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Burlesque from the Inside Out

  5-Day Immersive Retreat in SF

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Create and confidently perform your own SOLO burlesque act in a fully-produced theatre show to a supportive and loving crowd!

Five Women + Five Days of Transformational Retreat Experience with Embodied Expression, Sacred Witnessing & Glitter!


Dear Friend,

I’m sitting down to type out this longer letter to you about a small-group burlesque solo creation & performance program I call Burlesque…from the Inside Out.

I should warn you: this is a long letter because there’s much to say. Frankly, I recommend printing this off, making yourself a nice hot cup of tea and sitting down at your favourite cafe or kitchen table or comfy living room chair by the fire to read it over slowly.

Burlesque…from the Inside Out is an intimate, semi-private program for five kind, smart, sensitive, soulful women looking to create & perform a burlesque solo that truly comes from inside of them.

It is an opportunity to call home some parts of themselves that somewhere along the way got edited out of their experience.  And not just to call those aspects back home, but to celebrate them, and create directly from them.


A Bit About Burlesque from the Inside Out:

It is designed specifically for women who want to explore a transformative modality that reconnects them to their bodies, their sensuality, and what it means to be an empowered woman.

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    The experience is 80% practical activities, and 20% theory. NO prior experience in dance is necessary, though experienced dancers are welcome. 

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    Each program limited to 5 women only, Burlesque from the Inside Out (BIO) is a 5-Day modern-day woman’s rite of passage, done Showgirl Awakening (SGA) style.

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    Every group BIO experience is different. Just like every constellation of stars are unique. Each group dynamic brings something special, and something unique. Kellita facilitates the sessions accordingly, to maximize the benefits that participants receive, and to radiate the light that shines in All.

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    By the end of the program, you walk away having created and performed your own SOLO Burlesque Act in a fully-produced theatre show.


This Could Be Perfect For You If You...

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    Warm to the idea of mind, body & spirit unifying activities, and likely you’ve tried yoga, but you’re seeking a more vivacious way to feel at one with yourself.  You’re ready to take the confidence you may have in another part of your life, into your relationship with your body and your ability to take up space.

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    Know keenly and acutely what it’s like to have something to say that is burning to be said and either you can’t quite put your finger on what it is or you know it and it’s terrifying to consider saying.  This could be at work, at home, with a friend, a lover, or with yourself.

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    Have been holding yourself back from expressing yourself, to a degree that it no longer feels comfortable to be in your skin.  It may have been this way for decades.

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    Are equal parts “I’m excited & ready to create & perform a burlesque solo,” and “The idea of creating & performing a burlesque solo scares the shit out of me!”  Both states are perfect!  

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    Are finally stepping out to do something for yourself. Typically, you feel you have dedicated your life and energy to making sure everyone else is okay, but you. And you feel guilty or ashamed about choosing what you want truly, and from the heart.

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    Are curious to explore powerful experiences to unify mind, body, and soul. This is a form of embodied transformation. Where we use movement, dance, and other modalities to bring forth your radiance.  

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    Wanting to re-connect to your body and sensuality and feel what it is like to have every cell in your body hum!

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    Love and value community and group experiences, where you can feel safe and supported in being who you authentically are. More importantly, you can benefit from the magical synergy that arises when like-hearted and like-minded women gather to transform their lives.

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    Desire to make peace with your body, at the very least, and celebrate the shit out of it, at best!

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    Have an unsettled inner feeling you can’t put your finger on.

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    Know you can’t do this alone.  At least not in a satisfying way! You know you need the kind of help that goes beyond reading a book, a DIY eCourse or even a series of private lessons.


What Awakening Showgirls Are Saying...


Who Is It Not For?

You’re looking for a traditional dance class and primarily want to learn burlesque dance moves or techniques

You’re mostly looking for fun exercise and want to be sure that you sweat each class

You want someone to directly choreograph a solo for you

You wish to get feedback on an existing act (you can schedule a private with Kellita for that)

You’d like to keep emotions out of your solo creating process


What is Burlesque?

