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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT
UPDATE: MARCH 29, 2020

Though we remain under the State of Illinois "stay at home" order, we are excited to announce that we have moved our studio classes and workshops online as we continue to adapt to the circumstances. We will use Zoom to hold our classes beginning Sunday, April 5th, and we have re-opened registration for the March/April session for anyone who would like to join. You can register for our classes as normal, and once we receive your registration, we will add you to the Zoom meeting participants list for your class. These Zoom meetings will take place at the regularly scheduled class times shown in the calendar below.

For students enrolled in workshops, we will plan to have your workshops online unless we are allowed to resume normal studio activities beforehand.

PLEASE NOTE: If we are able to resume normal studio activities before the end of the online session or any of the scheduled online workshops, we will still have the online classes available from the studio. That way, if you're still hesitant to go out or are taking the classes from out of town, you can still participate.

We are so lucky to live in a time where distance can feel so close. Continue to connect with others. Text each other, call each other, send your friends your favorite songs, record yourself dancing with joy and share it with the ones you care about. Paint a picture and let the world see it on social media. Keep circulating kindness. Keep gratitude in your heart.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this new class and workshop format.

LEARN (AND PERFORM) BURLESQUE & BELLYDANCE
Burlesque and bellydance are for everybody who has a body - at its heart, classes at VAUDEZILLA! Burlesque are a celebration of diversity and what makes each body’s story special. Our classes are for people who:

- want a more daring way to practice self-care - by cultivating time to learn and practice new skills
- want an effortless way to exercise and tune into their body
- want an excuse to buy new lingerie ;)
- want to simply “BE” with themselves - to discover what they can create for no other reason than it feels good!

You are worthy of joy! And part of what makes our classes so special is at the end of each 8-week session, there's a very special Student Spectacular, where each class shows what they learned!

Buy One, Get One Half Off!

Sign up for two 8-week classes and get the second 8-week class (of equal or lesser value) for half off -OR- Buy two of the same 8-week class and share the half-price discount with a friend.

Please Note: The Buy One, Get One Half Off offer is valid only for two classes taken during the same session. You cannot use the discounted class in future sessions. NO REFUNDS will be issued if students wishing to redeem this option sign up & pay separately!

VAUDEZILLA! Burlesque
3330 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago IL 60618

2020 Student Spectacular Dates:
May 8th, 9th, and 16th
July 4th, 11th, and 18th
September 11th, 12th, and 18th
October 24th
November 14th, 21st, and 28th
December 12th and 19th

Want to drop in on a class?

  • $25 per class for 60-minute classes
  • $30 per class for 90-minute classes

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    CURRENT 2020 SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, APRIL 5 - THURSDAY, MAY 28

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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES

    Sundays
    Apr 5 - May 24
    Mondays
    Apr 6 - May 25
    Wednesdays
    Apr 8 - May 27
    Thursdays
    Apr 9 - May 28
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    Solo Development
    11am-noon

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    with Red Hot Annie

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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    noon-1pm

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    with Red Hot Annie

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    The Hot Seat: Seductive Chair Dancing
    1-2pm

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    with Miss Nyxon

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    Rock 'n' Roll Burlesque
    2-3pm

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    with Miss Nyxon

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    Burlesque Level 3/4
    3-4:30pm

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    Fan Dancing
    4:30-5:30pm

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    with Colette Coquette

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    Sing and Sling: Broadway Burlesque
    5:30-6:30pm

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    with Colette Coquette and Vanna Tease

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    Bountiful and Beautiful: Rubenesque Burlesque
    6-7pm

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    with Vanna Tease

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    7-8:30pm

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    with Vanna Tease

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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    7-8pm

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    with Ramona Romance

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    Speak Up, Stand Out
    7-8:30pm

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    with Shirley Blazen

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    Solo Development
    7-8pm

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    with Shirley Blazen

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    8-9:30pm

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    with Ramona Romance

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    8-9:30pm

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    with Shirley Blazen


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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES: DROP-INS
    PLEASE NOTE: DROP-INS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF THE SESSION

