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Newport Theater Camp!

Class Registration Opens Friday, MAY 17!
 

Our mission is to introduce you to different fringe art forms in a safe, low-pressure environment and give you a chance to perform onstage. We’ll be offering a variety of 8-week sessions in the heart of Lakeview from professionals that you know and love - including burlesque, bellydance, clowning, sensuality and fitness. Whether you’re getting your groove back or adding some drama for the first time, you can do it with creativity, self-expression, and confidence! Classes are open to all humans of all identities!

Note: The Newport Theater is located up one flight of stairs with no elevator. All students are required to comply with Newport's safety policy.  QUESTIONS? Write to us at: NewportTheaterCamp@gmail.com

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarships!

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burlesque level 1:

Beginners

Saturdays 10:30am-12pm

June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 14 Participants

Instructor: Camille Leon

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Intro to burlesque! Bump, grind, strut and strip in a fun, safe, and accepting environment!  Learn the basics of burlesque while creating an original group act with killer choreography! This class is for newbies, non-dancers, or anyone looking to add a little sparkle into their life (no dance experience required!) Students who complete the full 8-week session will have an opportunity to perform for a live audience following the final class!

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COMEDIC BURLESQUE: 

Beginners to intermediate

Saturdays 12:30pm-2pm

June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 14 Participants

Instructor: Eva La Feva

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Fancy AND funny? Silly AND sexy? Join Eva La Feva for this 8 week long mixed levels burlesque course where you'll expand on the basics of burlesque bump and grind while adding in comedic elements and character! Dance experience not necessary!

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Clowning fundamentals

BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE

Sundays 10am-12:00pm

June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18

Maximum 15 Participants

Instructor: Journey Maranto

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

MIXED LEVEL COURSE - BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE

From birthdays to murderers, everyone seems to have feelings about clowns. Clowning can be described as exploring the human experience through personal connection, physical comedy, and failure but it is also A LOT more than that. It can be childlike wonder, unadulterated joy, and even deep sadness. If you would like to discover who your clown is and how they traverse this wild world, then this class is for you.  

Through physical theater exercises, group exploration, and a whole lot of play, this 8-week course will challenge you to be vulnerable and push you to embrace failure all while being truthful along the way. This class is geared towards folks who have never experienced clowning before and would like to learn the basics of the form and discover who their clown is. We hope to create an inclusive and welcoming space that is open to anyone and everyone who is interested. Come play with us!

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Burlesque level 3:

Advanced

Sundays 12pm-1:30pm

June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 12 Participants

Instructor: Bazuka Joe

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Prerequisite: At least three classes successfully completed through Newport Theater Camp, OR a history of extensive dance/theater experience.

 

Newport Theater Camp introduces our first Level 3 course for Advanced performers.  This class moves fast and assumes all participants are familiar with the basics of burlesque and stagecraft.  This class focuses heavily on act concept, polished costuming and choreography, and will include active collaboration from students looking to "glow up".  Outside course work is required between classes and students will be challenged to contribute to warm-ups and drills.
 

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Chair dance Choreography:

Beginners to intermediate

Mondays 6:30pm-8pm

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19

Showcase on Sunday, August 18

Maximum 10 Participants

Instructor: Helena Handbasket

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Learn chair-centric choreography, balance, warm-ups, stretches, core strength, safety techniques, and more with one of the most well-known chair dance performers in Chicago, Helena Handbasket! No dance experience required, chairs provided. Students who complete the full 8-week session will have an opportunity to perform at a show at the Newport Theater.

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Burlesque Level 2+:

Intermediate to advanced

Mondays 8pm-9:30pm

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 14 Participants

Instructor: Willy LaQueue

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Prerequisite: At least three classes successfully completed through Newport Theater Camp, OR a history of extensive dance/theater experience.

 

This "slightly higher than Level 2" course encourages students to develop acts that are more challenging and flavored with elements of improv.  This class is geared toward students who have completed previous burlesque or dance courses who are interested in the challenge of more complex stripteases.  This class will push students to think on their feet to keep the audience on the edge of their seats!