  • Traditionally, Burlesque was a term used for little acts, comedies, and dances that made fun of the norm. Part of that included the striptease, where women end their act wearing less clothing than they did at the start.

  • Burlesque at heart is about poking fun at the norm so you can invite the magic and mystery that lay outside its confines. In BIO, you will create and perform your unique expression of Burlesque, which includes music, choreography & costume design.


How does Burlesque from the Inside Out (aka: Showgirl Awakening (SGA) style) differ from other burlesque approaches?

BIO is much more than a performance. BIO is much more than the elaborate dress. It is a rite of passage for the soul. One that develops within the human being, and is radiated through the Showgirl Awakening (SGA) style of burlesque.

The SGA-style of burlesque

is focused on revealing your radiant essence–you stripped down to your radiant essence (pun intended!)–rather than majoring in you mimicking movements of legendary or modern day burlesque stars, Kellita helps you recognize and play up your natural movements, perhaps movements you may not have been aware of as sublime, as breathtakingly captivating.  


In SGA, we are keen

to select only the movements and costume pieces that make you come alive, make you feel turned on by the experience you’re having of being you in that moment.  

The creation of the solo in BIO

is to create intimacy between you and yourself, and between you and your audience–in just the way you wish to.  It’s about creating art, but art on your terms.  Art that satisfies you, and the way in which it satisfies you, it can’t help but awe the audience.  It’s about creating the most personal, and most universal statement at once–with your body, your song, your costume, the whole of the act.


Your very essence leads the way.

Not sure what your radiant essence feels like or looks like?  Not to worry!  That’s Kellita’s superpower:  to guide you to know how it find it, relish it and craft with it!

In traditional burlesque, it’s typical to begin with pleasing the audience in mind, & the performer may or may not enjoy or even remember what happens during their 3-5 minute solo.  They just know they got through it!

In BIO, you begin with pleasing yourself in mind, incorporating craft subject to your pleasure, and you end up delighting yourself *and* your audience more than you thought possible.

In traditional burlesque, it’s typical to primarily showcase a special physical talent (like doing the splits or hula hooping), or bringing the Funny in a big way (going straight for laughs), or focusing on seducing your audience as your primary goal.

In BIO, any of the above fine elements can be spice in your creation, but the main focus is always intimacy with yourself, and intimacy with your audience on your terms. It’s art on your terms.

In traditional burlesque, it’s about creating and performing an alter ego, stepping into someone else, a fantasy, and then leaving it there on stage.

In BIO, we consciously step more and more into ourselves in our acts, and discover and showcase different elements of pure us that have been dying for air and space and attention. And we take them with us when leave the stage, as extended options on our life’s menu of expression.


“This process has really allowed myself to face some really deep parts of myself that have always remained in the shadows dear Kellita and through this process and joining in beautiful mystical community and befriending and joining in relationship with my own deepest Self and my body as a sacred vessel it feels like I am actually growing and I am blossoming in segments which seem to be coming out through performance and this next one [which will be a third one] will allow me to shine like the diamond I am – polished and buffed with love and appreciation – and I want to share my most vulnerable and honest Being with my loved ones in an authentically ME way.”  – Lola Bodylove

“I’m also noticing that after this experience I feel more grounded and connected in general.  No matter what happens, I have a re-invigorated deep part of my body that is home and that is immensely comforting.”   – Lil Lionheart

“You (Kellita) are an embodiment of inviting… Like you are constantly inviting people into this place of play.  One of the things about your stage presence that struck me when I met you and continues to be consistently true of my experience is that you have a youngness about you, which is mixed perfectly with wisdom.  So there’s all this wisdom and there’s this youngness, and part of this youngness is I believe you speak your truth all of the time and there’s nothing put on about you.  There’s lots of people who do the kind of work that you do, whether it’s teaching or whether it’s dancing who are put on, right, who are make-up…who are make-up.  It doesn’t mean they’re not whole people, but we get from them is lot of “la la la la la” or performers or whatever…but I notice about you is that it feels so clean and like the word that I go for when I think about the young part is that there’s this purity that I experience in young people that’s just really clean and honest, you know.”  -Martha R.


