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Today’s episode discusses one of the toughest parts of being a Showgirl that non-performers can’t wrap their heads around—physical requirements and expectations. Showgirls and Bluebell dancers have been held to high standards for decades due to standards set by Madame Bluebell and then perpetuated by “tastes” preferred by white men over the generations. Encore guest Brenda Barrett, former Bluebell dancer, and I deep dive on this topic today, and share more about our experiences as dancers and the physical requirements and limitations of being dancers in the professional dance world. She has some beautiful advice at the end for all dancers. Enjoy!
Have you experienced the judgement from being too tall to dance? This video is a clip of the interview in which Brenda shares her 6’0″ friend’s act she put on when going to dance auditions. It is hilarious to see how she took such a hurtful experience and made fun of it. Watch the video to see her reenactment.
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