WCBF 2016 Chicago Burlesque Classes & Workshops



All workshops listed below are open to ALL LEVELS - no prior experience is necessary!

Friday Workshop Pass - $80
Saturday Workshop Pass Only - $80
Both Days Workshop Passes - $150
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FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

Friday, Jun 24
11:00am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Lottie a la West
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Igniting your Nostalgia
BOX THEATRE

Be ready to learn some tips, tricks and ideas for finding characters that can evolve into numbers that not only become crowd pleasers, but also work into your persona as a burlesque performers. How does one find songs for a character? What are things you can do to make a 'nonsexy' character sexy? How can you make the costume your own, and something that fits into your burlesque persona? How can we best blend the nerdiness into our burlesque, making Nerdlesque as interesting as it can be?

In this workshop, participants vote on a show theme, and from there, go down a series of avenues to find some costume inspiration, potential songs, and a 'twist' that would set this act apart. We'll ask each other for feedback, and resources will be introduced to nailing down the specifics of your character portrayal.

Friday, Jun 24
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Teacher: Kevlar B Lightning
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Figure Out Your Face
BOX THEATRE

A lecture/demonstration class that focuses on color and shape theory to achieve the most natural or most unnatural makeup. Covers skin undertones and coloring, eye shape and shadow application, contouring theory. Would recommend students have mirror (or sit close enough to wall mirror, any light and dark eyeshadows, one shadow brush, one blush, one contour color, and one face brush. (Some extras available)

Friday, Jun 24
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: Phaedra Black
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Organize Your Burly-life
BOX THEATRE

When you're working a day job, putting together a new act, and booking shows on top of maintaining a social life, how do you keep everything straight? Phaedra Black will walk you through some tips and tricks with calendar management, costume organization, and file organization that will help you stay on top of all the roles you have to play.

Friday, Jun 24
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teacher: MsPixy
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Elements of Burlesque
BOX THEATRE

Part lecture, part self-discovery and planning workshop. MsPixy guides participants through an exploration of how each of the Elements of Burlesque applies to their personal practice and growth. We'll explore Persona, Aesthetic Presentation, Revelation, Tease, and the elements of Storytelling (Audience, Beats, Character, Drive, and Sequence). We'll look at each element historically, in performance, and its personal relevance to each participant.

Friday, Jun 24
11:00am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Tiffany Carter
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Panels and Negligees
PRO THEATRE

Learn how to work with different types of panels and neglegees with a Legend! Tiffany Carter will show you how to move and wrap these lovely pieces to make them look fabulous on stage. The class will also touch base with working with boas. Please bring a panel skirts, negligees, and boas to work with. Scarves and shawls can also be used.

Friday, Jun 24
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Teacher: Slightly Spitfire
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Beginning Acro Skills for Performance
PRO THEATRE

A workshop focusing on building basic acro skills that can be incorporated into dance or burlesque performances. Basic skills would include head and handstand work, cartwheel variations, and walkovers. I can also provide exercises to use at home to increase flexibility and gymnastics-based strength work.

Friday, Jun 24
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teacher: Auralie Wilde
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It Aint the Heels Honey!
PRO THEATRE

"Wow! I thought you were going to be taller!" is the best compliment to receive off stage! It's the ability to take up and own the space around you. In this class you'll be led through a modern dance warm-up to get into the body, and then we will go through classic burlesque choreography, practicing how to extend your energy out beyond physical size. By the end of class, you'll leave with practical ways to incorporate the idea into your already existing acts. Whether you perform on big sages or small, this class is like Miracle Grow for your stage presence!

Friday, Jun 24
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: MsPixy
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Improv Technique for the Burlesque Performer
PRO THEATRE

Even the most well-rehearsed number requires the occasional moment of impromptu brilliance. Indulge yourself in a series of games and activities designed to help you turn "uh-oh" in to "oh, YES!" regardless of what goes wrong. Learn to successfully incorporate intentional improvisation in to your routines, as well as how to use improv basics to workshop, build, and refine numbers that just need "a little light dusting" to make them shine.

