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Burlesque I

Burlesque I


This beginner burlesque class familiarizes you with burlesque language and movement, and basic jazz dance moves such as three-step turns, pivots, box steps, and stage walks. As an introduction to the movement skills used in jazz dance, it includes the use of dynamics in rhythm, sustained and percussive tension, and dramatic focus unique to jazz and burlesque. You will learn a fully choreographed routine.

This is a chorus/ensemble dance series that focuses on basic burlesque movement within group dance routines. It is ideal that you have taken Burlesque Basics to become familiar with burlesque as an art form.

Your attendance in all classes is essential for the group dance choreography. You will learn 3 different choreographed routines: one classic and two conceptual/modern. Each class will be taught on the same day every week (with the exception of the days listed above) for a total of twelve (12) weeks broken into three (3) four-week sessions.

Students are expected to provide basic "dance blacks" - black character shoes, black fishnets, black bra, and black shorts.


  • Three (3) choreographed routines.

  • Evaluate movement skills in terms of space, time, and force and reproduce accurately through the movement of your body.

  • Receive a skill evaluation. Those who meet performance criteria may be eligible to perform in smaller studio shows.

  • Analyze a dance performance in terms of choreography, performance, and theatrical elements.

  • Demonstrate clarity of intent while applying kinesthetic principles for all dance elements.

  • Incorporate characterization while maintaining dance form and formation.


  • Dance/character shoes or strapped toe shoes with a 2–3-inch heel.
    Other acceptable footwear includes jazz flats, salsa shoes, or barefoot.

  • Water


  • Burlesque History & Ethics

  • Backstage Etiquette & Professionalism

  • Basic Costume Construction

  • Stage Makeup

  • Wig Techniques


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