When i started burlesque there was nothing around me to coach me thru my beginnings as a burlesque artist, to tell you the truth all the research i did was online and via books and that could not have prepared me for my debut performance in Akron, OH.
What was i to know? I was not aware that 11 years later i will be sitting on the other side of the looking glass. Teaching has not been an easy task to take based on the fact I'm so passionate about what i do. The first few time i taught was to my troupe mates and that it self was a overwhelming task to provide the guidance that was necessary for them to hit the stage. In time i spoke to another studio (B Studios) and then other workshops thru the ohio burlesque festival those gave me the tools needed to develop my teaching method and after years of trying methods and ideas it finally came. My own brand of teaching.
I asked my self what i wanted to put out there for the masses to learn and the question was simple but the answer was not, After soul searching and researching with peers i understood that burlesque teaching was a calling to more then showing people how to unrobe to a room full of people but it was more about learning about our selfs, our bodies and helping those people develop their own brand of burlesque.
With the Cleveland Burlesque Academy fast approaching, I have been hard at work making sure the core learning curriculum is comprehensive and exciting. I want the people that attend the workshop to know the important parts of burlesque and the stage as well as in all seriousness the fun that it came come to give one, The fulfillment it can give to ones soul and heart.
I'm well aware i have touched many lives in my time as a producer/performer/teacher and other, but this time i don't just want to touch that life i want to to plant a seed of bravery that i help nurture in time. Many say they want to learn just to have fun and that is great but i want you to learn because you are ready to unrobe to your self. This is not going to be a step ahead to just a performance oh no... This is a step ahead to a very loving amazing journey you will start with your self and your body, to embrace... love and believe in your sensuality.
The programing at the school took me a minute to figure out but being that i have at my fingertips some of the best teachers, i just can't wait to reveal all the full time programing for the drop in classes we will have special guest. The drop in classes require no reservation nor pre registration these are fun exciting cardio driven burlesque work outs that will sass your skills up, not to mention belly dance, make up tutorials, sensuality seminars, sexuality ideas and him and her workshops.
The 14 workshop is a full burlesque beginner to intermediate extravaganza with 14 weeks of full on burlesque training classes to help you develop a complete character, act, stage persona and more like history, dance, parade-pose and peel and costuming! as well as the fun parts and business of burlesque. That is alot to learn but well work it.
So if you want to come and be part of something new and fun.. come and just enjoy a dance class or a full workshop.. Consider this over the holiday season.. our programming is scheduled based on the holidays so not to worry you will still get to do everything and then some!
See you soon
Headmistress - Bella Sin
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Burlesque Performer and every day glitter seeking glamour lover!