When: Sat., Sept. 1 2012
Maybe you’ve been eyeing the recent explosion of burlesque troupes and wondered “Could I do that?” You can find out what it takes to create and perform those flirtatious routines at the “Ultimate Burlesque Class,” hosted by Bella Sin, whose troupe, Le Femme Mystique, is Cleveland’s longest-running burlesque ensemble. Bella will teach you everything you need to know — from the history of the art form to booking and promotion. “They’re getting everything I’ve learned in nine years,” she says of the class, which is aimed at both novices and experienced dancers. One thing she emphasizes is that burlesque is not stripping, and it isn’t just for 110-pound women with plastic double Ds. As a big girl herself, Bella says she wants to help improve women’s body image: “So many girls my size go, ‘I wish I could do that.’ I want their confidence to rise. I want them to become the woman they can be.” The class takes place at the downtown Double Tree by Hilton from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $75. Register via the website below. Pre-registered students get a guaranteed slot to audition for Le Femme Mystique in October.