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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

2019 Student Spectacular Dates:
November 23rd and 30th
December 27th

2020 Student Spectacular Dates:
February 14th
March 7th, 13th, and 14th
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 2019 SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

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    Sundays
    Nov 17 - Dec 15
    Mondays
    Nov 18 - Dec 16
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    Solo Development
    noon-1pm

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    with Red Hot Annie

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    1-2:30pm

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    with Daisy Dynamite

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    Glam Rock Burlesque
    3-4pm

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    with Greta-X

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    Bump & Grind
    4-5pm

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    with Kitty la Royall

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    Finding Your Slow Burn
    5-6pm

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    with Kitty la Royall

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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    6-7pm

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    with Coral Reefer

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    NO CLASS ON DEC 1

    Twerkshop
    7-8pm

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    with Ms. LyNoo Booty (Lynnea Malley)

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    7-8:30pm

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    with Shirley Blazen

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    Finding Your X-Factor: High Energy Burlesque
    8-9pm

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    8pm with Coral Reefer
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    8:30-9:30pm

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    with Ramona Romance


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

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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS

    Shimmy Lab
    with Phaedra
    Sat, Nov 23rd - 1-2:30pm
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    Shimmy Lab
    How many shimmies can we cover in this 1.5 hour workshop? That is the challenge! We are going to work through several types of shimmies you can use in any dance style. Form fitting clothing is a plus.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    Unleashing Your Inner Goddess
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Dec 7th - 10am/11:30am
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    Unleashing Your Inner Goddess
    Part I: Introduction to Burlesque
    You've already got everything you need to feel beautiful. Whether you’re looking to cultivate more confidence in the boardroom or spice things up in the bedroom, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in this introductory burlesque class. Burlesque has a divine reputation for empowering people of all ages, sizes, colors, and abilities! Engage your mind, body, and soul with focused ferocity and align with the smoldering, confident queen that is inside you as you come play with International burlesque showgirl Red Hot Annie.

    Part II: Burlesque
    Ready to take it to the next level? In this workshop, we’ll focus on what it takes to develop total and complete comfort on stage. Harness the power of your self-confidence, streamline your intention and develop some personalized techniques for jumping fully into the moment on stage. Some ideas are meant for just moment, some are meant for a lifetime - let go of what doesn't serve you. Get grounded with dirty, sexy, smooth floorwork and work without a net as we tap into the potential of improvised dance. Knee pads recommended.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Registration fee: $40

    Take both "Unleashing!" workshops for $75
    Feeling FAN-tastic!
    with Raven Gemini
    Sat, Dec 7th - 1pm/2:30pm
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    Beginning Fans
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    Focusing on developing technical proficiency with the ultimate classic burlesque accessories, this class is geared toward hobbyists, as well as aspiring and established performers with various dance backgrounds who want to look like a professional using feather fans!

    Using basic dance principles, the teacher will define stances and footwork combos with fan movement that can be used to add pizazz to your repertoire! Using a combination of classic and modern burlesque music, the teacher will guide students through applying these combos correctly and effectively.

    Advanced Fans
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    If you've mastered the basics, puff those feathers up for the next level of fan dancing! This class is geared towards students with previous fan dancing experience who are looking to develop new and more advanced fan skills. Building on dance principles taught in Basic Fan Dancing, the teacher will refine and define stances, poses, footwork, fan movement combos, and more advanced fan tricks. Using a combination of classic and modern burlesque music, the teacher will guide students through applying these combos correctly and effectively.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Please Bring: Large, professional quality feather fans (available at FancyFeather.com - 10% off with code "Vaudezilla") or RENT A PAIR OF FANS for $10.

    Take both Beginning and Advanced Fans for $30!
    Hustler's Flo
    with Miss Nyxon
    Sat, Dec 7th - 4-5:30pm
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    Hustler's Flo
    JLO showed us how to work it on the big screen, now learn how to work a floor, stage or chair just like the HUSTLERS do. Miss Nyxon will teach you all the tantalizing tricks up her sleeve to seduce and own all those eyes that happen to look your way. Get dirty with the Wicked Nyx of the West and All of Burlesque with this HUSTLERS inspired workshop!

    Class capacity: 10

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    Fan Veils
    with Phaedra
    Sat, Dec 14th - 10-11:15am
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    Fan Veils
    This course is applicable to many forms of dance, not just belly dance. Moving with material on stage can be mesmerizing when done well. Come and learn how to dance with your silky new partner gracefully.

    We recommend that students bring their own fan veils. A very limited number of fan veils are available for rental for this workshop for $5, and if you need to rent veils, you must select that pricing option when you register.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    Intro to Burlesque
    with Daisy Dynamite
    Sat, Dec 14th - 1:30-3pm
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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.
    Juniper's Floorwork
    with Juniper Perle
    Sat, Dec 14th - 3-6pm
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    Juniper's Floorwork
    Discover body language in a whole different way, where we teach you the art of sex appeal in your movement through floorwork. Get ready to express the freedom and broadness of burlesque with Juniper! This class would include a brief stretch for warm up, sexy floorwork choreography, and a freestyle choreography routine from each member implementing what you’ve learned from the class (not mandatory, but fun).

