THE CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE IS EXCITED TO HOST RED HOTS BURLESQUE’S SCHOOL OF SHIMMY FOR PART OF THEIR UPCOMING SERIES OF CLASSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
You’ve heard about a burlesque revival. You’ve seen snippets of this sensation in the press and on T.V. Now it’s time for you to get in on the action! Calling all divas, cool cats, harlots, dames, hot mamas and daddy-o’s. RED HOTS BURLESQUE SCHOOL OF SHIMMY is for you! If you have always dreamed of being a burlesque star or just want to learn what all this fun is about, you too can be Red Hot!
Bring a friend or meet some in the class. Burlesque is about having fun! Bring a smile and an open mind because we’re going to let loose as you learn to shake it with confidence and class!
COMING SOON TO THE CSC:
August 4, 1-3PM — CONQUERING THE STILETTO WITH TRUVY TROLLOP
Ever wondered about how women can walk, much less dance, in sky high heels? Do you want to create that sexy strut instead of a teetering skip in your favorite Louboutins? Truvy Trollop can teach you everything you need to know about conquering high heels. In this intensive workshop, attendees will learn basic high heel walking techniques and how to dance in your heels. Truvy teaches this fun and foxy workshop so that you can learn to feel confident and controlled in your favorite sky high pumps! Students are encouraged to bring at least two different pairs of shoes with different heel heights.
August 4, 3-5PM — GET POLISH WITH HARVEST MOON
Burlesque sensation from NYC ONE TIME ONLY! Learn to strike the final pose!End an act with flair and leave the crowd wanting more. Get practice using hand gesturing and finding fluidity in movements to make them more cohesive and awe-inspiring. Class also includes stretching for increasing flexibility. Bring high heel shoes and whatever you can loosely move it. Be prepared to sweat and love it!
August 7, 7-9PM — BRINGING SEXY BACK: SENSUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
What does it mean to be sexy? How do we use our bodies on stage to convey all the many nuanced flavors of our own sexuality? Apply your ideas about sexiness to a fun, sensual burlesque choreography. This is a dance class for burlesquers of any background, with simple movements that provide an opportunity to explore the sexy in you.
August 14, 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.
August 21, 7-9PM — **CHOREOGRAPHY WITH ALOTTA BOUTTE**
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.
August 28, 7-9PM — **ABOVE THE BOOBS: HAIR AND MAKE-UP**
Accentuate your look, use hair pieces and wigs, learn the proper care of fake hair, the secrets to being seen by the back row and just how to get that glittery lipstick. Most materials provided. Please bring if you have: base, make-up brushes, mascara and liquid eyeliner.
September 4, 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.
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “S.O.S.” in the subject line or call 415-672-4735. State which class/es you are interested in, and don’t forget to inquire about discounted rates! All classes are $30, unless otherwise noted.
**If you would like to perform at the School of Shimmy Showcase, Burlesque 101, 201 and Finishing Touches (which will be at El Rio, date TBD) are mandatory classes. A Student Showcase will take place on various dates as part of the famed weekly show, Red Hots Burlesque.