Curriculum

Some of our classes are offered continuously while others occur periodically. Is there a class you’re interested in that’s not here? Email fannygalore1@gmail.com with your suggestion!

NO DROP-INS! Pre-registration is required for all classes. Click on the link provided for each class to pre-register online or email fannygalore1@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to pre-register in person.

 

Non-Performance Classes

Dance Basics for Beginners
Do you love the idea of dancing and doing burlesque but have never danced before? This class is specifically focused on developing fundamental dance skills for adults. Set in a positive atmosphere, with great music and supportive instructors and students, this 4-week series will cover:
Strength Building, Balance, and Flexibility
Rhythm (finding/moving on the beat)
Developing Style
Posture and body lines
Coordination
Memorization of moves/choreography
Increasing your movement vocabulary
Feel free to take this class more than once to master movement fundamentals.
Participants should wear exercise/dance wear and comfortable shoes.
Instructor: Ida Tapper
Price: $50 or Register with a Friend for $75 (buy one get one half off!)

 

Burlesque FUNdamentals
This 4-week series is the perfect place to begin your burlesque journey! You will learn all the basics of burlesque including how to strut, shimmy, bump and grind!
Each class will have exercises in improvisation and short combinations of choreography that focus on the movement basics mentioned above.
Participants will learn dances in both the traditional and neo styles of burlesque so that students can become familiar with, and celebrate their similarities and differences.
Feel free to take this class more than once to master burlesque fundamentals.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $50 or Register with a Friend for $75 (buy one get one half off!)
This class is available multiple times per month. Visit the current session ‎to find one that works with your schedule.

 

Basic Striptease
This 4-week series will give you the tools to perform a spicy striptease for that special someone (or yourself)!
***Although this class teaches the fine art of striptease, THERE IS NO NUDITY. Students should bring with them a zipper top (hoodie or sweater), elastic waist skirt or shorts, and a bra to layer OVER their dance clothes.
The series will start by teaching students the basic elements of strip tease, including basic movement vocabulary as well as techniques for clothing removal. By the end of the session, students will learn a sultry strip tease from start to finish.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $50

 

Ballroom Burlesque: Tango Edition!
In this 4-week series you will learn basic tango steps and how they translate from the dance floor to the burlesque stage! Then we will put them all together for a full-length, choreographed, burlesque dance.
Each class will consist of a warm up, introduction to the basic tango technique and steps, and a choreographed routine.
Each week will build on the previous weeks choreography, resulting in a full length routine
Participants should wear exercise/dance wear and comfortable dance shoes (dance shoes with heels are highly suggested).
Instructor: Scarlotta Sparkle
Price: $50

 

Floor Workin’ It
Increase your versatility on the stage with level changes and floor work!
This 6-week series is designed to increase dancers’ confidence in using floor work effectively and effortlessly. Throughout the series dancers will explore techniques to transition smoothly to and from the ground as well as movement vocabulary when on the floor.
Each class will start with warm ups, strengthening and stretching exercises targeting the major muscles needed for floor work, followed by short dance combinations and improvisatory activities that use floor work and transitions to/from standing.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $75 for 6 weeks
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Strengthen and Stretch
Increase flexibility and strength to improve your health, versatility, and overall well-being!
This 8-week series is designed to lengthen and strengthen the muscles we use the most.
Each class will start with a warm up, followed by strengthening and stretching exercises targeting the major muscles used in burlesque.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $90 for 8 weeks

 

