Honey & Spice: Sensual and Fierce Burlesque, with Jo Weldon: Burlesque classes, Burlesque dancing instruction, Feather boa dance how-to
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Created by Jo Weldon, the Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque, the program features two burlesque routines set to authentic burlesque music. The emphasis of both routines is on understanding the art of concealing and revealing. While burlesque has its own classic moves and steps, any burlesque routine can be personalized by adding steps from your favorite form of dance or from other variety arts.
The Honey routine is a tantalizing, sensual dance, performed with a feather boa. It is playful, funny, and very graceful. You will learn how to work with the boa, how to peel off your gloves, how to interact with your audience, and how to be sexy and confident on stage.
The Spice routine is based on the burlesque staple, Bump & Grind. It is high-energy, sexy, rhythmic, and glamorous. You will learn different types of bumps, various burlesque walks, and classic burlesque poses. In the Spice routine you will also learn how to project the burlesque attitude, that sexy confidence you need to amaze and charm any audience.
Jo demonstrates the routines and then breaks down each section step-by-step. Every routine consists of 5 combinations. The DVD chaptering allows you to navigate easily between combinations, both in the demonstrations and in the breakdowns, for easy review and practice.
Additional technique and practice sections include a warmup, a sensual burlesque movement series, and the basics of bump & grind. Jo also discusses burlesque costumes and offers tips for using certain special items of clothing as props: You will learn how to make a theatrical event out of peeling off your stockings and gloves, and taking off your corset. Special DVD Extras demonstrate the basics of Tassel Twirling and show different types of pasties and how to attach them.
Both routines in this program are based on the classic burlesque [striptease] tradition. Jo teaches moves she learned from women who performed burlesque in the 1930s through the 1960s. Jo's fascination with classic burlesque brought her to study with Dixie Evans, Sherry Britton, Tura Satana, Satan's Angel, Dee Milo, Toni Elling, and other legends of burlesque. Jo Weldon is the Co-Executive Director of Education for The Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, as well as the Coordinator of The Burlesque Master Class at Coney Island, where the best of New York's amazing neo-burlesque performers come together to present their most outrageous and iconoclastic acts.
Top Customer Reviews
Jo covers many subjects in this DVD, and teaches 2 routines. The first is "Honey," which is smooth and sensual with a feather boa, the 2nd is "Spice," which is faster and raunchier because it includes the classic "bump and grind" moves. Both are demonstrated and broken down step by step for easy absorption, and are simple to learn. It's the style that takes practice, in this "art of concealing and revealing."
Jo among her many credits is founder of the New York School of Burlesque. The music used is terrific and very authentic, and is drummer and bandleader Ronnie Magri's Shim Sham Revue- Music of New Orleans Burlesque Shows of the 30's, 40's & 50's
There is a Warm-Up section, and the "Extras" are excellent, and are on costuming. Stockings (runs are O.K., but the seams better be straight!), corsets, and those special little tassels. You'll learn how to glue `em and move `em. They are demonstrated on a bra, but of course are supposed to be applied to your skin. These days we are used to seeing actresses on the screen "in the buff" and it is so boring. Jo does much more just taking off a single glove.
Burlesque is a beautiful, sexy art, a journey into self discovery.This program unveils basic elements. Two routines with five combinations each will introduce a sensual flow, bump and grind and more to fascinate you with.
To enter the program, the captivating Jo Weldon welcomes you with a brief history on the art. A simple chat on how to put together a costume, types of boas to get you started.
Next get ready for a flow, body posture and positions to prepare for the warm-up done to authentic, classical burlesque music. The warm up is slow, sensual and so much fun, bringing you in touch with total femininity; the curves of the hip, a sensual rotation in the hip area known as the grind. Tips on beautiful leg and feet positioning.
Yet that's not all! Absolute sensuality follows in the segment of the burlesque flow. Sexy arm patterns such as shoulder rolls, snakey arms, tracing the silhouette, of the body with the hands, outline the hips, changing level of the body using plies to add more drama to the dance. A very enjoyable segment.
The "honey and spice" routine is next. This sensual routine has 5 step by step combinations that will take you from handling the boa in a fun sexy manner, twirling and dropping, glove technique, shoulder strap tease and finally dropping the bra, but before then, skillfully picking up the boa to cover up.Simple and fun!
The "spice" routine is next with technique on bump and grind, and get ready! After the basics, another sizzling 5 combinations! Learn hip bumps and pulses, pelvic and arm circles, traveling steps, shimmies. This was my favorite since the hip accents really add drama to the dance.Read more ›
However, it does come across as rather low budget, and the overall look of the DVD, including the packaging, is very unpolished. Despite that, I'd still recommend this for anyone who just wants to have a bit of fun learning some new dances, or a new performer who wants to learn some burlesque basics.
Fortunately, Jo provides us with exactly the style I was hoping for. She is classy and subtle. I appreciate her emphasis on the smallest details of preforming---how to interact with your audience using your eyes, or the flip of your hands. At first glance, the DVD appears too easy for more experienced dancers, but my advice is to focus on the most subtle movements. A little goes a long way, and you will be amazed at how much you can add to any dance style using techniques provided in this DVD.
The Honey routine requires the use of a boa and gloves as props. I found that a common winter scarf will do in a pinch for learning purposes.
I recommend this DVD to anyone who is interested in preforming on stage, regardless of the style of dance you specialize in. It will add flare and character, and you will ooze sexiness but still understated. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The main screen has a number of sections the viewer can choose: WELCOME: Costume Chat, Dance Positions and Posture, Warmup, Sensual Burlesque Flow. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ExpertBuyer
Jo delivers stellar education and sound advice. Great for the beginner or seasoned pro.Published 16 months ago by Holly Hamel
Love this! Especially since I was an exotic dancer!! Thanks!Published 17 months ago by laurel trawick
These routines are easy to learn and fun to do. Jo also gives great advice on where to collect items for your costumes.Published 23 months ago by ed abbey west
I personally did not care for this lady. The instructions were boring and I'd rather get into the thick of it. At least it was inexpensive so I didn't lose allot of money. Read morePublished 24 months ago by CL
Not a very rivertting view. While it provided information it was basic and not as well presented as it could have been.Published on May 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer