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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.  

Class List

December 2014 – February 2015

Introduction to LYRA with INDIA SKY @ Center For Sex and Culture
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lyra workshop with India Sky:

Come fly at the Center for Sex and Culture! In this workshop participants will learn tricks, holds, inversions and spins on Aerial Lyra, working up to a short sequence. This workshop is designed for beginners and those with some aerial experience. Wear comfortable gym clothing including leggings/sweats that cover the backs of your knees.

About India:
India Davis is a Multidisciplinary artist based out of Oakland.  A trained acrobat and aerialist, India combines physical feats with dance to illustrate the breadth of her inspirations. She is a founding member, dancer and choreographer of Body Waves, a queer black acrobatic dance collective located in Oakland. Body Waves has been recognized for stunning acrobatics, hand-balancing, invented apparatuses and choreography rooted in Black movement and aesthetics. Through blending acrobatic feats with dance, they take their ideas to the next level, shape-shifting story, perception and myth through their performance. She is also the co-producer of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, which was featured as part of the 2013 and 2014 National Queer Arts Festivals and sold out the Brava Theater in San Francisco both years. India’s visionary work has been seen across the country and abroad and is always guided by themes of multi-dimensionality, spirit, and the link between legacy, timelessness and future manifestation through the body. She teaches Pole, Aerial,  Acrobatics, and various other movement classes throughout the Bay Area . Visit her website at

Miki Vargas Photography.

Miki Vargas Photography.

Burlesque 101 @ San Francisco Circus Center
11:30 am – 1:30 pm


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.

Fabric Work with Isis Starr @ Center For Sex and Culture
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Isis Starr performs at Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Isis Starr performs at Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Dusters, robes, capes, fabric of any kind can all set flight in your fingertips. Mater the art of cape-work with Isis Starr is the original material girl, she can spin anything that has a natural flow.In this workshop you will learn to handle material in a way that will allow it to flow around your body with ease and grace and elegance. You will bring a duster, piece of fabric, cape  or something you want to learn to handle with grace. You will also learn what materials work better than others. Isis will demonstrate arm movements that will get material flowing and spinning. You will learn what to do and what not to do. This is a workshop for all levels.
About the Instructor: Performing since the 1960′s Living Legend of Burlesque, Isis Starr began her career in dance with the San Francisco Ballet and has danced in variety of Contemporary and Modern dance companies, before embarking on Burlesque. She has been around the world twice on a G-string .She brings you Form and Face, Style and Grace. Isis Starr redefines the art of Scared dance for all to see. Her performances is a celebration of Life, a statement of herself and an outpouring of the Divine Feminine and an adventure in sensuality.

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!