    Students with previous knee problems should wear knee pads.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    Improvi-Tease! - Improvising Burlesque
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Dec 21st - 10am-noon
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    Improvi-Tease! - Improvising Burlesque
    Planning and preparing a complete burlesque act can be very rewarding, but sometimes it's fun to steer off the track to play with the unpredictability of live performance. Chicago is the improv capital of the world, so why not put some of those skills to use in your burlesque? In this class, you will learn to use all of your assets (especially the naughty ones) to make your audience scream for more. Vaudezilla C.E.Oh! Red Hot Annie will teach you how to say "Oohh yes, yes, yes, yes...AND!" to any on-stage situation, AND you'll develop skills that will let you take any act into any environment with the ability to roll with whatever comes your way.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Dec 21st - noon-1:30pm
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    This 90-minute class is geared towards providing folks of all genders with the skills to perfect movement specifically on the floor. Get grounded while we define proper body carriage, incorporate modern dance and burlesque techniques, and introduce choreography that will be the dash of flavor you were hoping to find. Students with previous knee problems should wear knee pads.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    Hair and Makeup for the Stage
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Dec 28th - 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.
    Fit for a Queen: Panty Construction
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Dec 28th - noon-2pm
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    Fit for a Queen: Panty Construction
    Empower your inner fashion designer while learning the basics of underwear construction! Imagine your underwear drawer full of your favorite colors, textures, and patterns - all custom made by you! Basic materials and machine will be provided. However, artists are welcome to bring any of the following: sewing machine, 1/2-yard of 4-way stretch material (not too stretchy), 1/4-yard cotton lining, 2 yards of 5/8" foldover elastic, matching thread. Red Hot Annie has making and innovating all style of garments for over a decade, samples of her work can be found on Etsy under Annie's Red Hots.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    First Saturdays With Lottie: Show Me Your Show Face
    with Lottie à la West
    Sat, Jan 4th - 1-2:30pm
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    First Saturdays With Lottie: Show Me Your Show Face
    Afraid of making faces that might not show up well onstage? Constantly seeing how nervous you look in pictures? This class will let you cut loose, learn to play, and use your face as an extension into the development of your acts.

    Come in ready to experiment, ideas written down, acts your struggling with, etc!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Show Me Your Show Face" and "Quirk-lesque" and get a $5 discount!
    Quirk-lesque
    with Lottie à la West
    Sat, Jan 4th - 2:30-4pm
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    Quirklesque
    Quirk-lesque... is an exploration of the sparkly side of digging deep into your gimmicks. Got a character nerdlesque idea you're obsessed with? Delve into that, got a goofy idea you're dying to expand upon? Let's roll! This class will explore the use of embracing your own personal quirkiness, and developing new Skills to make your act POP! Come and get over the top, lipsync, get dramatic and polish your marvelous Shine.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Show Me Your Show Face" and "Quirk-lesque" and get a $5 discount!
    Improvi-Tease! - Improvising Burlesque
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Jan 18th - 10am-noon
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    Improvi-Tease! - Improvising Burlesque
    Planning and preparing a complete burlesque act can be very rewarding, but sometimes it's fun to steer off the track to play with the unpredictability of live performance. Chicago is the improv capital of the world, so why not put some of those skills to use in your burlesque? In this class, you will learn to use all of your assets (especially the naughty ones) to make your audience scream for more. Vaudezilla C.E.Oh! Red Hot Annie will teach you how to say "Oohh yes, yes, yes, yes...AND!" to any on-stage situation, AND you'll develop skills that will let you take any act into any environment with the ability to roll with whatever comes your way.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Jan 18th - noon-1:30pm
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    This 90-minute class is geared towards providing folks of all genders with the skills to perfect movement specifically on the floor. Get grounded while we define proper body carriage, incorporate modern dance and burlesque techniques, and introduce choreography that will be the dash of flavor you were hoping to find. Students with previous knee problems should wear knee pads.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.
    First Saturdays With Lottie: Is This a Bad Idea?
    with Lottie à la West
    Sat, Feb 1st - 1-2:30pm
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    First Saturdays With Lottie: Is This a Bad Idea?
    Sometimes, our "bad ideas" are JUST the right amount of kooky you need to get your act off the ground!

    Heard a song and came up with something silly? In this workshop, we'll embrace the stranger ideas, and work on pushing what feels "a little off" into something completely ON --- STAGE!

    Come in ready to experiment, ideas written down, acts your struggling with, etc!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Is This a Bad Idea?" and "Quirk-lesque" and get a $5 discount!
    Quirk-lesque
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    Sat, Feb 1st - 2:30-4pm
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    Quirklesque
    Quirk-lesque... is an exploration of the sparkly side of digging deep into your gimmicks. Got a character nerdlesque idea you're obsessed with? Delve into that, got a goofy idea you're dying to expand upon? Let's roll! This class will explore the use of embracing your own personal quirkiness, and developing new Skills to make your act POP! Come and get over the top, lipsync, get dramatic and polish your marvelous Shine.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Is This a Bad Idea?" and "Quirk-lesque" and get a $5 discount!
    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Feb 15th - noon-1:30pm
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    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    This 90-minute class is geared towards providing folks of all genders with the skills to perfect movement specifically on the floor. Get grounded while we define proper body carriage, incorporate modern dance and burlesque techniques, and introduce choreography that will be the dash of flavor you were hoping to find. Students with previous knee problems should wear knee pads.

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    Every body welcome.


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