Friday, Jun 24
11:00am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Red Velvet
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Warm it up and Stretch it Out
THRUST THEATRE

Need a good start out for the day? Stretching is a vital part of any exercise routine as it gives your muscles the ability to lengthen, to expand and restore more quickly and effectively after exercise. Get your body warmed up, and then we will strengthen it, and stretch it out. We will start with gentle warm-up movements from tip to toe, then delve into deeper strengthening and stretching movements to get you open and limber and ready for the day!

Friday, Jun 24
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Teacher: Red Velvet
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Cardio Cancan
THRUST THEATRE

Yes, you can cancan! Learn cancan basics! We will start with a full body, gentle, warm up; move into traditional barre work to strengthen our legs and core; practice across the floor cancan movements and learn basic cancan kick series. We will end the class with some gentle stretches. Wear comfortable clothes and low-heeled shoes such as ballet slippers or jazz shoes.

Friday, Jun 24
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teacher: MsPixy
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Advanced Choreographic Technique
THRUST THEATRE

Stuck in a "dance rut" or just ready to approach your choreographic process from a new point of view? This active class will explore several different approaches to developing choreography and conceptualizing the use of space in performance. Participants should bring something that inspires them-- music, an element of costume, a concept, or anything else they'd like to "grow" in to a more fully fledged piece for performance.

Friday, Jun 24
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: Auralie Wilde
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High Flying Kicks with Auralie Wilde
THRUST THEATRE

Love the high kicks you see, but don't think you have the flexibility? This class is designed to help students learn how (and what) to properly stretch, where to keep your weight and how to use your energy to get the most out of your kicks and your body!

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

Saturday, Jun 25
11:00am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Miss Mina Murray
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Getting Tight: A Guide to Corsetry
BOX THEATRE

Corsets are one of the classic burlesque costume elements, but they can be baffling. Over-bust, waist training, spiral, busks... Let Miss Mina, an award-winning, internationally ranked costumer and long-time corset-wearer, guide you through all aspects of corsetry. Students learn: what to look for when buying a corset; secrets of making your own; how to properly wear a corset; how to remove it on-stage; corset care.

Saturday, Jun 25
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Teacher: Scratch
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Hire Me! The Secrets of Getting Booked
BOX THEATRE

If you don't get paid no matter how punctual or polished you are you are, by definition, an amateur. This 60 minute class covers the secrets of marketing yourself, setting your rates, contract negotiation, how to get booked, and the all-important art of getting the re-booking. An essential class for anyone who wants to earn money performing burlesque! Please bring any sales collateral (business cards, advertising fliers, branded give-aways, etc.) which you may have.

Saturday, Jun 25
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teacher: Shimmy LaRoux
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By the Numbers: An Intro to Google Analytics
BOX THEATRE

You've set up your website and it looks great! Now what? Track your website performance and refine your marketing using Google analytics.

Google Analytics is a free platform which helps you track performance and create content which will speak to visitors of your site.

In this lecture, you will learn the basics of setting up GA, understanding your dashboard, adding tracking tags, and tips for creating a measurement plan.

Saturday, Jun 25
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: Gin Fizz
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Advanced Pasty Making
BOX THEATRE

Learn a variety of advanced techniques from sourcing beautifully shaped accent stones, to choosing non-standard base materials, to using a computer program to create perfect intricately shaped pasties each and every time.

Saturday, Jun 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teacher: Scratch
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Production Perfection
BOX THEATRE

Proper preparation and a strong foundation are the best ways to ensure your event is just the way you want it. Whether you are producing a festival, a series, a one-night show, or a tour, the essential groundwork you will learn in this class will set you on the right track, teach you key techniques for staying on it, and methods for dealing with disasters.

