Chicago Burlesque Classes

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Sway Dance
3317 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618

Nov/Dec 2021 Schedule:

Nov 9-Dec 28 (8 weeks)

Tuesday Nights

Dance for An Audience of 1 or 1,000
Nurture your Inner Provocateur

Take Both 8-Week Classes (in studio only) for $333

Tuesday Nights, 7-8pm (Nov 9-Dec 28)

Floorwork: Getting Down & Getting Strong

One of Annie’s all-time most popular classes! Strengthen your body – almost effortlessly! – through the raw power of moving and expressing yourself on the floor. Get grounded while exploring proper body carriage through dance techniques that bring together challenging choreography, body awareness, and sexy stuff you can practice at home, for yourself or a loved one. πŸ˜‰ Come ready to sweat!

$170 in studio / 8 weeks

No virtual option available this session.

Class limit: 10

Tuesday Nights, 8-9:30pm (Nov 9-Dec 28)

Taking Centerstage: Becoming a Show Stopper!

Do you have what it takes to be the star of the show?  Just as the planets orbit the sun, your time centerstage is a powerful opportunity to affect the lives of every being who witnesses you.  Whether it’s performing a burlesque solo, hosting, producing a show, or writing your own one woman show, Annie will take you through her time-tested process for work that will excite, challenge and continue to inspire you (and your audience) for years to come.


In the very first 90 minute class, each student will take centerstage to share their idea for a work of art that exalts their own personal skills and artistry, including solo dance acts, monologues, hosting bits, and/or excerpts of their own written material (for shows or books). 
Over the course of the weeks that follow, each performer will receive feedback and guidance on how to build the roots and support system necessary to get their work in front of an audience.


Even if you’re a beginner who is uncertain about where to begin, this immersive course will radically shift how you think about and present yourself – both onstage and off.  Face your fears and come away with dynamic work that resonates with the deepest, most true part of you, as well as a plan for how to get it on the stage.

$250 in studio / 8 weeks

No virtual option available this session.

Class limit: 10

frequently asked questions:

What do I wear for classes? What kind of shoes should I wear?

Wear clothing you feel comfortable moving in. For Floorwork, we dance barefoot. For other classes, explore heels that you’d like to feel confident wearing.

Is there a performance at the end of the 8-week session?

Right now, there’s no official performance, but students have organized their own appearances outside of class, and we record an informal performance (just for us) on the 8th class in full costume, hair, & makeup.

What level of experience do I need to join your classes?

Burlesque is unlike any other dance genre in that it’s a free and open movement style. So if you have no experience moving your body, or if you’re an expert dancer you’ll feel comfortable in my classes.

What’s the parking situation?

There’s plenty of metered parking outside of the studio, as well as plenty of free parking on the side streets.

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