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Jeezy’s Juke Joint Workshops – Learn from the Best in the Biz!

Jeezy’s Juke Joint Workshops

March 16, 2019 | 4445 South King Drive

Jeezy’s Juke Joint is proud to present a variety of workshops taught by our award winning cast members as apart of our 8th Annual Weekender.

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10:30 am – 11:30 am | Missa Blue | Burlesque Business – Manage yourself to the top! |$15

You want to turn up confident and prepared at every gig?  Missa teaches you everything you need to know behind the scenes: From the secret of being an enchanting backstage buddy over how to prep and conduct your tech & light rehearsal ending with do and dont’s during showtime. In the second part of the workshop MisSa gives deeper insights about building an appealing online presence and what social media can do for you.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm | Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière | The Getdown | $15

The getdown (advanced floorwork): Learn the art of the get down with Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière in her floorwork master class. Perfect your dips dives and shoulder rolls while learning a fun sexy choreography. Bring knees pads if needed, they are not required.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Foxy Tann| The Good Emcee | $15

This is a class is a conversation about what makes a good burlesque emcee. With over 20 years of emceeing and hosting in cabarets, burlesque and drag shows, block parties and circuses, Foxy Tann has made a few observations. If you are an aspiring host and emcee this is what The Fox considers the bare minimum that you need to do/know to steer a successful show. From stalling and hecklers to tech f*ck ups and costume malfunctions, you will learn some basic strategies to deal with disasters large and small.


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | Controlled Chaos w/ Isaiah Esquire: ALL LEVELS | $15

​An ALL-LEVELS class geared towards expanding your movement and elongating your lines with controlled strength and power. Internationally acclaimed Dancer/Choreographer/Performer, Isaiah Esquire specializes in commanding space and channeling energy on stage. Isaiah will be focusing on body awareness, momentum, and breathe and how to create more control on stage. Participants will be taught choreography that encourages the performer to practice musicality while performing and moving in exciting new ways.

​3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Red Bone | PWYC Burlesque Crash Course

This Pay What You Can Burlesque Crash Course, taught by 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame competitor RedBone, is sure to leave both the curious and the experienced participant sizzling with confidence. This workshop will begin with a warm and will move on to cover everything from bumps and grinds to shimmying and struts. All Levels are Welcome.

Please bring: Water, towel, knee pads (highly suggested. Will have them available for sale) and dance heels. Attire: wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move and stretch in.

Goodbye February, Hello Spring?!

February is too short! But I feel like it just means that spring is around the corner. I’m wrapping up this month with a night of cabaret at The Darling Chicago, then kicking off March in Indianapolis at FrontRow Paul’s Burlesque Bonanaza! March is pretty booked as we lead up to the 8th annual Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q March 14th-16th, but I’m also adding some new-to-me shows around Chicago. Check it out!

Wed 2/27 – 8pm – The Darling Chicago
Sat 3/2 INDIANAPOLIS – 8pm – FrontRow Paul’s Burlesque Bonanza
Sun 3/3 – 3pm – Sunday Social at Meeting House Tavern *NEW!
Tue 3/5 – 9pm – Fat Tuesday at Ina Mae Tavern
Wed 3/6 – 8pm – Bad Taste at Charnel House *NEW!
Thu 3/7 – 9pm – Mardi Gras Unbridled at Untitled
Tue 3/12 – 8pm – Parlor Tricks Burlesque at Heritage Restaurant
3/14-16 – 8th annual Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Festival
Tue 3/19 – 8pm – The Darling Chicago

In addition to performing I’m also in the thick of it raising money for Jeezy’s Juke Joint! This week we just reached over 50% of our $5000 goal and we have a couple of weeks left! If you can spare a dollar throw it our way. And if you can’t, sharing and spreading the word is FREE! Help us make this years “family reunion of burlesque” the most magical one yet. We can’t wait to give all of our new and returning guests this experience. We will see you there!

Donate to our GoFundMe Campaign HERE!

The Vertical Sideshow presents “GISELLE” July 28th-29th (CHICAGO)

The Vertical Sideshow

July 28 & 29 @ 10pm at Uptown Underground

$20 – $25

TICKETS: https://www.uptownunderground.net/verticalsideshow

Scandal sweeps Uptown Underground this July with a shocking twist on a classic fateful ballet. 
The ugly death of a lovely girl.
But who’s to blame for our dear departed – 
Drowned in shame and broken-hearted?
A shocking and all too soon farewell, 
An unfair fate for the fair Giselle.”
Giselle” is an age-old story ripped from the headlines steeped in torrid love triangles, celebrity rivalries, and tragic consequences. The Vertical Side Show brings its own brand of tabloid sensationalism with a touch of burlesque, dance, circus acts, and dark humor.

CHICAGO – Giselle- July 28-29

   The Vertical Side Show is a non-stop, fully immersive mash-up of music, dance, burlesque, theater, drag, and circus arts. Every show is different and features a wide range of performance styles keeping the audience guessing what’s coming next and where to look. The Vertical Side Show showcases multiple award-winning performers linked together in a seamless neo-vintage narrative that has been described as “gonzo” and “sleekly sensual”