July 4, 11, 18, 25 / Mondays from 8-9pm
Interested in trying out burlesque, or just looking for a fun way to get your body moving and find your sexy side? Join Violette for Intro to Burlesque! Each week we will cover a new burlesque skill: learn how to bump ’n grind, shimmy and shake, pose like a showpony, and move with confidence. This is an adult class perfect for beginners, no dance experience is required.
Intro to three foundational Burlesque Basics: the bump, grind, and shimmy! Violette brings them all together with a short, fun choreo so you can practice your new skills.
What makes a showgirl look so confident and poised? In Week 2, Violette teaches you how to pose like a showpony and strut with confidence. We also introduce the idea of storytelling through movement – how would your burlesque persona pose and move? We’re going to have fun exploring all the options in this class, using a nice and easy choreo.
In Week 3 Violette introduces you to the “Art of the Striptease”! What makes removing a glove sexy? Find out in this class, as we learn the three keys to a successful strip-tease! We will be incorporating a glove peel to this week’s choreo, so you’ll want to bring a pair of gloves to class*.
*Long opera gloves, mittens, oven mitts, rubber gloves, whatever you have will be perfect.
For our final week, we review ALL the skills covered: bumps, grinds, shimmies, poses, struts, and strip-tease storytelling! You’ll want to bring a pair of gloves again (or if you want to challenge yourself, switch it up with a long scarf or loose jacket).
Please wear clothing you can move in, and bring water. We suggest running shoes or ballroom shoes with heel protectors (stiletto high-heels/sharp-heeled shoes are not permitted, as they damage the ballroom floors).
Violette Coquette is Canada’s “Untouchable Tease”! A former competitive salsa and latin ballroom dancer (with a master’s degree in visual design), Violette brings all of her wit, creativity and dance training to the stage. Known for her grace, glamour and musicality, Violette is an International burlesque artist who has captivated audiences across North America and Europe, including Montreal, Toronto, New York, New Orleans, London, Stockholm, and the 2018 and 2022 Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
Learn more about Violette and her upcoming shows on Instagram @violettecoquette!