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Vaudezilla Studios Chicago Burlesque Classes, Private Lessons, and Workshops

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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.

Vaudezilla Studios
3614 W Belmont Av
Chicago IL 60618


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!

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2018 Student Showcase Dates:
  • September 8th, 15th, and 22nd
  • November 10th and 17th

    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES
    SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, SEP 16 - FRI, NOV 9

    Sundays
    Sep 16 - Nov 4
    Mondays
    Sep 17 - Nov 5
    Tuesdays
    Sep 18 - Nov 6
    Wednesdays
    Sep 19 - Nov 7
    Thursdays
    Sep 20 - Nov 8
    Fridays
    Sep 21 - Nov 9
    11am-12:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque

    Shirley Blazen
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    11am-12:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque

    Secret Mermaid
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    12:30-1:30pm
    All Levels / Disco Burlesque

    NOTE: No class on Sept 23
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Shirley Blazen
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    1:30-2:30pm
    All Levels / Nerdlesque

    NOTE: No class on Sept 23
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Shirley Blazen
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    3 SPOTS LEFT
    2:30-4pm
    All Levels / Solo Develop

    NOTE: No class on Sept 23
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Shirley Blazen
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    3 SPOTS LEFT
    4-5pm
    All Levels / Hip-Hop & Heels

    NOTE: No class on Sept 30
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Po'Chop
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    3 SPOTS LEFT
    5-6:30pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    NOTE: No class on Sept 30
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Po'Chop
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    2 SPOTS LEFT
    6-7pm
    All Levels / Improvising Burlesque

    Red Hot Annie
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    5:30-7pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Lilly Rascal
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    5-6pm
    All Levels / Fan Dancing

    Raven Gemini
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    6:30-8pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque

    NOTE: No class on Sept 30
    Makeup class on Nov 11


    Po'Chop
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    $210/8 Weeks
    Buy One, Get One Half Off
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    7-8pm
    All Levels / Floorwork

    Red Hot Annie
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    $160/8 Weeks
    Buy One, Get One Half Off
    AT CAPACITY
    7-8:30pm
    Bellydance I/II

    Phaedra
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    2 SPOTS LEFT
    7-8:30pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Lilly Rascal
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    $210/8 Weeks
    Buy One, Get One Half Off
    AT CAPACITY
    8-9:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque

    Red Hot Annie
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    3 SPOTS LEFT
    8-9:30pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Shirley Blazen
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    $210/8 Weeks
    Buy One, Get One Half Off
    AT CAPACITY
    8:30-9:30pm
    All Levels / Rock & Roll

    Lilly Rascal
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    $160/8 Weeks
    Buy One, Get One Half Off
    AT CAPACITY

    PRIVATE CHICAGO BURLESQUE & BELLYDANCE LESSONS

    Yes! We're available for private classes!
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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS AND STUDIO EVENTS

    All workshops listed below are open to ALL LEVELS - no prior experience is necessary!

    Friday, September 28
    noon-6pm
    (45-min appointments)

    Teacher: Kiam Marcelo Junio
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    Cost:
  • $45 - scholarship (take what you need)
  • $55 - regular
  • $65 - abundance (support another)

  • REGISTER NOW
    Aromatherapy Clinic
    Essential oils are the aromatic compounds of plants and constitute a significant part of their immune, defense, and reproductive systems. These potent powers protect and heal plants and work for humans as well. Are you curious to learn more about essential oils and what they can do for you? Sign up for a 45-minute consultation with Kiam, a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist. Your one-on-one session starts with an in depth intake to identify your physical, emotional, and elemental imbalances based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda principles. You will receive education on the best essential oils for your specific needs, and walk away with a customized blend.

    Please specify the level of consultation that you want when registering for this workshop.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, September 29
    2-3pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $25
    REGISTER NOW
    2 SPOTS LEFT
    Branding for Performers
    Want to take your performing to the next level but loathe the work of that goes into building a following? We'll dive into discovering ourselves and channeling that into our performer persona. The workshop will walk through how to write your bios, curate an off-stage presence and accomplish your goals. Bring a notebook or laptop for taking notes and crafting content in real time!

    Take both "Branding for Performers" and "Character Development" for $40.
    Saturday, September 29
    3-4pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $25
    REGISTER NOW
    2 SPOTS LEFT
    Character Development
    Want to portray one of your heroes? Have an idea to take on a new persona? No matter what stage of character you are in, Shirley Blazen will help you take it to the next level! Character development is a crucial skillset to elevate your stage presence, enhance your choreography, and nurture act concepts.

