The Essential Burlesque Arts Program Spring 2017

Cleveland Exotic Dance is bringing together the experts to offer the one and only Essential Burlesque Arts Program (E-bap)!

E-Bap for Spring 2017 is designed in two parts: The Bump Package, and The Grind Package.
Take one part, or take both parts for the full Bump & Grind, or you can take classes a la carte.

It’s burlesque your way!

PACKAGE INFO

THE BUMP PACKAGE: $100.00

Classes include:
Burlesque 101: Either the 2 week course or the 4 week course. Both courses cover the same material and are each 4 hours long. It’s a choice of either 4, 1 hour classes, or 2, 2 hour classes.
4 week course: Wednesdays April 5th – 26th 6:00 – 7:00pm
2 week course: Saturdays April 22nd & 29th 1:00 – 3:00pm
Burlesque Choreography (6 week course) Wednesdays May 3rd – June 7th 6:00 – 7:00pm
(Save $15.00 with this package price!
You can still take the courses a la carte: $46 for Burlesque 101 and $69 for Burlesque Choreography. Burlesque Choreography is only open to students who have previously taken 101 or have some experience.)

Tess la Coil’s Burlesque 101 is an introduction to bumps, grinds, peels, and pasties. Primarily for beginners, but intermediate students wishing to review are also welcome. Students will learn the basics of burlesque history and movement. Following a brief discussion of burlesque’s evolution from simple stripping to storytelling and social commentary, we will cover bumps, grinds, shimmies, and walks; as well as posing and floorwork. Students will also learn the basics of strip tease, including how to remove gloves, shirts or gowns, and bras & panties. Please bring a pair of comfortable heels and a bathing suit or other base-layer for striptease.

Once you’ve got your bumps and grinds down. Your walk is on point. You’re evolving and improving in your burlesque persona. What’s next?? Eliza Sidecar will take your burlesque basics to the next level in Burlesque Choreography! Throughout this 6 week course, you will learn classic burlesque combos and choreography, explore musicality and emotion, and complete one to two group routines in their entirety, with the opportunity to perform at the CED Student Showcase, Saturday, June 11th. This class is perfect for those with a performance background or the desire to perform. It is highly encouraged that students complete Burlesque 101 and/or have prior burlesque performance experience. Students are encouraged to take the 6 week course in it’s entirety, as we will be building on and adding choreography from week to week; if you are unable to make it to all classes, please let Eliza know asap. Please wear form fitting dancewear (shorts, yoga pants, leggings are perfect), and bring heels no higher than 4 inches.

THE GRIND PACKAGE: $85.00

Classes include:
Confidence Class: Saturday May 6th 12:00 – 1:30pm
Burlesque Makeup for Stage: Saturday May 13th 1:00 – 2:30pm
Modern Burlesque Choreography: Thursday May 18th 6:00 – 8:00pm
Pastie Construction & Tassel Twirlin’: Sunday June 4th 4:00 – 5:30pm
(Save $20.00 with this package price!
You can still take the classes a la carte: $25 for Confidence Class, Burlesque Makeup for $30, Modern Burlesque Choreography for $30, and Pasties & Tassel Twirlin’ for $20.)

Confidence Class is a workshop on confidence building for on-stage and home situations. Students will learn a number of tools to develop and express confident sexuality.
Attire: Students should wear whatever makes them FEEL sexy. This does not necessarily mean lingerie, skimpy clothing, or costumes. It could be a favorite dress, workout clothes, cute lingerie, a power suit… (I’ll probably wear high-waisted short shorts & a baggy sweater, for reference)

In Burlesque Makeup for Stage you will learn tips and tricks on how to make your makeup POP on stage, from the burlesque star and makeup artist, Eliza Sidecar! In this 90 minute workshop, she’ll teach you how to create the ideal base for a flawless look on stage. From finding your perfect shade, to how to contour and highlight for a stunning glow. You’ll learn how to trick the eye: Want to make your lips appear fuller? Accent your cheekbones? Make your eyes pop? There’s a makeup for that! Baking? Strobing? Tightline? She’s got you covered! We’ll also cover eyebrow shaping, adding false eyelashes, and where and when to add glitter and embellishments to finalize your show face. Samples and testers will be available, but please bring your makeup kit. Eliza will be creating a start to finish show look throughout the workshop, so come with a fresh face ready to follow along, or ready to take notes, and learn a flawless showgirl stage makeup look from start to finish!

