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BHoF Finishing School
Toulouse Room in the Conference Area of The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
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BHoF Finishing School
The BHoF Finishing School is committed to providing performers and instructors access to the fragile and diminishing resource of Living Legends from burlesque's mid-century heyday. Through classes on lifestyle, skills and history, the BHoF Finishing School offers the rare opportunity to learn from the pioneers of our art form.

Produced and sponsored by the BurlyCon Burlesque Educational Convention, classes are curated by Hall of Fame Co-Directors of Education, Jo "Boobs" Weldon (New York School of Burlesque) and Miss Indigo Blue (The Academy of Burlesque).

All classes are held in the Toulouse Room.

********** COMMUNITY CLASSES **********
THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 in Toulouse Room
PRICE: $5 each class / $15 for all 4
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School is excited to present our community classes for 2015! These classes are curated to assist in outreach to Legends, to promote burlesque history, and to aid in study and discussions regarding topics that are important to the burlesque community.

INSTRUCTOR: Dustin M. Wax, Executive Director of Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Learn how to explore burlesque history in your own community using publicly available resources. BHoF Executive Director Dustin M. Wax will show you how to uncover the performers, producers, theaters, and shows that make up the often forgotten and even hidden history of burlesque in your hometown. Dustin will also discuss BHoF's forthcoming Local History Project, an effort to collect and make publicly available the information about burlesque history gathered by volunteer historians like you.

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 1:10PM - 2:10PM
A roundtable on the ways through which gender may be represented in burlesque and adult entertainment, with a focus on gender identity. This panel will be open to discovering and discussing what questions and interests are currently rising in the burlesque community. Bring your thoughts and questions!
Scheduled to present: World Famous *BOB*, Lou Henry Hoover, Michelle Baldwin, Waxie Moon, Jo Weldon, and Chauntelle Tibbals.

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 2:20PM - 3:20PM
This panel focuses on how to find and connect with your local Legends. Panelists include BHoF supporters who've been with us since the Helendale days. They'll share their insights and experiences on researching, locating, connecting with and even booking Legends. These experts will also discuss the unique considerations, opportunities and logistics of having a Legend at your event.

INSTRUCTOR: Panel, BHoF/MEW Title Holders
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 3:30PM - 4:30PM
To honor the 25th year of of the Miss Exotic World Pageant created by Dixie Evans, over a decade's worth of title holders discuss changes in neo-burlesque, the meaning of excellence, and the many ways we can honor and study our burlesque heritage.

********** LEGENDS CLASSES **********
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 & SATURDAY, June 6, 2015 in Toulouse Room
PRICE: $30 each class

INSTRUCTOR: Gabriella Maze
WHEN: Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PRICE: $30 (Limited to 20)

Gabriella will demonstrate and discuss moving fabric with ease, including techniques than can apply to wings, capes, and dusters  She loves fabric, the more yards the better! It is a versatile tool, and every dancer can benefit from knowing how to work yards of fabric with effortless wonder and sensuality . She will discuss which fabrics work best and how these props are constructed (though this is not a costume construction class). Hear some stories, bring your questions, and let Gabriella Maze teach you how to create a spectacular sexy visual! Come dressed for movement and bring wings, a duster, cape, or other item to try out her techniques for yourself.

Born and raised in London, Gabriella began her dancing career in the early 1970s. Her unique, sultry style took her around the world and she was a featured performer in hotspots all over the globe, including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai. The story has it that she even shared a hookah with the Shah of Iran!  One thing's for sureshe wouldn't change a thing in her glamorous life!

WHEN: Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 12:10PM - 1:10PM  
PRICE: $30

The presentation that blew everybody's minds at BurlyCon! Bic will discuss the mafia's influence on burlesque performers in the 1950s and '60s, covering stripping to B-Drinking, from sex to bust out joints. Get the insider's dirty lowdown. Bringing you vintage burlesque realness! Prepare to forget everything you thought you knew.

International performer, producer, choreographer and costumer, Bic has produced and starred in award-winning Vegas-style revues worldwide for more than a half-century. He's danced on Paris stages wearing nothing but boa constrictors given to him by Zorita, has choreographed shows with fan-dance icon Sally Rand, and designed costumes for Siegfried and Roy. He's considered one of the first male strippers and a godfather of boylesque.

INSTRUCTOR: Lottie the Body
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PRICE: $30 (Limited to 30)

Lottie will tell her stories and share her tips for making the most of your time in burlesque, onstage and off.

Lottie "The Body" Graves is a dynamic figure in burlesque's history. Lottie's glittering past is interwoven in the rich fabric of Detroit's musical heritage and the musicians who built it. A classically trained dancer, that poise and grace helped her to stand out in the scene. Her career saw her brush shoulders with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. And today, Lottie knows she's still going strong!

INSTRUCTOR: Rita Alexander
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 12:10PM - 1:10PM
PRICE: $30 (Limited to 30)

Come and get it! Rita Alexander will introduce her definition of the "IT Factor." Students who wish to participate in a demo will put their names in a hat, and Rita will draw from them during the class. Each student whose name is drawn will get to demonstrate a move or pose, and Rita will conduct the student in their goal of achieving "IT." Everyone in the class will learn techniques, tips, and tricks, as well as benefiting from Rita's discerning eye!

One of the most successful strippers on New Orlean's world-famous Bourbon Street, Ritathe original "Champagne Girl"started her career at the Silver Frolics and continued to build a strong and sexy reputation in the French Quarter before heading out to the West Coast to perform with the likes of the Folies Bergere in Las Vegas. Her champagne glass routine became an iconic favorite and helped set the bubbly bar for the next generation of performers.

INSTRUCTOR: Val Valentine
WHEN:  Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 1:20PM - 2:20PM
PRICE: $30 (Limited to 30)

Val Valentine's style is graceful yet playful, elegant yet mischeivous--let her guide you to a dimensional performance. Carriage, posture, and elegance are always important in Burlesque, even when doing a non-traditional number! Val will teach you how to bring this in to your routine, using her background in Ballet. From how you cross the stage, to how you remove a glove, her movement vocabulary will help you develop a poised and sensuous presence onstage!

Billed as "Cupid's Cutie," burlesque legend Val Valentine grew up in dance. While growing up in Toledo, her mother expected her to go to summer camp, but Val Valentine wanted nothing more than to join her mother's best friend and burlesque star Mitzi on the chorus line. As Val Valentine has said before, "I skipped school but never ballet class." In 1955 Val Valentine dropped out of school and quickly rose from her chorus line dreams to featured performer. Val Valentine spent her summers performing at state fairs from Texas to Canada, and headlining burlesque theaters across the nation during the winters. Despite having many admirers and stage door Johnnies, Val was in burlesque for performing, not the men, though she did marry three times. After a career spanning decades into the decline of burlesque in the '70s, Val retired from the stage in 1986, but passed on her love of sequins to her granddaughter who would wear her costumes to Halloween parties.
Bio via Kitty Von Quim for Red Hots Burlesque.


Toulouse Room in the Conference Area of The Orleans Hotel and Casino
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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