    Take both "Branding for Performers" and "Character Development" for $40.
    Thursday, October 4
    6-7:30pm

    Teacher: Sam Virgilio
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    Cost: $15
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    Jazz Dance for Queer Bodies I-III
    A non-binary approach to Jazz dance technique. This class caters to a variety of dance experience, from beginner to professional, and offers dancers a safe, supportive, encouraging environment to explore their artistry in the style of Jazz dance. Jazz as a movement style thrives on the power of community, diversity in voice, and discipline in form, all of which will be reflected in the structure of the class. Instructor Sam Virgilio will guide the class through conditioning, technique, and a combination all with built-in variations to cater to and appropriately challenge all levels. Dancers will not be divided, instructed in technique, or directed in their performance based on gender identity as it correlates to "traditional" dance gender roles, but rather dancers should feel emboldened to explore and utilize their individual brand of power through movement, however it may manifest.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 6
    11:30am-1pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $30
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    Stage Face
    We're putting our game faces on and striking a pose in this Stage Make-Up workshop designed to brush up on the basics and explore new techniques to elevate the looks you love! All levels of experience welcome as we start from the perfect foundation to the sparkly details. Bring your favorite colors and tools. We'll discuss how to maximize the impact of your products and experiment with color. Put your best face forward and flaunt a stage look you'll love!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Take both "Stage Face" and "Wig Care" for $50.
    Saturday, October 6
    1-2pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $30
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    Wig Care
    Whip that wig into shape and work it! Wig Care with Shirley Blazen covers essentials on wig maintenance, and tailoring that dream hair to your gorgeous head. We'll cover the foundations on securing wigs, styles and how to tailor them to you. Bring your favorite wig as we dive in head-first through real-time styling techniques.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Take both "Stage Face" and "Wig Care" for $50.
    Saturday, October 6
    2-3:30pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $20
    REGISTER NOW
    Strut 'n' Strip
    Great for beginners, but all levels are welcome!

    Elevate confidence and nurture your sensuality with burlesque striptease! We'll incorporate classic struts, bumps, wines, and grinds into a bawdy routine celebrating your inner diva. Students can expect a warm-up, exercises in movement and stage presence. Students are encouraged to bring costume pieces like robe or gloves to strip off, and any fun props to play with. Heels recommended.

    All levels and genders welcome.
    Saturday, October 6
    noon-4pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $80
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    Real Life Burlesque
    You've already got everything you need to feel beautiful. Curious why burlesque has such a divine reputation for empowering people? Align your mind, body, and soul to bring out the very best in yourself - in this workshop, we'll use burlesque as a tool to create a one-of-a-kind group routine. Learn more about the process and begin to build your larger-than-life burlesque persona! We'll focus on what it takes to develop total and complete comfort on stage. We'll consider potential obstacles and find creative ways to overcome them with ease. Harness the power of your self-confidence, streamline your intention and develop some personalized techniques for jumping fully into the moment on stage.

    Through a series of drills and activities we will push ourselves to come up with instant solutions, act confidently upon them, and then let go what doesn't serve us. This workshop focuses on techniques that will help you come up with better solutions for high-pressure public engagements, including last minute bookings, as well as creating long-lasting performance art that is instantly recognizable as your own. In this workshop, we'll examine our individual and collective strengths and how they can be presented to maximize your burlesque persona's impact and make your performances truly memorable. We'll explore visual and performance elements that will push us outside of our comfort zone, while maintaining connection to our true selves as well as the audience.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Thursday, October 11
    7-8pm

    Teacher: Adrianne Blanks
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    Cost: FREE
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    Manifesting by the Moon
    Working with the moon is a powerful way to bring in abundance, attraction, increase, or even clear away old habits and banish unwanted feelings. For thousands of years civilizations have marked time by the Moon, planning for optimal growth and newness, and when to reflect and release. The moon has an effect on plant growth and soil quality, and she can help you bloom too!

    In this FREE 45 minute introduction to working with the Moon, you will come away with an understanding of the 8 phases of the moon and how to work with the energy of the major phases to best bring in what you want to see in your world. I'll also suggest crystals, candles, and herbs to help you set the stage.

    Step into your magic!

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 13
    1-2:15pm

    Teacher: Christine Eduardo
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    Cost: $30
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    Liquid Motion
    This is an open-level workshop that utilizes basic dance theory and self-exploration to create total body awareness. In this 75-minute class, you will learn Liquid Motion® signature moves in order to build a foundation for floor work & wall work. The class includes body conditioning, lateral movement drills, a breakdown of 3-5 signature movements, and intricate floor flows. This class will mainly focus on the technique of each movement, understanding your body awareness, and learning how to tie it all together. Since we will only be using the floor and wall in this class, wear pants and a long sleeve shirt for a better movement experience. Knee-pads and leg warmers also recommended, if you have them!

