Burlesque 101 (2 week)
A two-week introduction to bumps, grinds, peels, and pasties. Primarily for beginners, but intermediate students wishing to review are also welcome. Week 1: Struts, Bumps and Grinds (2 hours) Students will learn the basics of burlesque history and movement. Following a brief discussion of burlesque's evolution from simple stripping to storytelling and social commentary, we will cover bumps, grinds, shimmies, and walks; as well as posing and floorwork. Please bring a pair of comfortable heels. Week 2: Peels and Pasties (2 hours) We'll quickly review week one, and build on those skills. Students will learn the basics of strip tease, including how to remove gloves, shirts or gowns, and bras & panties; and how to make, wear, and twirl tassel pasties. Please wear a bathing suit or other base-layer under your clothing. About Your Instructor: Tess La Coil is a Cleveland-based burlesque performer and belly dancer. Taking inspiration from classic horror films and science fiction, as well as old time girly shows, her acts are as nerdy as they are sexy. Tess has performed as a soloist, as well as a member of Tease and Thank You Burlesque. She has shared the stage with such performers as The Red Hot Heathens, Paco Fish, Carmen M'noxide, Thor, Dahlia Deluxe, Doll Bambino, Eliza Sidecar, Dot King,Pinch & Squeal, Rubi-nesque, Ava Adore, The Monster Dolls, and Tallula Moonshine.
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