Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 12:00p -
Boston Academy of Burlesque Education
665 Beacon St., Suite 301
Boston, MA 02215
Classes, Performing Arts, Virtual & Streaming
The "Shake It Up: Shake Dancing in History & Practice" class is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced! We will explore the history and choreography of retro shake dancing, a style of movement popularized during the 1930s-1970s. While definitions vary, shake dancing has always been marked by wild displays of sexual freedom, abandon, and unbridled sensuality. Participants will learn the socio-historical background of shake dancing in theory and practice, and will also learn how to spice up bump-and-grind acts by incorporating aspects of shake dancing into their performance style.
Bebe Bardot is the award-winning Doll of D.C.! Also known as the "Bite-sized Bibliophile," Bebe is a librarian and burlesque historian with a research focus on shake dancers. She was a Guest Instructor at the 2019 BurlyCon and has taught with the New York School of Burlesque, the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy, and the D.C. Gurly Show. Bebe won the top prize in the 2018 D.C. Burlypicks, the Golden Smile Award at the 2019 Golden Legends Champion Challenge, and was nominated for the New York Burlesque Festival's 2018 Hottest Freshman Award. She's been featured in several pinup magazines including Retro Lovely, Delicious Dolls, Pinup Life, Black Pinups and more. Bebe is the shake dancer of your wildest dreams!