School of Shimmy: Presence, Passion, and Power in Performing with Legend Holiday O’Hara


April 27th, 11:00am-1:00pm

How do some performers keep your attention, and others lose it almost right away?
In this class you will: expand your concept of personal confidence and presence, learn to project presence beyond body, becoming more proficient at reaching the audience in the back rows. Also learn techniques to appropriately fill an area from teeny to no walls at all.
There will be information & tips, demos, exercises, hands-on experiences, dyads, handouts, and Q & A.

Holiday O’Hara has been performing since she was 5. Going pro at 18 she danced and worked in burlesque and striptease from 1968 through 1983, reclaiming and celebrating her body, her sexuality, her personhood. In 1983 she traded her boa for a whip and became internationally known as Sybil Holiday, consensual bdsm practioner, educator, lecturer, and author. Her interest in the human mind as well as the body brought her in 1997 to certifications in clinical hypnotherapy, and to become a Reiki ll practitioner.

This class is the 1st taught since 2005 when her 2nd round of incapacitating body pain began which lasted 5 years till 2010. It took 3 years of healing to where I can happily say that this is the beginning of bringing all three careers together and being back on the stage. ♥


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