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Friday, July 2, 2010

San Francisco area burlesque classes and lessons for July 2010

It's summer, and there's no better time to start taking burlesque classes! The weather is great, and the days are long. So even when you finish the evening classes, there's still sunlight in the sky. You'll want to take some classes now before everybody and her sister will be enrolling this fall when the Christina Aguilera and Cher movie "Burlesque" hits the theaters!

Even if you're already performing, you may want to take more classes with various teachers, as there are different "schools" of burlesque. It can only benefit you to keep learning and working hard to evolve as a performer!

Fortunately, we have three excellent burlesque stars in the San Francisco Bay Area who also conduct classes on a regular basis. They are listed below in chronological order of the first class offered.

So whether you're aspiring to be the next Dita Von Teese, or you simply want to learn something new for yourself or that someone special, there's a burlesque class and teacher just waiting for you!

Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy

The Hot Pink Feathers are one of the hottest dance troupes in the San Francisco Bay Area! They've performed at many burlesque festivals, appeared on NBC's America's Got Talent, and they perform annually at SF Carnaval. In addition, they have a monthly show called Burlesque n' Brass with Blue Bone Express at Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland on the first Saturday of the month. They were voted Best Dance Company in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay in 2008, and they specialize in World Cabaret and Samba Burlesque dance styles.

Kellita, who is the founder, artistic director and leader of the Feathers, is the primary teacher of the classes at the Academy, which is located near the Civic Center BART station in the SOMA area of San Francisco at 10th Street and Minna.

For more information, please visit, or email the Feathers at

Summer Samba fever continues with the Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy!

4 Tuesdays 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 @ 7:45
$60 or $20 drop in

*Learn signature HPF moves from our Samba Burlesque/World Cabaret style

* Explore a variety of approaches to Showgirl Samba, Showgirl Mambo & Showgirl Gypsy/Belly Dance

* Articulate your hips and chest in Hot Pink Feather latin bump 'n' grind

* Incorporate both saucy isolations and delicious extensions in your movement

* Broaden your range of movement from swift and snappy to slow and slinky

* Express many diverse rhythms

* BE the music

4 Tuesdays 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 @ 8:45
$60 or $20 drop in

* Learn choreographies from the Hot Pink Feathers repertoire

* Enrolling in this class creates eligibility to join the Hot Pink Feather Parade Corps (concurrent enrollment in Technique class required)

All classes held at Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy @ The Ballet Studio in SF, 128 10th St at Minna; great parking; 3 blocks from Civic Center BART


* by check (email for address)

* or using as payee (and send an email to to introduce yourself, announce your registration and give us your contact info!)

Red Hots Burlesque's School of Shimmy

Dottie Lux is the founder of Red Hots Burlesque's School of Shimmy, which has been featured in Curve Magazine, The New York Times, Current TV, WNBC and has been enjoyed by hundreds of people! In addition to Red Hots, Dottie has performed across the country and at major shows such as Tease-O-Rama and the New York Burlesque Festival. Before coming out to San Francisco in 2008, she taught School of Shimmy in New York. You can see Dottie and Red Hots Burlesque every Friday at El Rio in San Francisco.

School of Shimmy has two classes scheduled for July, Burlesque 101 and Pastie Making and Tassel Twirling. You can pay a deposit for the classes online at

Classes are held at El Rio, 3158 Mission Street in San Francisco. There are also classes currently scheduled through October, including some that are taught by special guest instructors. If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit, email, or telephone 201-915-9245.

School of Shimmy flier, Summer 2010

And You have heard it here first! 2 new School of Shimmy classes announced for July!! BUY TICKETS HERE (and save) !!!

JULY 13th 7-9pm at El Rio Burlesque 101: 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.

July 27th 7-9pm at El Rio Pastie Making and Tassel Twirling: How do we do it?! Impress and amaze with the art of tassel twirling. In the first hour we will go over the history of tassel twirling and you will make your very own pair of pasties with tassels. No materials fees. Supplies will be provided, but if you have a pair of scissors and/or a hot glue gun; bring it! The second hour of class will teach you those much desired and sought out moves to get those tatas-a-twirlin'! We will go over several different methods and find which option works best for you. Be prepared to wear pasties on your body. The class is a safe and respectful environment where students should feel free to toss their inhibitions aside.

Bombshell Betty's Burlesquercise

Bombshell Betty has been teaching wildly popular burlesque classes in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004. A self-proclaimed "body image activist," Betty's motto is “If you feel sexy, then you are sexy!” She's been performing since 2000, and has graced the stages of three continents.

Many of her classes sell out. In fact, her three-week Intro to Burlesquercise class has just a few spots left! This class is perfect for those who don't want to commit to a full 12 week class (which starts on August 19) yet still would like to learn the basics of burlesque. It starts on July 15, and you can register now and find more information about this and other classes at

Classes are held at Bombshell Betty Dance, which is located at 715 Bryant Street, Suite 201 (Upstairs), at 5th Street in San Francisco's SOMA district. If you can't make it to her studios, why not buy her Intro to Burlesquercise DVD? It's on sale now for a limited time at

So join the hundreds of people who have taken Betty's classes and have gained confidence in themselves, improved their body image, and have learned something new!

Bombshell Betty Burlesquercise


Starts July 15! Only 3 spots left!

Want to join in on the fun, but you can't commit to the whole enchilada? Learn the basics of burlesque dancing and shake your stuff with some fun choreography in the next 3-class Intro to Burlesquercise Mini-Session.
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