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VAUDEZILLA! Chicago Burlesque Classes

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:
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 2020 SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, MARCH 8 - FRIDAY, MAY 1

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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES

    Sundays
    Mar 8 - Apr 26
    Mondays
    Mar 9 - Apr 27
    Wednesdays
    Mar 11 - Apr 29
    Thursdays
    Mar 12 - Apr 30
    Fridays
    Mar 13 - May 1
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    Solo Development
    11am-noon

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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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    Ballet Burlesque
    1-2pm

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    with Secret Mermaid

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    Rock 'n' Roll Burlesque
    2-3pm

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    with Miss Nyxon

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    Show Me What You Got:
    A Showgirl Dance Class
    2-3pm

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    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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    Yuk It Up: Slapstick Burlesque
    6-7pm

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    with Shirley Blazen

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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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    Bellydance Technique
    7:30-8:30pm

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    with Phaedra

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    Solo Development
    7-8pm

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    Bountiful and Beautiful:
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    8:30-9:30pm

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    with Vanna Tease

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    8-9:30pm

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    Bellydance Performance
    8:30-9:30pm

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    with Phaedra

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    Burlesque Level 1/2
    8-9:30pm

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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

    Roaring 2020s
    with Womyn Wonder
    Sun, Feb 16th - 7-8:15pm
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    Roaring 2020s
    The Roaring '20s are back... 21st Century style! And there's no better way to kick things off than by kicking up your heels and flapping your arms in our "Roaring 2020s" workshop. You'll learn the classic, high-energy stylings of The Charleston, as well as other vintage dance moves of that era! The Jazz Age ushered in revolutionary new styles in both music and dance, as well as permanent changes to the cultural landscape that survive - and thrive! - to this day.

    This 75-minute workshop is a celebration of the era and the dance that respectfully acknowledges swing dancing's African-American roots. Come join us - it'll be the bee's knees!

    Wear footwear appropriate for soft shoe or inside only sneakers. If you're comfy in heels, character shoes.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Womyn Wonder seeks that thrill of motion; could be flying on the trapeze, cruisin' on wheels, spinning with fire or gettin' saucy on the dance floor. She's lindy hopped across this great nation and is ecstatic to rally up those grooves in Vaudezilla Studio! With her theater background, she likes to tell story, and her dance is filled with varying emotions. Fellow kickin' chorus gals have asked how she comes up with her facial expressions: "I find an intent. Consider the movement and ask what's the feeling of that moment. My face then becomes part of the choreography." Happy, cute, vampy, silly, serious... get the dancing feels and, above all, have fun!
    Sexy Skills
    with Juniper Perle
    Sun, Feb 23rd - 7pm/8:30pm
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    Juniper's Twerkshop
    Calling all booties! Join Juniper in this fun, active twerkshop class where you will learn how it's really done! We'll start off with stretches and warm ups, followed by a short routine, with an incorporation of floorwork moves. To end our class, we'll take a moment to show off some of the things we learned with an improv routine with the song of your choice (not mandatory, but fun!). We’re throwing away our cares and throwing our asses!

    Booty shorts and knee pads are encouraged.

    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.

    Take both "Sexy Skills: Juniper Perle" workshops and get a $5 discount!

    Juniper Perle hit the burlesque scene in 2017 with only the previous two years of experience in exotic dancing. With Vaudezilla, there was a way to combine her imagination and sexuality. She realized the range of burlesque and its broadness and discovered what it looked like for her, and found her medium through various ensembles through her floorwork routines and chair dancing. She wanted to encapsulate the importance of movement. She's excited to share her world in which everyone can tap into their power and discover your own interpretation of body language.
    Awakening Our Divine Feminine
    with Heather Urness
    Sat, Feb 29th - 1-3pm
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    Awakening Our Divine Feminine
    Awakening our Divine Feminine – A workshop dedicated to reclaiming the divine feminine energy within us. This workshop will take us on a journey into embracing the feminine inside of us. Feminine energy is at the seat of our creativity, our radiance, our emotions, our pleasure, our felt senses, our vulnerability, our ability to love. Connecting to this part of ourselves can open up our lives to experiencing more joy in our relationships, more presence in our day to day, and more bliss within our lives. If you've been looking for a way to more deeply connect to yourself and your inner world, then this is for you! You will walk away from this workshop with tools for deepening your connection to yourself, a basic understanding of the differences between masculine and feminine energy, practical methods for connecting to your feminine essence, and an understanding of our energy centers and their activation.