In Modern Burlesque Choreography Students will learn a fun and flirty burlesque choreography with light strip-tease set to modern music.
During the first hour of class, students will learn a number of sultry dance moves, as well as basic strip-tease technique using button-down shirts.
For the second hour, we will combine these movements to create a fun, easy-to-learn choreographed routine.
Please wear comfortable heels, and an oversize button-down shirt.
All levels welcome.

Pastie Construction & Tassel Twirlin’ is a DIY style workshop on how to construct your very own pasties and tassels (supplies for one pair of pasties, embellishments, and tassels included). We’ll cover how to measure and make different shaped pasties, making your own tassels, how to attach spinners and make your tassels detachable, how to embellish your pasties, and finally, tips and tricks for makin’ those babies twirl!

THE BUMP & GRIND PACKAGE: $175.00

The Bump & Grind Package includes ALL the classes listed above!
(Save $45.00 with this package price.)

REGISTRATION INFO & LINKS

You can purchase any of the PACKAGES on our “memberships” page (scroll toward the bottom under “Workshops/Specialty.”)
Packages Here

Links for registration for the CLASSES A LA CARTE.
(We can make custom packages for any current Burlesque performers who would like just a couple classes in specific areas. Private lessons are also available.)
Burlesque 101 (4 week course)
Burlesque 101 (2 week course)
Burlesque Choreography
Confidence Class
Burlesque Makeup for Stage
Modern Burlesque Choreography
Pastie Construction & Tassel Twirlin’

Stripper Heels Specialty Class

Stripper Heels on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30-7:30pm.

Mastering Stripper Heels is inspired from our popular High Heels Mastery class where we go over how to walk, dance, and feel confident in any pair of heels. In this class we will focus on ONLY the “stripper” heel, aka platform heel, AND since it’s is Bringing Sexy Back month, we will also be working with the pole.

NO POLE EXPERIENCE NEEDED. NO HIGH HEEL EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Seriously, this is for ALL levels. You don’t even have to have a pair of platform heels. We have sizes 5-14 of the classic Pleaser platform for you to borrow for class. If you need shoes, you will want to register ASAP and email us to let us know you need shoes so we can reserve your size.

Pleaser Heels

Pleaser Heels


This class is the regular drop-in rate for all pole classes ($20.00), or good with your pole or unlimited membership: Please pre-register by going to our calendar, navigating to July 29th, and clicking on the class to sign-up.
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Pole For Men

Pole for Men Class on Monday, July 13, 2015, 8pm-9:30pm

Pole fitness is no longer just for women. There is a wide range of styles open to men who have different goals. Pole is a blend of flexibility, gymnastics, acrobatics, break dance, and yes dare I say it, cross-fit. Doing pole builds upper body and core strength equal to, or better than, any other forms of exercise. It is a novelty and something different to mix up your workouts. You will learn things like climbing, inverting, flagging and other acrobatic tricks.

Kenneth Kao in Shoulder Mount Flag

Kenneth Kao in a Shoulder Mount Flag.
Permission to use this photo by photographer G. Mark Lewis

Note: Men are always welcome in ANY of our classes. We are a co-ed studio, but this class gives the guys a chance to try out pole on their own.

Please check out the following links and YouTube playlist for general information about the male side of pole.

Male Pole Dancing
Inside a Male Pole Class
Move over Women, Men are Taking to Pole Dancing

This class is the regular drop-in rate for all pole classes: $20.00. Go to our calendar, navigate to January 20th, and click on the class to sign-up.
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OR If you are friends with, dating, or married to anyone already attending classes at Cleveland Exotic Dance ask her about sharing her membership with you for this class. (Please be nice and pay her back.) She will have to contact us to let us know it’s ok to share the membership with you.

Dance Like A Stripper

Friday March 13th. 7-9pm $25.00 is our first Dance Like a Stripper specialty class

We offer all kinds of pole and alternative dance classes. Some get into elements of exotic dance, but we generally keep it relatively tame.

This class is your chance to get a taste of what it’s like to work in a strip club (without the customers).

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Roxi, a former stripper who worked 7 years in Cleveland/Akron area clubs, is now your House Mom. First we’ll be in the “Dressing Room” prepping for the shift. Bring your outfits and heels to change into while Roxi goes over some basics about the “club.” We also will have a limited supply of “stripper heels” and outfits for you to borrow for the class. You will also choose your “stripper name” to be used for the rest of the class.

