School of Shimmy
You've heard about a burlesque revival. You've seen snippets of this sensation in the press and on T.V. Now it's time for you to get in on the action! Calling all divas, cool cats, harlots, dames hot mamas and daddy-o's, RED HOTS BURLESQUE SCHOOL OF SHIMMY is for you! If you have always dreamed of being a burlesque star or just want to learn what all this fun is all about you too can be Red Hot! The PRESS loves SCHOOL OF SHIMMY see our MEDIA page for coverage of our class series.Bring a friend or meet some in the class. Burlesque is about having fun! Bring a smile and an open mind because we're going to let loose as you learn to shake it with confidence and class! We love to bring the school to you! You name the time and we'll make it happen. CONTACT US and let's get shakin'! All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required. No deposit needed for class, however space is very limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a spot email: redhotsburlesque @ gmail . com with S.O.S. in the subject line. State which class(es) you are interested in and don't forget inquire about discounted rates! All classes are $30, unless otherwise noted.
February – April 2015
Learn all the ins, outs, ups, and downs of working with one of the most ubiquitous props around, the chair!
Sure you can sit on it to take off your stockings, but what else? Ariyana La Fey will lead the class through some introductory warmups and exercises to help make you comfortable with the basics of chair dancing, and then we’ll build a short routine together! You’ll leave with all kinds of homework and inspiration to continue your personal explorations with a chair. If you already have a favorite chair, please bring it!
Join us as we learn the art of Tease! Red Hots Burlesque is back at The Center for Sex and Culture presenting Burlesque 101: Bump & Grind Basics. In this two-hour workshop, students will learn the history of burlesque, how to create a persona and basic choreography. As well as learning to build your burlesque attitude; feel great about your body, and an open discussion about increased confidence and positive thinking.
All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required.
Burlesque 201: Students are encouraged to come with an act or character in mind. We will develop personas and discuss song choice, prop use, costume selection and techniques for coming up with acts. This class will include lecture and group work. Bring 3 items that inspire you (can be a person place or thing).
Vyxen Monroe, of the Wily Minxes and Sin Sisters Burlesque, brings you a Neo-Burlesque Workshop Concoction comprised of basic dance technique instruction, body (and booty!) toning and conditioning, and eye-catching choreography–all wrapped up, and then unwrapped, with the art of the tease. Learn how to turn while shedding various layers, and maintain your poise while peeling your clothes…
Come to this class prepared to stretch, workout, dance, have fun and get in touch with your unique sexy-self! This class is designed for non-dancers and dancers alike, all body types, and a good attitude.
Having trouble finding your inner idiot? Struggling to be a braver performer? Le Jeu (the French word for “play”) reminds you of the joy of performing for an audience; when a performer has fun during their performance and can share that pleasure with the audience, the audience will enjoy that performance even more! This workshop is designed to get you unstuck, activate your imagination, and lose your inhibitions. You will be taught how to attune yourself to the moment, re-discover play, recognize and avoid pushing, and let go! Find your most open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous qualities!
This workshop uses different games and exercises specially designed to help actors to discover their inner rhythm and timing, fixed point, sensitivity, lightness, and a good complicite within themselves, their fellow actors and the audience. For performers and non-performers of all levels, ages, and abilities.
Imogen Quest: The Melting Pot That Makes You Hot
Bio Info: Imogen Quest has been entertaining on and off stages for over half her life.
Selected Credits: Ottawa Burlesque Festival, Capital Pride, Ottawa Buskers Festival, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Steel Rail Sessions, CAFKA, Coney Island USA. Has happily brought her theatrics to three continents now!
Polish! A workshop taught by Harvest Moon, burlesque sensation from NYC. This class will focus on striking the final pose and how to end an act with flair, and leave the crowd wanting more. We’ll use hand gesturing and finding fluidity in movements that make them more cohesive and awe-inspiring. The warm up will include some stretching for increasing flexibility. Bring high heel shoes and whatever you can loosely move it. Be prepared to sweat and love it!
Velvet Kensington brings her nine years of glove peeling to you in Keeping Eyes Peeled with Glove Peels. Starting with the basic glove loosening techniques, Velvet will lead you through a plethora of techniques to get those gloves off using different parts of your body. To finish off the class, a surprise peel sure to keep audiences eyes on you!
Are you a Breast Cancer Survivor? Learn how you can take classes for free! Want to donate to survivors taking classes? See our PINK LIGHT page.Our Mission:Pink Light Bay Area provides burlesque classes based on the table of contents in the Burlesque Handbook, written by Jo Weldon. These classes will remain free to all survivors and those currently receiving treatment for breast cancer. Pink Light Bay Area will have a focus on finding fun. These classes are pointed at women looking for a one-two punch of fierce femininity and silly celebration to help reclaim their bodies. As Pink Light as a whole works towards non-profit status we will be seeking supporters and partners such as Center for Sex and Culture which will provide space for this classes and other materials needed. All students are potential teachers as we aim to spread this experience as far and wide as possible. These classes are also available to any friends or caregivers of a survivors as long as they are attending with those personally impacted by breast cancer. Get back and give back to yourself!