FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2019
By Sweet Queen
The Portland scene gets extremely hot during the summer time. Let’s not forget about all the sexiness going on with burlesque. Here’s a unique tip for this July and a must-do: if you’re into celebrating women as they age gracefully, then head down to Crush Bar to catch a very special show. Zora Phoenix has been coordinating the longest running Burlesque show in Portland.
On July 5, 2019, Crush presents Burlesque S’il Vous Plait – 40 and More (https://burlesqueplease.weebly.com/ Reoccurs Every First Friday), with their classic burlesque show and this month has a contemporary variety twist. The show is a celebration of a local performer, choreographer, and instructor; Fannie Fuller! Zora and Fannie collaborated to bring together a show to celebrate talented performers who are all performers age 40+… and this is their “effort to combat the invisibility that comes with the intersection of sensuality and age.”
I was curious about who is Fannie Fuller, so I asked around. I met a one-time mentee of hers, Gigi De Gracia, who also happens to be performing this month. Gigi happily shared her thoughts about Fannie, how burlesque dancing helps her through her creative expressions, and how it continues to enhance her sexuality.
Gigi has a background in dancing, she hadn’t danced in a long time, and finally decided it was time she try a new style of dance. Realizing her current body wasn’t the same as when she danced last, she admits she didn’t want dance to be a comparison from what she once could do, which is why burlesque, something she had never even heard of, made sense to her. Gigi tried her first class and fell in love with how much fun she had.
Fannie Fuller is best described as full of life, she’s got a small physique, but she’s 10 foot tall when she’s performing. Gigi further said that Fannie’s shows are never just about the dance, she comes to burlesque with a theater background, she speaks with poise and is a commanding storyteller. Gigi, new to burlesque, asked Fannie to be her mentor.
Gigi loves burlesque because of the diversity in the performances, some are sexy, they’re sophisticated, they’re deep and dramatic, and all of the performances are an act of creative expression. Portland in particular embraces all people, everyone from all genders and ethnicity, and all body types are encouraged to perform and they’re celebrated as they do.
Being a woman in my prime and loving to promote others, I am excited to share this hot event. Tickets are limited and will go fast. I bought mine. See you there!
FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2019
Presale Entry 8pm-8:30pm // General Admission 8:30-9pm
Entertainment begins at 9:00pm
at Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison, Portland, OR