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  • Basic Strengthening and Flexibility for Performers

    One hour class to improve strength and flexibility. Through a series of guided strengthening and stretching exercises students will learn to improve their leg flexibility, strengthen their ankles (important for dancing in heels), and generally loosen muscles. This class teaches mix of exercises taken from ballet, yoga, and other dance forms. All levels of flexibility are welcome; attendees will be checked during exercises for proper form and to prevent injury.

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    Jan. 6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Thomas Paine A&B

    About the Teacher - Red Velvet

    Red Velvet is a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz, Red Velvet continues to study new forms of dance such as samba and flamenco. Ms. Velvet began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999, and began studying burlesque in 2008 with Bombshell Betty. Red Velvet has performed extensively in musical theatre, performed throughout California, has studied and performed dance in New York, and has toured internationally. She has taught dance to adults and children, including training and teaching children to perform in professional musical theatre events. Ms. Velvet currently performs Isadora Duncan dance, she has performed with the award-winning Hot Pink Feathers, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, the award winning Flaunt Follies, and Alegria Samba Dance Company. Red Velvet is also a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and at many shows around the Bay Area. She is a co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show, a production of the Exit Theatre.  She is the co-creator of four full-length burlesque plays:  “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret,” "Hotel Burlesque," "White Rabbit Burlesque," and "Just Another Zombie Holiday Show."  Ms. Velvet has performed solo acts at the Texas Burlesque Festival, the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Hollywood Burlesque Festival, the Carolina Burlesque Festival, The Great Burlesque Expo in Boston, Mile High Burlesque Festival, The Wiggle Room at Heavy Rebel Weekender, ABurly!, The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, Burlypics California, and the International London Burlesque Festival.  She is the artistic director and choreographer for The Velvettes cancan troupe.  She teaches regular Isadora Duncan Dance classes and teaches burlesque classes for Bombshell Betty.