Mindanao!

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival is an annual celebration of Islam which display the Muslim religion and culture. It is to honor the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan via Rio Grande de Mindanao more than 500 years ago to introduce Islam to the natives.

The festival feature pinoy street dancing competitions, cultural presentations, battle of the bands and Kanduli (thanksgiving banquent).

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December 28-30 – San Jose, Antique
Must see event when you visit Antique in December!

Binirayan Festival started in 1974. It is a month long celebration of Antique Province every month of December and includes street pinoy dancing, culturals shows, colorful parades and arts & crafts exhibitions. It also commemorates the Antiqueños roots which are the Malays and Atis.
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Snap Dancing consists of a genre of dances where the performers improvise the movements based on the lyrics of a song. Many dances fall into this category, such as the Soulja Boy, “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It”, and others. A large number of these dances emerged from the Southern Hip Hop genre of music in Atlanta, Georgia in the last few years.

The term snap dance comes from classical dances where a brisk and abrupt body, head, arm, and hand action is used to signify a distinct feeling. This concept has since been adapted to the Southern Hip Hop styling in their lyrical improvisation dances. An example of this type of dance is where the chorus of a song might say “lean, snap, snap” and the dancers mimic these motions. In snap dancing, snapping of the fingers often accompanies the dance movements. Advanced dancers frequently incorporate complicated footwork as well.

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Region of origin: 
Atlanta, GA 

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Lil’ Jon, Dem Franchize Boyz, D4L

The Sidekick dance is the signature dance in Natasha's latest single "Sidekick."

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Region of origin: 
United States 

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Shoulder Lean is both a dance and song created by Young Dro. As seen in the song's music video, the moves of this dance are described by the lyrics: "Let me see ya bounce right to left n let ya shoulder lean (let cha shoulder lean, jus let ya shoulder lean); ay get it right 2 step, and let ya shoulder lean (let ya shoulder lean, jus let ya shoulder lean)".

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