Meet Our Teachers–Sugar Cane Jane!

TONIGHT at Good Vibrations’s Polk Street store we welcome a brand-new teacher–Sugar Cane Jane! Hailing from the fantastic Bay Area burlesque world, she’ll teach the skills that make for a glam and glitzy pin-up photograph—AND grace, style, confidence, and fabulousness, whether there’s a camera in the room or not. I chatted with Sugar Can Jane to get more detail to share with you!--Carol Queen



CQ: Under what circumstances might someone want to explore the space in front of the camera, pin-up-photo-wise? Is there anyone who shouldn’t explore this kind of exhibitionism?

Sugar Cane Jane: I feel pin-up inspired imagery can be created & made accessible by all; confidence can be quite an inhibiting partner at times, but despite that fact, it doesn’t discriminate. There’s an ultimate liberation that comes into play when we’ve tapped into our body and mind’s metaphysical confidence; it supersedes the clothing we wear, the way we style ourselves (as one needs the other) and what we see when we look at our reflection.

CQ: What if you’re convinced your body’s not good enough for glam? Do you have encouraging words for every-body?

Sugar Cane Jane: Our bodies are glorious vessels! They are canvases that we can use to externalize & narrate our buzzing energy within. YOU are fabulous, you’re as strong and vibrant and simultaneously as delicate, mysterious & fascinating as a strawberry picked straight off the vine!

CQ: How did you get into being a showgrrrl? Where else can we see you do your thing, and how has it changed your life?

Sugar Cane Jane: Being a modern day showgrrrl is a culmination of a lifetime (28 years in my case) of elements coming into fruition. I’ve grown up with dance being an essential part of my life for as long as I can remember, along with creative styling, the history of fashion as a radical art, and more or less the glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) world of entertainment all coming into play. I am quite honored to come as far as I have, and am constantly striving to gain more knowledge, experience and opportunities to tap into new and unfamiliar strengths as a performer! You can catch me regularly performing throughout the Bay Area, with event and show updates here:


Don’t miss Sugar Cane Jane’s class tonight–and don’t forget that our Polk Street location is full of boudoir and fantasy wear, not to mention flirty fashions and lingerie. You can learn your poses and stock up on stockings, lashes, pasties, and more.–CQ


Club Chiffon: A Showgrrrl’s Guide to Pin-Up & Glamour?

Tuesday, August 19, 6:30-8:30pm

$20 in advance, $25 at the door


“When I think of the word ‘pin-up’ I think of a woman who shows and shares her beauty through strength and confidence, reflected through the gestures of her body,” says class instructor Sugar Cane Jane of Bebop Boudoir.

Drawing inspiration from the heyday eras of iconic pin-up imagery, this comprehensive pose, poise & presentation workshop will help you to not only familiarize yourself with the natural accentuation of your body’s lines onstage and in front of the camera, but throughout the every day hullabaloo of life. We will practice & explore positioning and movements that will break down and gloriously redefine what it means to be a modern-day bombshell regardless of size, complexion or stature, drawing from within. Please bring comfortable yet form fitting attire along with a pair of high heeled shoes, as we will be doing warms ups, active posing and full body extension exploration. Workshop attendees are also encouraged to bring your favorite lipstick and an accessory or small playful prop, i.e., jewelry, small fan, boa, large tassel, etc. Bobby pins for anyone who would like to experiment with hair movement will be provided.




Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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  1. says:

    a very confident woman !