FISHNET FOLLIES SCHOOL OF CLASSIC BURLESQUE
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Learn the sultry, sassy art of classic burlesque in a fun and friendly environment!
Open to people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, 18 years and older.
*** UPDATE: SOME group classes are now open for both Women & Men! See class descriptions for more information. ***

No prior dance experience necessary!

LOCATION

All classes are held at BAY FUNCTIONAL FITNESS studio in OAKLAND, CA.

5255 College Avenue Oakland CA 94618
(Rockridge/North Oakland area. Google Map)

SCHEDULE TABLE

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Links go directly to the registration page. More information in the descriptions below.

Class information and registration links below.
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CHORUS CLASSES

GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY:
“CHARLESTON” 
Chorus Line & Feather Boas!
Levels 1 – 2 – 3

Music: “Everybody Loves My Baby” by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks

Feathers will fly in this high-energy Jazz Age routine! We’ll learn the Charleston, jazz steps, and feather boa work in Busby Berkeley-inspired chorus line formations. Very cute and sassy Flapper girl styling!

LEVEL 1 SERIES: $100.00
Tue / JANUARY 17, 2017 – FEBRUARY 7, 2017 @ 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Level 1: Online Registration – *ENDED* Open to all, no dance experience necessary!
Level 1: “Dynamic Duo” Discount – * ENDED * Limited availability

LEVEL 2 SERIES: $100.00
Tue / FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 7, 2017 @ 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Level 2 (Refinement): Online Registration – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 1

UP NEXT:
Level 3 (Performance Preparation / Staging) – March

Performance Opportunities:
The Garter Room “Class Acts” Showcase – April 6, 2017
Hubba Hubba Revue Pre-Show – April 14, 2017

GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY:
“NIGHT TRAIN” Chorus & Feather Fans!

Levels  2 & 3

 

Our most classic group routine. Showgirl styling, elegant movements, smooth transitions, and the flirty flutter of feather fans.

LEVEL 2 SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Tue / JANUARY 17 – FEBRUARY 7, 2017 @ 8:40PM – 9:40PM

Level 2: Online Registration – * ENDED * Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 1 or instructor approval
Level 2: “Dynamic Duo” Discount – * ENDED * Limited availability

LEVEL 3 SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Tue / FEBRUARY 14  – MARCH 7, 2017 @ 8:40PM – 9:40PM

Level 3: Online Registration – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 2

Performance Opportunities:
– Hubba Hubba Revue Pre-Show – March 10, 2017
– The Garter Room “Class Acts” Showcase – April 6, 2017

SOLO CLASSES

SOLO LEVEL 2: BUILDING A BURLESQUE SOLO ACT!

OPEN TO WOMEN & MEN

This series will build on the fundamental elements we learned in Level 1, and go through the step-by-step process of creating your own solo act!

We will work on the Fishnet Follies 3 C’s of burlesque performance: Charisma, Costume, and Choreography. Our goal is to create a solid act concept which you will execute, refine and polish in Level 3 private sessions.

This series involves in-depth discussions and practical workshops on:

– Character and narrative ideas
– Strengthening your stage presence
– Costuming ideas and embellishing techniques
– Interpreting music through movement / musicality

Each class is quite dynamic, as our discussions are tailored to individual students and their unique ideas and questions! 
Please bring a pen to take notes!

SCHEDULE
Mon / FEBRUARY 13 – MARCH 6, 2017 / 8:40PM – 10:00PM

SERIES REGISTRATION: $120.00
Level 2: ONLINE REGISTRATION

INTRO TO BURLESQUE: SOLO LEVEL 1 & “BAD GIRLS” CHOREOGRAPHY 

Next series starts Monday, January 16, 2017!

Fundamental concepts of classic burlesque movement and dance, working on the basic building blocks of crafting individual solos derived from your own unique experiences. We will also learn a short group dance routine (“Bad Girls”) so you can immediately put these concepts to work!

