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Vaudezilla Studios Chicago Burlesque Classes, Private Lessons, and Workshops

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gift of burlesque chicago 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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CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES
SESSION DATES: SUN JUL 16 thru SAT SEP 9

Sundays
Jul 16 - Sep 3
Mondays
Jul 17 - Sep 4
Wednesdays
Jul 19 - Sep 6
Thursdays
Jul 20 - Sep 7
Fridays
Jul 21 - Sep 8
11am-12:30pm
Level 1/2 Burlesque *

Titty Perkins
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$170/8 Weeks
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12:30-1:30pm
Specialty / Ballet *

Titty Perkins
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$115/8 Weeks
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2-3pm
Specialty / Slapstick *

Shirley Blazen
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$115/8 Weeks
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1:30-3pm
Level 3/4 Burlesque

Titty Perkins
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3pm-4:30pm
Level 1/2 Burlesque *

Shirley Blazen
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6pm-7:30pm
Level 1/2 Burlesque *

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6:30-7:30pm
Specialty / Solo Develop. *

Lilly Rascal
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$115/8 Weeks
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6:30-7:30pm
Specialty / Slapstick *

Shirley Blazen
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7:30-8:30pm
Specialty / Fan Dancing *

Raven Gemini
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6:30-8pm
Level 5/6 Burlesque

Red Hot Annie
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$170/8 Weeks
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6:30-8pm
Bellydance I

Phaedra
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7:30-8:30pm
Specialty / Stage Presence *

Lilly Rascal
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8:30-9:30pm
Specialty / Metalesque! *

Raven Gemini
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8-9:30pm
Level 1/2 Burlesque*

Red Hot Annie
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$170/8 Weeks
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8-9:30pm
Bellydance II

Phaedra
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8:30-9:30pm
Specialty / Rock'n'Roll *

Lilly Rascal
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PRIVATE CHICAGO BURLESQUE & BELLYDANCE LESSONS

Red Hot Annie
($45-60/hr)

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Specializes In:
Fan Dancing
Non-Dancers
Styling/Aesthetics
Stage Presence
Business Acumen
Mentoring Artists
Phaedra
($45-$60/hr)

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Specializes In:
Bellydance Technique
Choreography
Solos
Veil, Chinese Veil, Wings, Cane
Musicality
Vanna Tease
($35-$45/hr)

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Specializes In:
Musical Theatre
Singing Strip
Fan & Veil Fans
Non-Dancers
Titty Perkins
($35-$45/hr)

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Specializes In:
Costume design
Aesthetics
Classic Burlesque
Feather Fan Dancing
Performance Art

CHICAGO BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS

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

Sunday, Jul 23
3:00-4:00pm
Teacher: Titty Perkins
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Cost: $15
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Boa Basics for Burlesque
The boa is one of the props most associated with burlesque. In an hour, we'll learn about different kinds of boas, ways to use your boa to accentuate your face and body, and a few different boa maneuvers that are very easy, but look very impressive! No dance experience required, please bring a boa.

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Friday, Jul 28
7:30-8:30pm
Teacher: Poppy Le Poussé
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Cost: $20
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Intro to Burlesque
This workshop will show you what forms the foundation of any sexy burlesque act. You'll learn some basic moves, from shimmies, to bumps and grinds, as well as some simple strip-tease. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" heel height maximum). A pair of elbow length gloves is recommended.

Take both "Intro to Burlesque" & "Powder Puff Burlesque" for $35
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Friday, Jul 28
8:30-9:30pm
Teacher: Poppy Le Poussé
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Cost: $20
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Powder Puff Burlesque
This workshop will cover the style and technique of a Powder Puff Burlesque act. Using an oversized, fluffy powder puff and some classic burlesque moves, learn about the sweeter side of burlesque while still being sexy. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" heel height maximum). Please bring a pair of clothing that you don't mind getting glitter on.

