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Dancing ugly — zombies to do burlesque

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 8:05 am

One of the highlights of the Lodi Zombie Walk on Oct. 29 will be a full burlesque show by dancers dressed like — you guessed it — zombies.

Now don’t go to the burlesque show looking for nudity, but organizers say it will be sexy and full of humor.

“We want it to be tasteful,” said Adrianne “Addy” Street, who is co-chairing the burlesque show with Sandra Darling Roberts. 

“We’re making fun of the idea of ‘sexy,’ ” Roberts said. “It’s kind of intimidating to dance sexy in front of a group of people.”

There will be seven to 11 dancers at the burlesque show, to be held at Last Call, 114 N. Sacramento St. 

And they won’t all be women. Men will be showing off their bodies as well.

“There’s going to be a lots of humor there,” Street said.

In fact, the show will reflect a new kind of burlesque — one focused on horror.

“It’s not just pretty women,” Street said. “It’s about embracing who you are and being comfortable with yourself.

Street, a Stockton resident who belly dances and designs costumes in Lodi, began belly dancing three years ago and got into burlesque through her instructor a year and a half ago.

Roberts is a former roller derby athlete who was born in Stockton, but lived most of her adult life in Seattle. She moved to Lodi a few months ago to be with her boyfriend, who she describes as “a mad scientist with deep roots in Lodi.”

Roberts is a sheet metal worker at various construction sites in the area.

Street said she wants to continue encouraging burlesque in Lodi throughout the year. She plans to conduct a couple of workshops to help maintain the interest.

The burlesque dance will begin at about 10:30 p.m., though an exact time hasn’t been set.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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