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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:
  • March 3rd and 10th
  • May 12th and 19th
  • July 7th and 14th
  • September 8th and 15th
  • November 10th and 17th

    CHICAGO BURLESQUE CLASSES
    SESSION DATES: SUNDAY, MAR 11 - SAT, MAY 5

    Sundays
    Mar 11 - Apr 29
    Mondays
    Mar 12 - Apr 30
    Tuesdays
    Mar 13 - May 1
    Wednesdays
    Mar 14 - May 2
    Thursdays
    Mar 15 - May 3
    11am-12:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    AT CAPACITY
    11am-noon
    All Levels / Fan Dancing *

    Red Hot Annie
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    12:30-1:30pm
    All Levels / Disco *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    noon-1pm
    All Levels / Floorwork *

    Red Hot Annie
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    1:30-2:30pm
    All Levels / Nerdlesque *

    Shirley Blazen
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    1-2:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *

    Red Hot Annie
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    $170/8 Weeks
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    2:30-3:30pm
    All Levels / Slapstick *

    Shirley Blazen
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    3:30-5pm
    All Levels / Broadway Burlesque *

    Colette Coquette
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    $120/6 CLASSES
    No class Apr 8 & Apr 22
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    5-6pm
    All Levels / Solo Develop *

    Kitty la Royall
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    6-7:30pm
    Level 1/2 Burlesque *
    Po'Chop
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    6:30-8pm
    Level 3/4 Burlesque

    Red Hot Annie
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    6-7pm
    All Levels / Solo Development *

    Lilly Rascal
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    $120/8 Weeks
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    7:30-8:30pm
    All Levels / Hip Hop & Heels *
    Po'Chop
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    7-8:30pm
    Bellydance I

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

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

    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!

    Red Hot Annie's Cabaret Showgirl Intensive
    Feb 26-28 (Mon-Wed), 11am-3pm
    Showcase Date: Saturday, Mar 10 - 10:30pm

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    Drop and shimmy 20!

    Take your performance to the next level with this one-of-a-kind boot camp with internationally-recognized showgirl Red Hot Annie.

    Through one-on-one coaching and group exercises, we'll completely immerse you in the day-to-day creative process of a modern burlesque and cabaret performer. Challenge your inner artist with daily exercises that will allow you to concentrate on building refined solo and group performances.

    Teacher and student work together to create spontaneous solo and small group choreography that the participants are encouraged to keep and develop on their own. Use this once in a lifetime creative experience to create performance art that will travel with you wherever you go.

    In addition to a daily stretching and mindfulness exercises, you'll go through a rigorous series of special dance, aesthetics, and technical workshops, covering topics including:

    Workshop Descriptions at a Glance:
    American Bump & Grind - Drill classic burlesque movements
    New Choreo - Learn new/difficult/advanced choreography
    Combinations - Combine various moves into strings of choreography
    Fancy Footwork - Drill leg/knee/feet specific choreography
    Graceful Arms - Drill arm/elbow/hand specific choreography
    Powerful Movements - Discover and practice big energy within choreo
    DirtySexySmooth Floorwork - Get down and dirty on the floor
    Fan Dancing - Learn to twirl a pair of feather fans
    Pasty Making & Twirling - Make a pair of pasties and learn to spin'm
    Stage Presence - Project your inner diver all the way to the back row
    Facial Expressions - Let your face tell the story
    Hair & Makeup for Stage - Style bigger, bolder looks

    WORKSHOP SCHEDULE / A La Carte
    REGISTER HERE
    Mon, Feb 26 Tue, Feb 27 Wed, Feb 28
    11am-noon New Choreo New Choreo New Choreo
    noon-1pm Fancy Footwork DirtySexySmooth Floorwork Combinations
    1:30-3pm Hair & Makeup for Stage Stage Presence Pasty Making & Twirling


    All prop rental and supplies are included - and as a bonus, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a Showcase performance at the end camp. Light vegan lunch provided. Special guest teachers TBD

    No experience necessary.