Take both "Intro to Burlesque" & "Powder Puff Burlesque" for $35
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Saturday, Jul 29
noon-1pm
Teacher: Tilda Titillation
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Cost: $20
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Basic Floorwork
In this workshop you will learn the basics of floorwork including: easy transitions to get down to the floor, ways to get up from the floor, and multiple basic moves to have in your floorwork arsenal (fan kicks, pike position moves, and booty moves). The workshop will culminate in a short choreographed routine that will bring everything you learn together, including transitions from one move to another. Bring knee pads! Shoes not required.

Take both "Basic Floorwork" & "Slow and Sexy Floorwork" for $35
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Saturday, Jul 29
1-2pm
Teacher: Tilda Titillation
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Cost: $20
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Slow and Sexy Floorwork
Those already familiar with basic floorwork can take their moves to the next level! In this workshop you will take the basics learned in the Basic Floorwork workshop (getting down, getting up, basic moves on the floor) and slow them down to make them more...sensual. The workshop will culminate in a short choreographed dance that will bring everything you learn together, including transitions from one move to another. Bring knee pads! Shoes not required.

Take both "Basic Floorwork" & "Slow and Sexy Floorwork" for $35
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Saturday, Jul 29
4:30-5:30pm
Teacher: Camille Leon
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Cost: $20
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Dynamics
Are you looking to build an act with a story arc? Looking to add some intensity and flair to a current act? Do you want to add more levels to your performances? Then come and learn how to incorporate dynamics into your burlesque! In this two hour workshop, Camille Leon will walk you through multiple techniques that will help you approach your burlesque from a different perspective. Part physical and part mental, this workshop will help you learn how to find dynamics within your music choices, choreography, and even within yourself.
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Sunday, Jul 30
3:00-4:00pm
Teacher: Titty Perkins
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Cost: $15
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Costume Basics for Burlesque
In burlesque, your costume is not only what you're wearing, but can also act as a prop or perform so many other ways! In this workshop, we'll talk about some basic removals of traditional burlesque costumes. If you have an existing costume and/or act, please bring this so we can work on the costume reveals in your act. Participants should also bring a pair of elbow length gloves, a garter belt and stockings, a corset (if available) and a dress or gown. Ms. Perkins will bring some extras, but they will be first come, first serve. Feel free to also bring costume pieces that you find difficult or awkward to remove.

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Friday, Aug 4
7:30-8:30pm
Teacher: Crocodile Lightning
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Cost: $20
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Burlesque As Storytelling
Put your personal spin on any choreography by using a story line to guide your movements and facial expressions. Be sensual, be sweet, be funny, be weird! Be whoever you want to be. All while adding depth to your performance and captivating the audience. In a series of small group and individual exercises, you will bump and grind as different characters and experiment with different moods. This part movement, part improv workshop will help you create varied characters, push your comfort zone, and strengthen the connection you have with your audience.

Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended. Bring water, imagination, and exuberance.
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Saturday, Aug 5
10:30-11:30am
Teacher: Phaedra
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Cost: $17
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Intro to Bellydance
Curious about belly dance? One of the oldest forms of dance, raqs sharki helps you with posture and body control, the benefits of which transfer to any form of dance you practice. This hour long class will provide an introduction to the basic movements of belly dance accompanied by lively Arabic music. Coin skirts provided. Come shake it up and start your morning right!
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Sunday, Aug 6
3:00-5:00pm
Teacher: Titty Perkins
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Cost: $40 (materials included)
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Merkin Workshop
Learn how to make traditional burlesque cover-ups! Merkins are a fantastic way to add edge and excitement to any act. Learn about different kinds and styles of these special garments, and learn how to secure them effectively so you can shake it with confidence! All skill levels welcome, patterns and all materials included.