One woman in her fifties, who has grown children and very limited dance experience and no dance performance experience, is finding her voice, not only on stage, but also at work and with her family and loved ones in a new way through her BIO experience.

One woman who had danced and performed a lot during childhood, but then stopped for decades because of chronic trauma, found her way back to her original joy through SGA and BIO.  Her life is now filled with art and dance and performance.

One woman who had been performing burlesque for a decade and had begun to feel stunted and stuck in her performance life, came to Showgirl Awakening for spiritual growth, not for the performance aspect at all, and found a way to reinspire both her burlesque performance life and her whole life, through the soulwork of SGA & BIO.  She now performs and lives with renewed vigor.

One woman who mistrusted groups and groups of women in particular, now finds some of her deepest joy and peace in the BIO process with her showgirl sisters.  She found the focus sessions especially powerful and transformative.  In her words, “The first time I did a focus session I was so nervous!  Then I found that it was via the focus sessions that this vital piece in me that I’d been holding back was able to come out.  I‘ve never felt more seen and understood.


Your Facilitator – Kellita Maloof

Kellita Maloof is an international Artist, Dancer, Director, Teacher, Coach and Mentor. For over 20 years, she has performed, designed, and curated shows all over the world: from San Francisco to New Orleans, Hollywood to Montreal, and Paris to Tokyo.


Her achievements include:  founding award-winning troupe Hot Pink Feathers, Queen of Carnaval San Francisco 2008, 5 x finalist the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and 1st place in Original World Fusion Dance & Choreography  in San Francisco’s Grand Carnaval Festival.


Kellita also integrates into her work, over a decade of practice in transformative modalities, including EFT, Marin-style NLP, Systemic Constellations, Four-Fold way to name a few.


Her mission is to support women in unifying body, mind, heart, spirit & soul, and in expressing the power and beauty that is innate to each and every one.


What's Included?

  • Costume & Music pre-consultation with Kellita before the program: receive both email and phone guidance needed to select the song to facilitate your unique performance

  • 30+ hours of transformational creation, mentoring, accompaniment and rehearsing including: Reviewing the SGA foundational movements, individual focus sessions in a mastermind setting, explorations of sound and sensuality, song mapping, act crafting tools, costume design, immediately post-show glow dinner, potluck video viewing weeks afterwards and more

  • Personal Costume Design participation by Costume Design Professional   

  • Professional 2-3 Camera edited video of your act and the whole show

  • Professional Digital photo stills of your performance

  • Video Viewing and Integration Closing Circle (via Zoom +/or live in-person)

  • Nine (9) months membership in the Showgirl Awakening Life Practice Mystery School ($1200-$2600 value)


On the evening of the last day is the cabaret performance.

You will perform your burlesque solo in a black box theatre with professional lighting & sound for your invited friends and family.

“You will select a song with my guidance prior to the course beginning, and, in a beautiful dance studio (or theater itself), with the presence of a compassionate sisterhood, you will be guided by a loving and experienced Showgirl mama (me!) to create an original burlesque solo! All you need to do is show up and be willing. Neither confidence, nor dance experience, nor a particular body type, nor a particular fitness level is required.”


What Your Evenings or Days Will Look Like:

BIO Retreat meets on TBD dates in San Francisco.  This program meets on TBD date for tech + dress rehearsals and on TBD date for show and aftershow afterglow dinner.  The potluck video viewing party date is TBD.

Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3

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    Brief Embodied Intentions

    This will be a daily practice to center your awareness, and bring joy and focus to our time creating together.