Saturday, Jun 25
10:30am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Scratch
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Around the Worldwide Web in 80 Minutes
PRO THEATRE

These days, not having your own website and domain is like not having your own business cards. The good news is, with a little guidance, creating a website is easy! This comprehensive class teaches you the A-Z of the WWW. Learn everything you need to create and manage your own high-quality website. We'll cover everything from securing your own domain (www.YourName.com) to evaluating hosting services to what tools are available to create a fully functional website, complete with background, event calendar, photo and video galleries, blog, on-line store, and personalized e-mail list.

Saturday, Jun 25
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Teacher: Miss Mina Murray
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Caring for Your Costumes
PRO THEATRE

Give your beloved costumes the care they deserve! You lavish so much time, effort, and money on them before they go on stage, learn to take care of them after you come off stage! Miss Mina, "The Martha Stewart of Burlesque," teaches you the methods theatrical costumers and museum professionals use to clean, store, transport, and maintain costumes (and vintage clothing!) so that they last and last. Save money and look better!

Saturday, Jun 25
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teacher: Miss Mina Murray
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Achieving Closure
PRO THEATRE

Nothing can ruin a stripteaser's day faster than a closure which opens too soon...or won't open at all. Closures range from the simple to the esoteric and each one has an ideal use. Master costumer, Miss Mina Murray teaches you the advantages and disadvantages of different types of costume closures, from adhesive to zippers.

Saturday, Jun 25
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: MsPixy
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Ensemble Choreography Techniques
PRO THEATRE

Choreographing for three or more performers opens up a world of possibilities unavailable in a solo or duet setting. We'll explore innovative staging and movement techniques that add depth, texture, and visual impact to any ensemble number, as well as striptease tricks that take advantage of the group dynamic.

Saturday, Jun 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teacher: MsPixy
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How to Host the Crap Out of Anything
PRO THEATRE

Hosting a show is about more than just introducing acts. A true host is a caretaker, translator, teacher, entertainer, advocate, and crowd control guru. Learn the techniques that will have your audience eating out of your hand and supporting your performers' every move.

Saturday, Jun 25
11:00am - 12:00pm
Teacher: Phaedra Darwish
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Bellydance Fundamentals
PRO THEATRE

This hour-long classes teaches the basic fundamentals of belly dance, including body isolations which help to amp up any burlesque dancer's technique. Variations of shimmy and undulations will be taught, finishing with a sultry, jazzy combo which implements the techniques learned in class.

Saturday, Jun 25
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teacher: Arabella Allure
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Giving Good Face
THRUST THEATRE

Humans are unique in that no two faces are alike, and our expressions convey so much emotion - a knowing glance or rigid smile is the difference between an engaging show or an uncomfortable interaction. This workshop focuses on awareness of expression on stage, connecting and contrasting emotions with body movement, using your face as a reveal, and drawing the audience's gaze with your eyes.

Saturday, Jun 25
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Teacher: Arabella Allure
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Demure to Dirty
THRUST THEATRE

Burlesque is the predecessor of modern strip tease, but with the importance of female empowerment in the neo burlesque movement, the raw power of overtly sexual dance - usually reserved for the strip club - is often disregarded. Learn to engage or challenge your audience with the interplay between classic sensual tease and raunchy modern stripper moves. Polarize the audience and create the emotional response that you want. Heels and leg warmers or knee pads optional!

Saturday, Jun 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teacher: Lily Star
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It's Just Walking
THRUST THEATRE

This class addresses variations on several standard dance movements that have been stylized for Burlesque performance. Learn how to take simple walking steps and transition them into steps that are style and character appropriate for multiple types of burlesque routines. Please wear whatever footwear you're most comfortable in.


WCBF WORKSHOP F.A.Q.
Q: What should I wear to my class? Do I need to bring anything specific?

A: For movement classes in general, clothes you can move in, such as yoga pants, gym shorts, sports bra, tank, or t-shirt should suffice. If a movement class doesn't indicate specific shoes, then bring jazz shoes if you have them, or be prepared to move in bare feet. For lecture classes, it's always a good idea to bring paper and pen or pencil. Refer to the class description for any special equipment or material needs.

WORKSHOPS
Phaedra Black / WCBF Workshop Coordinator