    Individual Students: $150/week
    Bring a Friend $100/week per person

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    Saturday, Feb 24
    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, Feb 24
    noon-1:30pm

    Teacher: Tilda Titillation
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    Cost: $25
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    Basic Floorwork
    This basic floorwork workshop will include learning ways to get up and down from the floor, a handful of moves and tricks to weave throughout a floorwork act, and proper body posture. We will practice stringing moves together with seamless transitions as well. Bring kneepads!

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    Saturday, Feb 24
    1:30pm-2:45pm

    Teacher: Gaea Lady
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    Cost: $20
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    Ballet for Burlesque
    The roots and foundations of so many dance mediums, ballet is essential to study. Ballet centers, grounds, and lifts while fostering personal expression on top of a solid technical base. This Ballet for Burlesque class with Gaea Lady will introduce technique concepts to the student through a brief barre, center, and moving combinations. Practical application to burlesque will be explored through poise, extension of legs and arms and spine, grace, lines, and gesture in all combinations and exercises.

    Take both "Ballet for Burlesque" and "Divine Bump and Grind" for $35
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    Saturday, Feb 24
    3pm-4:15pm

    Teacher: Gaea Lady
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    Cost: $20
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    Divine Bump and Grind
    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!

    Take both "Ballet for Burlesque" and "Divine Bump and Grind" for $35
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    Saturday, Mar 3
    1pm-2pm

    Teacher: Simona Signoret
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    Cost: $12
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    Chair Workshop
    Get ready to break a sweat! The first 45 minutes are dedicated to a chair workout that targets your core, arms, and butt -- get it toned! We follow that up with 15 minutes of stretching. Barefoot or gym shoes please!

    By night, Simona Signoret is a Chicago-based Burlesque performer and producer. By day, she is the clinical manager of an outpatient physical therapy practice.

    Take both "Chair Workshop" and "Intro to Rolls" for $20
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    Saturday, Mar 3
    2-3pm

    Teacher: Simona Signoret
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    Cost: $12
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    Intro to Rolls
    This is a Floor Rolls 101 workshop! Simona will demonstrate and talk you through forward, backwards to knees, akita, and mermaid rolls. Add that extra wow factor to your act by incorporating rolls. And enjoy a fun core workout as you learn!

    Take both "Chair Workshop" and "Intro to Rolls" for $20
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    Saturday, Mar 10
    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, Mar 17
    11:30am-12:30pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $30
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    Real Life Burlesque / Becoming Beautiful
    You've already got everything you need to feel beautiful. Curious why burlesque has such a divine reputation for empowering people? Align your mind, body, and soul to bring out the very best in yourself - in this workshop, we'll use burlesque as a tool to create a one-of-a-kind group routine. Learn more about the process and begin to build your larger-than-life burlesque persona!

    Take all three "Real Life Burlesque" workshops for $75
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    Saturday, Mar 17
    12:30pm-1:30pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $30
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    Real Life Burlesque / Becoming Watchable
    In this workshop, we'll focus on what it takes to develop total and complete comfort on stage. We'll consider potential obstacles and find creative ways to overcome them with ease. Harness the power of your self-confidence, streamline your intention and develop some personalized techniques for jumping fully into the moment on stage.

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    Saturday, Mar 17
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    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $30
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    Real Life Burlesque / Creating & Destroying
    Some ideas are meant for just moment, some are meant for a lifetime - let go of what doesn't serve you. In this workshop, we'll practice the art of intentional creation and destruction by exploring the potential of our imagination. Through a series of drills and activities we will push ourselves to come up with instant solutions, act confidently upon them, and then let them go. This workshop focuses on techniques that will help you come up with better solutions for high-pressure public engagements, including last minute bookings.

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    Saturday, Apr 7
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    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, Apr 7
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    Teacher: Sheffield Belmont
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    Cost: $15
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    Burlesque for Different Bodies
    Every body is different. Sheffield Belmont is the proud owner of a fat, mature, nearsighted body with two new knees. We will talk about different ways dancers can work with the bodies they have to express themselves in Burlesque. Please bring clothes that are comfortable for movement.

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