Want to build your confidence?
Express your creativity?
Make new friends?
And feel more comfortable in your own skin?
Well, pull your lingerie out of the back of the drawer, because now you can learn to strut your stuff in a safe and supportive space!
Whether you’ve been looking for a sexy creative outlet or just want more excitement in your life, jump in on the fun with this special introduction to Classic Burlesque Dance, where you’ll learn…
Bump-and-Grind Warmup: Shimmy, shake and bump yourself into shape with this fun and sensual warmup based on the traditional burlesque bump and grind. This is a lighthearted and sexy warmup you’ll want to do every day. Get your shimmy on and loosen up those tassel twirling muscles!
Pinup Dance Moves: Learn Bombshell Betty’s technique for creating your own authentic-looking retro pinup dance moves! Combined with your sexy new strut and your bump and grind dance moves, these easy to learn moves add drama and glamour to any act, whether on stage or in the privacy of your home. Be the living, breathing pinup queen you’ve always wanted to be!
Boa Basics: Learn to work that glamorous and classic burlesque prop, the feather boa! These boa techniques can be used with any garment or prop during your act, so this is an important foundational lesson for burlesque.
Burlesque Striptease: Learn secrets to taking it off gracefully without tripping on your frilly nothings, how to incorporate props into your act (including using your clothing as props and twirling nipple tassels), you’ll have created signature moves, learned how to invent your own dance moves for the stage, and so much more! (No nudity required! If you’re feeling shy, layers are your friend.)
Tassel Twirling: This quintessential burlesque technique is fun on stage or for play at home! You will learn several techniques that you can mix and match to find the techniques that work best for YOUR body. Everyone can twirl with these techniques, no matter your size or shape! Don’t want to go topless in class? No problem! All comfort levels are respected in this class. You can borrow tassels to pin onto your clothes to try the techniques without feeling over-exposed.
NO previous dance experience required!
Just bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things!
Everyone is welcome!
Debuting on stage, relishing every moment, has truly been one of the very best moments of my life, of being fully woman. I had no idea the creativity I’d been repressing!
I recommend this class to every woman of every age to really get in touch with the sexy core that is each one of us. Go for it! You’ll be so very glad you did.
- Deep Delta
Santa Barbara Series
Sept 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25
Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26
(You’re encouraged to arrive 15 mins or so early to get settled, signed in, etc.)
Ojai Art Center
113 So. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023
Santa Barbara Location
Santa Barbara Dance Arts
531 E Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Only $90 for the full series!
Want to give this class as a gift? Printable gift certificates are available for this series!
Burlesque has helped me realize who I am as a woman. It has helped me become stronger, more confident, and has given me a new lease on life.
Betty makes the moves accessible to anyone, regardless of experience or background. It could be your first time in a dance studio, or you could be a seasoned performer. The classes are molded to fit each and every performer.
Growing up, I was made to believe that pretty girls were no bigger than a size two. Burlesque has helped me realize that as long as I feel good, to hell with what anyone else thinks.
- Jolie Fatale
We, as grown ups, forget to play. Burlesque is dress up, make up, silly dancing, sexy dancing, and all out playing, in a safe, non-judgy environment.
Just do it. You’ll never regret it. You might regret the glitter that will never leave your home, clothing, pets, and life but… do it anyway!
- Brie Folie
About Bombshell Betty
Bombshell Betty is a burlesque and pin-up obsessed entrepreneur and innovator previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area, now located in Ventura County. Through her classes, shows and other projects, Betty has helped thousands of women (and some adventurous men, too!) learn to express their hidden creative genius, feel more comfortable in their skin, and find the courage to live with radiant confidence.
Betty believes that everyone is sexy, and everyone has something important to express. This philosophy informs every project that she embarks upon. In March, 2004, Betty started teaching her wildly popular Burlesquercise® dance classes and is now a premier US burlesque instructor, her student list numbering in the thousands for her classes and workshops.
Many performers in both the US and international burlesque scenes got their start through Bombshell Betty’s classes, and established performers from around the world also take the classes to learn new moves and polish up their stage presentation.
Bombshell Betty co-produces a student showcase burlesque show every month at the Elbo Room in the San Francisco, as well as working on other new and unusual burlesque and pinup related projects.
Betty released the “Intro to Burlesquercise!” DVD in December 2006 and “Plain Jane to Pinup Queen: Pinup Modeling Workshop in a Book” in October 2008, both of which have sold on 5 continents. In December 2012, she released the Posing Perfection video course, which covers her posing training from her acclaimed Pinup Workshops, and more!
To help those who can’t attend burlesque classes or who want to take their burlesque education further, Betty has released 5 FREE burlesque training videos (2 in Lesson One and 3 in Lesson Two), and in July 2015 she launched the Tease! Bang! Boom! Burlesque Mentoring Program. She’s currently in the process of relaunching her burlesque teacher training program, so look for updates soon!
In her “spare” time, Betty enjoys making her own costumes, playing with her parrots, and creating collage artwork using her pin-up photography. Betty always has something new up her sleeve (or *ahem* tucked into her garter), so stay tuned for more wild and wacky antics!