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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque Classes in SF: Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 2009

With the San Francisco premiere of "A Wink and a Smile" ( next weekend comes the Academy of Burlesque down from its home in Seattle. In addition to appearing at the 7pm screening (previous post) and the afterparty (previous post) on Friday, Indigo Blue and others will be conducting classes and a Q&A session. So if you've ever wondered what it's like to be in the classes as depicted in the film, this is the next best thing without leaving the Bay Area!

Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque visits San Francisco!

In celebration of the San Francisco premier of the celebrated breakout documentary "A Wink and A Smile,” the Academy of Burlesque is offering the following specialty classes and discussions at the Center for Sex and Culture, located at 1519 Mission Street between 11th and So. Van Ness, San Francisco, CA.

*Bellydance Moves for the Burlesque Stage w/Fuchsia FoXXX*
Saturday, May 30, 1pm – 2:30pm

Cost: $15 pre-register at:
*Pre-register for all 3 classes at $50 rate (material fees not included):

This 1.5 hr dance class is for all levels. Add more power to your Burly-Q punch with Seattle's "Sexiest Bellydancer" Fuchsia FoXXX! Learn core movements, basic posture, articulation and isolations. Develop an understanding of Fuchsia's mind-boggling fluid body undulations and tight pop-n-locks, and develop and isolate the shimmy!

*Headdresses, Fascinators, and YOU w/the Shanghai Pearl*
Saturday, May 30, 2:30pm – 4pm

Cost: $20 preregister at:
+ $20 materials fee (to be paid at class)
*Pre-register for all 3 classes at $50 rate (material fees not included):

Learn the difference between coque and nandu! Learn how to curl and shape feathers and learn the basics of building your own fabulous headdress! Materials will be provided for a small fee, otherwise please bring your burlesque accroutrement! Students are encouraged to bring feathers, sparkly bits, flowers, clips, ribbons, and a GLUE GUN!

The materials fee will include their choice of (first come first serve) feathers (selection of ostrich and coque), buckram, sparkly bits (fine sequin appliques and rhinestone chain), flowers, clips (duckbill and slide), and a glue gun. Students are especially encouraged to bring their own glue gun so they don't have to wait for a community one.

*How to Make Pasties! w/ Miss Indigo Blue*
Saturday, May 30, 4-5:30pm

Cost: $20 pre-register at:
+ $20 materials fee (to be paid at class)
*Day-of-class admission on a space available basis for $30 + $20 materials
*Pre-register for all 3 classes at $50 rate (material fees not included):

Learn the basics of pastie construction and tassel twirling with Miss Indigo Blue, the Chief Twirling Officer of TwirlyGirl Pasties. Miss Indigo will explain the fundamentals of making, embellishing, and twirling your very own decorative nipple tassels! You will leave class with a completed pair of pasties that you can use in performance, as well as all the information you need to create your own in the future!

Provided by instructor: Buckram, scissors, glue guns & glue, tassels, fabric, needle & thread, sequins, rhinestones.

*The Art of The Tease for Sex-Industry Workers with Miss Indigo Blue*
Sunday, May 31, 1-3pm

Cost: $10-20 sliding scale, Pre-register at:

Miss Indigo Blue began her sexy striptease career as a dancer at Champ Arcade and The Lusty Lady in Seattle, and the Lusty Lady and Century in San Francisco in the 90's. As a stripper and a strip-teaser, she developed skills for drawing attention, building desire, and accentuating the moments that happen BEFORE nudity and/or physical contact with customers. Tease is energizing and fun for providers and reduces burnout, while increasing customer loyalty by infusing a sense of attraction and play into the relationship. This workshop was first presented for the Sex Workers' Outreach Project in Tucson, AZ, as an invited class by Stacey Swimme. The material is applicable to all strippers, hookers, escorts, masseuses, and other face:face providers. Miss Indigo is delighted to re-offer this
material on a sliding scale to the San Francisco Bay Area Sex-Industry workers community.

*Behind the Wink and The Smile: Q&A w/ the Director and Stars of “A
Wink And A Smile”*
Sunday, May 31, 3:30-5pm

An intimate conversation with Director Deirdre Timmons, Stars Miss Indigo
Blue, The Shanghai Pearl, and Starlet Vera Lu.

Burlesque is a burgeoning performance art form that is making itself known in every realm of popular culture. As a female film director, Timmons has a unique perspective on both the art form and on filmmaking. The panelists will speak about their experiences during the filming, and answer questions about Burlesque, documentary production, women in film, and erotic performance.

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