Vaudezilla Studios Chicago Burlesque Classes, Private Lessons, and Workshops. Get your body in motion with some smooth moves courtesy of some of the top burlesque & bellydance performers in Chicago! Vaudezilla's teachers will steer you through all the basics, from shimmies and twirls to bumps and grinds. Whether you're looking for sexy, fun, or fitness - or you just want to get in touch your inner diva - our teachers will keep you on your toes at Vaudezilla Studios.
Buy One, Get One Half Off!
Sign up for two classes and get the second class (of equal or lesser value) for half off -OR- buy two of the same class and share the half-price discount with a friend (must register & pay for classes on ONE registration form). Please Note: NO REFUNDS will be issued if students wishing to redeem this option sign up & pay separately.
Specializes In: Ballet, Chair Dancing, Jazz Musicals.
Chicago Burlesque Workshops
All workshops listed below are open to ALL LEVELS - no prior experience is necessary.
Bumps N Grinds
Friday, Jul 31, 6-7 pm, Teacher: Po'Chop. Ain't nothing wrong with a little bit of bump n grind." Led by Po'Chop this 90 minute workshop will have your hips gyrating and grinding like Tempest Storm. Bumpers and Grinders can expect to learn both traditional and modern techniques all while being instructed on how to add their own seductive twist. This class is geared towards folks of all levels and welcomes all genders. Comfortable clothes and heels (if applicable) encouraged.
PWYC: Dance Class
Friday, Jul 31, 7-8:30 pm, Teacher: Po'Chop. Combining elements of ballet, modern, and just plain ol' "getting' down" this hour and a half workshop will leave you feeling like a lean, mean, dancing machine! Geared towards members of the community but open to anyone, this pay-what-you-can class welcomes all skill levels just asks that you come ready to sweat it out.
Cheeky Chicks and Burlesque Booty: Building a Better Butt
Saturday, Aug 1, 11 am-12:30 pm, Teacher: Daisy Dynamite. In this intensive butt workout class, students will learn how to tone and increase their "assets". With a combination of cardio and body weight exercises, students will learn simple, everyday workout routines that can lead to a showstopping booty.
Confidence and Creativity
Saturday, Aug 15, 11 am-noon, Teacher: Willy LaQueue. Listen, not everyone can just step out on stage and be a sexpot. This workshop will help you navigate through the process of starting to become a burlesque dancer, starting from square one- confidence in YOUR creativity. Take ALL FOUR Aug 15 Willy LaQueue Workshops for $35 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Saturday, Aug 15, noon-1 pm, Teacher: Willy LaQueue. Because showboys need love too. Whether you want to be a burlesque dancer but aren't into these feminine moves, or you want to explore a more masculine character in your acts, this workshop will demonstrate how to masculinize your work to show how beautiful gender expression can be. Take ALL FOUR Aug 15 Willy LaQueue Workshops for $35 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Hip Hop Burlesque
Saturday, Aug 15, 1-2 pm, Teacher: Willy LaQueue.Whether you usually dance in your underwear in your bedroom or you dance in your underwear on stage, this class is designed to explore where hip hop and burlesque dancing can overlap. With almost two decades under his shimmy belt as a hip hop dancer and teacher, Willy LaQueue leads this class by teaching a new, short piece of choreography weekly that explores a different style of hip hop dance. Performance is completely optional and folks from all dance levels are invited. Take ALL FOUR Aug 15 Willy LaQueue Workshops for $35 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Saturday, Aug 15, 1-2 pm, Teacher: Willy LaQueue. Burlesque isn't limited to ladies. This workshop will teach the basics of burlesque but in a way that's tailored to our bodies and gender expressions- regardless of your dance level or how comfortable you are wearing a jockstrap in public. While it's geared towards men and masculine people, this workshop is open for anybody interested in being one of the (show)boys! Take ALL FOUR Aug 15 Willy LaQueue Workshops for $35 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Intro to Burlesque $3 TASTER CLASS
Saturday, Aug 22, 11-11:45 am, Teacher: Gin Fizz. 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! Why is this workshop $3? Because we love to invite new students to try out our classes, but have found that although we want to offer it to you for "FREE," the number of "FREE" registrations often far exceeds the number of students who actually show up. The $3 ensures us that only those who are serious about attending will be at the workshop.
