Putting together 200 burlesque shows in four years takes heartfelt dedication and an inordinate supply of pasties. For Vaudezilla founders Red Hot Annie and Dick Dijon, it was a dream come true. Their saucy theatrics have entertained audiences all over Chicago with monthly shows such as "Lincoln Fair" and the long-running, critically acclaimed burlesque parody of The Big Lebowski, which received four-star acclaim in Chicago Stage Review. The crew at Vaudezilla has also worked to innovate the art form, assembling live-band burlesque shows and story-based burlesque theater at Stage 773. In 2011, Vaudezilla opened its Belmont Avenue studio, where professional and amateur performers rehearse for shows, take belly-dance and Zumba classes, and learn the art of burlesque, which was perfected decades ago by 20th-century sex symbol Burl Ives.
Since 1976 students have taken Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Tango and Swing classes at our schools. We are honored by our recognition from Chicago Magazine for ‘Best Dance Lessons’ and our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, but most importantly for the many students who have discovered how easy it is to dance.
Students of all ages and skill levels can experience the magic of dance at The Chicago Ballet Center. Specializing in Cuban ballet techniques, the staff begins with classes for children as young as 2 years old, beginning with spatial awareness and eventually graduating to concepts such as technique and ballet vocabulary in subsequent classes. They also hold classes for adults in beginning and intermediate ballet and pointe.
Though its exhibitions often focus on the visual arts, Rumble Arts Center's educational programs encourage creativity in all its forms. Artistic inspiration may manifest in capoeira dance classes, or amateur painting sessions where students sip glasses of self-brought wine. Visitors may also discover an interest in digital media, or make use of the open art studio. The nonprofit welcomes creative community endeavors of all kinds into its spaces, whether it's a donation-driven market, a DJ dance party, or a theatrical performance protesting the cancellation of Frasier. Additionally, the organization works to offer a range of free programs to children and adults from the local community.
Dance Academy of Salsa's experienced instructors, including founder Miguel Mendez, lead students through salsa fundamentals and calorie-incinerating Zumba dance-workout sessions. During the salsa sessions tailored to all levels, dancers will begin with basic steps, progressing to incorporate turns and partner work once ladies learn to follow, men learn to lead, and hips learn to be honest. Partners may rotate to keep sessions entertaining and encourage fresh foot flirtations. In the Zumba classes, an energetic instructor leads students of all fitness levels through easy-to-follow dance moves set to Latin beats. The fat-busting routines alternate fast and slow rhythms with resistance training to help dancers to tone and sculpt muscles while adding to their repertoire of shakes, shimmies, and rhythmic shoelace knotting. Click here for a schedule of salsa and Zumba classes held throughout the week in Dance Academy of Salsa's mirrored and spacious studio and to explore different options for redeeming your Groupon.
Since Barbara McNulty founded her school in 1971, it has expanded to 18 state-spanning locations where beginning and advanced students learn the ins and outs of Irish dancing. McNulty herself is certified to teach Irish step solo, figure, and ceili dancing, and instructors lead a host of solo and team lessons to accommodate different ages or experience levels.