Master the art of the tease…
We are proud to officially partner with The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy in Fishtown to provide high-quality instruction for everyone — from those just learning how to shimmy and shake, to experienced performers looking for a master class.
Saturday, April 8, 11:00AM-12:00PM: Kitten N’ Lou’s CAMP Camp:
Embrace your inner camp queen or king as Kitten & Lou guide you through various tricks and tools to infuse your burlesque with a shot of hilarity! Beginning with a dance based warm up for your body and brain, we will integrate Kitten N’ Lou’s choreographic stylings with structured theatrical exercises to develop skills that command an audience’s attention and take them on a ride. Play with ideas of slapstick, facial exaggeration, and comedic timing, as you learn to toe the line of sex and comedy. Funny is sexy!!
A dance class in the signature style of the duo voted #1 Burlesque Performers in the World! (21st Century Burlesque Top 50) A ‘fluorescent Fred and Ginger’ known for their tight unison choreography and larger than life stage presence, Kitten and Lou will share their tricks and tools for being glamourous, sexy, and funny all while kicking and pirouetting! This workshop combines vintage dance styling like classic jazz and vaudeville with tricks for the modern showgirl/boy to perform like a star while maintaining a strong and flexible body. Class will begin with a technique based warmup emphasizing injury prevention and tricks to warm up fast in not very much space (like backstage!). We’ll use big juicy traveling movement across the floor to practice entering and exiting the stage like a STAR. Class will culminate with dancers learning a short routine emphasizing musicality, character choices, and passion.
Saturday, April 8, 1:30-2:30PM: WERK that Chair! with Mr. Gorgeous
This class is all about moving on and around the chair with acrobatic intention. This short class will open your mind to new ways to mount and create shapes on the chair. It’s great for beginners and students who are new to the acrobatic game but feel in touch with the body. The class begins with a quick warm-up and stretch, basic inversions and ground movements. Next we will explore fun ways to add basic acrobatic movements and shapes into basic chair dance choreography. Prepare for all fun and no judgments, in this often time “out of the comfort zone” class.
*Its helpful to have an understanding of shoulder stands and core awareness for this class – but all are welcome to play!
Saturday, April 8, 2:45-3:45PM: Creature Feature with Red Rum
RedRum, The Lon Chaney of Burlesque will talk about and demonstrate quick and creative uses of prosthetic makeup appliances and other means of achieving dimension with basic makeup tools. Emphasis will be on creature and character makeup. No need to bring materials, just come equipped with questions and ideas.
What to know:
All classes are $20 and take place at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy, 2400 East Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Classes are limited in size to ensure the best experience for all participants. Everyone is welcome!
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows movement, and bringing your own water bottle. There is no nudity necessary for these classes, with the exception of specialized courses such as tassel twirling.
Please be on time for your scheduled class. The doors will be locked after 10 minutes and no late entry will be permitted — this is to ensure the best experience for all!