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.
Jazz + Burlesque
Jazz + Burlesque go together like slink and strut. This class covers classic jazz dance technique characterized by the use of isolations to syncopated music. In Jazz + Burlesque, Miss Kitty helps you develop isolations using standard jazz shapes from head to toe. You’ll learn and apply the foundations of classic jazz technique including working from parallel, inverting body lines, and embodying musical accents to the likes of Jessi J., Sammy Davis Jr., and Tom Waits. Combinations throughout the technique portion of class are drawn on during phrase work and choreography, a fun way to integrate and refine what you have already learned!
- center technique
- combinations across the floor
- phrase work and choreography - cool down
Form-fitting, comfortable clothing (dance clothes, leggings, etc.) and soft-soled dance shoes (leather/canvas jazz shoes, ballroom shoes, etc.) recommended. No shoes? No problem! Class can also be taken barefoot!
Miss Kitty Oaks is a dance-based performer, teacher, and choreographer. She draws heavily on her 25+ years of dance training and 10+ years of professional dance experience, particularly so when teaching. Culling language from a library of modalities, Miss Kitty’s classes are accessible to anyone with a will to move who is ready to explore with their body.
On stage, her lifetime spent dancing coupled with a burnin’ love of burlesque make Kitty’s performances a stimulating experience. Whether whisking audiences off to worlds of sensuous divinity or commanding the room with magnetic artistry, this gem of a performer shares many facets of herself through the art of burlesque. She sheds garments like she sheds layers of patriarchal propriety. Hailed from The Windy City to the Golden State for her mesmerizing movement and her dancer’s derriere, Miss Kitty Oaks hopes to elevate, illuminate, and titillate the world with her burlesque.
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!