Class Descriptions at GBE

The Conference at The Great Burlesque Exposition features more than 60 hours of class time over threee days. It is the original Professional Development Conference for burlesque performers, founded on the philosophy that "If we don't take ourselves seriously, no one else will either".

Whether you're looking to boost a skill set to the next level or develop some new skills, The Conference has something for you from costuming to publicity to philosophical discussions.

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Ballet for Burlesque=Ballesque

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Princess Valentine,

Movement

This class will teach and review the basics of ballet alignment and movement, culminating in a "Ballesque" dance-incorporating aspects of ballet and Fosse technique.


Basic Music Editing with Audacity

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Moxie LaBouche,

Lecture

Is your song almost perfect?  Need to make it shorter, longer, louder?   Do you want to make a medley?  The days of begging tech-savvy friends for help are over!  Moxie LaBouche will teach you how to do all of these things to ensure your song fits your needs and sounds great to boot. 

The best approach to this class is to attend with a laptop with Audacity already installed.  Download it for free here - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/  


Basic Strengthening and Flexibility for Performers

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Red Velvet,

Movement

One hour class to improve strength and flexibility. Through a series of guided strengthening and stretching exercises students will learn to improve their leg flexibility, strengthen their ankles (important for dancing in heels), and generally loosen muscles. This class teaches mix of exercises taken from ballet, yoga, and other dance forms. All levels of flexibility are welcome; attendees will be checked during exercises for proper form and to prevent injury.


BELLY DANCE WORKSHOP:

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Iridessa Blossoms,

Movement

Are you looking to add some new moves to your repertoire? 

Express your femininity and sensuality through the art of belly dance.  This is a drill based class. We will focus on posture and body control while doing isolations and various movements with different parts of the body. We will also touch base on some layering techniques.  Iridessa is known for her pop n’ lock isolations and hybrid style of belly dance.  You will learn hands on how to execute fluid, abrupt and smooth transitions demonstrated in her signature acts “The Robot” and “Roustabout".  Class will start with a warm up and end with a warm down. You will also be instructed on a short combination.  Get ready to experience your inner goddess with some sex appeal!


Cardio Showgirl/Burlesque

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Jenny Jewels,

Movement

Jenny Jewels has been teaching fitness dance inspired classes such as Cardio Showgirl/Burlesqe, Cardio Latin, Cardio Pop,  and Belly/Bollywood Fit, for over 10 years. 

She is and avid salsa dancer who has taught, presented, and performed with the Cuban style salsa performance group, Salsa Vale Todo, at the San Francisco Salsa Rueda Featival for many years.

In the last two years Jenny has recently persued her longtime interest in burlesqe dancing and performing.  She is part of the Bombshell Betty Showgirl Chorus group in San Francisco, has performed in the Fishnet Follies Showgirl group,  and more recently is one of  the newest members of the Velevettes Can-Can  performance group! 

 Please join Jenny for a fun,flirty, and invigorating Showgirl/Burlesqe inspired fitness dance class to warm you  up and start your dance filled day! 

 


Getting Butts in Seats

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Tapitha Kix,

Lecture
Promotion -- beyond the Facebook invite How do you get people to come to your shows? Especially in a town with competing troupes and performers who are all inviting the same people to shows and fighting over venues? In addition to her work as a performer, Tapitha Kix is a former events editor and reporter with the Baltimore Sun. She'll teach you how to write a proper press release, work with the media and find other promotion resources beyond standard social media and how you can stand out. And in a business that doesn't often talk about money -- she'll break down how she works with venues and negotiates deals to maximize the amount of money you and your performers receive.

Go-Go Robics - A high energy go-go dance workshop with Angie Pontani

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Angie Pontani,
Jan. 7, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Movement
Learn to shake, shimmy and do the earthquake with  Miss Exotic World champion, burlesque super-star and Go-Go Robics creator, Angie Pontani. In this class you will master a complete dance routine chock full of fun and classic 1960’s go-go steps and bawdy burlesque style moves.

Angie created, and has taught her own unique Go Go Dancing throughout the World! She has hosted sold out classes in New Orleans, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Italy, , Helsinki, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and more! She has shaken her tail feather with superstars like Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg as well as on national television with  the Conan O'Brien Show, Gossip Girl, Driving Jersey and more.
Her patented blend of Burlesque and Go-Go combined with a background of classical training makes this class a fun high energy entertaining one hour that is suitable for all levels of dancer from the Baryshnikov professionals to the "I only dance in my living room" twisters! Dance wear or stretchy clothing is recommended, go-go boots, sneakers or any type of dance or work out shoe is encouraged, and don't forget your water too! 
Part of this class may be filmed for FaceBook Live, if you do not wish to be filmed that is fine.

