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Striptease Expertise

Tuesdays at 7 pm, beginning August 18.

A ten-week, 20-segment workshop series that incorporates concepts, with exercises.
The first part of each segment is a lecture, which will be recorded for reference.
The second part will be non-recorded QNA, interaction, and practice.

This class explores sensual theatricality through striptease, discovering your organic knowledge of bodily presentation. It will work for you whether you are an actor who needs to develop sensuality for a role, a burlesque performer who wants to do sexy routines, a singer who wants to add erotic mischief to a performance, or a non-performer who wants to feel more confident sexually. Each studnet will take away a unique value.

Upon registration you will receive a materials and music list.

Develope Your Genius For Tease And Seduction!
This workshop series is about developing a striptease that incorporates both organic and choreographed seduction.
Striptease is about making the everyday act of removing clothing into a theatrical event. There has always been nudity onstage, but not until burlesque striptease was there a performing art specifically centered on clothing removal. The women who originally captured the public's imagination by stripping onstage were not necessarily trained dancers or actors, but were often improvising, basing the success of their movements and performance decisions not on an aesthetic or on what looked good in the mirror in a dance studio, but solely on audience response.
Stripteasers who use choreography often rely more on the Choreography of Events than dance choreography. Dropping a glove, for instance, is not a dance move, but an experienced stripteaser knows that if that glove hits the floor on the beat (or the drummer hits the beat for the drop, if live music is employed), the audience gets a bigger thrill. It is worth choreographing so that the glove hits the floor at the optimal point in the music, every time at the same time the performer does the number. So while there may be improvisation between Events, there are choreographed events.
The goal of many contemporary burlesque performances is to engage the audience with a combination of glamour and mischief, and sometimes story-telling or commentary, usually with some reference to the movements of professional stripteasers from the mid-twentieth century. Striptease is the most unique element of these performances. An inventive and knowing garment removal keeps them from texting during your performance. Understanding what makes a striptease compelling is an essential component of making your performance memorable.

The classes build on each other, but can be taken individually.

Each 70-minute class includes time to feel yourself and explore your own striptease genius and sensual self-connection.

What we'll cover:

1. Location And Music You Love
Know Those Clothes

2. Your Natural Confidence: Believe What You Know
Conversation As Movement

3. Connection, Contact, and Eye-Fucking
Holding Space: Breathing And Stillness

4. Sweet Spots: Identifying And Inventing
Costume As Choreography

5. Showing Them
The Camera And The Eye
6. Savor Being Savored

Feel Yourself
7. Sleight Of Hand
Moving In All Dimensions

8. A Referring Glance
Fascinating Fasteners

9. Meaning In Materials
Stay In Play

10. Revel In The Reveal
Hold for Applause!


Above all, entertain yourself and have fun. A performer who is having fun gives the audience confidence in his/her performance, and there is nothing more irresistible than someone who is enjoying herself!
Copyright Jo Weldon http://www.schoolofburlesque.com
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Classes will be recorded for those who cannot make the times. At the end of each class there will be time for students to interact, perform for each other (optional), and try out techniques, but this part of the class will not be recorded in order to maintain student privacy, so recordings will be shorter than live class time. However, you will get to hear what the assignment is so you can try out the techniques students tried during the live session. Students who do not wish to participate in the interaction are not required to do so. However, all participants will be required to showthemselves after the recording ends and before the interaction begins, to verify sincerety. This class is not open to observers who wish to nonconsensually ogle, to but it is open to observers who are exploring their own femininity and the power of tease, of whatever gender.



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