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Episode 109. Burlesque Moms with My BFF Amanda Furgiuele

Episode 109

Do you have a creative outlet? Have you ever thought of taking up burlesque as a creative outlet? My best friend and fellow mom Amanda Furgiuele did. She says she was tricked into it, but years later, she’s still at it and has turned her hobby into a business and now a podcast.

This mompreneur is going to teach us all about the history of burlesque and cabaret, drop some truth bombs, bust through some stigmas, and share what it’s like to be one of 4 hosts on a podcast. She even brings up things from years ago that I had all but forgotten—things about me that now you’ll know.

Keep in mind we’re real life best friends so if this is your first time tuning into Elevating Motherhood, know that this is a pretty casual episode but it’s still filled with lots of fun, stories, and laughs.

Amanda’s Bio: Amanda Furgiuele aka “Bourbon Layne” is the most mysterious member of the burlesque troupe Cabaret & Cocktails. She’s sinfully sultry with a steamy sense of humor. She’ll wrap around you like a warm shot of burlesque whiskey, and leave you drunk and wanting more. Bourbon has a unique creative outlook and comes with an impressive aerial background to Cabaret & Cocktails. As a Maui business maven she brings executive prowess to Cabaret & Cocktails. You may remember her from her hilarious Mermaid-Reverse Mermaid pole dance, her aerial hammock performance to “Close”, and her unexpected reveal during “Late Night Horrors” in her balloon number “Pumpkin Spice Spice Baby”. Bourbon was born with a burlesque mindset, reveling in costumes, sexuality, humor, and tease.

You guys. That was the bio she gave me to read. She’s also a mom to a 3-year-old who is also one of my favorite people and godmother to my kiddos.

In this episode Amanda & I talk about:

  • The Burlesque Moms Podcast
  • How opposites attract
  • Being friends with people who are not like you
  • What it’s like to work with 4 hosts on one show
  • Our performance history
  • My previous life as a professional color guard instructor and performer
  • How Amanda got tricked into becoming a burlesque performer
  • How a self-described prude turned into a dancer
  • What burlesque is and what it isn’t
  • The difference between cabaret and burlesque
  • The history of burlesque
  • Neo-burlesque
  • The French & Italian origins of burlesque
  • American version of burlesque
  • Burlesque and motherhood…do they go together
  • Stigmas and stereotypes surrounding burlesque
  • The multiple roles of moms
  • Honoring the whole person in all of us
  • The taboo of talking about moms and sexiness
  • Expectations of women/moms in society and how they don’t line up
  • The humor element of burlesque
  • Taking sex too seriously
  • Living legends of burlesque
  • Burlesque hall of fame
  • The backstage juxtaposition of being a performer and having a family
  • Cabaret and Cocktails
  • Creative outlets as a mom
  • The hardest part of podcasting: scheduling
  • Balancing work and mothering
  • Bringing your kids to work (i.e. backstage babies)
  • Pursuing dance as a creative outlet
  • Making yourself feel better and more connected to your body
  • Reminding yourself that you are beautiful, amazing, & unique

Amanda’s Links:
Website, Podcast, Instagram, and Facebook

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