You could always do it better. Learn a thing or two about burlesque, blow jobs, bondage and more.
Wed Sep 28 2011
Photograph: Syd London
Lap Dance Workshop
The Art of the Blow Job at Babeland
Ask any man and he is likely to agree: Given the high demand for blow jobs, great ones are in surprisingly short supply. Experts will walk you through various approaches, introduce explosive tricks (hint: it's all in the breathing) and recommend toys, such as the Shhhh Blindfold ($20), to enhance the sensations of your newfound oral-pleasure skills. Various locations, visit babeland.com for more info. Next class Oct 9 at 43 Mercer St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-2120). 7:30pm; $35.
An Introduction to Shibari: Rope Bondage with Valentine Amartey at Shag Brooklyn
Add shibari, the art of rope bondage, to the list of awesome things that originated in Japan. Couples and singles of any orientation are welcome at this class; participants should bring 100 feet of rope (two 10-foot lengths, two 15-foot lengths and two 25-foot lengths), safety shears and an open mind. You'll learn the basics, including aesthetic principles and safety guidelines, and how to tie three knots. Hand-dyed rope is available to purchase ($55 per set) before class. 108 Roebling St at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-721-3302, weloveshag.com). Oct 16 6--9pm; $75, couples $130.
Lap Dance Workshop
Pro choreographer Essence Revealed instructs participants (ladies only) to create their own sensual routine with moves such as the body trace and the booty clap. The emphasis is on personal empowerment in a supportive, fun environment, and the class ends with each student improvising her own number. Location revealed with purchase (sensualessence.storenvy.com; R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org). Oct 14 7:30--9:30pm, Oct 15 noon--2pm; $40, advance $30.—Dave Hughes