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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Red Hots Burlesque: School of Shimmy and Friday's show

The Red Hots Burlesque School of Shimmy is back and will start a new series of classes this coming Monday with their Burlesque 101 class at Million Fishes Gallery, 2501 Bryant Street in San Francisco (map).

There are a lot of classes scheduled for January, February. A fan dancing class with Delilah. Burlesque 201. Strip for your lover, a couples class. And more! These classes are perfect for those who would like to learn about burlesque but don't want to commit to months of classes, since each class is two hours long. You can pick and choose classes, and even take up the ones you miss next time.

The list of classes and descriptions are below, in addition to instructions on how to reserve a spot in your desired classes. All classes are taught by Dottie Lux of Red Hots Burlesque except where noted.

School of Shimmy flier, Winter 2011

School of Shimmy is Back!

Keep your 2011 Resolution: Be sexy and confident this New Year!

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: 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.

If you would like to perform at the School of Shimmy Showcase Burlesque 101, 201 and Finshing Touches are mandatory classes. The Winter Showcase will take place on March 18th at 7:30 pm at El Rio as part of the famed weekly show, Red Hots Burlesque.

January 24th 7-9pm 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.
Burlesque 101 has been offered as part of Fabulosa Fest,
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts before the screening of "Behind The BurlyQ" and at the 2010 Femme Conference

January 31st 7-9pm Fan Dancing with Delilah: Whether you are a novice or a professional, Delilah's fan dancing class will benefit you. Beginners will gain confidence and poise, performers will have the opportunity to refine their stage craft. Even if you are not interested in performing, fan dancing provides an incredible and fun workout for your upper arms (and all over)! In this class we will focus on hiding, revealing, tantalizing and teasing the audience. In addition to learning the fundamentals of working with fans, we will also touch on staging, movement, gesture and expression, bringing it all together to encompass all you need to create a glamorous and confident stage presence. Learn to use your face and your body to create different moods, from vampy to campy! Learn how to work the stage to incredible effect! You are welcome to bring your own fans, or anything else that can be used as a substitute. Bring high heel shoes comfortable to dance in and easy to remove (or ballet slippers), and comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.

Feb 7th 7-9pm Burlesque 201: Getting an Act together: Students are encouraged to come with an act or character in mind. We will develop personas and discuss song choice, prop use, costume selection and techniques for coming up with acts. This class will include lecture and group work.

Feb 14th 7-9pm: Strip for your Lover: Both partners are encouraged to come to this class as well as singles or people looking to take home a surprise! Students will learn how to create a sexy character specific to their taste and learn how to make that character move and breathe. With sexy moves and a built up confidence you'll be sure to pop your partner's cork!

Feb 28th 7-9pm 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.

March 7th 7-9pm Finishing Touches: Rehearsal and Workshop: Participants get a chance to go through each of their numbers and address practical questions and concerns with bringing your first act to the famed Red Hots Burlesque stage the next week. A professional photographer is on hand to take your posed or live photo!

March 14th 7-9pm Hair and Make-up Intensive: Learn how to apply fake lashes, accentuate your look, use hair pieces and wigs. We've all heard the saying "It's costs a lot of money to look this cheap!" well it doesn't have to. Join in this class where you're given the best places to find bargains and even learn how to make the most of what you already have!

March 18th, 7:30pm El Rio (3158 Mission Street SF, CA)- School of Shimmy Showcase! Your chance to sh-sh-shake it on stage!

One of the best ways to figure out if you want to take a class with an instructor is to watch her perform. And every Friday evening, Dottie Lux brings Red Hots Burlesque to El Rio. Sometimes she'll have some of her S.O.S. graduates perform. Often, though, she'll shake and shimmy herself. And you'll get to see a lot of the Bay Area's and the world's best performers, too!

This week, Dottie welcomes several visiting performers to the El Rio stage. Boo Boo Darlin' of Richmond, Virginia, and former Little Minsky's co-producer and SF resident The Flying Fox of New York City! Incidentally, The Flying Fox is also known as Miz Margo, and she'll be one of the DJs at the Edwardian Ball this weekend.

Also performing will be Ginger Murray, Kitty Von Quim, and Patricia Misery!

Red Hots Burlesque

Come with your sense of humor, get ready to hoot and holler. Red Hots Burlesque brings you the "city's best" bump and grind at the "happiest hour" in the bay!

SF's Only Weekly Burlesque show is BACK!

Friday, January 21st El Rio
3158 Mission St San Francisco
7:30pm slinging scale $5-10, 21 and Up

With performances by Dottie Lux , Boo Boo Darlin (Richmond, VA), Flying Fox (NYC), Ginger Murray, Kitty Von Quimm and Patricia Misery!

About our debut performers:

Boo Boo Darlin' is a burlesque producer, performer and co-creator of Richmond Varietease in Richmond Virginia. Boo Boo performs regularly in Virginia, Washington D.C.,NYC and was recently nominated New York Burlesque Festivals "Hottest Freshman" 2010!

Ginger Murray is the Editor and Chief of Whore! Magazine, a sexy, sophisticated and smart exploration of the issues that modern women face in achieving their desires. She is also the producer of The Cat's Pajamas, a monthly cabaret, a member of The Conspiracy of Venus, a women's choir and an occasional poet and performance artist.
"There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character." Goethe

Oakland's Only Pin-Up Ghoul comes to Red Hots! Beautifully blending the erotic with the macabre, Patricia Misery, bleeds burlesque for laughs, and kills crowds for fun. She may be seen at Debauchery and Seduction Feroce, and will leave you with an unsettling hunger for more. Eat Your Heart Out.
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