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    Drop-in policy: We welcome drop-ins for all of our eight-week classes. Some of our classes are very popular and tend to fill up to capacity. When that happens, we have to prioritize students who commit to taking the entire session of classes, and as such, we cannot guarantee that there will be space in the class for drop-ins. Even drop-in students who purchased their drop-ins in advance may be removed from their scheduled drop-in date(s) if the class ends up at capacity by the time those dates come around. Any drop-in student who has to be removed due to a class being at capacity will, of course, have their registration fees credited to their MindBody account for use on subsequent class/workshop purchases. We will make every effort to accommodate as many people as we can, as well as notifying students enough in advance if a class has reached capacity and their drop-in has to be canceled.

    Drop-ins are best used during the first 3 weeks of class.


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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS

    Social Media While Social Distancing
    with Secret Mermaid
    Thu, Apr 2nd - 7-8pm CST on Zoom
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    Social Media While Social Distancing
    In this workshop we will learn how to create the best content from home using the resources at hand. We will also be doing an Instagram crash course on posts, stories, and trends. So once you have all your fabulous new content, you can make the most of it on social media. All while social distancing!

    Knee pads encouraged. Heels or dance shoes are optional, but not required.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Secret Mermaid is a burlesque dancer and professional model with a background in vocal arts and musical theater. In her classes you'll be able to explore different burlesque styles, incorporate some yoga, and get a good workout! Secret Mermaid believes that burlesque is for everyone and we all have that something special inside us that can be brought out on stage.
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    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, Apr 10th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week One: Prep, Base, Contour
    This week we will start at the very beginning! I will discuss and demonstrate some basic skin care and prep options. We will also start our makeup look! We will discuss and play with some techniques for foundation and concealer application to give you a flawless base to build your look on. After we get our base set we will dive deep into some contour techniques!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
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    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, Apr 17th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Two: Blush, Highlighter, & Pin Curls
    This week I want you to arrive to class with your base and contour done using the techniques you learned from the previous week! We will continue to build on to the face exploring blush and highlighter. I will discuss placement options to create different shape illusions. We will also start playing with our hair! I will teach you the perfect placement and the proper techniques of pin curls! Pin Curls are great to wear under wigs and to set your natural hair in a sexy wave for after the show. It’s an awesome skill for every performer to learn!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork Intensive:
    Transitions, Traveling, and Storytelling
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Apr 18th - noon-1pm
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork Intensive: Transitions, Traveling, and Storytelling
    Dive a little deeper into your burlesque with Ramona Romance! During this 60-minute floorwork intensive, Ramona invites you to explore not only the physicality of floorwork, but to also discover ways in which you can convey emotions and storytelling elements by using your body. Beginning with a warm up and stretches, Ramona will lead you through different ways to travel across the floor and transitions to and from different planes. This class encourages self-love, playfulness, and a readiness to explore together.

    Knee pads encouraged. Heels or dance shoes are optional, but not required.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Ramona Romance fell in love with burlesque hard and fast when she first arrived at Vaudezilla Studios and that love continues to grow every day! Starting as a student, Ramona worked her way to becoming an ensemble member in Vaudezilla! Burlesque Spectacular in 2018. Ramona is thrilled to guide her students through the art of burlesque by encouraging empowerment, self-love, and trust. Being one of Vaudezilla's rotating improvised burlesque performers, Ramona wants to share the joy of spontaneity and "play" both on- and off-stage with her students.
    Intro to Burlesque
    with Daisy Dynamite
    Sat, Apr 18th - 3-4:30pm
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    Intro to Burlesque
    Curious about our weekly burlesque classes, but not sure it's a good fit for you? Try out some basic burlesque moves with our teachers from Vaudezilla Studios, who will have you bumping, grinding, & shimmying in no time. In this 90-minute taster workshop, you'll have fun and learn more about the art of burlesque!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Daisy Dynamite is a Chicago native with family roots in Louisiana. Her passion for dance performance started at a very young age. She performed in elementary and high school plays and assisted with theater productions as a costuming seamstress in her undergrad years for Lake Forest College's campus theater. After college, Daisy worked as an elementary school teacher as well as a model/television extra for several Chicago based shows (primarily Empire). Daisy enjoys the ability she has to express her creativity, skills and passions by collaborating with Vaudezilla. She currently works as a costuming assistant for Red Hot Annie and dance/fitness instructor for the studio. Her teaching style is ultra affirming and she takes pride in making each student feel confident in her class.
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    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, Apr 24th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Three: It's All About the Eyes
    Arrive to class with your base, contour, blush and highlighter in place! If you want you are welcome to put your hair in pin curls to practice, but it's not necessary. This week we will start playing with our eye makeup. We can build a few looks starting from a basic pinup eye to a dramatic over drawn glitter lid! We will also explore eye liner shapes and application, and showgirl lashes! I will give you some of my favorite brands and styles and we will apply them, so make sure you have lashes on hand!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Hair and Makeup for the Stage
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Apr 25th - 10am-noon
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    Hair and Makeup for the Stage
    No diva would walk on stage without looking her best. In this class, Red Hot Annie will guide you through hair & makeup basics that are fundamental to achieving professional looking makeup on stage ranging from classic pinup to modern glam. Whether you are a seasoned performer who wants to brush up (get it? brush?!) and refine your techniques, or if you're someone who is looking to make a big impression with your presence any day, this class will help you put your absolute best face forward.

