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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Upcoming burlesque classes and lessons in the SF Bay Area

If you've seen Burlesque and want to learn some authentic burlesque dance moves, or if you've always wanted to learn something about performing burlesque, now is a great time to do so!

This December will see the start of several burlesque classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you want to learn some authentic burlesque moves from experienced teachers, check out the following local schools of burlesque! Schools are listed by date of their first available class.

Be sure to inquire how you can give the gift of burlesque this holiday season! Burlesque classes are sure to be a unique and welcome present for that special someone!

Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy

Looking to bring out your inner showgirl? The Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy is the place to go! Led by the award-winning leader of the Feathers, Kellita, you'll learn World Cabaret and Samba Burlesque dance technique and choreography as well as polishing a solo act.

Classes are held at the Ballet Studio in San Francisco. See below for details. Private classes or workshops are also available! If you have any questions, please visit, email them at, or call 415-398-7673.


1) World Cabaret/Samba Burlesque Technique (Tu 7:30pm) in SF

2) Hot Pink Feathers Choreography Class: HOLIDAY DANCES! (Tu 8:30pm) in SF (plus performance option!)

3) Crafting the Solo (Thurs 7:30 next session begins 12/2) in SF (plus performance option)

San Francisco classes and practices held at:
Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy @ The Ballet Studio in SF
128 10th St at Minna; great parking; 3 blks from Civic Ctr BART

1) World Cabaret/Samba Burlesque Dance Technique

Fall Session III: 2 Tues 12/7 & 12/14 7:30pm
$30/series ($20/drop in); $27/series for members

Register here: w/ as payee (and send an email to the same address announcing your registration!)

2) Hot Pink Feathers Choreography Class

Fall Session III: 2 Tues 8:30pm 12/7 & 12/14 8:30pm
$30/series; $27/series for members

12/16 PERFORMANCE OPTION (ONLY OPEN to those who participated in Fall Session II Performance Workshop): enroll in both Fall Session III Technique & Choreography and performance workshop (9:30pm); extra fee for performance workshop: $20; $15 for members. TOTAL: $80 or $69 for those with annual membership (costume handling fee waived for all).

Register here: w/ as payee (and send an email to the same address announcing your registration!)

3) New and Improved! CRAFTING the SOLO: creating your own burlesque solo dance

(7 *extra* hours of workshop, including more development exercises, guest graduate input and 3 hour Costume Salon curated by accomplished costumier Red Velvet!)

Winter Session: Thursdays 12/2, 12/9, 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3 7:30-10pm and Saturdays 1/15 & 1/22 2-5pm (plus 2 group burlesque show field trips TBA)
includes public performance options (2/5 or 2/7)

Limited enrollment; Pre-reg required; $385 (can pay in 2 parts)
Non-refundable deposit of $75 holds your spot

Register here: w/ as payee (and send an email to the same address announcing your registration!)

Visit for class descriptions, membership discounts & policies!

Learn from veteran of the stage, award-winning international burlesque delight, Kellita. With 10 years active cabaret & burlesque experience, Kellita is a 5-time finalist at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, headliner of 3 burlesque festivals, and Queen of Carnaval SF, 2008. Kellita's teaching credits include: Tease-O-Rama, NY Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, Toronto Burlesque Festival, St. Louis Show Me Burlesque Festival, Windy City Burlesque Festival, BurlyCon and the Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy. She takes takes particular delight in awakening showgirls worldwide.

Bombshell Betty's Burlesquercise

The next Bombshell Betty mini-session starts on Sunday, December 5. Classes are held in her studio in San Francisco, 715 Bryant Street, Suite 201. There are also graduation performance opportunities at some of Bombshell Betty's shows! For more information, please visit or email via her form.

Also, learn about her Pinup Workshop which will be visiting San Francisco this Sunday, November 28. Information about the workshops may be found at

"Intro to Burlesquercise" Mini-Session

PLEASE NOTE: This series has filled at least a week in advance EVERY time it has been offered for more than a year. We have turned away an average of 5 people per series.

Been looking for a sexy workout or just want more excitement in your life? Come join in on the fun with this special introductory series. In addition to the unique bump-and-grind warmup and workout that Burlesquercise is famous for, you will learn the burlesque strut, how to create your own retro style dance moves and choreography, how to work a boa, twirl tassels (no nudity required) and more! You'll also learn the choreography for the dance numbers most often performed by "Bombshell Betty's Burlesqueteers," so pull your favorite lingerie out of hiding in the top drawer and let's shake it... with Burlesquercise!