Saturday, Aug 22, noon - 2 pm, Teacher: Moxie. A workshop for burlesque or belly dancers! Your arms and hands create frames and transitions for a polished act. We'll start by warming up the arms and back, and then doing some stretches to open up the shoulders and create spinal flexibility. Then we'll work on techniques to integrate hand and arm work into your acts. We'll conclude the workshop with a relaxing stretch session. Bring water and a yoga mat if you have one. A limited amount of yoga mats are available for students to borrow. Take BOTH Aug 22 Moxie Workshops for $36 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
Saturday, Aug 22, 2 pm - 4 pm, Teacher: Moxie. We all get stressed out. If positive thinking were enough to erase worry, then anti-depressants wouldn't fly off the shelves! Yoga and Acceptance Commitment Therapy techniques can help you transform your relationship with your mind, even if you're a busy person with a hectic life. We'll begin with 90 minutes of movement suitable for all levels of flexibility and ability. If you are flexible enough to get into and out of a car, you can do this class. We'll end the movement portion of the workshop with a delicious relaxation. Then we'll move into a discussion of anxiety management complete with simple mindfulness exercises. Moxie is a counselor with a Master's Degree in Psychology. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and Core Strength Vinyasa instructor. Bring water, a towel, a notepad, something to write with, and a yoga mat if you have one. A limited amount of yoga mats will be available to borrow. Take BOTH Aug 22 Moxie Workshops for $36 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Saturday, Aug 29 11 am - 2 pm, Teacher: Elmo Painter. The purpose of this class is to teach people to understand their emotional selves on a biological, psychological, and spiritual level, with a focus on sensuality as a modality to personal and emotional empowerment. Skills taught in this class are meant to expand emotional and social comfort zones. The first part of the class is an entertaining presentation discussing contemporary ideas about emotional science, from neuroscience and evolution to philosophy, anthropology, and linguistics. In order to understand our own emotional lives, it's important to understand why we have these pesky feelings in the first place. Saturday, Aug 29, 11 am - 2 pm, Teacher: Elmo Painter.The second part of the class focuses on sensual movement, and how we carry our bodies in relation to how we feel about ourselves. Included will be two guided meditations, quick, simple ways to ground your emotions, tips for recognizing and dissolving unhelpful thoughts, a guide to optimal sexuality, and, finally, a burlesque movement and seduction workshop. Bio: Elmo Painter is a Performer, Certified Reiki Master, Relaxation Therapist, Writer, Sensual Educator, and Love Enthusiast who resides in Chicago, IL. She is currently in the Counseling Psychology Master's program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her role in this life is to be a Muse, an emotional healer, and an implement of whimsical awakening.
Stage Makeup: Highlighting & Contouring
Saturday, Aug 29, 2:30-4 pm, Teacher: Red Hot Annie / Beauty Parlor Chicago. Whether you're an actor, dancer, or presenter, if you're doing it in front of a large group of people, you need to know how to make sure your face reads all the way to the back rows. We show you the How, Where, and Why to highlight and contour. We talk about color theory and how the lighting should affect your makeup choices. We show you how to make your eyes read all the way to the back row - but still look pretty to the front row! You will learn how to: - Apply makeup for the stage - Highlight and contour - Use color theory in your makeup choices - Make sure your eyes "pop" so even the back rows can see them. Take BOTH Aug 29 Makeup Workshops for $40 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Stage Makeup: Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
Saturday, Aug 29, 4-5:30 pm, Teacher: Ashley Vest / Beauty Parlor Chicago. Get ready to learn how to make your peepers pop. In this 90 minute class you will learn from one of our Beauty Parlor pros how to enhance your eyes for day, evening, and everything in-between. With easy to follow step-by-step break downs and plenty of time to answer your eye makeup questions. Our classes are fun and informative. You will learn: - The natural day eye - The trending cut-crease - How to easily take your day eye makeup to an evening eye - The smokey eye - How to apply fake lashes - How to fill in your brows. Take BOTH Aug 29 Makeup Workshops for $40 / Look for Multi-Workshop Discount on Registration.
Saturday, Sep 12, 5-6 pm, Teacher: Tonya Kay. You all have "the moves." You all sparkle in your rhinestone costume. You all are empowered and confident. So why does one woman or man in the line up stand out from all the others? Because she is an ENTERTAINER. In this workshop, we will add acting technique to your dance, so when you step on stage, you can confidently take the spotlight and offer more than just rhinestones and disrobing - you can offer YOURSELF. Performance quality is what separates the ensemble from the SHOWSTOPPERS. Please wear comfortable, sexy clothes to move in - the class is movement AND acting based. Costume pieces, heels, thigh highs, bikinis and lingerie (with safety panties under) are welcome but not required. We will start class with a seductive dance warm up and across the floor strut combination. You will be taught a basic movement combination to layer Listening, Responding and Storytelling exercises on top of. For the class finale, you will be taught a sexy choreography combo and you will be directed - as an actor - to bring out the most authentic YOU in your act. Uncover your unshakable STAR QUALITY. Bio: TONYA KAY, The Most Dangerous Woman In Hollywood, got her start in Chicago theatre and has now performed in Broadway's STOMP, Las Vegas's De La Guarda, Hollywood's Lone Ranger and television's Glee, House, Numbers and Criminal Minds. She has toured the world from Madison Square Garden to Ibiza, London and Johannesburg. The thing she enjoys most about being a 24 year career professional is knowing that whatever the venue - whomever the audience - she's got this. Tonya Kay grew up in rural Michigan and has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and toured all 50 states. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she acts in film and television, hosts and performs burlesque and produces Pinup Pole Show PinupPoleShow.com. She's a long-term high raw vegan and when not performing, Tonya Kay volunteers with wildlife conservation projects in Thailand, Costa Rica and South Africa.
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