    Please bring your current hair/makeup "kit" - including your typical styling products, brushes, and cosmetics. Annie will discuss a typical styling bag and what you may include in yours to make it most versatile for stage applications.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Drawing on over a decade of performance experience, Red Hot Annie is an award-winning, internationally-recognized burlesque headliner. She is also the founder of Chicago's VAUDEZILLA! (Chicago's top-rated burlesque show), Vaudezilla Studios (Chicago's top-rated source for burlesque classes) and the Windy City Burlesque Fest. A constant presence in Chicago burlesque, she has also traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, with regular appearances all over Europe and the UK, most notably yearly appearances in France, where she has hosted (en français) and performed at numerous events and festivals.
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    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, May 1st - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Four: Lips
    This week I want you to arrive with your skin prepped for makeup but clean otherwise. We will do our makeup together starting from the top using the skills we learned over the past few weeks. Once our makeup is done, we will then explore Lips! I will discuss different lip shapes and how to draw your lips to appear to be a different shape. I will give you some of my favorite brands for the stage and talk about colors!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
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    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, May 8th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Five: Wiggin' Out!
    This week you should arrive with your hair in pin curls and have a wig cap on hand. I will discuss and demonstrate some basic wig care and styling techniques and tools. I will also discuss and demonstrate application techniques. I am looking forward to answering questions you may have about wigs and helping you with individual questions and problems you are having with wigs you may already own. Bring your wigs and hair pieces and we will work on helping to make them look bigger and better!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Vanity with Vanna Tease:
    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, May 15th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Six: DRAG ME
    Let's play with creating looks inspired by Drag Queens! I will discuss different techniques used to create big, broad and over the top looks that are perfect for the stage! We will then explore what that might look like on our own faces.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork Intensive:
    Inversions and Costume Reveals on the Floor
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, May 16th - noon-1pm
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork Intensive: Inversions and Costume Reveals on the Floor
    Turn your dance practice upside down with Ramona Romance! During the 60-minute floorwork intensive, Ramona will guide you through a series of movements like forward/backwards rolls, shoulder rolls, tripod, etc. that you can pair with creative costume reveals on the floor. First time trying out inversions? This introductory class is suitable for all levels of dance/movement experience.

