Commercial Heels with Portia Favro

Get ready to release your inner Beyonce – Portia’s classes are designed for all levels to truly harness their movement, presence and techniques iconic to this sultry performance style.

This workshop will focus on the fun, commercial elements of heels dance movement and music-video style choreography.

After a sweaty warm up, stretch and across the floor, Portia will lead you through a fun dance combo guaranteed to leave you feeling like a bombshell.

Portia Favro is a classically-trained dancer, turned pin-up who has plunged into Vancouver’s rich burlesque scene. She’s an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher with extensive experience working across Canada, Europe and the US.

Portia is the Producer of La Maison Lust, The Ladybirds + Vintage Burlesque Bingo in Vancouver. She has performed at Berlin Burlesque Week, Cresent City Burlesque Weekend (New Orleans), Spellbound Burlesque (Phoenix, AZ) and the Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary International Burlesque Festivals.

Portia is also a powerhouse dance and burlesque instructor, regularly teaching heels, floorwork, sensuality and retro go-go technique in both Vancouver and beyond.

You never know where this pin-up is going to pop up…

Sensual movement series with Hazel Nuez (SHINE)

These classes explore how to move your body in a way that feels good for YOU. Taking elements from burlesque and jazz, you will learn body isolations, choreography and self love! These classes are good a segway for anyone interested in starting a journey into burlesque or heels.

PRICE : $120.00 for 5 weeks.
LOCATION: Wild roots dance studio, 734 Aldebury St #209
DATE: September 30th- October 28th
Thursday’s 8:30-9:30pm

To register, please send e-transfers to
In the memo line please put which class you would like to register for.
I cant wait to dance with you again! If you have any questions please email me at

Sensual Movement: SHINE
Find your inner rhythm and embrace it! This class is all about fun! The class is spent learning to love your body and move it in a way that feels natural for you! In this class, we will go over:
  • body rolls
  • hip movement
  • chest isolations
you will need to bring comfortable clothing you can move in, bare feet or jazz shoes and a water bottle. This class is 60mins

Each class will include a light warm up, simple isolations and choreography, and a cool down. This class is perfect for beginner dancers.
If you are looking to practice self-care, boost your confidence, or are learning to fall in love with yourself again, or get inspired to perform, this class is for you!

I am now offering TWO sponsorsed spots for BIPOC folks. To reserve one of these spots please email me and let me know which class you would like to take!

COVID 19 UPDATE: Masks will be mandatory in the lobby area and when you are not dancing. If you would like to dance in a mask , you are welcome to.
To encourage social distancing , I am only allowing six students per class.
If you re feeling even just a little bit unwell PLEASE STAY HOME
There will be hand sanitizer available onsite. The floors and max touch points will be cleaned before and after every class. I will ask that students use the sanitizer or wash their hands before class.
For more info on Wild roots COVID 19 protocols look here:

These classes will take place on the unceded land of the Lekwungen, Songhees and Esquimalt people.

I enthusiastically welcome (but not limited to) BIPOC , LGBTQS+, and non binary folx.

Unfortunately Wild roots is not wheelchair accessible. The studio is up a flight of stairs and down a long corridor. I apologize for the lack of accessibility in this new location, and I am always looking for a new accessible space. The washroom is gender neutral. The studio is a scent free space. Music will operate through two speakers in the studio, connected to my phone. I will have control over the sound and the lights are fairly bright.

Pervz&Curvz Collective: February Group Choreo Drop In!

We are excited to be offering a drop in group choreo practice session on Sunday February 2, 2020 from 5-6pm

Our March show has the awesome theme ANTI Spring Cleaning: Mess It Up! Burlesque (Saturday, March 21, 2020) and we will be working on a hilarious (AND INFORMATIVE) Bill Nye the Science Guy Group Act. Music: TBD

The first practice session is a drop in for members AND non-memberz to come try out the choreo and see how much you love it!

If you wish to continue after the first session we require a commitment to perform so our choreographer, Chai Tease, can space the routine properly!

What happens when you LOVE the choreo and want to join the collective?! GREAT QUESTION!!!

Now is the perfect time to join as we are entering the New Year and really moving forward with this amazing performance momentum we’ve developed in 2019!

There is an annual $20.00 membership fee and includes the following perks of joining!

*COMMUNITY ~ We are a dance family. Of course you are family without even joining but it feels really good to have your name officially recorded in the family book!