    Course Overview:
    a. Connecting deeply to our emotions
    b. Learning how to listen to and trust our intuition
    c. Creating ritual and sacred space
    d. Deepening the connection to our Bodies through movement
    e. Meditation - Opening our chakras – with focus on sacral chakra energy and movement

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    The Women's Healing Circle is a monthly gathering hosted by Heather Urness. Heather is a Certified Women's Empowerment Coach and energy healer who specializes in helping women heal and become their best selves through a combination of coaching and healing practices. Heather specializes in Reiki and New Paradigm MDT energy work. Heather also teaches meditation and is pursuing her meditation teaching certification. Heather has completed several years of study and practice in understanding the feminine and incorporates those teachings in her work with women.
    Women's Nude Yoga
    with Mia Kelly
    Fri, Mar 13th - 7-9pm
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    Women's Nude Yoga
    Come for an evening of healing the Divine Feminine in a creative, supportive and safe space. Female-identifying yoginis of all shapes, colors and sizes uniting in an evening of radical self love and self acceptance.

    YOGA FLOW: Hatha Yoga. Open to ALL levels of practitioners from first-timers to seasoned practitioners. Prepare for moments of breath work and meditation throughout the evening.

    WHAT TO BRING:
    BYOYM = bring your own yoga mat! (there's only 2 extras at this studio space so you'll need to bring yours!)
    BYOR = bring your own robe (we will start the first 10 mins or so in robes, and then they will be removed to embrace our nudity)
    A clean/showered/refreshed body
    Openness and vulnerability with the intention to heal and love oneself FULLY

    Any questions? Don't be shy to email me at miasdivinehealingarts@gmail.com - I'm ALWAYS open to questions/comments/feedback. I am excited to watch WNYC grow and blossom and I'm so thankful to everyone being a part of it!

    TICKETS: EARLY BIRD $25 before Mar 6th; $30 on or after Mar 6th

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this workshop, no students will be admitted later than 15 minutes past the start time of the workshop. There are no exceptions to this rule, and the registration fee is non-refundable.

    Mia is a yogi, artist and peace advocate based in Chicagoland. She received her 200-hour yoga certification in multi-style yoga in Rishikesh, India with Siddhi Yoga International. She is the owner of Divine Healing Arts in which she offers private yoga and meditation courses, as well as private 'Women's Nude Yoga Of Chicago' events. As a devoted Kundalini yoga practitioner, she always incorporates elements of the divine Kundalini energy into each class she teaches. Whether it's Yin or Restorative, she honors Kundalini elements such as breathwork and meditation and believes it's an integral part of each and every class. She is most passionate about meditation and how inner peace in the individual can have a ripple effect and transform a larger world.
    Intro to Burlesque
    with Daisy Dynamite
    Sat, Mar 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.

    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.
    Worldly Burly Skills
    with Skirt Vonnegut
    Sat, Mar 14th - 3pm/4:45pm/6:30pm
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    Worldly Burly Skills
    Accessible Floorwork
    This is not stripper/pole style floor work. This is floorwork based on contemporary dance moves and classic burly moves. You'll learn cheats for folks who have mobility issues and/or lack flexibility. You'll also learn some advanced moves.

    Skirt is a classically trained dancer who lives with chronic pain and has developed techniques adapted to make dance moves more accessible. They have learned and developed techniques that can be used for nearly any body.

    Kneepads recommended. Casual Dancewear. Heels not recommended, but welcome for more advanced dancers.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Burly Travel 101
    We will explore and discuss techniques to achieve travel on a budget. This is not a "get rich quick on burlesque" workshop. No magic here. This will offer you out-of-the-box thinking on how to travel and perform.

    No movement. Bring a notebook.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Storytelling 101
    Often overlooked are hands and faces. This workshop will offer techniques for having intentional hands and facial expressions for stage. If you need to take your performance to the next level, this workshop is for you.

    Casual movement clothing okay. Minimal movement.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take all three "Worldly Burly Skills" workshops and get a $9 discount!

    Skirt Vonnegut is a classically trained dancer and actor who wrote and performed sketch comedy for 15 years. They spent the last 5 years traveling worldwide on a budget, including healthcare and dental holidays abroad. This past year, they got an artist visa to live in Berlin which allowed them to perform throughout the EU and UK. In 2019, they performed in 10 countries and 7 international festivals.
    Improvi-Tease! - Improvising Burlesque
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Mar 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.

