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Silk & Feathers: Burlesque Fan Dancing: Burlesque instruction, Fan dance how-to, Burlesque dance classes [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]

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Created by New York City-based burlesque star Jo Weldon, Silk and Feathers is an introduction to burlesque fan dance. Popularized by the ostrich feather fan dance act of Sally Rand in the 1930s, fan dance with striptease or the implication of a body reveal has become a globally-recognized staple of burlesque performance.

In Silk and Feathers Jo Weldon teaches three fan dance routines - with beautiful small marabou fans, glamourous veil fans, and with fabulous and sophisticated large ostrich fans. The dances are set to classic burlesque music and use a wide array of movement, poses, and techniques from the distinctive vocabulary of burlesque fan dance.

Each routine is carefully constructed for beginners, with precise movement and repetitions to build skills specific to this unique art. You will learn all the basics of burlesque fan dance, enhance the grace and poise of your movement, and expand your musicality and acting skills as the dances take you from sensuality to playfulness, and from a grand-diva stance to naughtiness.

Jo Weldon demonstrates three fan dances and teaches them step-by-step. The focus of Jo's instruction is on manipulating the fans, and the art of revealing, concealing, and framing. You can incorporate these routines as burlesque into a striptease act, or perform them as visual spectacles without striptease. A special section of the program offers you tips and techniques for performing striptease behind the large ostrich fans during your fan dance act.

Jo explains hand and arm positions and the concept of leading in minute detail: These are the most vital elements of the fan dance skill. She also shares suggestions on expressivity, and on projecting the joy, humor, and sensuality that will make your burlesque dance an unforgettable experience for your audience.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jo Weldon
  • Directors: Jo Weldon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LWBLWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jo Weldon returns with her second program, Silk and Feathers Burlesque Fan Dance.. Ms. Weldon is the founder of the New York School of Burlesque. This program is slightly over one hour long and is so captivating that it seems to sweep by too quickly!
The program sections are neatly arranged with ease of navigating from one section to the next.
To begin, a candid welcome and short history and tribute to burlesque, Sally Rand and her dance career.
A brief chat on types of fans used in many dances.
A demonstration on ostrich fans allows the viewer the details in fans and size, arm and hand positions, types of feathers and staves used, using the fans open or bolted,
The warm up is simple, set to slow tempo and Jo is comfortable in lingerie and high heels demonstrating shoulder rolls, chest circles simple pelvic rotations
The instructional section follows with three dance demonstrations . Here you will learn to incorporate the beautiful fans into three beginner dance routines. Each routine uses different fans and their basic arm and hand technique.The following fans are used in the routines:
Large Ostrich fans which are glamorous and the moves such as layering reveal, pulsing, swirls, are used to conceal and reveal the body during the dance.
Small fans are used in 4 step by step combos in a saucy number with big attitude, framing the body and flirty.
Silk fan veils are used in the last 4 step by step combos. These are very basic flutters that embellish the body in a sensual way,.The fans are used closed as well to accent drum beats.
Also included in this dvd is a trailer from the video "Honey and Spice Sensual and Fierce Burlesque", also by Jo Weldon.
The music is fantastic new Orleans jazz from Ronnie Magri's album.
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This is a wonderful video for anyone interested in learning the art of fan dancing. Steps are broken down so it's easy to follow. Highly recommended.
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I purchased the whole Burlesque series-Honey & Spice, Striptease for Burlesque, Silk & Feathers by Jo Weldon, based on the clips I saw at the New York Burlesque school website. It looked like fun & I liked that she taught and that she spoke about about feeling sexy & good about yourself. So I was excited to try these DVDs out.

There is alot of good info on these DVDs, history, Burlesque as a art form, tips, positioning and basic instruction. Especially if you have never done this type of thing before. But I found the instructor's persona left me flat & it was hard for me to stay excited about learning the material all the way through, for she seemed to come across as hard & detached.

With Silk & Feathers, I wanted to learn how to dance with the Sally Rann type fans- there is lots of prep-how to hold, tips, history, what kind to buy, etc. but there weren't enough actual fan dancing moves taught in the routine. Jo did teach a step by step choreography with them- but it was really a series of short simple poses strung together. It looked ametuer to me. I could have figured out how to do this from what was offered in the reveal & conceal section. Maybe that's just me, I guess I expected too much.

The rest of what is taught is with smaller fans & fan veils (bellydance). I personally don't feel they have the same mystic & presence of the large fans, so the rest of the material wasn't relevant for me.

I will say there is alot of good information on this dvd. If you are looking for instruction on the large dance fans, this is a good introduction- but there's not enough here to really learn how to dance with them.

I wish there were more instructional dvds available on this topic...if there were I would buy them.
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This is my first time seeing burlesque with fans and it is a well-produced, well-directed DVD full of information, history, and gorgeous costumes! This is a nice change of pace from the speed other dance DVDs I've been doing. Out of the three demos and step by step routines, I very much enjoyed doing the veil fan section because veils were more handy. Watching the demo (the full dance routine) a couple of times before starting, then ready to do the step by step with instructor Jody several times and then back to the demo at tempo. The music is appropriate to help you with the moves, it's all in the arms, so footwork was not a problem. The moves you'll do are listed on the bottom corner, never more than 5 or 6 moves. Pleased to have this addition to my fitness library. We thoroughly had so much fun performing the veil fan section. So have a girl's night, dress up, and dance!
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Some very good ideas, and movements. Could use more detail about types of feather fans. She is using clear stays, the ones I have are bamboo. Same techniques for most, but the dark bamboo does change the photo shoot.
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I have been a burlesque dancer for about 7 years now and I want to add ostrich fan dancing to my skills. I was in need of a very easy to understand instructional DVD that I could work with on my own time to perfect my technique. This was exactly what I was looking for. I found the routine very easy to learn and with practice I've managed to put together a very simple act that doesn't look too amateurish. If you have worked with fans before this will be review but if you are brand new to the art you will find this a very good resource. There is also a very nice section on the history of the burlesque fan dance. I have shared this DVD with my entire troupe.
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