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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Upcoming April and May burlesque classes, workshops, and bootcamps

There are quite a few opportunities to learn about performing burlesque coming up. Let's take a look at the classes being offered locally.

Fishnet Follies

This next class is brought to you by Fishnet Follies, which will conduct it starting on April 6. It's a "Sketching Out Your Striptease Solo" class, to be held at Bay Functional Fitness in Oakland, 5255 College Avenue (map). It's a class for those looking to learn about burlesque striptease in a fun and friendly way. Here's the class information...

Learn the sultry art of classic burlesque striptease in a fun and friendly environment! You will learn fundamental burlesque moves, pinup poses, and group dance routines for the Fishnet Follies Burlesque Chorus. You will also get an overview of burlesque history, the current “revival” community, as well as pointers on how to create a burlesque persona, costumes and choreography for your own solo act.

Open to women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, 18 years and older. No prior dance experience necessary!


In this 4-week series, we will learn the fundamentals of classic burlesque movement and dance (including Mynx d'Meanor's theory of "big circle burlesque"), while working on crafting individual solos derived from your own unique dance (and non-dance) experiences. As usual, instructor Mynx d'Meanor recruits Fishnet Follies Chorus Girls from class, so we will also spend some time on group dance choreography.

Led by Mynx d’Meanor.


WEDNESDAYS / April 6 - 27, 2011 / 7:30PM - 8:30PM


Early registration: $60.00
Drop-ins: $20.00 (Cash only)


Go to for more info on class policies, what to wear/bring, etc.

Bombshell Betty's Burlesquecise

The next series of classes will be provided by Bombshell Betty. She's introducing a new class, "Burlesqueteer Showgirl Chorus," which will start on April 19! It's a class for those who are looking to find a way to perform with others. The prerequisites for this class are either Betty's Intro to Burlesque or Burlesque Intensive I, so you'll need to have some basic skills already in order to help prepare you to dance with Betty's Burlesqueteers. Classes are on 12 Tuesdays from April 19 until August 2 on which there are no Elbo Room shows. The total cost will be $250 for those classes.

Want or need to take the Intro or Intensive I classes? No sweat! Both are being offered this month. There's an Intro class ($75.00) starting on May 5, and an Intensive I class ($250) starting on April 20! For more information about all of Bombshell Betty's classes, please visit

Red Hots Burlesque's School of Shimmy

Red Hots Burlesque's School of Shimmy will be offering Burlesque 201 on April 11. It's a class meant to get one's act together.

They've also got classes scheduled through May until the graduation ceremonies at El Rio. Here's their class schedule. Classes are $30.00 each, but you may also ask about discounts.

If you have any questions, please visit, or email them at Classes will be held at Viracocha in San Francisco, 998 Valencia Street (map), unless otherwise noted.

April 11th 7-9pm Burlesque 201 in SF at Viracocha 998 Valencia St, SF CA:
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.

April 18th 7-9pm: Costuming with Miss Honey Penny in SF at Viracocha 998 Valencia St, SF CA:
Costume rigging: Putting the FUN in wardrobe malFUNction! Learn Quick Rigging for the Stage This class will identify the major causes of wardrobe malfunctions during performances and how to best avoid them. Both sewing and non-sewing solutions will be offered including learning which closures are the best for which garments. Also covered: Pastie Pop 101- the many ways they stick and don't stick. How do decorate my stretch garment with non stretch trim? How to sparkle in today's economy - more cost effective ways to make an amazing costume.All this and more...

April 25th 7-9pm Choreography with Expert Instructor Alotta Boutte: in SF at Viracocha 998 Valencia St, SF CA:
Get the lessons in bumps, grinds and all those magical moves of burlesque stars from Alotta Boutte who won Best Troupe at Miss Exotic World 2004, and Best Burlesque in both SF Guardian and Eastbay Express. She has graced the pages of 7x7 Magazine as part of the annual "Top 20 under 40." and Jan/Feb 08 issue of Curve Magazine. She has been in productions of Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman, Miss Exotic World, Tease-O-Rama and Beach Blanket Babylon

May 6th,May 11th, May 13th 5:15-6:15pm Finishing Touches: Rehearsal and Workshop El Rio 3158 Mission St (back room)
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 (El Rio 2-13-09) stage that very week. A professional photographer is on hand to take your posed or live photo!

May 18th & May 20th, 7:30pm El Rio (3158 Mission Street SF, CA)- School of Shimmy Showcase! Your chance to sh-sh-shake it on stage!

Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy

The Hot Pink Feathers are looking for you! Their Intro to World Cabaret/Samba Burlesque Technique class starts on April 9. That's this Saturday! So if you've ever wondered what it would take to dance like the Feathers, now's your chance to find out! For information about their current classes, please visit their new site at!

They'll also be offering the second session of their World Cabaret/Samba Burlesque Dance Technique class, which will start on May 3rd.

Interested in participating with them in SF Carnaval this year? Yes? Then head over to where you can find a package that will suit your needs and wants!

All classes, unless otherwise noted, are located at The Ballet Studio in San Francisco, 128 10th St at Minna Street.

Cirque Noir Burlesque Bootcamp

Cirque Noir Burlesque Bootcamp is once again putting their two-day intensive together for those who really want to learn quickly! This Saturday and Sunday, you'll get two days of burlesque training from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for $280 members and $290 guests. So if you're interested in this Bootcamp, please call Erin today at 415-945-3054!

Bay Club Marin is located at 220 Corte Madera Town Center in Corte Madera (map).

Bay Club Marin Hosts Cirque Noir

A fine feathered hello to you all on this beautiful spring day!!

Ana Hyatt and Deb Arana from the award-winning, aerial burlesque troupe Cirque Noir, will be offering the hottest workshop around at The Bay Club Marin on Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th, 2011, from 11am-6pm

Call now to register - 415-945-3054

If you haven't attended yet or would like to join us again, OR if you know someone that would like to, please read and forward the attached flyer.

The workshop will be a melange of flexibility and conditioning workouts, movement technique, burlesque vocabulary and the fundamentals of choreography as well as hair and makeup techniques, and so much more! All of this in a luxurious two day format.

So clear you calendar and join us, you deserve it!

With love and laughter,
Ana, and Deb

VERY IMPORTANT: Please contact Erin at the Bay Club Marin to register. Space is limited so don't delay! 415 945 3054
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