Macquarie Community College Introduction to Burlesque

South Windsor's Rachel Szabo will teach all the fundamentals of burlesque so you can learn how to craft your own routines. Picture: Sherbet Birdie

South Windsor's Rachel Szabo will teach all the fundamentals of burlesque so you can learn how to craft your own routines. Picture: Sherbet Birdie

RICHMOND has enjoyed two of her sensational burlesque shows at the School of Arts this year, and now Rachel Szabo is giving those inspired the chance to learn the saucy craft themselves. 

Ginger Little's routine at the first burlesque show involved long gloves, a saucepan and melted chocolate.

Ginger Little's routine at the first burlesque show involved long gloves, a saucepan and melted chocolate.

Starting on Thursday, October 12 and running for eight weeks, the Macquarie Community College course will take participants through all the basics and finish with everyone doing their own simple routine.

Here’s what is being taught each week.

Introduction

Participants will learn how to warm up effectively and some basic burlesque moves.

Bump and grind

Learn how to walk and the famous bump and grind. Bring some dance heels, or small heels.

Get shirty

Learn to dance with a shirt. Bring an oversized button-up shirt. You can keep a T-shirt on underneath if desired.

Floor work

Learn dance moves on the floor. Best to wear clothes covering the knees.

Gloves

Lots of fun learning how to tease your gloves off whilst dancing. If you have any long gloves, bring them. 

The 80s

Learn a leg-warmer stocking peel. Bring leg warmers, or long socks.

Revision

Revise the last six weeks then discuss what prop (shirt, gloves or legwarmers) to use for a routine in the final class.

The chair

This is where participants put it all together while using a chair and the prop of choice to devise a short dance combination to celebrate the end of term.

Classes run from 7-8.30pm at the new Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre, Richmond opposite Richmond Park. Cost is $165. Book  at www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/course/burlesque_dancing_

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  • Rachel’s next Burlesque Night at Richmond School of Arts is on Saturday, November 4. Tickets at anaseethe.com.