Classes

We offer classes for every level, and each class is capped at 15 people so everyone can get the individual attention they need. All classes are first-come, first-served, so please show up 10-15 minutes early.

Reservations for classes can be made for an entire 8-week session ($145-$155), or as a one-time drop-in ($20, unless otherwise noted).

 
 

Chair Play

Tila Von Twirl

Mondays, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Over 8 weeks students will learn how to navigate and incorporate chair dance and chair balance for fun and/or performance.  We will focus on appropriate warm up,  basic dance and prop incorporation, fun tricks, creating what works for you and most importantly safety!  Shoes are an option but comfortable, moveable clothing is a must!


Stretch & Strength

Dahlia Fatale

Tuesdays, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Are you ready to limber up? Come stretch your body in ways you never before thought possible. This class will put you in touch with familiar muscles, and introduce you to new ones in a warm, encouraging environment that allows students to push their limits safely and effectively. As we stretch, we will also discuss injury prevention and bending as it pertains to dance, performance and daily function. Each week we will explore a different part of the body ranging from upper backs and shoulders to hips, thighs and even feet. We will work on clean lines, simple tricks and expanding range of motion. There is no flexibility prerequisite for this class, those who can't touch their toes will get just as much out of it as those who can sit on their own heads. 

Burlesque Basics

Camille Leon

Wednesdays, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Find your inner burlesque ingenue! In this 8-week class, you’ll be introduced to the classic art of the tease. Through a burlesque infused warm up and classic choreography, you’ll learn the bump and grind, isolations, and how to shimmy shake like the best of them. Recommended for beginner burlesquers and those looking to brush up on the classics, this class give you the opportunity to find the classic burlesque star within!

Rock n Roll Burlesque

Lilly Rascal

Thursdays, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Wanting to add some sass to your bump and grind? Using classic technique and badass attitude, you'll learn burlesque movement, stage presence, body confidence and a fierce routine that will leave you empowered and ready to kick some ass! Bring heels or boots and wear clothes to move in.

 

Wrap Me Up: Boa Play & Performance

Midnite Martini

Mondays, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1
8:30pm - 9:45pm

The feathers are gonna fly in this choreography based boa-dance class. Miss Exotic World 2014, Midnite Martini is world renowned for her unique take on old classic burlesque props. So get ready to get all wrapped up in some of her favorite boa tricks and let your creativity fly to innovate your own.

You will also learn a step-by-step boa dance combination. Week 1-3 will focus on one combination and week 4-6 will focus on another. Week 7-8 will polish one of the combinations in preparation to perform the dance in an informal Chicago Academy of Burlesque student showcase salon!

Please bring your own boa, or you can borrow a CAB boa for a cash-only rental fee. Kneepads also encouraged.

You’re Such a Smart Act: Act Development

Bazuka Joe

Tuesdays, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25
8:30pm - 9:45pm

“You’re Such a Smart Act” is a half lecture - half physical, one-hour class that focuses on key components of musicality and choreographic theory as they relate to building sophisticated striptease acts. Students should come prepared to take notes as well as physically practice each new concept learned.  Variations can be made to accommodate physical limitations. 

Participants will learn choreographic devices that they can put in their ‘toolbox’ for use in creating clever, layered burlesque routines.

Slow Burns

Willy LaQueue

Wednesdays, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26
8:30pm - 9::45pm

Get ready to slow it down with the Limpest Wrist in Burlesque, Willy LaQueue! In this class, you will learn the art of the slow burn- including how to seduce your audience with the power of your gaze, how to keep yourself at a steady pace when nerves make you want to rush, and how to realize your full power on stage and bring your inner sultry siren to the light. Bring knee pads and comfy heels!