Dancer_10886cNext, the “club” is open but it just opened so it’s pretty slow in the beginning. We will warm up and get started with walking in heels, working around the pole, basic floor work, booty shaking, stripping while doing all that, and what is going to get that first customer of the day to your stage.
Yes! You have someone at your stage, now we move on to the table side dance. This is how to give a teasing dance but keep him wanting more. He wants more? Good! Let’s move on to the lap dance. Here’s how to get more intimate but stay in control of the situation.

By the end of the class our “club” is quite busy. Full rotation on all stages. It’s show time. The class will be split up to those dancing on “stage” and those “working the floor.” Song rotations and announcements just like in a real club.

Show off what you learned in class!

Pricing: $25

Upcoming Dates: Friday, March 13th 7-9pm

See our Class Calendar, navigate to Feb 20th, and click on the class to register.

Remember Current CED Students get $5 off, so contact us to register and get the discount.

Pole for Couples (Doubles Pole)

Doubles Pole: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 8pm-9:30pm
Do you enjoy exercising with your friend or significant other? Come to pole fitness for couples and learn together. Class will focus on strength training and gymnastic moves geared towards doubles poling.

Here are some advanced examples of doubles pole. We will work in the beginner stages for this class, but we can keep this class going if students want to continue.

This class is the regular drop-in rate for all pole classes: $20.00 per person. Go to our calendar, navigate to February 24th, and click on the class to sign-up. Each individual has to sign up on their own (you can contact us to share a membership).
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OR if one (or both) of you already attends classes at Cleveland Exotic Dance and has a membership package you can use this toward the class. Please contact us if you need to share your membership with your pole partner.

Twerkshop™ Series

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All sizes and shapes are awesome!

Which one are you?

Regardless of shape or size Faith McFluff’s Twerkshop™ Series will teach you how to pop it, drop it, stretch it, tone it, twerk and work it. Paired with a hilarious themed playlist learn the anatomy, the history and the psychology of “the booty”. You just might get a job as an extra in a rap video, or just use your new found knowledge to impress your friends the next time there is an akward lapse in conversation.

This is a 4 week series.
Week 1: Intro to Twerk: the Yoga of Twerking. Learn to activate the right muscles and do it safely. You’ll be shakin’ by the end of the hour.
Week 2: Inversions. Twerking upside down. Yes, you can!
Week 3: Twerking on the Pole. Or if you don’t have a pole how to use your surroundings.
Week 4: Advanced Twerk Tricks. The ultimate in shaking and flexibility.

Take the entire 4 week series for $46 (using your existing Hoop, belly dance, or burlesque class credits. OR purchase a 4 week Hoop/Belly/Burlesque membership.)

Can’t do all 4 weeks? Single class rates are $15 per class.

Upcoming Dates: Tuesdays: January 27th – February 17th 8:00pm-9:00pm

See our Class Calendar, go to that date, and click on the class to register.

Roaring 20's Dance Workout with Helen Pontani

Roaring 20’s Dance Workout!

Helen Pontani of The World Famous Pontani Sisters Burlesque Trio, and New York School of Burlesque Instructor is bringing her Roaring 20’s dance class to Cleveland! If you’ve ever wanted to learn the Charleston, and move like a fabulous flapper this is the class for you!

Get your flapper on Cleveland!
Saturday June 21st
1:30pm-3pm
$30

roaring 20's poster shot Featuring:
•A stretch and strengthen warm up based on Yoga and Pilates
•Charleston dance steps breakdowns
•High energy and high impact dance workout using moves and upbeat electro swing music influenced by the 1920’s This class is for all levels.

