Hello burlesque fans!
Happy February! I’ve been looking forward to this month over a year, and it’s not because of Valentine’s Day. What’s got me so excited? Come out on Thursday, Feb 5, to the Pin It Up, Babycakes! art show where I will be debuting my collage and assemblage art work as well as performing with Fromagique and the Burlesqueteers. The art show starts at 6pm, burlesque at 9pm.
Also in Febraury, don’t miss out on a unique workshop with Living Legend of Burlesque, Isis Starr, on February 15!
In March, we are kicking off a lot of fun NEW classes! I’m starting a new Burlesque Choreography series that will include live accompaniment by Fromagique, my burlesque band. I’m offering “Burlesque for Men: A Boylesque Crash Course” for men who don’t want to leave all the burlesque fun to the girls! Plus MJ Paul is back at the studio to teach “Fosse-esque: Burlesque Jazz.” And don’t forget the popular “Cardio Can-Can” which is a great way to get a real workout while having lots of fun. There are only a few spots left in the February series, so sign up now if you want to join the fun! So many fun classes to choose from!
Have a look at the descriptions below, and I hope to see you all out at a show or out and about sometime this month.
Shake a tail feather!
Bombshell Betty Dance
IN THIS ISSUE (Full descriptions below):
– Burlesque Choreography with Fromagique! Starts March 2
– Fosse-esque: Burlesque Jazz with MJ Paul! Starts March 12
– Burlesque for Men: A Boylesque Crash Course! Starts March 4
with LIVE accompaniment by Fromagique!
In this special burlesque choreography session, we will be focusing entirely on the choreography for the Burlesquercise acts that are performed with Bombshell Betty’s burlesque band, Fromagique! The band will play the music for the last class in the series, so that you can get some experience performing with a live band. It’s exhilarating and VERY different from performing to a CD. You won’t find another class like this anywhere!
In this series, we will go over the steps for “Put a Lid on It” (a sassy Charleston act), “Feeling Good” (a slinky Chair Dance routine), plus a BRAND NEW group act, never before taught or performed! Building up to the choreography, we will cover basic Charleston and chair dancing techniques that you can use for future acts or on the dance floor.
All participants in the Burlesque Choreography series are invited to perform these acts with Fromagique at upcoming shows around the Bay Area!
March 2, 9, 16 & 23
NOTE: Fromagique will play music for the class on March 23!
“FOSSE-ESQUE”: BURLESQUE JAZZ with MJ Paul
Do you want to learn to dance, but you’re too intimidated to attend the “beginner” dance classes at most dance studios that seem “advanced” to you? This unique and non-intimidating beginner’s dance class will focus on movement and stage presence, and your body awareness will improve dramatically. You will increase your perfomance value, strengthen and develop your core, improve your flexibility, and learn basic dance skills that you can already do without even knowing it! This class will be invaluable as you pursue burlesque and other dancing interests!
In this series, you will learn choreography for the Fosse classics and will instantly recognize dance moves made popular by pop artists in the 60s 70s and 80s that Fosse originally choreographed in the 50s. Don’t miss this unusual and fun class series!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: MJ Paul can be found teaching various workshops and master classes throughout California. He is the longtime assistant to Emmy award winner Suzy Miller and has been dance director/resident choreographer for SF boylesque for the past 18 months. His varied theatre background has included working on productions such as: Cabaret, Damn Yankees, A Christmas Carol with the renowned Gilbert Reed Ballet, 12 days of Christmas with Ballet theatre of SLO, Kathy Mata Ballet, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, and Fieldwork at Shotwell studios. His main dance influences include Bob Fosse, Suzy Miller, Rob Marshall, Teresa Slobodnik, Gilbert Reed, Katy Warner, and Carlos Carvajal.
March 12, 19 & 26
BURLESQUE FOR MEN:
A Boylesque Crash Course!
Have you ever been to a burlesque show and wondered, “Why do the girls get to have all the fun?” Would you love to perform burlesque, but you’ve been held back because you think burlesque is only for women? Boylesque is one of the hottest new things in the burlesque movement today, so come join the fun! In this introductory series, you will learn all the basics of burlesque performance including: * the burlesque strut and bump and grind dance movement * song interpretation and choreography basics * prop use * audience interaction and how to leave them wanting more * and much more! We will break down traditional and modern female burlesque performance and explore the traditional roles of men in the burlesque, using all of this information as a jumping point for creating modern and provocative Boylesque acts. All participants will be invited to perform at upcoming shows in San Francisco!
March 4, 11 & 18
BOMBSHELL BETTY DANCE
Exclusive Home of Burlesquercise!™
Mailing: PO Box 77842 SF, CA 94107
Studio: 715 Bryant St # 102 SF, CA 94107
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Online classes! http://www.bombshellbetty.net/onlinestudio.html
Burlesquercise!™ DVD: http://www.bombshellbetty.net/introdvd.html
Pin-Up Book: http://www.bombshellbetty.net/pinupbook.html
National Pin-Up Workshops: http://www.bombshellbetty.net/pinup.html