Classes are held at The Center For Sex and Culture
Space is limited and reservations are appreciated and encouraged.
To reserve a spot email: [email protected]
with S.O.S. in the subject line.
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: [email protected]
with S.O.S. in the subject line. State which classes you are interested in and inquire about discounted rates! All classes are $30.
If you would like to perform at the School of Shimmy Showcase Burlesque 101, 201 and Rehearsal are mandatory classes. The Showcase will take place on June 5th at 7:30 pm at El Rio as part of the famed weekly show, Red Hots Burlesque.
April 19th 6-8pm 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, tantalising 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.
April 23rd 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.
April 27th 7-9pm Pastie Making and Tassel: How do they 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 inhabitions aside.
May 7th 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.
May 11th 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!
May 17th 6-8pm Burlesque 201: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.
May 18th 7-9pm Gender Bending and Burlesque: Kentucky Fried Woman and Virginia Suicide guest teach this class that delves into the worlds of gender-play and performance. Boys who are girls who are girls who are boys. It's in us all, tap into yours.
May 28th 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 (El Rio 2-13-09) stage that very week. Tim Wells is on hand to take your posed or live photo!
June 5th, 7:30pm El Rio (3158 Mission Street SF, CA)- School of Shimmy Showcase! Your chance to sh-sh-shake it on stage!