Chorus Girl U Class Details

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Chorus Girl University is proud to present the most talented and experienced collection of instructors around.

This collection of professionals have been hand picked to provide Chorus Girl University with a  broad array of experience in the professional field of performance, instruction, design and application of skills involved in the creation of and presentation of vintage dance performance.

Chorus Girl University’s director, Nicolle Wood, has nearly 2 decades of experience in the instruction and performance of vintage dance styles, clients and students world wide, and an unparalleled eye for talent. The Chorus Girl University teaching staff is an assemblage of the most knowledgeable and supremely talented practitioners and are top of their fields.

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Class descriptions

Vintage Hair 101
In our Vintage Hair class, Angelica Rivera of Tigerlilie Salon will guide you through some quick and easy transformations for various hair lengths and textures, in an effort to obtain that perfect vintage look. She will explore products and props and styling tools that help make the metamorphosis complete. Students are invited to partner up to test drive some of the styles. Some supplies will be provided.
Instructor: Angelica Rivera/Tigerlilie Salon

Vintage Make-up 101
During this makeup class, Jessica Sabin, owner of Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics, will walk you through a classic makeup application step-by-step. You will learn tricks on how to apply lashes, shape your lips and brows, and master that ever elusive liquid eyeliner. Jessica will spill all of her secrets on getting that flawless face, including a discussion on choosing the correct brushes for each task and how to get everything to last all night. This will be a lecture style presentation with plenty of question and answer time.
Instructor: Jessica Sabin/Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics

Vintage Hair (applied) 201
This class is in response to the overwhelming desire from last year’s event: to have the opportunity to have Chorus Girls get their hands into the manufacturing of magnificent vintage hair styles.  Angelica will be guiding participants into making the best choices for vintage looks, advising on the best tools and products to apply, and recommendations of techniques. This class is advised by Angelica of Tigerlilie Salon, and is self lead by having participants apply the advise and guidance of the instructor. Participants are encouraged to partner up and plan on helping each other apply the techniques discussed.  Students are asked to bring their favorite tools of the trade; including hair pins, elastic bands, comb, curling irons, hot rollers, hair stray and pomade.
(90 minutes, Prerequisites: familiarity with hair techniques and/or Vintage Hair 101)
Instructor: Angelica Riviera/Tigerlilie Salon

Vintage Make-up (applied) 201
Based on response to last year’s extremely popular class, you are invited to join The Galaxie Girl’s own Laila Ruangpan as she guides participants in self application of vintage make-up techniques. Based on years of research and study, we will lead students to contouring techniques, lip application, strategies for maintaining your look for hours, and picking the perfect combination of colors. (90 minutes, Prerequisites: familiarity with make-up techniques and/or Vintage Make-up 101)
Instructor: Laila Ruangpan

Fascinators and Headpieces 101
We will be discussing and demonstrating easy to apply techniques for creating lovely “crowns” for Chorus girls. Learn how to make the best first impression with bows, feathers and stylized headpieces for 2 or 20, plus some time and money saving tips. Participants will have an opportunity to incorporate some included materials into test fascinators as well. (75 minutes, no prerequisites)
Instructor: Nicolle Wood

Costuming for Chorus Girls 101
Participants will get some great tricks of the trade for creating unique and innovative costumes, discuss resources for everything from corsets to vintage inspired frocks, and learn some extremely useful techniques for fabricating multiple costumes pieces that both flatter the performers and thrill the audiences. (75 minutes, no prerequisites)
Instructor: Nicolle Wood

The Great Ziegfeld 101
In this movement based class, students will be introduced to some of the unique elements of choreography and presentation that created the look and visions of the original showgirl review, The Ziegfeld Follies. (75 minutes, no prerequisites)
Instructor: Nicolle Wood

Chorus Girl Kicks and Drills 101
Strengthen and stretch the muscles that will get you kicking into the clouds! This class will be focusing on techniques to make your audience notice your legs and ankles, not the work behind the movement.
(75 minutes, no prerequisites.)
Instructor: Rhonda Clark

Classic Kicklines 101
Work your high kick technique in this class designed to introduce the most quintessential kick line tricks of the trade. We’ll work how to use knees, legs, ankles and thighs to our very best advantage, as well exploring prime formations such as fan kicks and cannons…in addition to other heavy artillery.
(75 minutes, no prerequisites.)
Instructor: Nicolle Wood