Ballet for Burlesque
Ballet for Burlesque is a Ballet technique barre-based course that focuses on balance, grace, and strength for the entire body using exercises pulled from the classical ballet repertoire. This course is taught by Matt Finish, former soloist with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Participants should wear form-fitting dance wear and ballet shoes.
Instructor: Matt Finish
Price: $90 for 8 weeks or Next Level package (enrollment in both Ballet and Sexy Jazz) for $160
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Sexy Jazz
Sexy Jazz is the high energy, sassy marriage of stylistic jazz movement and the sensuality of burlesque dance!
Students will build strength, coordination, balance and style through jazz dance based across the floor exercises and center dance combinations….all while having a great time!
Participants should wear form-fitting dance wear. Jazz shoes or foot undies are optional.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $90 for 8 weeks or Next Level package (enrollment in both Ballet and Sexy Jazz) for $160
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Burlesque Dance Improvisation
Ever wonder how your favorite local performers create new acts? Have you ever seen Whose Bra Is This Anyway? Tucson’s burlesque improv show?
Coming up with movement on the spur of the moment is not just luck, it’s a skill! In this four-weeks session learn techniques for burlesque dance improv that can be used on stage and to create unique choreography.
Price: $50
Instructor: Matt Finish

 

Flirting with Fan Dancing
In this 4-week series you will learn the basics of dancing with large fans (not hand fans).
***Fans will be used in EVERY CLASS. If you don’t have your own fans, you may rent a pair of feather fans for the session for $40.
The series will start by discussing the different types of large fans used in burlesque as well as costume considerations and aesthetics for creating a fan dance.
Each class will have exercises to establish basic fan technique and will culminate with learning a fan dance.
Instructor: Fanny Galore

 

Yoga for Burlesque
This specialized vinyasa flow yoga class is taught by certified yoga instructor turned burlesque diva, Olivia Twisted. Each class is designed to lengthen and strengthen the muscle groups most used by burlesque performers while reducing stress and calming your nerves! Not a burlesque performer? That’s ok! This full body workout will firm and tone you in all the right places.
Class will be tailored to meet individual needs. All ability levels are welcome!
Participants should wear form fitting exercise clothes, and bring along a yoga mat, water bottle, and towel (if desired).
Instructor: Olivia Twisted
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Burlesque Yoga with Olivia Twisted and Fanny Galore
This workshop is the sexiest way to gain balance and strength! Olivia Twisted and Fanny Galore have teamed up to create a series of burlesque poses and exercises to build stength and balance. With a yoga-esque flow, this workshop is sure to be fun, innovative, and super sexy!
All levels of burlesque and yoga are welcome!
Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel, and water bottle and be ready to HAVE FUN!!
Instructors: Olivia Twisted and Fanny Galore
Price: $20

 

Beginning Hoop Dance
Learn the basics of Hoopdance and hula hooping from our very own Olivia Twisted! Strengthen your body and get great exercise while learning something new and having a great time! Hoops will be provided by the instructor.
Wear form fitting fitness gear and bring a water bottle.
Class will be held at Himmel Park. Exact location within the park will be emailed to participants.
Instructor: Olivia Twisted
Price: $48

 

Boylesque 101 
Burlesque isn’t just for the ladies!! Learn all the basics you need to know from boylesque superstar Matt Finish.
Class will consist of a basic warm up, a short piece of boylesque choreography, and discussions of costume basics, persona, and presentation.
Instructor: Matt Finish
Availability: This class is not on the current schedule. Please email fannygalore@ymail.com if you are interested in taking this class.

 

Flirty and Fit: Burlesque Dance Cardio
Firm and tone your entire body in this flirty and fun exercise class!
Each class will include cardio and strengthening exercises that emphasize the physicality, flexibility and technique used by burlesque performers!
Not a burlesque performer? That’s ok! This full body workout will firm and tone you in all the right places.
Participants should wear form fitting exercise clothes, comfortable shoes, and bring a towel and water bottle.
Instructor: Matt Finish
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Wake Up and Go-Go!
Start your morning off right in Wake up and Go-Go! This high-energy 6-week series is a great cardio workout while grooving to fun music and learning classic 1960′s dance moves.
Please wear loose, exercise clothing and comfortable shoes. Don’t forget your water and a towel!
Instructor: Scarlotta Sparkle
Price: $75 for 6 weeks

 

Booty Blast!
Join Fanny Galore, the gal with the galore-ous fanny, in this 8-week series to firm, tone and strengthen your greatest ASSet.
Participants should wear form fitting exercise clothes, comfortable shoes, and bring a towel and water bottle.

