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Take It On: Stage Presence Workshop

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This sleek and sly workshop is designed to help you develop stage presence, find a performance style that works for you, and connect with an audience. Theatre and movement exercises will be used to guide you in preparing for stage work or just upping your public speaking confidence. These exercises draw from burlesque/cabaret tradition, acting styles,...

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$15

Find Your Voice: Character Workshop

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This workshop takes the fundamentals of stage presence and adds lessons on character creation and persona development to increase your working knowledge of the stage. Who you are on stage influences style choices: are you campy or vampy? Classy or sassy? Or do you not care for rhymes at all? Having a developed stage personality is a central part of...

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$15

Vegan Boa Construction

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

Can't perform with a feather boa due to allergies, moral, or religious reasons? Tired of conventional feather boas shedding feathers? Made of fabric and tulle, a vegan boa is the answer! Titty Perkins will help you get started on your very own boa in this workshop. Materials will be provided in a variety of colors. 

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$90

Sexy Boa Choreography

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This workshop will teach you how to use boa technique in addition to body movement, which can then be used to build choreography for a sexy burlesque piece. We will be learning a short series of choreography that will show you how to smooth out movements and transitions while using the boa.  Bring comfortable clothing that are easy to move in,...

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$20

Intro to Boa Dancing

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

Learn the foundation of the classic boa dance used throughout burlesque. This workshop will cover boa manipulation and technique in the style of classic and modern burlesque.  Bring comfortable clothing that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" maximum height).  If you have a boa of your own, please bring it along, otherwise we...

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$20

Merkin Workshop

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

Learn how to make traditional burlesque cover-ups! Merkins are a fantastic way to add edge and excitement to any act. Learn about different kinds and styles of these special garments, and learn how to secure them effectively so you can shake it with confidence! All skill levels welcome, patterns and all materials included. 

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$40

Powder Puff Burlesque

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This workshop will cover the style and technique of a Powder Puff Burlesque act. Using an oversized, fluffy powder puff and some classic burlesque moves, learn about the sweeter side of burlesque while still being sexy.  Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" heel height maximum).  *Please bring a pair...

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$20

Specialty: Advance Slapstick

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

Advanced Slapstick builds on fundamental Slapstick technique offering students the opportunity to develop their comedic expertise by creating a fully realized character and collaborating on a narrative Slapstick burlesque act. Students must have taken Slapstick. All genders welcome.

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$115

8 sessions

Specialty: 90-Minute Ballet

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This ballet class with Po'Chop is designed to not just focus on traditional ballet technique but will also aid in adding poise, grace and flexibility into your burlesque choreography. As the foundation of most dance, ballet can assist in other areas of movement in your life whether it be other dance forms or simply reducing the amount of "clumsy" moments...

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$115

8 sessions

Dancing with a Tabouret

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This workshop will feature learning a delightful dance using a stool as a prop to French-inspired music. Also, you will learn techniques and ideas for using a stool as a prop in your performance. Bring a stool without a back or arms. The seat should be in a circle shape. A good gauge for stool height is if the balls of your feet (or more) can touch...

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$30

Vocal Coaching

at Vaudezilla Studios - Avondale 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

Learn to assess your artistic identity in this workshop. Sing what pleases you and revel in what makes you unique! Come prepared to share a song of your choice and receive feedback in a safe, supportive space. Microphone will be provided. You may use backing tracks, or self-accompany on your own instrument.

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$35

Hoopdance: Beginners

at Arabesque Dance and Fitness - Avondale 3120 W Belmont Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60618

This class starts out with some gentle yoga stretches along with some breath work and stretching with the hoop. You will start out by breaking down the fundamental basic tricks and concepts of hoopdance. As the class progresses and students get more comfortable with their hula hoop you'll go into more advanced tricks and some choreography. Also provided...

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$20

Greek-Style Belly Dance

at Arabesque Dance and Fitness - Avondale 3120 W Belmont Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60618

For the beginner and beyond, class is focused on basic oriental moves with a Greek influence, also on proper posture and drilling fundamental movements to both classic Middle Eastern and Greek songs. This class is appropriate for those newer to belly dance and to the Greek style.

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$20

Belly Dance Technique

at Arabesque Dance and Fitness - Avondale 3120 W Belmont Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60618

After the minimum full session of INTRO class, this Fundamental techniques class expands to teach you a wider vocabulary of basic belly dance traditional Orientale movements, traveling steps & turns (common to the "classic" style of Mid East dance) & most importantly how to connect them. For over 2,000 years, Middle Eastern dance has been...

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$20

Shimmy Madness

at Arabesque Dance and Fitness - Avondale 3120 W Belmont Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60618

Shimmy Madness is exactly what it sounds like!  Shimmying is fun and a huge crowd pleaser but variety is the spice of life. This class practices every shimmy in the book to make them big, powerful, and juicy, also practicing the small, subtle and demur as well. Enhances any style of belly dance!  During this class you will be constantly...

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$20
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