The Great Burlesque Exposition (Master Classes)
N.B.: Master Classes are NOT included in "The Whole Shebang" weekend package.
Saturday, April 22, 10am - noon
MC1: Gloves, Stockings, & Sex!
Instructor: The Shanghai Pearl
Silky and skintight, gloves and stockings are staples of the burlesque-performers trade. Techniques for using them run the gamut from comedic to oh-so sensual... and everything in between. There are more glove and stocking tricks than you can shake a tassle at! Learn them all and the tools to sell them in your act with embodied bawdiness in this two-hour combination of demonstration, practice, and discussion.
Students should bring: a pair of gloves, stockings, and non restrictive clothing. Some gloves may be available for loan.
About The Instructor:
The Shanghai Pearl is an internationally acclaimed Burlesque performer and instructor based out of Seattle, Washington. She is celebrated for her extravagant costumes, bawdy humor, sizzling strip-tease, vintage glamour, and pulchritudinous performances. Since her Cabaret world debut, The Shanghai Pearl has shimmied her way across virtually every Seattle stage. She travels widely to perform and has been featured in San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver B.C, Tampa, Los Angeles, Anchorage, Orlando, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Currently a soloist, The Shanghai Pearl was a long-time member of The Sinner Saint Burlesque Revue and The Can Can Stowaways. She has been a featured guest performer with The Can Can Castaways, The Heavenly Spies, and Glam-O-Rama Girlie Show. In addition to her solo performance she has produced several variety shows and fundraisers, and is currently thrilled to be a lead instructor with Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque.
The Shanghai Pearl can be seen in Deidre TimmonsÃ¢ documentary, A Wink and A Smile which premiered to sold-out audiences across the nation and is available on Netflix, Itunes, and DVD.
Sunday, April 24, 10am - noon
MC2: Tassels & Assels!
Instructor: Jo Weldon
Everybody twirls! For every level and every gender.
Pasties are a unique part of burlesque costuming, and tassel-twirling is a unique element of burlesque movement! The history of pasties and tassel twirling is just the beginning of a class that will have you doing things you never thought possible! Find your unique ability and get beyond the 'basic bounce' technique of tassel twirling. Learn how to twirl in every direction and on every part of your body!
We'll discuss the construction of various kinds of pasties, advantages of different adhesives and types of tassels, and how to choreograph an act that incorporates pasties as more than just a predictable ending. Even if you think tassel twirling is not your thing, you won't want to miss this opportunity to have hands-on training from a woman who has taught thousands of people all over the world to twirl!
Basic pasties will be provided but we strongly recommend bringing your own if you have them, as many pasties work differently and we want to optimize your experience. Please note: unless you bring a garment with tassels sewn into the appropriate spots, you will have to bare skin for the pasties to adhere properly.
About The Instructor:
Jo Weldon is the Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque. Internationally renowned as burlesque personality Jo Boobs, she's rounded her heels on stages from Coney Island to Las Vegas. She's the winner of such exotic titles as Best Bump N Grinder, Best Teacher and Mentor, and Biggest Cougar in Burlesque! She has worked with performers from Leonard Cohen to Spinal Tap, and has been featured on television shows from CBS Sunday Morning to Gossip Girl. Her book, The Burlesque Handbook: A Backstage Guide, featuring a foreword by Margaret Cho, was released by HarperCollins/ItBooks in 2010.
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