 

Shake Your Booty, Island Style!
Learn to isolate and move your hips while getting a great low-impact workout in this Tahitian style hula dance class! In this 4-week series, you will learn the basics of Tahitian dancing including how to:
Ami
Tamau
Tama
Varu
Otamu
Fa’arapu
Each class will have exercises in improvisation and short combinations of choreography that focus on the movement basics mentioned above. By the end of the session, students will learn a simple Otea (tahitian routine).
Instructor: Layla La’Moon
Price: $50

 

Sewing Basics
This 4-week series is designed to increase students knowledge of and ability to execute basic sewing skills.
The series will start with hand sewing straight stitches, stretch stitches, and attaching snaps and hooks.
The second half of the series will move on to the basics of sewing machines, including threading and different stitches.
Instructor: Matt Finish

 

Pastie Making 101
Would you like your very own pair of custom pasties to wear for that special someone? In this workshop you will create not one, but TWO pairs of pasties to take home!
Students will learn how to make pasties and decorate two pairs to take home.
We will also discuss various forms of adhesive as well as pastie placement.
Supplies will be provided.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $30

 

Music Editing Basics
You’ve found the PERFECT song for an act, but the only thing preventing you from moving forward is that the song is not quite…perfect. Our resident music expert Ida Tapper will teach you the following music editing basics using the free software program Audacity:
put two songs together
make the introduction last longer
add a fade in or fade out
end the song earlier
make the song louder/softer
take out a verse
add in a sound effect
save the file in a different format
All of this can be done using basic (and FREE) music editing software. In this 2-hour workshop, Ida Tapper will lead students through a hands-on lesson in how to do all of these edits using the free software program Audacity. It will be assumed that students are beginners at music editing, so instructions will be accessible to all learners!
Instructor Ida Tapper
Price: $30

 

Tassel Twirling with Desire D’amour
Learn multiple methods for making those tassels spin from Tucson’s tassel twirling temptress Desire D’amour! All levels of experience are welcome and class content will be differentiated based on individual skill level. Participants should be prepared to spend the majority of class time wearing pasties. Topics covered will include the mechanics of pastie construction and adhesives as they relate to twirling as well as practical application of different tassel twirling techniques.
Please email fannygalore@ymail.com if you need to borrow a pair of pasties with tassels.
Students are invited to bring their own pasties with tassels (and their preferred adhesive) if they have them.
Instructor: Desire D’amour
Price $25

