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.
December 2013 – February 2014
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).
All that glitters may be gold but all that glows is platinum! Have you ever wanted to make a costume that glows but were scared to mess with ‘all that nerdy tech stuff’? come talk nerdy with us and learn how to electrify your costumes. Electro-luminescent (EL) wire and LEDs are easy to use once you understand the basics. In this class you’ll learn to solder the components of EL wire and LED projects and a few different ways to use them on costumes. We’ll also provide resources for buying EL wire and LED supplies. Kits available for an additional fee ($10-30)
**Fan Dancing with Balla Fire** 7-9pm in SF at Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission st, SF CA: Balla Fire has been seen flittering about stages all over the Bay Area and will teach you how to conceal and reveal with your fans. Various techniques and movements will be discussed. Learn to let the fans do the work as you move about, behind, and beneath them. BYO fans if you have them, any fans will do, as will a couple of mead notebooks, trash can lids, large serving platters, or anything your imagination can conjure. Fixed open ostrich feather fans and veiled fans will be used for demonstration, or Balla may snag your trash can lids to share tips and tricks. Small folding fans will also be provided to students. Fan (or trash can lid) dancing doesn’t have to be intimidating. Come dance and giggle with us for the evening.
About this teacher: Miss Balla Fire, cofounder of Sin Sisters Burlesque in Santa Cruz, has left a swath of creative destruction on the burlesque landscape since 2005, a natural progression from the trail of broken hearts and stolen souls from her more vernal and carefree days. Once she began performing, this ingrained pattern of aggressive invasion gave her the social grace to rapidly become one of the premier creative leads in the Bay Area’s rich burlesque scene. Featuring regularly as one of the brightest stars in all Bay Area shows. In her hometown of Santa Cruz, the Sin Sisters reign supreme with one of the biggest and most elegant monthly burlesque shows in the country, on the second Saturday of each month. And they also beckon you to join their glamorous world by offering burlesque classes for all skill levels. For more information (or to get your pants back), see sinsistersburlesque.com.
“Yes you Can-Can!” A two hour workshop by Vaudie Va-Boom, the director of the Can-Cannibals Dance Troupe. Includes warm-up and stretch techniques, all the basic can-can kicks, skirt manipulation, learning a bit of original choreography by the Can-Cannibals, and a whole group chorus line, plus some history of the dance! We will be jumping, jiggling and kicking so please wear something SUPPORTIVE that you can move in. Wear comfortable shoes, or character shoes. Bring a long skirt, circle skirt, or petticoat if you have one. There will be some skirts available for everyone to practice with!
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.