“When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me for a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are.” — Mikhail Baryshnikov
Burlesque is a powerful medium. It combines subversive storytelling with the power of the liberated body, and it allows you to express yourself in ways that conventional storytelling or dance may not be able to.
You do not need a background in dance to tell your story with burlesque. You do not need to twirl tassels or perform feats of strength or flexibility. All you need is a good idea and a body.
I can help you tell your story, no matter what your experience level.
Whether you’re just looking to learn the bump and grind or get your hands dirty with choreography and storytelling, you can take lessons with me, either in person or using the magic of the internet.
You’ve got a great story inside of you: The question is, how will you tell it while taking off your clothes? Whether you’re considering burlesque for the first time, or a seasoned performer looking to up your game, you’ll benefit from a dramaturgy session that will help you find your premise and create a show-stopping number.
Take a Burlesque Dance Class
Classes begin Monday, June 12 at the Billy DeFrank Center in San Jose!
Bring a robe (and gloves if you have them), and we’ll learn some simple burlesque choreography along with exercises for stage presence, characterization, and feeling at home in your body.
Why should you work with me?
I’ve been performing in theatre since I was 8 years old. I started teaching theatre/assistant directing when I was 15, and I led the award-winning drama department at Olympic Heights Community High School when I was only 21 years old. I went to school for dramatic writing and dramaturgy, and I’ve worked extensively with performers, directors, and other creative people on creating stories and characters.
I started pole dancing in November of 2014 and had my first performance in April the following year. In March of 2016, I won a gold medal at the Pacific Pole Championships for the Entertainment class.
I became a burlesque dancer in August of 2015, and I have been performing at least twice a month at various venues every month since then. You can find me dancing regularly at Bombshell Betty’s All Kinds of Sexy Burlesque Benefit Show in San Francisco and Bad Influence Burlesques in San Jose.
Using my background in theatre and performance, I can help you get started, get in touch with your body, build a character, create choreography, and tell your story. As an experienced teacher, I’ll help guide you toward your goals, whether it’s to become a performer yourself OR just have a good time for an afternoon.
I look forward to adding some glitter to your journey!