Solo Charleston 101
Experience traditional solo 1920s Charleston moves that will enhance your group choreography, solo choreography and even you social dance knowledge and style. Learn how to embellish your movements for that traditional look and feel, as well as incorporating your whole body into classic dance steps of the period.
(75 minutes, no prerequisites. Comfortable shoes are encouraged.)
Instructor: Kimberly Kays

Solo Jazz 101
Details coming soon!
Instructor: Jenna Stworzyjanek

Down and Dirty Choreography 101
Learn how seamlessly incorporate the down and dirty moves of international show-woman Lady Jack with your own sense of sexy. This class will focus on strut & pose, tempo & tease, elements of vintage bump and grind and establishing audience connection.
(90 minute class, no prerequisite, high heels encouraged.)
Instructor: Lady Jack

Group Choreography 201 & 210
This is going to be a great pair of classes, and perfect for those interested in going through the creative rigors and excitement of learning a choreography to perform. Participants will spend over 4 hours in total learning and perfecting a completely original choreography. Techniques taken from the weekend’s classes will be applied and demonstrated in the final optional performance opportunity Sunday evening.
(Two 90 minute classes plus one 1 hour rehearsal. The rehearsal does not count as a class on your class passes. Prior dance experience required.)
Instructor: Victoria Sacks

Tap for Chorus Lines 101
Here you will learn and practice the basic building blocks of tap with a focus on vintage styles. We’ll be incorporating exercises for quick and precise shuffles and flaps, then use them to shuffle off to buffalo and beyond!
(90 minutes, no prerequisites. Tap shoes are encouraged but not required.)
Instructor: Rhonda Clark

Tap forChorus Lines 201
Details coming soon!

Cane Tricks 101
In this class Nathan will take you through some basic, and not-so-basic, flourishes with a walking-stick. Students must bring a crooked cane; it is preferable for the crook to be large enough to hang on the dancer’s wrist and for the cane to have consistent width (no taper). This kind of cane can often be procured cheaply any a drugstore. Students with a different kind of cane will still be able to participate, but may not be able to address all of the skills presented in class.
(75 minutes, no prerequisites.)
Instructor: Nathan Bugh

Nicholas Brothers Choreography 101
The Nicholas Brothers are known for sharp movement, rhythm, active hands, and showmanship. Take a tour of these elements in this solo-jazz duet class. No tap shoes!
(75 minutes, no prerequisites.)
Instructor: Nathan Bugh

One (Wo)Man Dance 101
Learn an excerpt from this classic routine, as performed by the Five Blazes in Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy,” from 1929.
(75 minutes, no prerequisites.)
Instructor: Nathan Bugh

Tap 201 *Improvisation*
So you’ve learned to do some tap steps — now what? Where’s that carefree facility that gives the performers of yesteryear their class and whimsy? Why is it so hard to control your rhythms, when you wanna “just dance?” Being an able tap improviser is fun, and it allows easy solutions to last-minute choreographies or solos. Nathan will help you get started — or get further — with exercises, strategies, and steps for improvisational success!
(75 minutes, basic tap dance knowledge preferred. Tap shoes preferred but not required.)
Instructor: Nathan Bugh

Creating Original Choreography
This class will explore the creative process from start to finish on creating your own original artistic choreographies, including appropriate song selection, song mapping, inspiration movement research, transformation of an idea, style discussions, and more. Class will consist of both lecture/group brainstorming, as well as some physical exercises to get those creative juices flowing!!
Instructor: Robin Nunnally

History of the Chorus Girl
Please join us for a very special lunchtime video lecture, where we’ll take a quick jaunt through some of Robin’s favorite historical chorus girl clips and discuss their significance and cultural impact on the dance. You’ll see historical clips from US chorus girl teams as well as a few from other countries! Check out a bunch of clips you’ve probably never seen before, and learn some new facts about a clip perhaps you’ve seen a dozen times.
Instructor: Robin Nunnally

Musicality 101
Details coming soon!

Business of Chorus Girls
This class will not only explore team types and structures (internal team business and dynamic), but will also cover the business of advertising and promoting your team, budgeting and planning for costumes, accepting community gigs, and the many different components of putting on your own cabaret shows.
Instructor: Robin Nunnally

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