Classes

Thank you to everyone who attended workshops for our inaugural festival!

Friday, August 3:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm: Charm Their Pants Off with Freya West - $15
Join NBF Producer Freya West for her signature Charm Their Pants Off workshop! Onstage and off, how you carry yourself sends a clear message to others. Are you sending the right signals? Truly charismatic performers infuse presence, warmth and power to create an irresistible cocktail of charm that lingers long after they’ve left the stage. In this movement and interactive lecture, you’ll learn how to captivate your audience with confidence and charisma that’s magnetic. Learn specific, applied practices that will help you become more persuasive and inspiring, onstage and off.
12:15 - 1:15 pm: GRINDercise with Shan de Leers - $15
Join NBF Producer Shan de Leers for an hour of sexy drills, drills, drills! Shan’s leading a fast and dirty flow dance class! Join in on an hour of up tempo movement; grinds, rolls, waves, and transitions that will help you raise your heartbeat and tap into your CORE Power. Come in comfortable clothing ready to move and sweat, bring water!
1:30 - 2:30 pm: ¡Sabor! with Lola Coquette - $15
In this 1 hour workshop, Lola will cover Latin street basics in two styles- Reggaeton and Cumbia examining fundamentals and opportunities to create fusion with class bump and grind flair. You will be building a toolbox to add to your at home dancing or adding a little extra heat to your next burlesque act. All levels welcome. Come dressed in fitted dance/yoga clothing and bring your ballroom/character shoes, water and a fire ready to tear up the dance floor!
2:45 - 3:45 pm: Walk the Walk with GiGi La Femme - $15
Join NBF Feature Performer GiGi La Femme for an hour of literally stepping up your stage game! Ready to move beyond your comfort zone? Do you like to live life dangerously? Have you ever wanted to step it up a notch…literally? Well, look no further! Walk the Walk is all about channeling your confidence through a killer pair of heels. Whether you’re moving beyond your ballroom kicks or upgrading to triple stacks, we will start off by conquering your concerns w/ a strengthening & enlightening warm-up (for the mind & the body) followed by dance-based drills, exercises, tip & tricks that will have you kicking up your stems with ease in no time!
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Fan Glam! with Lola LeSoleil - $15
Join NBF Feature Performer Lol LeSoleil for an hour focus on your feathers in Fam Glam! Graceful. Elegant. Flirtatious…These are the hallmarks of the classic burlesque fan dance. Popularized by Sally Rand, Jean Idelle and other dancers of a bygone era, the captivating combination of poise and dexterity make this one of the more popular burlesque dance styles. With Lola LeSoleil, you’ll learn basic techniques of grip and how to move the fans as an extension of your body. We’ll also explore a classic “conceal and reveal” tease and more! A limited number of silk fans will be available for class use and all levels of skill are welcome! Have a set of fans? Bring those, too!

Saturday, August 4:

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: THE ELEMENTS with Ray Gunn Part 1 - $30
Join Chicago based, internationally renowned burlesque artist, dancer, choreographer, and producer Ray Gunn for this TWO PART 4-hour intensive workshop and lecture designed to help participants with act building. Participants will discuss the basic components of constructing, focusing, and editing a successful burlesque act through: identifying the major types of teases that are most successful in burlesque, focusing on musicality and the creation and construction of choreography as it applies to burlesque concepts, and examining an act’s stagecraft, central focus, and element continuity. Participants should come prepared to take notes, openly discuss the subject matter, and dress comfortably to move. Part One (Saturday August 4) and Part Two (Sunday, August 5) can be taken individually, but participating in both parts will provide the full workshop experience.
1:15 - 2:15 pm: Innies and Outies with Bazuka Joe - $15
Join award winning international burlesque powerhouse Bazuka Joe for an hour focusing on the ins and outs. Innies and Outies’ is a fun, lighthearted class which focuses on two very important parts of an act that most frequently get overlooked – entrances and exits. Participants will learn the importance of, and workshop the many variations of, stand-out, dramatic beginnings and endings.
2:30 - 4:00 pm: Jazz 101 with Bazuka Joe - $30
Join award winning international burlesque powerhouse Bazuka Joe for Jazz 101! Jazz 101 is a 90 minute straight up dance class presented by Bazuka Joe of The Stage Door Johnnies. Dancers will actively participate in stretching exercises, a choreographed warm-up, strength and core work, and learn a combination that includes elements of basic jazz and Fosse techniques. Jazz 101 is open to performers of all levels, and is a gender-neutral aesthetic. Dancers should come prepared to move, wearing dance appropriate clothing and flexible footwear.

Sunday, August 5:

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: THE ELEMENTS with Ray Gunn Part 2 - $30
Join Chicago based, internationally renowned burlesque artist, dancer, choreographer, and producer Ray Gunn for this TWO PART 4-hour intensive workshop and lecture designed to help participants with act building. Participants will discuss the basic components of constructing, focusing, and editing a successful burlesque act through: identifying the major types of teases that are most successful in burlesque, focusing on musicality and the creation and construction of choreography as it applies to burlesque concepts, and examining an act’s stagecraft, central focus, and element continuity. Participants should come prepared to take notes, openly discuss the subject matter, and dress comfortably to move. Part One (Saturday August 4) and Part Two (Sunday, August 5) can be taken individually, but participating in both parts will provide the full workshop experience.
1:15 - 2:15 pm: Burlesque Basics with Dannie Deisel - $15
Join Dannie Diesel for an hour of burlesque basics!
2:30 - 4:00 pm: Ultimate Self Confidence for Everyone! with World Famous *BOB* - $40
 (Class requires 8 registrants to be held)World Famous *BOB* Presents….Ultimate Self Confidence for Everyone! A brand new 90 minute interactive lecture/workshop. OPEN TO ALL GENDERS & PROFESSIONS! Ever feel stuck in who you are? Do you feel that your onstage presence has become stale? Does the predictability of your life bore you but you’re not sure how to create change?Do you feel scared or unsure of being able to be the person you’ve always dreamt of being? “If no one tells you what you are- you can become anything.”- World Famous *BOB*-One Man Show copyright 2009 This 90 min. interactive lecture will explore these questions in a safe group setting. World Famous *BOB* started her career as a female-female impersonator at the young age of 19 against ALL ODDS! She became a DRAG QUEEN and went on to become a Burlesque Sensation and now currently coaches people all over the world in her Ultimate Self Confidence! Workshops. A gifted storyteller & stellar Emcee of some of the Burlesque World’s top events; including Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas as well as festivals in Stockholm, Vienna and all over the U.S. from Alaska to NYC! *BOB*’s humor and quick wit never fail to entertain. Let her open up the discussion of what is available for you. What dreams are sitting unfulfilled in your heart & mind and how can you move forward? Class will consist of a lecture that opens up to questions and a small set of group activities. There is NO dancing or nudity in this workshop. This class is open to all genders and applicable to non-performers as well. Participants will need to be on time and bring a pen, paper, and one place in their life that they would like to address to class. *PRE-REGISTRATION Strongly Suggested ~ Drop Ins Welcome but please arrive early with exact amount in cash for payment* $40