GROUP DANCES ~ Choreographed by the one and only Chai Tease only collective members are able to partake in the group performances. Practice sessions take place on most Sundays from 6-7pm at Passion and Performance in studio space rented by the collective.

PROMO ~ We have seasonal photoshoots to get promotional photos/videos of the group/collective. You will have access to these for your own promotion as well (with credit given to the photographer and collective)

PRIORITY CASTING ~ When casting performances for Pervz&Curvz productions we have a higher amount of performance slots reserved for collective members. �This means is that if we are casting 10 performances we reserve 8 slots for collective members and 2 slots for guest performances. **please note, membership does not guarantee your act will be cast in a particular production.

January Peer Reviews

January Peer Reviews are here!! (6:15pm – 8:15pm)

Burlesque Peer Reviews are an opportunity to further develop or assist with the creation of both old and new routines! Hosted by Cherry Cheeks, this is an event for community and performer growth.

Join us with a routine in progress or one you want to build upon and receive honest feedback. This is a safe space for your creativity and growth while sharing honest questions about your choices and insights.

Don’t have something to workshop but want to be involved? Come on by with your feedback! Only have a concept or costume? Bring that too!

There are 6 spots available for performers to present their routines, so if you are interested in presenting, please message Cherry Cheeks to get your name on the list. All levels welcome. Workshopping available by a recommended $5.00 – $10.00 donation to help cover studio costs. We want burlesque education & growth to be accessible for everyone & not limited by finances.

Spaces are limited, so please PM Cherry Cheeks if attending, though last-minute drop in spots may open!

We look forward to seeing you January 19th at Wild Roots Dance Studio! ????


Wild Roots Dance Studio has a set of stairs to get to the studio. If mobility is an issue, please reach out to Cherry Cheeks and we will see how we can assist you.

Seductive sirens! Introduction to sensual movement

**This 4 week session will be every Friday in November, starting November 8th with the last class being November 29th
**FEE: 90$ for 4 week session.

Register today! I will be taking payments through E-transfer or if you are unable to do E-transfers, send me an email and we can chat about other options.

You can send emails and E-transfers to:

Payment plans are available and feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns!


Are you wanting to feel more confident in your movement?

needing some extra steps for your choreography?

are you interested in the world of burlesque but not quite ready for that final reveal?

Well it’s time to feel good and embrace your inner sexy!

Join me, Hazel Nuez , in this 4 week series and we will learn basic burlesque and jazz inspired movements. Each week will be dedicated to learning different sensual movements and how to incorporate it into choreography. I will go over confidence building techniques, burlesque inspired movement, and floor work like:
– body rolls
-hip movement
-chest isolations
– transfer steps
– eye contact
– moving with intention

Find your inner rhythm and embrace it!

Each class will start with a light warm up, simple choreography and a cool down.

This class is perfect for beginner and intermediate dancers, people who are looking to practice some self-care, boost your confidence, anyone who is looking for a segway into the world of burlesque, or just learning to fall in love with yourself again!

you will need comfortable clothing you can move in, bare feet , jazz shoes or heels ,and a water bottle.

NOTE: I will NOT be teaching burlesque (reveals etc.) at this time and I DO encourage you to dress in any way that makes you feel more comfortable and confident!

A little bit about myself…
I have been dancing jazz and contemporary since the age of five and currently teach Latin and ballroom dance since 2018. I have performed all over Victoria for most of my life, and while doing so, I have discovered my love for burlesque and striptease about 2 years ago. I loved the way it made me love my body and boost my confidence. I have been on a mission to spread that joy to other people ever since!

These workshops will take place on the unceded land of the Lekwungen, songhees and Esquimalt people.

I enthusiastically welcome (but not limited to): POC’s, LGBTQ2S+ and non-binary folx.

ACCESSIBILITY: unfortunately Wild roots is not wheelchair accessible. The studio is up a flight of stairs and down a long corridor. I apologize for the lack of acsessbility at this new location. I am going to work hard to try and find an accessible location in the future. The washroom is gender neutral.The studio is a scent free space. The music will operate through the studios portable speaker ( one speaker) which I will attach to my iPod . I will have control over the sound level, but the room has great acoustics! The lights are fairly bright but are able to be dimmed down or up.

If you have any other questions please let me know 🙂

Hazel Nuez ( she/her)

Cover photo by mary ,MKM photography