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article imageIs learning to strip dance good for self image?

By patxxoo
May 30, 2007 in Lifestyle
"I used to worry too much about how people think of me and I was not satisfied with the way I looked. At this class I learn to appreciate the curves of my body from different angles and I am more at ease."
I agree all women should be able to feel sexy and comfortable in their own bodies but can strip dancing really help?
According Chen it does she is the creator of the first Taiwan strip dance workshop. She says they should learn the dance for themselves and that it allows a woman to appreciate their bodies.
In stripping women can re-examine their bodies and find that sexy side of themselves and as a result it can build their self-confidence.
Others must agree with Chen as her classes are being flocked to by college students to middle-aged housewives. They are called "How to Look and Feel Sexy Workshop's" Some are there to add a little spice and some are there just for fun.
She says some are shy at first but they are encouraged to think of themselves as performers and they are eased into the role.
Beginner's classes start in blouses, short skirts and of course high heels and by the end of a five hour class they are in their underwear. And by the time students have gone through to advanced classes they strip to the waist and the hope is that the students will feel so at ease as to choreograph their own dance sequences.
I had seen some appealing stripping performances abroad before and I thought it would be fantastic if I could also dance on the stage, to captivate the attention of others," she says.
Chen has worked as a sex educator in Taiwan for several years and she also went to London in 2006 to learn the art of strip dancing.
"I was dissatisfied that my legs were too thick and I was not sure if I could be sexy. By taking stripping lessons I learnt to appreciate my body and felt an overall beauty and charm in myself."
So Chen decided to bring her experience and teach it to others to help them feel more at ease within themselves. She doesn't compare strip dancing to pole dancing though, she sees pole dancing that you see in the clubs as "showing more skin to make more money."
So it's not just about dancing for your honey or a little step into the wild-side before a wild sex fest it is also about self esteem and a different way for women to feel good about themselves.
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