- Title: My Grandma was an Exotic Dancer?!
- Presented by: Leslie Cunningham
- Class Description: A look at early Black Burlesque through a glimpse into the lives of the Bates Sisters, three brown-skin showgirls who helped innovate exotic dance from the American carnival stage. Created for The Harlem in Havana Project: Burlesque Education Series.
- Delivery Format: Virtual class includes a 28:00 pre-recorded docu/storytelling video; 20+ minutes of discussion questions (4 total); 10+minute review/questions.
- Audience: global audience interested in American entertainment history, Black life, Women’s Studies, and Dance history.
- Prerequisites: None.
- Virtual class access needs: Internet for streaming and viewing a 28:00 video via computer or mobile phone; a class journal for answering discussion questions if you are watching this presentation alone.
- Meet the Bates sisters who helped innovate exotic dance.
- Learn about their influences, like the Cotton Club and legendary exotic dancers.
- Consider a brief history of exotic dance.
- Discover how the Bates sisters left their mark from the American carnival stage.
Read more at lesliecunninghamfilms.com.
The Harlem in Havana Burlesque Education Series: The Harlem in Havana Project:Burlesque Education Series features three hour-long classes covering American burlesque history from the traveling carnival stage. Presented by Leslie Cunningham, a documentary filmmaker and creator of the Harlem in Havana Project, these fun, passionate and energetic classes are filled with new and existing burlesque material, personal experiences, book reviews, film clips and much more. Learn more at harleminhavana.com (educate).
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