SCHEDULE
Mon / JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 6, 2017 / 8:40PM – 9:40PM

SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Level 1: Register Online – Open to all levels. No dance experience necessary!

INTRO TO BURLESQUE: MALE BURLESQUE SOLO LEVEL 1 

OPEN TO WOMEN & MEN

 More class dates coming in 2017!

Beginner classes for guys, boys, men, drag kings, butch aficionadas..!

Fundamental concepts of “masculine” burlesque movement and dance, working on the basic building blocks of crafting individual solos derived from your own unique experiences. 

SCHEDULE
More class dates coming in 2017!

SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Level 1: COMING SOON – Open to all levels. No dance experience necessary!

WORKSHOPS

BURLESQUE GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY:
“BAD GIRLS” CRASH COURSE

 Sign up online!

Full of sass (ass) and attitude, it’s our own “Bad Girls Modeling School” routine! Slow, deliberate poses and synchronized movements, 1950’s styling. Channel your inner juvenile delinquent a la “Grease”!

In one hour, we’ll breeze through the “Bad Girls” routine as a basis to work on burlesque fundamentals:

Showgirl poise and fierce elegance, clean and lean lines, stomping across the floor, and slow burn!

Wear comfortable clothes that you can dance in.

OPTIONAL:
– Soft handkerchief to tie around your neck
– Snap button cardigan / long sleeve shirt
– Snap button / wrap-around skirt
– Candy cigarette

Led by Mynx d’Meanor.

SCHEDULE
Mon / FEBRUARY 13, 2017 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM

COST
 Workshop: $30.00

BURLESQUE WORKSHOP:
CHAIR DANCE & FLOOR WORK – 
BEYOND BASICS 
(MIXED LEVELS)
 

OPEN TO WOMEN & MEN

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Learn poses and dance combinations incorporating the chair as your main prop / apparatus / dance partner. We’ll start with a core strengthening warm-up, pinup-inspired poses, then move on to dance moves progressively increasing in level of difficulty on chair and get down-down-DOWN…!!! Using more advanced chair moves incorporated with sexy, slinky floor work– stripper push-ups, back shoulder rolls, and other moves inspired by hot-now choreographers like Yanis Marshall, etc…

Led by Mynx d’Meanor.

STUDENTS MAY BRING (OPTIONAL):
– Knee pads
– Dance shoes (ballroom, character, jazz) or dance socks / “Foot Undies”

PREREQUISITE: Please be mindful of any injuries and/or physical limitations you may have and work within your comfort level. Mynx will do her best to accommodate all levels and make modifications as needed.

SCHEDULE
Mon / FEBRUARY 20, 2017 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM

COST
 Workshop: $30.00

 


BURLESQUE WORKSHOP: SEXY GLOVES & STOCKINGS (MIXED LEVELS)

OPEN TO WOMEN & MEN

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Glove and stocking removal are staples in classic burlesque performances. In this workshop, we’ll focus on various ways to peel gloves and stockings with elegance and dramatic flair. We’ll work on several techniques while standing, sitting, and incorporating floor work tricks!

Led by Mynx d’Meanor.

STUDENTS MAY BRING (OPTIONAL):
– Gloves 
– Stockings
– Garter belt, sock garters
– Dance shoes (ballroom, character, jazz) 
– A few gloves and stockings will be available to borrow in class. Limited quantities.

SCHEDULE
Mon / FEBRUARY 27, 2017 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM

COST
 Workshop: $30.00

BURLESQUE WORKSHOP: “RUSSIAN STYLE” Dance Workout! 
(MIXED LEVELS)

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“Boom Boom! Yeah!” The internet meme may have come and gone, but we can never get tired of this fun, high-energy, crowd pleasing dance! Also: Possibly the longest tassel twirling we’ve ever done in a group routine!

We’re going to burn those calories in this sexy cardio dance workshop!

BRING (Optional):
– Gloves
– Tassel pasties
– Boots/shoes you can *bounce* in!

