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Burlesque Semester Intensive Courses

Dance Basics for Burlesque

Release your inner burlesque starlet with an emphasis of classic dance techniques, statuesque poses and walks, and utilization of props all to sassy, swinging big band music.  The class consists of a variety of stretches and warm-ups based on dance, pilates and yoga, followed by across the floor routines which utilize jazz, ballet and classic bumps and grinds in a short dance combination. For the full experience, please bring high-heeled shoes.

Big Bad Boa

The feathers go flying in this fun review of classic boa technique with a twist. Learn to wear your boa with pride and become a boa wielding pro. Your instructor also teaches basic dance steps, turns and walks to accompany boa technique. The class includes a short dance combination. Wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch in.

Origins of the Bump and Grind

We’ll teach you the origins of the bump and grind from belly dance technique to hula, Latin styles and even a bump session to African drums. American burlesque has taken a hint from fertility dances from all over the world and your instructor will bring it all together for you. Basic classic walks and poses will also be reviewed. Bring comfortable clothing that you can stretch in.

Stocking and Glove Peel Appeal

Watch out! Stockings and gloves are HOT! Burlesque performer and instructor guides you through classic striptease moves and are sure to tease, taunt and tickle your funny bone. Whether these peels are for the stage or for the bedroom, you’ll be surprised and delighted by how much you can do with a simple set of stockings and seemingly innocent gloves! Bring a pair of old stockings (that you don’t mind getting a run in) and a set of long gloves. Some stockings and gloves will be provided. Be sure to wear shorts or stretchy form fitting pants for this course!

Kicks and Spins! In Burlesque? Oh my!
Did you ever wonder how to incorporate those awesome kicks and spins into your burlesque routine? Your instructor breaks it all down for you. This course is for performers with dance training who are wanting to up the ante in their routines with athletic, yet statuesque, poses, drops turns and kicks. The class includes an intensive stretch routine, bring a yoga mat if preferred. Wear clothing you can stretch in and wear knee covering if this is of particular concern.

Musicality and Personality

In Musicality and Personality we find our personal style and flair while bumping and grinding to a variety of music. Learn how to use different music to inform a variety of movements and moods. Your instructor will guide you through a review of dance and burlesque movement while maintaining a fun and open environment. A simple dance combination will be used for a variety of songs with an emphasis on timing and effect. Diversity and variety of movement are embraced and encouraged.

Fan Tantantalize!

A good fan dance can tease and tantalize, but wielding this beautiful prop isn’t always as easy as it looks. Your instructor will guide you through basic fan technique including holds, poses and reveals. Simple dance instruction will accompany this class to really accentuate the beauty and grace of the American fan dance. Please bring your own fans, if you have them, high-heeled shoes and clothes you can stretch in.

Floorwerk and Fanwerk!

A good fan dance can tease and tantalize, but wielding this beautiful prop isn’t always as easy as it looks. Your instructor will guide you through basic fan technique including holds, poses and reveals. Simple dance instruction will accompany this class to really accentuate the beauty and grace of the American fan dance.

How do I get on the floor gracefully, what do I do once I’m down there, and how on Earth do I get back up?! Whether your just starting or a burlesque pro, we’ll guide you through this age old stage dilemma. You’ll be rolling around in no time!

Please bring your own fans, if you have them, high-heeled shoes and clothes you can stretch in. A yoga mat is preferred for sensitive knees and bottoms. Knee pads are also lovely.

Tango Cabaret Tease

Have you ever been moved by the passion of tango music? Have you ever witnessed the seduction of a couple’s tango performance and thought, I want to do that! But how? This class explores ways to bring the elegance and drama of Argentine tango to a solo performance, no partner required!  You will learn to make the world your paramour through every movement from footwork to posture and prop work.

Burlesque Character Development

Across all genres and styles of burlesque, we use this versatile art form to tell a story or show a transformation. Building strong characters with layers of depth to embody your story captivates your audience and makes you all the more effective and memorable as an entertainer. Using the theatrical elements of music, movement, aesthetics, and interaction with the audience, we will explore ways to make established acts even more compelling or build the framework of an act from the ground up for maximum effect.

Tropical Tease

Your instructor shows you how to shake those hips island style and how to incorporate these movements into a burlesque routine. Learn Polynesian and Afro-Caribbean dance technique in this fun-filled class. Bring workout clothing and a sarong or hip scarf for full effect. Shoes optional.

Drama Queen!

Release your inner burlesque diva with an emphasis of classic, silver screen dance techniques, statuesque poses and walks, and utilization of props all to sassy, swinging big band music with a modern twist! The class consists of a variety of stretches and warm-ups based on dance, pilates and yoga, followed by across the floor routines which utilize jazz, ballet, go-go, modeling and classic bumps and grinds in a short dance combination. For the full experience, please bring high-heeled shoes and a positive attitude.

Drama Queen II!

Ready to use your fierce walks, poses and spins for an incredible dance combination? Don’t miss Drama Queen II! To put your heels, hair and chair to work! Beginners and seasoned dance performers welcome as your instructor uses their years as a burlesque performer, go-go dancer and model to teach you to find your fierceness and strut with pride. Bring comfortable clothing that you can stretch in, your heels and a positive attitude!

The Cheeky Reveal

Let’s focus on the peel in this striptease focused workshop. Bring a men’s button-down long sleeved shirt or a long-sleeved robe we’ll teach you an introduction to striptease with a review of classic and modern techniques. One of the biggest challenges of striptease burlesque is creating and executing novel and tantalizing clothing peels. Cheeky chair work will also be covered. Your instructor will guide you through a history of classic burlesque through today and teach you some new and exciting moves that will inspire you to create your own. This course is designed for beginners and aspiring performers. Bring clothing you can stretch in and your long-sleeved shirt or robe.

Burlesque Master Class I

Learn from an international burlesque star as they teach a comprehensive review of origins and classic burlesque technique. This class pulls together boa, glove, chair, stocking, shimmy, and bump and grind technique in this 2 hour, comprehensive class. A warm-up and dance combination will also be included. Bring clothing you can stretch and dance in. Bring gloves, stockings, high-heeled shoes and a boa if you have them. These implements will be provided if you don’t have them available.

Burlesque Master Class II

Your international burlesque star and instructor teaches a comprehensive review of origins and classic burlesque technique. This class pulls together boa, glove, chair, stocking, shimmy, and bump and grind technique in this 2 hour, comprehensive class. Master Class II is an introduction to preparing a burlesque act to perform. This class will discuss story, character, motivation and musicality. A warm-up and dance combination will also be included. Bring clothing you can stretch and dance in. Bring gloves, stockings, high-heeled shoes and a boa if you have them. These implements will be provided if you don’t have them available. Be prepared to come to class with a burlesque name!