Elegance, grace, and a touch of cheek are the hallmarks of a classic feather fan dance. Popularized by Sally Rand, Jean Idelle, and other dancers of a bygone era, the captivating combination of poise and dexterity makes this one of the most popular burlesque and cabaret dance styles!
This 12-week series, taught by Lola LeSoleil, is divided into two 6-week sessions. The first 6-weeks will include:
Introducing different styles of performance fans, sources, and selection considerations
Learning foundational feather fan holds, poses, and manipulation
Developing strength, coordination, and flexibility in arms, hands, shoulders, and back
Learning the art of tease reveals with feather fans
Learning basic feather fan care and maintenance
The second 6-weeks will focus on a group choreography incorporating fan techniques learned in the prior 6-weeks.
Please wear comfortable activewear that allows free movement. Recommended footwear includes small 2-3 inch heel strapped shoes, jazz flats, salsa shoes, or barefoot. Class feather fans are available to students, or provide your own.
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 two (2) six-week sessions.
Students are expected to provide basic "dance blacks" - black character shoes, black fishnets, black bra, and black shorts.
Learn one (1) choreographed routine.
Gain understanding of different styles of performance fan props
Identify different kinds of feather fan materials and compare their qualities
Incorporate performance fan props while maintaining dance form and improving coordination.
WHAT TO BRING:
Dance/character shoes or strapped toe shoes with a 2–3-inch heel.
Other acceptable footwear includes jazz flats, salsa shoes, or barefoot.
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