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Friday, Aug 11
7:30-8:30pm
Teacher: Poppy Le Poussé
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Cost: $20
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Intro to Boa Dancing
Learn the foundation of the classic boa dance used throughout burlesque. This workshop will cover boa manipulation and technique in the style of classic and modern burlesque. Bring comfortable clothing that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" maximum height). If you have a boa of your own, please bring it along, otherwise we have boas that are available on loan for the duration of the workshop.

Take both "Intro to Boa Dancing" & "Sexy Boa Choreography" for $35
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Friday, Aug 11
8:30-9:30pm
Teacher: Poppy Le Poussé
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Cost: $20
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Sexy Boa Choreography
This workshop will teach you how to use boa technique in addition to body movement, which can then be used to build choreography for a sexy burlesque piece. We will be learning a short series of choreography that will show you how to smooth out movements and transitions while using the boa. Bring comfortable clothing that are easy to move in, and a pair of heels (2" maximum height). If you have a boa of your own, please bring it along, otherwise we have boas that are available on loan for the duration of the workshop.

Take both "Intro to Boa Dancing" & "Sexy Boa Choreography" for $35
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Sunday, Aug 13
3:00-4:30pm
Teacher: Titty Perkins
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Cost: $90 (materials included)
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Vegan Boa Construction
Can't perform with a feather boa due to allergies, moral, or religious reasons? Tired of conventional feather boas shedding feathers? Made of fabric and tulle, a vegan boa is the answer! Titty Perkins will help you get started on your very own boa in this workshop. Materials will be provided in a variety of colors.

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Friday, Aug 18
7:30-8:30pm
Teacher: Crocodile Lightning
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Cost: $20
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Burlesque As Storytelling
Put your personal spin on any choreography by using a story line to guide your movements and facial expressions. Be sensual, be sweet, be funny, be weird! Be whoever you want to be. All while adding depth to your performance and captivating the audience. In a series of small group and individual exercises, you will bump and grind as different characters and experiment with different moods. This part movement, part improv workshop will help you create varied characters, push your comfort zone, and strengthen the connection you have with your audience.

Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended. Bring water, imagination, and exuberance.
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Saturday, Aug 19
1:00-2:00pm
Teacher: Dirty Devlin
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Cost: $15
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Find Your Voice: Character Workshop
Who you are on stage influences style choices: are you campy or vampy? Classy or sassy? Or do you not care for rhymes at all? Having a developed stage personality is a central part of burlesque and variety theatre and a technique that can help you make specific choices. This workshop takes the fundamentals of stage presence and adds lessons on character creation and persona development to increase your working knowledge of the stage. Bring something to write with and wear comfortable clothes.

Take any TWO of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $25
Take ALL THREE of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $35
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Saturday, Aug 19
2:00-3:00pm
Teacher: Dirty Devlin
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Cost: $15
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Take It On: Stage Presence Workshop
This sleek and sly workshop is designed to help you develop stage presence, find a performance style that works for you, and connect with an audience. Theatre and movement exercises will be used to guide you in preparing for stage work or just upping your public speaking confidence. These exercises draw from burlesque/cabaret tradition, acting styles, and improv techniques. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes.

Take any TWO of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $25
Take ALL THREE of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $35
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Saturday, Aug 19
3:00-4:00pm
Teacher: Dirty Devlin
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Cost: $15
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Mic Check: Hosting Workshop
Want to hone your burlesque hosting skills? An emcee's job is to make sure everyone is having a good time and creating a safe, fun, and accountable space for performers and audience alike. In this 60-minute course, we'll look at a few different hosting must-haves, techniques, and ways to skill build while establishing a personal hosting style through persona development. Bring something to write with and wear comfortable clothes.

Take any TWO of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $25
Take ALL THREE of "Find Your Voice," "Take It On," and "Mic Check" for $35
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Sunday, Aug 20
3:00-4:00pm
Teacher: Titty Perkins
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Cost: $10
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Headpiece and Millinery Basics
Have you wanted to build your own headpieces or hats? Professor Perkins is an experienced milliner, and will teach you how to do it too! Primarily a lecture based class, Titty will bring different examples from her own wardrobe and describe how they are derived. A hand sewing background is encouraged, but people from any skill level are welcome in this workshop.