HOT AND SEXY HIP HOP:

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Iridessa Blossoms,

Movement

Fusing the groovy nature of hip hop and the art of burlesque.  Are you looking for something new to spice up your number?  We will be gettin’ down and dirty!

You will be introduced to the unconventional art of hip hop as a dance form.  Prior experience is not necessary but will be helpful.  You will get an up close and personal opportunity, to learn some moves and techniques that Iridessa is known for.  Class will consist of a warm up and a cool down with hands on instruction with 1-2 short choreographed combinations.  Be ready to get your swagga on and take the stage like a hip hop showgirl!  Dress for movement and bring an open mind and water.  Sneakers and booty shorts are welcome!


Improving Your Burlesque with Improv

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Boysinberry Cupcake,

Workshop

Do you get stuck with your choreography or character? Do you think so hard during your acts you forget your facial expressions? This class will get you out of your head and into the movement. We will utilize movement-based improvisation exercises to help you explore your character and have more fun on stage and off.


Keeping your Ecdysiast Books

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Scarlett Letter,

Lecture

"I'm not in burlesque for the money." That's fine, but, there is money involved, and we all need to keep track of it. Class topics will include opportunity costs, break even points, invoicing and what your accountant is looking for during tax season. Time permitting, advanced tax topics like depreciation and amortization will be covered.


Putting Yourself Out There (or: How Not to Piss Off Producers)

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Moxie LaBouche,

Lecture

The shows are out there, but how do you get into them?  Put your best foot forward by introducing yourself to producers the right way.  This class covers research, cold-emails, virtual press kits, and things that might keep you from getting booked, complete with examples.


Sex-a-Peel

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Sheila Starr Siani,

Workshop
In this teacup-sized version of this course, we explore concepts like intention, enticement, body language, musicality, grace, fascination, pacing, etc. The movement portion of the class focuses on fluid transitions, Sensual extensions, hip movement and some floor work. Geared for the already performing student. Bring pen, notebook, clothes and shoes to move in, layers and an open heart.

Shake Shake Shake Senora

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Hank E. Panky,

Movement

In this fun paced workout class, I use my 9 years of bellydance experience to get people up and moving their bodies in new ways!  In conjuction with light aerobics and movement, we will go through different isolation exercises to get you to hone your shimmy talents.  We work with strengthening exercises for your shoulders, chest, back, and hips to get you on that stage wowing people with a newfound confidence in your whiles, whatever they may be!


SHIMMIES, SHAKES AND POPS:

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Iridessa Blossoms,

Movement

Also known as the bump and grind.  Are you looking for more ways to work those hips?  We will explore all the ways in which you can get your hips gyrating!  From shimmies to shakes, bumps to grinds, pops to locks and everything in between.  We will begin with a warm up and end with stretching.  You will learn techniques on how to execute smooth and abrupt hip isolations.  This class will expand your repertoire with new sexy movements you can use to seduce your audience.  Get ready shake your hips like a showgirl!  Wear something comfortable for movement and shoes are optional.  

 


Storytelling Through Movement

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Hank E. Panky,

Movement

In this class, attendees receive the tools to use their own body to express emotion on stage.  This workshop consists of light aerobics, simple stances and movement, and GAMES!  Attendee learn to use the emotions of Happiness (Anti-Gravity), Sadness (Gravity), Anger (Expansion), and Fear (Compression), to create expressions for any stage persona.  These four areas will provide a base for attendees to utilize all parts of their body to emote for their audience.  This class is open to all skill levels.  It is designed to teach while providing a fun and expressive atmosphere.  Be ready to move and share ideas and thoughts!  Wear cltohing that lets you MOVE!


Tassle Twirling 101

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Miss Brawling Beauty,

Movement

This class teaches you about the art of Tassel Twirling.

The class will be covering these topics.

 

The history of Tassel Twirling.

Different types of Pasties.

Different ways to apply Pasties.

How to spin Tassels.

 

 

 


The Art of Fabric Manipulation

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Scarlett Letter,

Lecture

A costuming course focusing on fabric choices and treatment. Sewing methods, glue, and structure are a few of the topics that will be covered.