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    Warm-Up & Review

    of Showgirl Awakening foundational movements.

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    Individual Focus Sessions

    (in a mastermind setting) to help create your unique expression and act (including costume design). Each woman will receive at least one focus session per day. These focus sessions are power packed, and include transformational and coaching modalities.

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    Exploring Mood and Expression

    This is about getting in touch with your embodied experience and emotions, as a bridge to discover the movements which want to come forth. This includes gestures and facial expressions that tell a story.

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    Guided Dance Improvisations to your song

    You will learn to sync your own movements to match your intentions, the song, and mood that are unique to your performance. You will be guided to make choreography decisions that are strong and bring you more into the center of yourself.

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    Mapping Your Song

    You will be guided to create a map of your song, including the structure of the music, the movements you choose, and the intentions behind them.  This allows your feminine and fluid sourcing of act content to be held in a masculine and linear container, so your act can feel delicious and support you best!

On Day 1, we will go shopping for embellishments for your costume. Part of the immersion is going on a field trip to a fabric store in the neighborhood, purchasing  elements for your costume.

Note: Costume costs are not covered. However, the alterations to be made by the professional costumer will be provided as part of the experience.

Day 4 – Rehearsals!

Technical & Dress Rehearsal. This is where we stage & set lighting for your act.  We set the curtain call and have a full dress rehearsal, with the support of stage manager, stage kitten and lighting and sound technician.

Day 5 – Showtime!

The Performance.  Most of today is downtime, or bedazzling time, before the cabaret.

Enjoying the Afterglow of the Show. Together, we will celebrate the performance with a group dinner for; performers, friends, and family.


Jasmyn Rose

"The woman I was a few months ago would not have believed that I would take a workshop called Burlesque from the Inside Out - choreographing and performing a powerful solo piece in a cabaret show in a San Francisco theater! This is the point where Kellita the Showgirl Shaman shimmied her way into my life. I've struggled my whole life to feel comfortable, confident and safe in my body and I've done a lot of healing work around it.

My intention for the BIO journey was to embody courage, comfort and vulnerability. I did not want to push down my feelings, pop out of myself and pretend everything was okay. I wanted to stay in my body, have all my feelings, do it for real and get ALL the healing. Along the way I was helped and held by Kellita and my magical Showgirl sisters. I was able to break through fears, anxiety and self imposed limitations. I ended up performing my heart out, loving every minute of it and birthing my inner showgirl with so much joy and power! It was pure magic.

Showgirl Awakening is NOT about being sexy for someone else's pleasure. It's NOT about learning dances moves or performing perfectly. It IS about unleashing our creative feminine power through expressions that shake off the shame & wake up our hearts, excavating and owning the primal pleasure in loving our bodies, minds and spirits in all their unique perfection right now, just as they are. It turns out to be damn sexy in the most real, empowering way."



How Much Does it Cost?

$5000 OR 9 x $555 OR 9 x $777 or 9 x $388

* please purchase mindfully *: make sure you have all the dates in your calendar, as attendance is required to participate in the performance AND note the link to refund policy at the bottom of the page

* brief video chat with Kellita required for everyone--repeat and new participants alike--to be sure it's a fit (email kellita@showgirlawakening.com to schedule your chat)

Single Payment


Payment Plan

$555 x 9

Reason for signing up when enrollment opens:

Given the long drought in live in-person performance programs, it will likely fill swiftly!  Make sure you're on the BIO priority notice list by emailing kellita@showgirlawakening.com


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$5000 OR 9 x $555 OR 9 x $777 or 9 x $388

* please purchase mindfully *: make sure you have all the dates in your calendar, as attendance is required to participate in the performance AND note the link to refund policy at the bottom of the page

* brief video chat with Kellita required for everyone--repeat and new participants alike--to be sure it's a fit (email kellita@showgirlawakening.com to schedule your chat)

Payment Plan 2

$777 x 9

Payment Plan 3

$388 x 9