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Vaudezilla Studios Chicago Burlesque Classes, Private Lessons, and Workshops

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Get your body in motion with some smooth moves courtesy of some of the top burlesque & bellydance performers in Chicago! Vaudezilla's teachers will steer you through all the basics, from shimmies and twirls to bumps and grinds. Whether you're looking for sexy, fun, or fitness - or you just want to get in touch your inner diva - our teachers will keep you on your toes at Vaudezilla Studios.

Vaudezilla Studios Avondale
3614 W Belmont Av
Chicago IL 60618


Buy One, Get One Half Off!
Sign up for two classes and get the second class (of equal or lesser value) for half off -OR- buy two of the same class and share the half-price discount with a friend (must register & pay for classes on ONE registration form). Please Note: NO REFUNDS will be issued if students wishing to redeem this option sign up & pay separately!

CLASSES QUESTIONS F.A.Q. | DISCOUNT CODE QUESTIONS

Discount codes (Groupon, etc) may only be used on classes marked with (*).

2018 Student Showcase Dates:
  • May 12th and 19th
  • July 7th and 14th
  • September 8th and 15th
  • November 10th and 17th

    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES
    SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, MAY 13 - FRI, JUL 6

    Sundays
    May 13 - Jul 1
    Mondays
    May 14 - Jul 2
    Wednesdays
    May 16 - Jul 4
    Thursdays
    May 17 - Jul 5
    Fridays
    May 18 - Jul 6
    11am-12:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    11am-12:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Secret Mermaid
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    12:30-1:30pm
    All Levels / Nerdlesque *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    12:30pm-1:30pm
    All Levels / Floorwork *

    Secret Mermaid
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    noon-1pm
    All Levels / Solo Develop *

    Po' Chop
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    1:30pm-2:30pm
    All Levels / Solo Develop *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    2:30-3:30pm
    All Levels / Slapstick *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    5pm-6pm
    All Levels / Floorwork *

    Lilly Rascal
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    5pm-6pm
    All Levels / Fan Dancing *

    Raven Gemini
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    3:30-5:30pm
    Emcee/Stand-Up Intensive

    Shirley Blazen
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    $170/6 Weeks
    Dates: June 3 - July 8
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    6-7pm
    All Levels / Solo Development *

    Lilly Rascal
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    6-7:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Raven Gemini
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    6-7:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Po'Chop
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    6:30pm-8pm
    Level 5/6 Burlesque

    Red Hot Annie
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    7-8:30pm
    Bellydance I
    NO CLASS JULY 4
    MAKEUP CLASS JULY 11


    Phaedra
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    7-8:30pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Lilly Rascal
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    AT CAPACITY
    7:30-9pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Po' Chop
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    8-9:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Red Hot Annie
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    8:30pm-9:30pm
    Bellydance II

    Phaedra
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    8:30-9:30pm
    All Levels / Rock & Roll *

    Lilly Rascal
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    PRIVATE CHICAGO BURLESQUE & BELLYDANCE LESSONS

    Yes! We're available for private classes!
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    CHICAGO BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS AND STUDIO EVENTS

    All workshops listed below are open to ALL LEVELS - no prior experience is necessary!

    Friday, Apr 20
    7:30pm-9pm

    Teacher: Miss Kitty Oaks
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    Cost: $25
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    Jazz + Burlesque
    Jazz and burlesque go together like slink and strut! Learn the fundamentals of classic jazz dance characterized by the use of fresh angles, body isolations and syncopated music. "Jazz + Burlesque" covers foundational elements of jazz technique including working from parallel, inverting body lines and embodying musical accents. Combinations throughout the technique portion of class are drawn on during phrase work and choreography. Created with burlesque sensibilities, the choreography becomes a fun way to integrate and refine what you have already learned!

    An inclusive class, all bodies & all levels welcome. Form-fitting comfortable clothing and soft-soled dance shoes recommended (leggings, dance clothes, leather/canvas jazz shoe, ballroom shoe, etc.).

    Take both "Jazz + Burlesque" and "Art of the Slow Burn" for $40
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    Saturday, Apr 21
    11:30am-1pm

    Teacher: Miss Kitty Oaks
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    Cost: $25
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    Art of the Slow Burn
    "Art of the Slow Burn" dives head first into what it takes to be fully present while taking it off - on stage or elsewhere! This workshop is based on the idea that movement can be a form of meditation. By incorporating breath work and intention, movement becomes the point of access to explore and share your internal landscape. You'll call upon this rich internal space through improvisational movement exercises and when exploring sensual, slow-burning choreography.