Performance Classes

Introduction to Burlesque Performance
Do you want to be on stage, but aren’t quite ready to do it alone? In this 6-week series you will learn an act choreographed by the instructor to perform as a group in a student recital.
While dancing a routine on stage in front of anaudience looks easy, the work put into performing isextremely time-consuming. We have a limited amountof class time. Students are expected to practice theroutine each week and return to the following week’sworkshop ready to learn new choreography.
Interested parties must be ready to work! Weekly homework assignments will be given and are integralto a successful final performance.
Since we will be mastering an entire routine in 6weeks, attendance at all classes is mandatory, andmissing classes may result in non-performance(emergencies will be handled on a case by casebasis).
At the first class, costuming requirementswill be explained. Students are responsible for the cost oftheir costume pieces in addition to the workshop price.
Price: $160 Early Bird Rate (pay in full by March 10) or $180 after March 10)
Instructor: Fanny Galore
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Ballroom Burlesque: Tango Performance*
In this 6-week performance class you will learn basic tango concepts, dance steps, and how they translate from the dance floor to the burlesque stage! We will use all these elements to develop a choreographed burlesque dance (including sexy tango costumes) to be performed at Fanny’s Fresh Meat student show*. Removal of clothing will be optional and the instructor will work with all comfort levels of nudity.
Although there are no pre-requisites, it is strongly recommended that you take Ballroom Burlesque Series, Burlesque FUNdamentals and/or Beg/Int Burlesque prior to any performance classes.
While burlesque superstars make performing look easy, the work put into their performance is extremely time-consuming. We have a limited amount of class time and in order to meet deadlines and standards, much of your work will be done on on your own time. Students are expected to rehearse choreography on their own and make simple costume pieces as required. Attendance at all classes is mandatory, and missing classes may result in non-performance (emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis).
Students are responsible for the cost of creating their own costume in addition to the workshop price.  However, matching trims and embellishments will be provided by the instructor. Students must meet specific standards for costume, choreography, and presentation in order to perform. These expectations will be outlined for students at the first class and referred to throughout the process.
Instructor: Scarlotta Sparkle
Burlesque Performance 101
This is for students who want to learn how to create and perform a solo burlesque act complete with a stage name and costume! This 6 week workshop includes guest teachers from the Tucson burlesque community and culminates with a student recital. Topics covered will include:
Burlesque History
Costume Creation
Choreography
Musicality
Stage Makeup and Hair
Performance Quality
Tuition includes an hour-long private lesson with Fanny Galore
Although there are no pre-requisites, it is strongly recommended that you take Burlesque FUNdamentals and/or Beg/Int Burlesque prior to performance classes.
While burlesque superstars make performing look easy, the work put into their performance is extremely time-consuming. We have a limited amount of class time and in order to meet deadlines and standards, much of your work will be done on on your own time. Students are expected to do homework each week, applying lessons and critiques, and return to the following week’s workshop with new material.
Attendance at all classes is mandatory (emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis).
Students are responsible for the cost of creating their own costume in addition to the workshop price.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price $200 Early Bird Rate (pay in full by August 1) or $250 after August 1.
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Burlesque Performance 202
This 5-week series is for graduates of burlesque 101 or individuals who have been performing burlesque for at least 6 months. This class focuses on a personal experience tailored to your individual needs to grow as a performer and will culminate with the opportunity to perform in a student recital. Please email fannygalore1@gmail.com if you have questions about eligibility. This is a fast paced course and participants should be prepared to walk through their act with a few costume pieces at the first class. Topics will include (but are not limited to):
Character/image development: Stage ready hair and makeup and further defining your alter ego.
Choreography, musicality and rehearsal techniques: How to get the most out of your time and create an original and well balanced act.
Poise and body lines: Use your individuality to your advantage while learning how control your body movements.
Interacting with your audience: Learn to command the room and make them grovel at your feet.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $125 Early Bird Rate (pay in full by August 1) or $150 after August 1
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Burlesque Performance 303
This 6-week series is for graduates of burlesque 202 or individuals who have been performing burlesque regularly for at least one year. This class will challenge performers by broadening their focus beyond just solo performance to include an additional group act performed as a class. Students are responsible for the cost of creating their costumes. Please email fannygalore@ymail.com if you have questions about eligibility. This is a fast paced course and participants should be prepared to go through their solo act with costume pieces at the first class.
Instructor: Fanny Galore
Price: $175 Early Bird Rate (pay in full by August 1) or $200 after August 1
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Fox Den Flex Pass
Perfect for the independent artist! Fanny’s Fox Den is pleased to offer two types of flex passes:
Burlesque Diva
1 hour Private Coaching session with Fanny Galore ($40 value)
2 hours of Studio Rental ($30 value)
Price: $50
Must be redeemed within 60 days of purchase date
Burlesque Superstar
1 hour Private Coaching session with Fanny Galore ($40 value)
4 hours of Studio Rental ($60 value)
20% off single Fox Den class* ($10-$20 value)
Price: $75
Must be redeemed within 90 days from purchase date

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Cancellation Policies:
If your class is cancelled by the instructor, your payment will be refunded in full as soon as possible. Deposits/registrations are otherwise non-refundable. If you’ve pre-paid a class or deposit, are unable to attend, and give at least 10 days notice, your tuition may be transferred towards another class by emailing fannygalore1@gmail.com. Tuition is non-transferable in the 9 days before a class starts. There are no refunds or makeup classes for absences. Send all inquiries to fannygalore1@gmail.com