Costume Creation (Spring 2019)
Fishnets & feathers & fringe...oh my!
Create a dazzling cabaret costume from start to finish, no sewing required! Join the 8-week series and or choose your favorite weekly topics a la carte. Costume Creation is open to ALL students! We will discuss costume vision, resources, budget, and the unique needs of designing for burlesque choreography. You will be guided step-by-step through the process of creating a DIY burlesque costume, every layer, from head-to-toe.
Some trims and craft materials provided. Bring your own base items, noted in the weekly descriptions below. We will be working with glue, paint, and other crafting materials, so wear suitable clothing. Please be patient as we will be sharing tools in class. You are welcome to bring your own crafting kit with any of the following: scissors, pins, needle, thread, glue, setting wand, hot glue gun, etc. E6000 Fabri-Fuse is allowed, but please do not bring regular E6000 as we will be in an enclosed space.
Date: Sundays - Mar 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 28, May 5
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Cost: $190 series | $30 walk-in
Note: Students who complete the entire group dance and costume series are eligible to perform in our 2019 Student Showcase.
Week 1: PLAN YOUR COSTUME (March 3)
Visualize your dream costume, then make it a reality! Learn about budgeting, local and online resources, DIY techniques, how to customize off-the-rack items, and when to hire a professional. This class gives you the tools to plan your costume while avoiding hidden costs and other pitfalls. Bring note taking materials.
Week 2: BEDAZZLE IT (March 10)
Elevate your off-the-rack items from blah to wow! Learn how to customize using embellishments, rhinestones, dyes, and paints to create a unique costume worthy of the stage. We will focus on adhering rhinestones, with plenty of time to practice different techniques and patterns. Use fabric supplied in class, or bring a small project of your own (such as bra, phone case, household object, etc.) to bedazzle with rhinestones. Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring your own supplies if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 3: PASTIES & TASSELS (March 24)
Make your very own pasties from start to finish! Well discuss different techniques, materials, shapes, sizes, and tassels. Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring your own supplies if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 4: SHOES (March 31)
Stop searching for that elusive pair of perfect shoes! Learn how to customize your own shoes to bring your unique vision to life, while saving time and money. Trims and crystals provided in class for you to use. Bring a pair of shoes to customize, plus your own materials if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 5: TOPS & BOTTOMS (April 7)
Embellish the top and bottom of your costume for beautifully balanced look! Well discuss patterns, designs, and techniques. There will be plenty of time to work on your own project. Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring a corset, bra, vest, blazer, undies, shorts, etc. to customize, plus your own supplies if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 6: GLOVES (April 14)
Customize your gloves and elevate your costume! Well discuss patterns, designs, and techniques. There will be plenty of time to work on your own project. Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring a pair of gloves to customize, plus your own supplies if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 7: HEADPIECE (April 28)
Top your costume with a unique headpiece! Well discuss designs, materials, and ways to ensure your headpiece stays on during performance. Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring your own supplies if you have specific colors in mind.
Week 8: COHESIVE COSTUME (May 5)
Put it all together! Bring your entire costume and make sure the look is cohesive, balanced, and polished. Make corrections, add finishing touches, and attend to every detail for a flawless costume head to toe! Shared tools and materials available for use. Bring your own supplies if you have specific needs.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Gina Louise, co-founder of the Playful Peacock Academy, has found great joy in teaching the art of burlesque since 2005. Her warm and engaging teaching style welcomes all students, no matter what their background. A Minneapolis cabaret artist known for creating innovative events and ensemble performances since 2003, Gina is a producer, emcee, soloist, choreographer, and instructor. Of all her roles onstage and behind-the scenes, teaching is her favorite! Ms. Louise brings a penchant for classic glamour, a twist of kitsch, and a bit of the avant-garde to her projects, including workshops, festivals, fundraisers, and cabarets. She is the founder of The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, The Ladyslippers, The Emporium of Frolics & Romps, and Kiss of Fire. She originated the Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival and The Peacock Showgirls, and was a founder of the award-winning Lili's Burlesque Revue. Gina has been honored to perform at The Burlesque Hall of Fame and stages across the Twin Cities.
ABOUT THE PLAYFUL PEACOCK:
The Playful Peacock, the first school in the region specializing in the art of burlesque, was founded by Ophelia Flame and Gina Louise, who have been performing together since 2003 and teaching workshops since 2005. The belief that there's a bit of showpony in all of us is the drive behind their mission: to teach burlesque technique, performance, and history while encouraging self-expression and body confidence. The Academy also offers performance opportunities, bachelorette parties, and special events. All are welcome!
Playful Peacock Academy (at Straightline Dance Fitness) (View)
34 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|