    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.
    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Mar 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.

    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.
    Shimmy Lab
    with Phaedra
    Sat, Mar 21st - 1:30-3pm
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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.

    Phaedra Darwish has had the pleasure of teaching at Vaudezilla for the past 7 years. She combines cultural and musical knowledge with dance technique in her classes to give her students a well-rounded education in the art of Middle Eastern dance.
    Intro to Burlesque
    with Daisy Dynamite
    Sat, Mar 21st - 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.
    Sexy Skills
    with Juniper Perle
    Sun, Mar 28th - 2pm/3:30pm
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    Juniper's Twerkshop
    Calling all booties! Join Juniper in this fun, active twerkshop class where you will learn how it's really done! We'll start off with stretches and warm ups, followed by a short routine, with an incorporation of floorwork moves. To end our class, we'll take a moment to show off some of the things we learned with an improv routine with the song of your choice (not mandatory, but fun!). We’re throwing away our cares and throwing our asses!

    Booty shorts and knee pads are encouraged.

    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.

    Take both "Sexy Skills: Juniper Perle" workshops and get a $5 discount!

    Juniper Perle hit the burlesque scene in 2017 with only the previous two years of experience in exotic dancing. With Vaudezilla, there was a way to combine her imagination and sexuality. She realized the range of burlesque and its broadness and discovered what it looked like for her, and found her medium through various ensembles through her floorwork routines and chair dancing. She wanted to encapsulate the importance of movement. She's excited to share her world in which everyone can tap into their power and discover your own interpretation of body language.
    Unleashing Your Inner Goddess
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Apr 4th - 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.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    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.

    Take both "Unleashing Your Inner Goddess" workshops and get a $5 discount!

    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.
    First Saturdays With Lottie
    with Lottie à la West
    Sat, Apr 4th - 1pm/2:30pm
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    First Saturdays With Lottie
    Dirty & Nerdy
    Using your nerd cred to make an act that resonates with you, your fandom and your non-fan audience! Got a character you love so much? One that inspires you beyond belief but afraid of it being a "deep cut" or that people not familiar with the character will understand? Come work with nationally recognized performer, Lottie a la West to hammer out those delicious details, as well as overarching elements to make audience members of all interest levels "ooh & ahh" for this class, bring a writing utensil, a picture of the character you're interested in creating an act for, and anything else that really speaks to you to help move your nerdy number forward!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Got That Gimmick
    How big is too big? Will the audience "get it" if I really lay into a character choice in my act? In this class we'll workshop our quirkiest numbers and go big, not home. Have a character idea you wanna test out, but you can't figure out how it'll translate to an audience? Have a costume piece you visualize but cannot fathom how to make it? Obsessed with a prop, but you'd have no idea how you'd wanna transport it? Have an act that you think is "too weird" for most shows and festivals? Let's troubleshoot! Creative ideas sometimes require creative solutions! Instructor Lottie a la West is known for bringing the drama across the country, whether it be shoving hoopskirts into carry on bags, or using yoga blocks to make Mjolnir.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "First Saturdays With Lottie" workshops and get a $5 discount!

    Lottie à la West is the Body Positive Nerd Princess of Chicago. She specializes in a brand of sparkle that capitalizes on Nostalgia & gettin' those gimmicks. She's been featured as a headliner across the country and has shimmied, shook and brought the house down as a featured performer in Michigan Burlesque Festival, the Kansas City Nerdlesque Festival, the Midwest Nerdlesque Festival and the Oshkosh Nerdlesque festival. She's also twirled her tassels as a part of the mainstage talent at Anime Crossroads and Anime Milwaukee and has performed as a AFAB (assigned female at Birth) High!Femme Drag queen in a various Locations throughout the Chicago area.
    Dirty, Sexy, Smooth Floorwork
    with Ramona Romance
    Sat, Apr 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.

    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.
    Hair and Makeup for the Stage
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Apr 25th - 10am-noon
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    chicago burlesque classes
    chicago burlesque classes
    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.
    Fit for a Queen: Panty Construction
    with Red Hot Annie
    Sat, Apr 25th - noon-2pm
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    chicago burlesque classes
    chicago burlesque classes
    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.

    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.
    Jaida of NYC
    with Jaida
    Sat, May 30th - 10:30am/1:30pm
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    chicago burlesque classes
    chicago burlesque classes
    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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