What’s the most important talent to have as a burlesque dancer? Just look like you’re having fun. You don’t want to have to try so hard to convince the audience “oh, I love what I do.” You honestly want to be loving what you’re doing. Eye contact and facial expressions, that really helps. Tell a story, in addition to your body movement on stage. But I don’t think you need to have one talent, like being an actor or an aerialist, to justify being on stage. You can be, and bring those elements to your performance and I’m sure it would add to it, but you don’t have to have any training at all. I didn’t take any classes, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

via GiGi La Femme, Burlesque Dancer: Gothamist.