    An inclusive class, all bodies & all levels welcome. Form-fitting comfortable clothing recommended; soft-soled dance shoes (leather/canvas jazz shoe, ballroom shoe, etc.) or barefoot.

    Take both "Jazz + Burlesque" and "Art of the Slow Burn" for $40
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    Saturday, Apr 28
    11am-noon

    Teacher: Shirley Blazen
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    Cost: $3
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    Burlesque Taster Class
    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 45 minute taster workshop, you'll have fun and learn more about the art of burlesque!

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    Saturday, Apr 28
    3:30pm-5:30pm

    Teacher: Elmo Painter
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    Cost: $45
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    Sensual Empowerment
    Outside of what many people think of as sexual, there is a whole Universe of sensual exploration: From breath, touch, energy exchange, to empathic experiences where we barely touch. How easy or difficult is it for you to own, ask for, or even know what you want? Or to say no to things you don't want or may not be ready for yet?

    This workshop will incorporate grounding & settling skills, movement, body & emotional mindfulness techniqes, boundary exercises, and other therapeutic elements. Elmo will present her research and work regarding the benefits of radical self-acceptance, expanding our sensual and emotional comfort zones, and the potential impact all of these have on our emotional and interpersonal lives.

    Elmo Painter is a Body-centered Psychotherapist who lives and practices in Chicago, IL. Her passions include getting people in touch with their authentic selves, finding ways to make moments more awesome, and helping people process and settle from post-traumatic stress.

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    Sunday, May 6
    noon-1:15pm

    Teacher: Gaea Lady
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    Cost: $20
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    Divine Bump & Grind: A Hip Awakening
    It's all in those hips.

    The source of creativity, inspiration, sexuality, and power resides in our hips. So much is stored within our pelvic girdle: bones, intricately woven muscle tendons and tissues, sexual organs, energetic centers, and the mysteries of what we cannot see.

    In this quick paced & energetic class, we connect to the source of our pelvic power while Perfecting bumps, grinds, pops, shimmies, and undulations. Merging many forms of dance together: burlesque, bellydance, Indian, hip hop, and jazz: to ultimately let loose and dance the divine feminine within each of us.

    Open to all levels and experiences, and genders. Come with an open mind. Wear clothes that make you feel great and that you can move and get sweaty in. No Spectators!

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    Sunday, May 6
    1:30pm-2:45pm

    Teacher: Gaea Lady
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    Cost: $20
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    Smooth Seamless Transitions
    Transitions are the connective element to concept, movement, and cohesion. They allow kinetic communication to seamlessly flow between the elements of your dance, performance, art, choreography, and conversation. Find your flow & connect to your body, & discover new dance based transitions for your specific style. Dance techniques will be taught & creativity and investigation encouraged.

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    Saturday, May 12
    1:30pm-3pm

    Teacher: Duke Swellington
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    Cost: $25
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    Boylesque Workshop
    In this workshop, we will learn manly versions of classic burlesque moves: bumps, grinds, body rolls, floorwork and a little tease. If you have been looking for a way to express your masculine sensuality, this is the workshop for you.
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    Saturday, May 19
    11:30am-1:45pm

    Teacher: Felicia Elias (Jawhara) - hosted by Phaedra
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    Cost: $38
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    Oum Kalthoum, The Voice of Egypt
    MENA dancers (Middle East / North Africa), join us for a deep look, film viewing, conversation, and questions about the life and impact of Oum Kalthoum, "The Voice of Egypt." We'll explore her backstory, the impact of her career and songs composed for her, on the Arab world, and also for those who love MENA dance. Her music remains a remarkable legacy for dancers, and still endures as a foundation for MENA dancers to give the audience a visual showing of the music through movements.

    The first half of this class will be a lecture, followed by a short break. The second half will be dance.
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    Saturday, Jun 2
    11am-noon

    Teacher: Kitten Von Purr
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    Cost: $15
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    Strong & Sexy
    Part toning workout that is beneficial to dancers (glutes, core) and then choreography that utilizes and further builds strength - chair, floorwork, kicks, etc. Scalable for all fitness levels, including beginners.

    Bring knee pads and/or a yoga mat. Extra yoga mats will be available.

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    Saturday, June 9
    3:30pm-4:30pm

    Teacher: Sheffield Belmont
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    Cost: $15
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    Burlesque for Different Bodies
    Every body is different and every body expresses itself differently. Sheffield Belmont is the proud owner of a fat, mature, nearsighted body with two new knees. In this workshop, we will play with some low impact, fun, body friendly movement exercises and choreography. Please bring clothes comfortable for movement.
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