    Bring a few of your favorite costume pieces and play with creative removals!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Ramona Romance fell in love with burlesque hard and fast when she first arrived at Vaudezilla Studios and that love continues to grow every day! Starting as a student, Ramona worked her way to becoming an ensemble member in Vaudezilla! Burlesque Spectacular in 2018. Ramona is thrilled to guide her students through the art of burlesque by encouraging empowerment, self-love, and trust. Being one of Vaudezilla's rotating improvised burlesque performers, Ramona wants to share the joy of spontaneity and "play" both on- and off-stage with her students.
    Vanity with Vanna Tease:
    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, May 22nd - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Seven: Curls, Teasing, and Stage-Ready Natural Hair
    This week you should have your hair clean and dry and ready to style! We will all set our hair in curls. You can use hot rollers, steam rollers, a curling iron, or whatever your favorite way to curl your hair is! I will discuss the proper placement of the curls, and techniques and products to style your hair and make it last all night!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Vanity with Vanna Tease:
    Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    with Vanna Tease
    Fri, May 29th - 4-5pm CST on Zoom
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    Vanity with Vanna Tease: Virtual Hair and Makeup Happy Hour
    Join Vanna every Friday evening as we get together online with Zoom to level up our look for the stage! In this series, we will build a showgirl face from prepping your skin to the finishing touches. Grab a cocktail or your favorite treat and log on from the comfort of your own boudoir, private dressing room, or even your bathroom! Wherever you get ready is perfect!

    Week Eight: Show and Tell!
    This week I want you to create a completed look of your choice! We can take 45 minutes to get ready and kiki! The last 15 minutes we will use to showcase our gorgeous talents!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Vanna Tease has been on the scene, singing and slinging and bumping and grinding for close to a decade! She was an ensemble member for Vaudezilla for 6 years and taught classes for 2 years. She has also had the pleasure of performing in multiple festivals including The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Burly Pics, and as a feature performer in the Empire Burlesque Festival. Outside of festivals, her burlesque travels have brought her to New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Vanna is a trained and experienced musical theatre performer all over the Chicago area. She has been on a stage in some capacity her whole life! She loves being able to share her passion and experience with students of all levels.
    Jaida of NYC
    with Jaida
    Sat, May 30th - 10:30am/1:30pm
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    Jaida of NYC
    Beautiful Hands and Arms
    Hands and arms play a vital role in conveying expression within your dance. Increase your fluidity, flare and finesse with guest artist Jaida of NYC, who has performed for the Saudi Royal Family, Mary J. Blige, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, to name just a few. In this workshop, we will learn exercises that will and concepts that will be combined with context through execution in drills and combinations.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Double Veil
    In this workshop, we will learn technique for using not one, but TWO veils in an original choreography with instructor Jaida Chandler of NYC, who has performed for the Saudi Royal Family, Mary J. Blige, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, to name just a few. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add another dazzling skill set to your repertoire. Bring two equally-sized silk veils with you to class, or let us know IN ADVANCE if you need to borrow a pair, or contact Vaudezilla instructor Phaedra Darwish for advice on where to purchase. For more about Jaida, please see the event description.

    Bring your own matching size veils or see Phaedra on where to buy in advance.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Workshop prices are $35 each in advance, and $40 each at the door.

    Register before March 14th for both "Jaida of NYC" workshops and get a $10 discount!

    Internationally acclaimed performer, choreographer, and creative innovator, Jaida is an exquisite world-class professional belly dancer based in NYC. Passionate about her art, she feels that belly dance is a celebration of life. In constant demand for weddings and private events, Jaida is a featured performer from New York to Tokyo and across the globe.

    Jaida is a New York-based dancer who began her dance journey at Serena Wilson's Studio in New York City. She performed in many of Serena's off-Broadway productions, as well as the famed Egyptian Gardens Supper Club in Times Square. Jaida's past performances include performing for the Saudi Royal Family, the United Nations Arab Gala, and performing with the internationally acclaimed New York Arabic Orchestra. Jaida has also been called upon to perform for numerous foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and prime ministers. Private events include celebrations with superstars Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, Anita Baker, Sean Puffy Combs, Nas, and Lady Gaga. Last but not least, she was a featured dancer on the Nile River in Cairo Egypt, along with a traditional Tanoura Show.

    She has had the privilege of studying extensively some of the world's most prominent dance legends, including reknowned instructor Yousry Sharif. An extremely experienced teacher herself, Jaida has instructed countless workshops and judged competitions from Europe and Asia to the US. Jaida currently teaches weekly classes from her studio in NYC and is excited to be teaching for the first time in Chicago. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to study with one of New York's most elegant, experienced, and knowledgeable dancers!


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