What to Wear This is a fun class and you can totally dress up—but beware: You will sweat! I will be selling my fabulous flapper headbands, rhinestone flowers, and bedazzled showgirl turbans!
Helen ray of light About Helen Pontani- After making her way to the Big Apple to fulfill her dreams of studying at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and performing in modern dance companies, Helen Pontani decided it was time for false eyelashes and rhinestones. The World Famous Pontani Sisters was born. Since its inception, the trio of temptresses has changed the face of burlesque as we know it. Helen has dazzled audiences from the gritty big top of Coney Island to the glittering lights of Hollywood, known as the tapping tornado in a two year run in the off Broadway show This is Burlesque, dozens of national and international tours while making frequent appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gossip Girl, Queer Eye, MTV, and VH1 among others. Appearing in show stopping performances that have earned critical acclaim from the Times, Post, Daily News, Village Voice, and Time Out magazine. The Pontani Sisters also released two dvd’s Go Go Robics I and II which are for sale on Amazon. Recently Helen created a dance workout based on the moves from the 1920’s and she is teaching it every week at the New York School of Burlesque, and holding workshops all across the country. Helen has become a tap dance sensation in the world of burlesque. With her flirtatious tapping, dancing, fabulous show girl costumes and flapper girl moves! dripping in rhinestones and feathers. She is sure to bedazzle you!

Conditioning for Inverts Workshop

preinvertIf you are a beginner Level II or III student and you want to get some serious training in to move a little faster towards Intermediate level, then you will want to take this workshop!

Also, if you are an intermediate student struggling to take inverts to the next level–aerial that is–we will help you quickly build the muscles that this requires.

Not only will you learn conditioning exercises using the pole that will help you invert sooner (and safely!), you will also learn some exercises you can do at home without a pole to help you on your way.

Pricing: $25

Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, November 6th, 7-8:30pm

See our Class Calendar, go to that date, and click on the class to register.

Remember Current CED Students get $5 off, so contact us to register and get the discount.

Santa Baby Striptease

Striptease

In this workshop you’ll learn an entire choreographed striptease / chair routine with plenty of time to practice at home before the holidays. Or just learn it for fun (and maybe future use).

You will need to bring the outfit you’d like to strip out of. The outfit should have 4 pieces to be removed. The perfect outfit is a button down shirt, a tie, a skirt, and a bra and panty set. That’s 4 items so with that combo, you’d end up topless with still the panties on. Don’t have this exact outfit? That’s ok. Open your closet and use your imagination. I can help you make it work.

Also, you must wear a base layer which will be worn underneath what you are taking off since there is no nudity in class. This layer can be a bathing suit, or leotard, or something form fitting.

We will be working with a version of “Santa Baby.” At the end of class, you will be given choreography notes and a resource to purchase the song

Pricing: $25

Upcoming Dates: Sunday, December 8th, 12-2pm
or
Friday, December 6th, 6:30-8:30pm

See our Class Calendar, go to that date, and click on the class to register.

Remember Current CED Students get $5 off, so contact us to register and get the discount.

Burlesque Boot Camp

Burlesque Boot Camp!
A two-week introduction to bumps, grinds, peels, and posing.
Primarily for beginners, but intermediate students wishing to review are also welcome.
This is also the class you would take as a prerequisite to starting the weekly burlesque classes on Tuesday nights. (Must take both weeks)

Week 1:
Struts, Bumps and Grinds (2 hours)
Students will learn the basics of burlesque history and movement. Following a brief discussion of burlesque’s evolution from simple stripping to storytelling and social commentary, we will cover bumps, grinds, shimmies, and walks; as well as posing and floorwork. Please bring a pair of comfortable heels.

Week 2:
Peels and Props (2 hours)
We’ll quickly review week one, and build on those skills. Week two focuses on boa- and fan-play, self-touch, and basic stripping (how to remove gloves/bras/skirts/stockings). Pasties and tassel twirling may be covered based on student interest/comfort. Please bring a button-down shirt and extra bra. Should we cover tassel twirling, practice pasties will be available for sale.

Pricing: $20/class or $30 for both

Upcoming Dates: Thursdays May 15th & 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm
See our Class Calendar, go to that date, and click on the class to register.

Remember Current CED Students get $5 off, so contact us to register and get the discount.

Tess LaCoil

Your instructor, Tess LaCoil.
Photo by Platinum Photography (click photo to visit them)

About Your Instructor: Tess La Coil is a Cleveland-based burlesque performer and belly dancer. Taking inspiration from classic horror films and science fiction, as well as old time girly shows, her acts are as nerdy as they are sexy. Tess has performed as a soloist, as well as a member of Tease and Thank You Burlesque. She has shared the stage with such performers as The Red Hot Heathens, Paco Fish, Carmen M’noxide, Thor, Dahlia Deluxe, Doll Bambino, Eliza Sidecar, Dot King, Pinch & Squeal, Rubi-nesque, Ava Adore, The Monster Dolls, and Tallula Moonshine.