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Branding for Performers

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

Want to take your performing to the next level but loathe the work of that goes into building a following? We'll dive into discovering ourselves and channeling that into our performer persona. The workshop will walk through how to write your bios, curate an off-stage presence and accomplish your goals. Bring a notebook or laptop for taking notes and...

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$25

Slapstick (All Levels)

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

Take your persona to the next level and nurture your inner screwball! We will use the *Force of Funny* to develop concepts and characters, injecting an act with powerful personality and moments to milk! Catering to all levels of dance, Slapstick Burlesque will elevate your stage presence by flexing those fearless funny bones with preposterous poise....

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$160

8 sessions

Disco Burlesque (All Levels)

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

This 8-week class will unleash your inner dancing queen with the magic of Disco. For anyone who wants to put a little boogie in their step, we will integrate Disco steps with burlesque movement all while enhancing confidence on the stage and in the street. Students work toward showcasing a dynamic disco act at Stage 773. Get on those boogie shoes...

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$160

8 sessions

Edging for the Audience's Pleasure and Yours

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

Refine the art of tease and captivate the audience even when you are not stripping in this stage presence and act development workshop. You will practice different elements of stage presence before incorporating these techniques into your act in the second hour.  Let's put the audience at the edge of their seats and tease them some more until...

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$45

Shimmy, Strut, Strike a Pose

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

New to burlesque, or want to build that confidence in performing?  In this workshop, we'll roll our shoulders back and stare down that imaginary audience as we strut and shimmy across the floor. We'll wrap up with a short piece of choreography incorporating our killer skills.

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$10

Oum Kalthoum, The Voice of Egypt

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

MENA dancers (Middle East / North Africa), join us for a deep look, film viewing, conversation, and questions about the life and impact of Oum Kalthoum, "The Voice of Egypt." We'll explore her backstory, the impact of her career and songs composed for her, on the Arab world, and also for those who love MENA dance. Her music remains a remarkable legacy...

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$40

Marketing 101 for Performers

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

Are you up to 300k Instagram followers? Do you have a dedicated burlesque fanbase? Are you swimming in luxurious pools of champagne and stripper money!? If so, this class is not for you. Burlesque life is tough enough: memorizing choreography, putting elaborate costume pieces together, and chasing down gigs is all in a day's work. So when you're...

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$30

Creating Intentional Performance

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

Intentional performance blends ritual and spectacle for the pleasure of the viewer and the artist both. Coming from a deep place of clear intention, the artist opens to receive and cultivate inspiration to enrich the performative and to transform the mundane into the sacred. This intention creates greater artistic expression, a deep sense of connectivity...

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$40

Divine Bump & Grind: A Hip Awakening

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

It's all in those hips. The source of creativity, inspiration, sexuality, and power resides in our hips. So much is stored within our pelvic girdle: bones, intricately woven muscle tendons and tissues, sexual organs, energetic centers, and the mysteries of what we cannot see. In this quick paced & energetic class, we connect to the source of...

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$20

Drum Beats for Middle-Eastern Dance

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

Percussionist Hossam Ramzy says it best: "Drumming is best enjoyed through the eyes!" In this 2-hour session, we will practice laying down a groove for dancers, texturizing it with ornamentation, and composing solos to highlight the collaboration.  Give your audience the gift of live music! Beginning with traditional Middle-Eastern dance beats,...

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$20

Burlesque Taster Class

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

Curious about our weekly burlesque classes, but not sure it's a good fit for you? Try out some basic burlesque moves with our teachers from Vaudezilla Studios, who will have you bumping, grinding, & shimmying in no time.  In this 45 minute taster workshop, you'll have fun and learn more about the art of burlesque.

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$3

Reconnecting with Your Body

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

There are a number of various reasons why we've disconnected with our body or parts of our bodies. Through a guided meditation and physical exercises we will explore ourselves inside and out to reconnect with our fire inside and walk a bit taller and with more confidence in ourselves and our abilities.  Wear comfortable clothing you can move...

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$20

Alterna-teases

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

We've got more than just butts and boobs to tease and reveal! Let's learn and explore how to tease the rest of our body to give it the love and attention it deserves on stage.  We'll learn a short dance combination at the end to tie it all together. Wear comfortable clothing that makes you feel like a million bucks.

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$20

Costuming Workshop

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

Do you need help with a costume? Do you want to learn techniques to make pasties or convert clothing to costume wear? Do you need to do something, but not own the resources to produce what you want? In this workshop, we will solve your costuming needs.  This three-hour block is a drop-in workshop. There will be one sewing machine available to...

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$35

Vintage Belly Dance Choreography

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

The Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema (1940's-1960's) included many films with dance scenes featuring classic dancers such as Tahia Carioca and Samia Gamal.  The dance style of this time had a relaxed feel, a coquettish playfulness, and unbeatable glamour. In this class, Lisha will teach an intermediate level vintage inspired choreography...

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$105

7 sessions

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