Harkening back to the charm schools of the 1950′s, we will begin each class with mild stretches and “drills” on posture, poise, and persona– and some core work! You’ll also be provided with video tutorials and other online reference materials to enhance our studio work.

Open to women and men of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, 18 years and older. No prior dance experience necessary!

Led by Mynx d’Meanor.

SCHEDULE
Mon / MARCH 6, 2017 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM

COST
 Workshop: $30.00

 

INSTRUCTORS

INSTRUCTOR

Mynx d'Meanor - FF TankHead instructor Mynx d’Meanor is a lifelong dancing dork, with over a decade of dance and burlesque performance experience encompassing disciplines such as ballroom, bellydance, “freestyle”/hiphop, and jazz/swing.

Mynx specializes in teaching “everyday people” how to dance and incorporate burlesque influences into their daily lives– having taught hundreds of women and men in addictive classes and workshops since 2009.

Mynx is heavily influenced and inspired by the choreography and dance stylings of Busby Berkeley, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and other “greats” of Broadway and MGM musicals. We incorporate these influences in our approach to teaching burlesque fundamentals and dance choreography.

As director of Fishnet Follies, Mynx d’Meanor creates theatrical, Busby Berkeley-inspired choreography, presented in innovative ways that are relevant to modern audiences.

 

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Special workshops led by guest instructors as announced.

Previous guest instructors include: Catherine D’Lish, Coco Lectric, Kitten DeVille, Red Bone, MisRed Delicious, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Tito Bonito, Mariel a la Mode, Major Suttle-Tease, and more!

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ANY QUESTIONS?

Contact us via email at mynxdmeanor@fishnetfollies.com or call Mynx d’Meanor at 415.300.0976.

PREVIOUSLY

CHORUS CHOREOGRAPHY:
“THE MOOCHE”

In this series, we will learn choreography for “The Mooche”– a *NEW* sultry tribute to the supper clubs of the Prohibition Era!  We will use solo jazz dance elements, work on dramatic poses, strong character/presence, partnering, and group formations.

The latest addition to the Fishnet Follies “Gatsby Fantasy” suite of acts. This act debuted earlier this year at the Hubba Hubba Revue “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” show. See snippets of the performance on YouTube.

SCHEDULE
Level 1: Tues / AUGUST 9 – 30, 2016 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Level 2: Tues / SEPTEMBER 6 – 27, 2016 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Level 3: Tues / OCTOBER 4 – 25, 2016 / 7:30PM – 8:30PM

SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Level 1: REGISTER ONLINE – Open to all levels. No dance experience necessary!
Level 2: (Password required) – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 1 or instructor approval
Level 3: (Password required) – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 2

CHORUS CHOREOGRAPHY:
“DEEP”

In this series, we will learn choreography for “Deep”– a *NEW* ultra sexy chair dance duet that will make the audience sweat!  We will work on intermediate/advanced chair dance moves, dramatic poses, intimate partnering, and sultry stocking peels.

This series starts at LEVEL 2, due to more advanced chair moves and intimate partnering.
PREREQUISITE:  Must be comfortable with intermediate chair work (think: full 30-second straight-arm plank to gauge minimum core strength) and more importantly, willingness to get up close and personal with your fellow dancers. 😉

For “old school” returning students: Costuming will be slightly based on the “Sneakin’ Around” routine. Think of “Deep” as the flipside to that narrative.

See snippets of behind-the-scenes rehearsal on YouTube.

SCHEDULE
Level 2A: Tues / AUGUST 9 – 30, 2016 / 8:40PM – 9:40PM
Level 2B: Tues / SEPTEMBER 6 – 27, 2016 / 8:40PM – 9:40PM
LEVEL 3: Tues / OCTOBER 4 – 25, 2016 / 8:40PM – 9:40PM

SERIES REGISTRATION: $100.00
Level 2A: REGISTER ONLINE – Prerequisite: See above description
Level 2B: (Password required) – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 2A or instructor approval
Level 3: (Password required) – Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 2B