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Friday, Aug 25
7:30-8:30pm
Teacher: Molly Meru
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Cost: $15
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Acro Chair
Learn some exciting, tricks using a chair as an apparatus! Balance on and around your chair, enticing and impressing your audience with your new, powerful, moves. How many ways can you dance on a chair? Join me, and find out! A sure way to give your chair work some extra pizzazz. No experience necessary.

Take both "Acro Chair" & "Intro to Partner Acro" for for $30
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Friday, Aug 25
8:30-9:30pm
Teacher: Molly Meru
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Cost: $20
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Intro to Partner Acro
Come alone or bring a friend and learn some fun beginning level acro doubles tricks, stretches and warm-up moves. No experience necessary. Lift each other up figuratively and literally!

Take both "Acro Chair" & "Intro to Partner Acro" for for $30
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Saturday, Aug 26
1:00-2:00pm
Teacher: Mister Twister Maximus Sinsation
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Cost: $15
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Butchlesque 101
Starting with a discussion about masculine identities and what is stereotypically considered masculine in the society, this class will create a space to engage in a lively dialogue about the many ways we define butch stereotypes. It will be followed by a group of exercises. From stage presence and commanding the audience to facial expressions and butch reveal technics, you will learn the very basics of butch burlesque. All genders are welcome. Bring your suits, vests, sexy boxers, or anything that will make you look and feel sexy.

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Saturday, Aug 26
2:00-4:00pm
Teacher: EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!
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Cost: $30
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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Glitter: Advanced Glitter Makeup Techniques
In his most popular and wildly entertaining class, follow along as EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! walks you through several techniques to up your cosmetic glitter game. Includes:
  • What sizes of glitter are best for which uses, including size graduation when achieving a blended out look.
  • Achieving cut crease and smoky eye looks with glitter.
  • Contouring facial planes with glitter. This is extra-draggy!
  • Tips for custom blending glitters.
  • Correcting mistakes, cleaning spills, and getting it ALL off.
  • Bling and beyond: use of rhinestones, sequins, and other 3-D objects.

    Take both "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Glitter" & "Musicality in Motion" for $45
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    Saturday, Aug 26
    4:30-5:30pm
    Teacher: EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!
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    Cost: $25
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    Musicality in Motion
    In this class, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! succinctly compresses his learnings from a life as a musician, as well as distills what comes naturally to him, into digestible concepts that can be applied to existing choreography or used to generate new movement. In this class you will learn how to dissect your music and weave multiple dynamic approaches to make every aspect of your music work to your advantage. Through theoretical lecture, rhythmic drills, active listening exercises, and group generated choreography applying all of the above, you'll expand your stylistic toolbox to make the most of every nuanced note and let the sound guide your movement. Wear clothes you can dance in, and dance shoes, high heels, or bare feet.

    Take both "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Glitter" & "Musicality in Motion" for $45
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    Sunday, Aug 27
    3:00-4:30pm
    Teacher: Titty Perkins
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    Cost: $40
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    Prepared Packing
    Learn how to pack for your show like a pro. Professor Perkins almost always comes extra-prepared for every moment. Preparation and packing are two important things that can help reduce performance stress and anxiety. In this workshop, we'll cover how to pack costumes, headpieces, and other hard to pack items. Additionally, in class, we'll assemble our very own "emergency basics" kits.

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    Sunday, Sep 3
    3:00-4:30pm
    Teacher: Titty Perkins
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    Cost: $45 (materials included)
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    Shimmy Belts
    Shake it, sister! In this class, we will learn how to make a fringed shimmy belt. Learn the proper way to sew sequins and fringe for a hassle-free, quick and easy project. Shimmy belts are an easy addition to a costume and add movement to any performance! Basic sewing experience required.

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