    Take both "Liquid Motion" and "Sensual Flow" for $55.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 13
    2:30-3:45pm

    Teacher: Christine Eduardo
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    Cost: $30
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    Sensual Flow
    Slide, slink, and body roll your way from one movement to the next in this routine-based class. This class is all about slowing down, moving with intention, getting out of our heads and fully connecting to our bodies. This is your opportunity to unleash your inner goddess and explore your sensuality through movement. We will learn a sequence of different moves utilizing the floor and wall; Liquid Motion workshop is recommended, however not required. Layers are recommended!

    Take both "Liquid Motion" and "Sensual Flow" for $55.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 20
    1-2:30pm

    Teacher: Kevin Talmer Whiteneir
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    Cost: $20 singles/$25 couples
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    Beginner Salsa Techniques on 1
    Beginner Salsa on 1 introduces students to the foundations of Salsa dance. Students will learn the eight-count footwork that forms the basis for Salsa dancing, as well as beginner spins, tricks, and lead-and-follow styling to add flair to their choreography. Students will also learn some history and background to Salsa music and dance within Latin culture.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 20
    2:30-4pm

    Teacher: Kevin Talmer Whiteneir
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    Cost: $20 singles/$25 couples
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    Beginner Bachata Techniques
    Beginner Bachata introduces students to the foundations of Bachata dance. Students will learn the footwork that forms the basis for bachata dancing, as well as beginner spins, tricks, and lead-and-follow styling to add flair to their choreography. Students will also learn some history and background to bachata music and dance within Latin culture.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, October 27
    12:30-2pm

    Teacher: Ariel Glassman
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    Cost: $18
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    Beginning Jazz Guitar
    If you have some guitar experience but want to start exploring the exciting world of jazz, then this is the chance for you to start! Ariel Glassman, working Chicago musician and DePaul Alumni, will walk you and a group of guitarists through basic chord shapes, blues, and even a jazz song or two! You'll receive instruction on how to start this exciting journey, including album suggestions and practice techniques! This is the perfect place to start your jazz experience to continue to grow as a guitarist and a musician!

    Class requires the student to bring a guitar, preferably acoustic. If you only have an electric, please bring an amp so we can all hear you shredding! Basic guitar experience is required.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Sunday, October 28
    noon-2pm

    Teacher: Dharam Prakash Singh (Justin Fill)
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    Cost: $20
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    Yoga and Meditation for Performers (and vegetarian potluck)
    Kundalini Yoga as taught is a lineage that draws heavily from Sikh tradition, incorporates all 8 limbs of traditional yoga, and focuses on raising the energy of awareness. We practice in a way that removes limitations, and develops the ability to think creatively and in line with your intuitions.

    Dharam Prakash Singh (Justin Fill) is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Given his spiritual name seven years ago, he has incorporated the technology into his performances and movement based teaching since beginning the practice. He currently leads classes at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop in downtown Chicago.

    Our class will focus on freeing the flow of creative energy through Kriya - a series of exercises designed to activate and synergize the body and mind, specifically the glandular system. Kriya is followed by Deep Relaxation and Meditation.v Bring a bottle of water. We will have a few mats available, but feel free to bring your own.

    After the class, there will be a vegetarian meal. Potluck if possible, but a meal will be provided.

    This workshop takes place at our new sister location, Rebellion Rising Studio in Irving Park! Click here for more information about other classes and workshops available at Rebellion Rising!
    Saturday, November 10
    2-3:30pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $20
    REGISTER NOW
    Strut 'n' Strip
    Great for beginners, but all levels are welcome!

    Elevate confidence and nurture your sensuality with burlesque striptease! We'll incorporate classic struts, bumps, wines, and grinds into a bawdy routine celebrating your inner diva. Students can expect a warm-up, exercises in movement and stage presence. Students are encouraged to bring costume pieces like robe or gloves to strip off, and any fun props to play with. Heels recommended.

    All levels and genders welcome.
    Saturday, December 1
    2-3:30pm

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $20
    REGISTER NOW
    Strut 'n' Strip
    Great for beginners, but all levels are welcome!

    Elevate confidence and nurture your sensuality with burlesque striptease! We'll incorporate classic struts, bumps, wines, and grinds into a bawdy routine celebrating your inner diva. Students can expect a warm-up, exercises in movement and stage presence. Students are encouraged to bring costume pieces like robe or gloves to strip off, and any fun props to play with. Heels recommended.

    All levels and genders welcome.


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