Sundays, December 5, 12, and 19, 2010: 3:00-4:30PM

Graduation performance:
- Jan 12th at the Elbo Room in SF
- Jan 17th "Burlesqueteer Night" at the Uptown HHR in Oak
GENERAL REGISTRATION: $75 for all 3 classes!

Bombshell Betty Dance maintains that it is the responsibility of the registrant to determine whether they will be able to attend all the classes in the session or workshop they are enrolling in at the time of purchase. Please note that there will be no refund or prorate for unattended classes. Read the Bombshell Betty Dance terms and policies. All classes are for persons 18+ ONLY.

Bombshell Betty is a pin-up and burlesque obsessed entrepreneur and innovator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Already having several years of professional performance behind her, she leaped headlong into the burlesque life in 2000 when she began touring regularly across the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

In March, 2004, Betty started teaching her wildly popular "Burlesquercise" dance classes and is now a premier US burlesque instructor with her own studio in downtown San Francisco, her student list numbering in the thousands for her classes and workshops.

Fishnet Follies School of Classic Burlesque

Led by veteran burlesque performer Mynx d'Meanor, classes at the Fishnet Follies School of Classic Burlesque will be held at Bay Functional Fitness in the Rockridge area of Oakland. Please visit for class policies and other important information.

If you have questions, please visit, contact them via email at, or call Mynx d’Meanor at 415.300.0976.

Intro to Burlesque: “Charm School”

TUESDAYS – December 7, 14, 21, 28 / 7:30PM-8:30PM (4 week series)
Developing the fundamental elements of classic burlesque. Harkening back to the charm schools of the 1950′s, we will begin each class with mild stretches and “drills” on posture (yes, you will stand/walk with a book on your head) and mimicking several classic pinup poses. Then we’ll dig into a focus topic, varied each week.
Led by Mynx d’Meanor (pictured, on the left).

Week 1: “The Look” – Finding your best angles, standing and sitting. We will spend time really looking at ourselves in the mirror to figure out how to show off our assets in the most flattering way possible, and hide any “flaws” we’re not so proud of.
Week 2: “The Strut” – Different ways of walking, based on character (shy kitten? vamp? etc.) and musicality.
Week 3: “The Dance” / The Drama” – Basic dance moves, developing character and drama with musicality and costume.
Week 4: “Putting It All Together” / “Taking It Off” – Tease and strip techniques, overview of playing with accessories (gloves, stockings, etc.)

Drop-ins: $20.00 (Cash)
Pre-registration: $60.00 (PayPal/Credit Card. Eventbrite transaction fee applies.)
Online event registration for Intro to Burlesque: “Charm School” Series – Fishnet Follies School of Classic Burlesque powered by Eventbrite at

Burlesque Dance Party Workout

TUESDAYS – December 7, 14, 21, 28 / 6:30PM-7:15PM (4 week series)
Low-impact workout incorporating burlesque and other dance moves. We’ll be dancing to tunes from the swing era, classic bump n’ grind striptease music, and other contemporary songs that evoke the same feeling.
Led by Mynx d’Meanor.

Drop-ins: $10.00 (Cash)
Pre-registration: $35.00 (PayPal/Credit Card. Eventbrite transaction fee applies.)
Event registration for Burlesque Dance Party Workout – Fishnet Follies School of Classic Burlesque powered by Eventbrite at

Instructors Flame Cynders and Mynx d’Meanor have a combined 20+ years of dance/performance experience, encompassing disciplines such as ballet, ballroom, bellydance, modern, “street”, and jazz/swing. We are heavily influenced and inspired by the dance stylings of Bob Fosse, Cyd Charisse and other “greats” of Broadway and MGM musicals. We incorporate these influences in our approach to teaching burlesque fundamentals and dance choreography.

Red Hots Burlesque School of Shimmy

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Though no classes are being offered by Dottie Lux and the School of Shimmy this December, you'll want to remember to visit to see when the next session of classes will start. If you have any questions, please email, or call 201-615-9245. Classes are usually held at El Rio in San Francisco, 3158 Mission Street, which is where Red Hots Burlesque has a weekly show every Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.
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