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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!



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.


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 includes ALL the classes listed above!
(Save $45.00 with this package price.)


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’

All About Arms Specialty Class

Wednesday, August 19th 7:00-8:00pm

This specialty class is designed to give you a balanced workout addressing the concerns below. Not only will you be on the pole learning proper arm technique on both sides, and doing strengthening exercises with the pole, but you will also get on the floor. Floorwork provides an opportunity for some body weight resistance in other directions so you balance out the arm workout. Getting down some floorwork moves is also tons of fun.

PoleArmWhy a class focusing on arms?
It is pretty obvious that pole uses a lot of arm strength, but some times we get into some bad habits.
Overuse of the arm: How we use arms in pole is more than just biceps and triceps. To truly support many postures polers should also be using the muscles on the other side of the shoulder joint as well.
Only Training one side: We all have our favorite side, but then the other side gets neglected. Having one strong arm and one noodle arm is not only odd looking, but can create a physiological imbalance.
Only Training in one direction: Speaking of imbalances, polers are great at pulling the arms down (chin up/pull up motion), but give them the same amount of weight to pick up and the results are usually lacking. Muscles come in pairs and if you only work one direction you might eventually find yourself in some pain, or worse, injured.

Current students can use any pole or unlimited membership for this class. Single drop-ins are $20 per person.

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

Hula Hoop Dance Boot Camp

Hula Hoop Dance Boot Camp: Friday, August 14th 7:00-9:00pm

Are you trying to hoop, but somehow being out done by a six year old? Used to be a hoop all star on the playground, but now struggling to even keep it up? Hooping has changed tremendously in the past few years, and it can be a confusing hobby to start on your own. Our beginner workshop is designed with you in mind! Faith McFluff will discuss the physics of hooping, size you for a properly fitted hoop, and teach you basic waist and off the body hooping skills in her two hour workshop.

Hoops will be provided, please wear comfortable clothing.

Faith McFluff has been hooping for 10 years and teaching for almost 5 years with a 100% success rate! That’s right, every student had left their first class able to hoop!

This class is $30 with a $5 discount for current CED students or those that purchase a hoop at the workshop.

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

Twerkshop™ Crash Course

Twerkshop™ Crash Course: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:00-8:00pm

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 2 hour Crash Course. Depending on student ability levels the following topics are possible.
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.
Inversions. Twerking upside down. Yes, you can!
Twerking on the Pole. Or if you don’t have a pole how to use your surroundings.
Advanced Twerk Tricks. The ultimate in shaking and flexibility.

Price $25.00

Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:00-8:00pm

We also have a full 4 week series if you want to get more in depth with twerking. The 4 week series will be on Thursdays September 3rd-24th from 8:00 to 9:00pm.

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

Booty images

All sizes and shapes are awesome!

Which one are you?

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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Sensual Massage Workshop

Sensual Massage on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm

MassageRelax with your partner this summer and learn the basics of sensual massage.

Roxi has been doing relaxation massage for over 6 years and love to share her pampering secrets with students. This class will cover setting the mood, how to arrange your space if you don’t have a massage table, basic Swedish massage techniques, and a heavy dose of sensual foreplay.

You will have the chance to watch a full massage performed by Roxi as she describes what she is doing and how to do it. Then you can practice on the model, or take the class as a couple so you can practice on each other.

Note: while we will be talking about full body Swedish massage with sensuality, there will be no genital manipulation and private areas will be covered. However, if you are interested in learning the more intimate techniques, Roxi will be available to chat after class.

$30 drop-in. Discounts available for multiple students, and current CED students.
Singles, Couples, Triads, Vee’s, etc…. all are welcome!

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

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 Cardio

Dance Cardio happens every Saturday morning at 11am!

Rev up your weekend with a full hour of easy dance moves put to popular high energy hip hop and pop songs. Dance Cardio begins with an easy warm up and ends with a cool down and stretch. The rest of the hour is filled with fun dance cardio chorography to get your heart pounding, body sweating and calories burning.

cardio dance

All songs are choreographed to allow for intensity variations for students of all fitness abilities. No prior dance or fitness required. Just come and be prepared to dance it out! Please wear breathable or sweat whisking fitness attire and lightweight fitness/running shoes.

Drop-ins are $15. Memberships are available.

Check out our class calendar and navigate to the Saturday you would like to join in, click on the class and register. Or you can email or call to register.

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).


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.

Intro to Kink: 50 Shades Edition

Intro to Kink: 50 Shades Edition: Fri., Feb 20th 7-9pm
Geeky Kink

Has “50 Shades” or the buzz around it sparked your interest in the Kinky side of sexuality? Or perhaps you have heard about BDSM before but didn’t know where or how to go about finding out more. Bring your questions, an open mind, and maybe even some toys you aren’t sure what to do with to this workshop and learn how to explore your fantasies.

For this particular edition of Intro to Kink, we will be exploring the 50 Shades books and movie. Our focus will be on the BDSM elements in those works, where the author took artistic license, and how to bring those elements into your real life with a focus on safety and consent.

Singles welcome, Couples welcome. Future Dominants, submissives, switches, and undecideds all welcome.

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I focus on fun, safe, and responsible fetish and kink education and play. Resource notes provided so you can keep exploring at home. You will also be introduced to safe play spaces around the Cleveland area where you can learn more and meet like-minded people.

Pricing: $20

Upcoming Dates: Friday, February 20th 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.