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BURLESQUE Mixed Levels:

Beginners to intermediate

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 14 Participants

Instructor: Miss Nyxon

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Learn how to tempt, seduce and tease from  professional burlesque artist Miss Nyxon!  Miss Nyxon’s work has been featured in live burlesque productions, the Vaudette touring shows that extend from hometown Chicago to Las Vegas, Bahamas and more. Her work even featured in Showtime’s Work in Progress as a Vaudette. She will bring her work in various entertainment fields (pro-wrestling, stunt work, principal dancer and now burlesque artist) to each class and help with execution coaching of fun, energetic and original choreography.

 

In this class term learn  NyXon’’s shameless style of erotic dance, meets hip hop, meets jazz fusion- featuring floorwork and chair techniques at times that will help ignite the soul and awaken one’s inner villain. This class is available to all levels of dance and bodies. All are welcome. Bring knee pads, heels optional   and wear whatever you feel best and baddest in! This is an hour  and a half class with stretch, choreography, instruction and execution coaching. The goal of this term is to teach a full burlesque routine, fully choreographed, with elements of improvisation and a crash course in costuming and embellishment.

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BURLESQUE LEVEL 1: BEGINNERS

Tuesdays 8-9:30pm

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 14 Participants

Instructor:Tila Von Twirl

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Intro to burlesque! Bump, grind, strut and strip in a fun, safe, and accepting environment!  Learn the basics of burlesque while creating an original group act with killer choreography! This class is for newbies, non-dancers, or anyone looking to add a little sparkle into their life (no dance experience required!) Students who complete the full 8-week session will have an opportunity to perform for a live audience following the final class!

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fusion bellydance: Level 1

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 12 Participants

Instructor: Raks Geek

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Move like lightning, with precision - and then melt into liquid. Choose to have bones only when you want them.  Join dancers from the internationally-acclaimed Raks Geek for an introduction to a modern, fusion dance style that combines elements from hip hop, flamenco, jazz, classical Indian dance, ballet, and more with a foundation of movements from the Middle East. Your teachers have taught at the largest fusion bellydance events in the country and performed in the UK!

 

No dance experience necessary. All genders and bodies encouraged. This class is ideal for complete beginners through the first year of training - we encourage you to stay in this level for multiple sessions as we'll continually work on new movements and combinations.

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fusion bellydance: Level 2

Wednesdays 8-9:30pm

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21

Showcase on Sunday, August 25

Maximum 12 Participants

Instructor: Raks Geek

$160 for 8 week session ($20 per class)

Have you studied bellydance for a year or more? Get ready for 32-count spins, layers, lots of different shimmies - and leading group improv yourself!

 

We'll build on the RMH-style improvisational format to jointly create dances in the moment as we connect with each other, finding freedom within the boundaries of the music and a movement vocabulary codified here in Chicago. We'll create magic through an experience that both invites and requires us to be fully aware, fully present - and that brings power and raw energy to the stage!

 

Open to intermediate dancers with at least a year of bellydance training (any style). All genders and bodies encouraged. Dancers in Level 2 may also register for Level 1 concurrently if extra practice is desired.

Each session Newport Theater Camp offers scholarships aimed at BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students who are NEW and have not previously taken classes, offering free 8-week sessions in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion.  Scholarship winners are picked "Lottery Style", at random, from the pool of applicants. Click on the scholarship opportunities below to apply between May 18 -June 1

Burlesque legend Toni Elling was born and raised in Detroit and became a trailblazing performer in the 1960s and 1970s. She left her job as a telephone operator to become a burlesque dancer at age 32, after experiencing racial discrimination at work.  Though she retired in 1974, she remained a prominent and active figure in the burlesque community into her 80s.  She paved the way for African American burlesque performers until her passing on April 2, 2023. This scholarship is offered in her memory.

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Bic Carrol was an internationally renowned revue producer, choreographer, and costumer.  At age 15, he worked with the Clyde Beatty Circus; by age 17 he was choreographing dancers at the Riptide Club in Calumet City and producing shows at the Follies Burlesque Theater in Chicago.  He's considered one of the first male strippers and a godfather of 'boylesque'. Born in the Chicagoland area, he traveled the world performing and choreographing from the 1950's-1970's and remained active as a burlesque legend until his passing in 2023.  This scholarship is offered in his memory.

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This scholarship is available to all registrants regardless of identity who have NOT previously taken classes with Newport Theater Camp.  

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