And since this is the time of year that classes are starting for the spring, this seems like a good place to briefly list the three top burlesque teachers I know about in the area.
First in alphabetical order, there's Bombshell Betty. Her class offerings are at www.bombshellbetty.net/burlesquercise.html. She's one of the top teachers and performers in the nation. Many of the performers that are listed in this blog and calendar got their start with Bombshell Betty. She has various classes starting at various times, so check her site for the latest class and registration information. Plus you can check out her show at the Elbo Room on Tuesday to see her and some of her students perform. See below for details!
Dottie Lux has brought her Red Hots Burlesque School of Shimmy to San Francisco from New York City. She's also a well-known performer and teacher. Class offerings are listed at www.redhotsburlesque.com and at www.myspace.com/redhotsburlesque. A new set of classes starts this week, so if you're interested in taking some, contact Dottie through either of the aforementioned websites.
Kellita of the Hot Pink Feathers has the HPF Showgirl Academy. Class offerings are listed at www.hotpinkfeathers.com/classes.html. They are preparing for Grand Carnaval SF Parade, so it appears that the classes are aimed at getting students ready for that event. Once again, see the HPF website for information about classes and registration.
Now for the upcoming shows of this week!
- Monday, March 9, 2009: Uptown Hubba Hubba at the Uptown in Oakland, 1928 Telegraph Avenue. The time has changed, but times are still hot in Oakland! Get heated by Monifa, Miss Lida Fire, Professor Shimmy, Simone de la Getto, Madam Chartreuse, Perky Pom Poms & The Baron von Marlon, Kiki Cat, Miss Balla Fire, Courtney Crimson, and Wiggy Darlington & Vima Burlesque! Doors at 9pm, show at 10:15ish. $5, 21+ w/ID.
- Tuesday, March 10: Tres Fromagique at Elbo Room in San Francisco, 647 Valencia Street. Join Bombshell Betty, Fromagique, and the Fromagettes for singing, dancing, LIVE MUSIC, Burly-Go-Go, group acts, and solos. Also starring Michelle Pliner, Red Velvet, Sneak-A-Peak Sally, Holly Highbeams, Bourbon Lee, Bootsy La Rue, Dizzy Falls, and The Amazing CoCoNuts! Kingfish will be your gracious emcee. 9pm. $8, 21+ w/ID.
- Thursday, March 12: Little Minsky's Burlesque at Club Deluxe in SF, 1511 Haight Street. Little Minsky's is brought to you by Douglas Good (of Cabaret Verdalet) and The Flying Fox (burlesque glamour girl). Door at 9pm, show at 10. $5, 21+ w/ID.
- Friday, March 13: Red Hots Burlesque at El Rio in San Francisco, 3158 Mission Street. Dottie Lux brings you a different show every single week! Each event promises the seductive and spicy, absurd and amusing all from local and visiting talent. Show at 7:30pm. $5-10 sliding scale, 21+ w/ID.
- Sunday, March 15: Debauchery at the White Horse Inn in Oakland, 6555 Telegraph Avenue. Every third Sunday of the month. Featuring an enticing selection of salaciously smoldering strippers and naughty raffle prizes! Doors at 7pm, show at 8. $5-15, all proceeds benefit organizations working in the queer community. 21+ w/ID.