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Burlesque for Actors with Cherry Manhattan
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Seattle, WA
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with Cherry Manhattan

Monday evenings, Aug. 5 - Oct. 21, 2013  (no class 9/9)  
Finale showcase Thurs. Oct. 24 at the Rendezvous' Jewelbox Theater, Seattle
Assisted by burlesque class alum Leah Fishbaugh (as Penny Banks)

Ever wanted to try your hand at burlesque, or see how it could build on your existing performance skills? Want to gain the competence and competitive edge of adding a new genre to your tool kit? Curious about creating your own burlesque alter-ego?

Learn everything you need to know to get started in burlesque in this 10 week workshop class taught by one of Seattle premiere burlesque personalities, Cherry Manhattan.  Each week you'll acquire new skills in the two-hour technique and exploration classes, as you are guided in creating a new burlesque character and building your own unique act.   Discover how to 'peel, pose and parade' your way around the stage while letting your creative impulses flourish as you gain mastery over being fully present in front of an adoring audience!

Throughout the course you'll get an introduction to the Seattle burlesque scene, participate in make-up, hair and costuming workshops, take fun field trips, meet performers, get glamorous in a pin-up photoshoot, and gain knowledge of the historical evolution of burlesque as an art form.  We'll address the fundamentals of what makes burlesque burlesque, how to work with music, and the ins and outs of business practices for starting out as a freelance cabaret performer.  Additionally, each student will receive one-one-one private coaching sessions to develop and refine your act, as we prepare you for a fully supported showcase finale Thurs. Oct 24 at the Jewel Box Theater to debut your new personna and act!

You don't have to be an "actor" to enroll in this class, but the course materials and pace will be specifically tailored to those with previous performance experience.   Actors, dancers, movers, models, musicians, performers, and artists of all kinds will benefit from exploring the power, confidence and rush of creating and performing your own material in the Neo-Burlesque style!

10 week course is $300,  plus $50 materials  

Class cost includes the pin-up photography workshop & one retouched digital image

Gloves and boas will be provided for use in class exercises, and you'll also receive a pair of stockings to keep, along with handouts and resource guides, plus one comp ticket to the finale performance at the Jewelbox Theater.  (Additional images of your pin-up photo session will be available for purchase directly from the photographer .)

Pay in full when enrolling and get a bonus gift  a custom made burlesque hair flower fascinator!

Enroll using a credit card on Brown Paper Tickets (service fee applies) or pay by cash or check.
(Payment plans available - $100 deposit due when enrolling, with balance due by second week of class)


Cherry Manhattan has been putting the ass back in classy as a neo-burlesque performer and producer since 2007, and is the alter-ego of acclaimed Seattle director Katjana Vadeboncoeur.  Katjana currently teaches Neo-Burlesque Theory & Performance as an Adjunct Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has taught and directed for the past eight years.  A classically trained actor and director, Katjana has the ability to bring out the unique creativity in emerging artists, and give them the direction, motivation and encouragement to own their skills and share them confidently onstage.   She holds a degree from the University of California at Irvine, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and has taught actors at UW, Cornish, Seattle Center Academy, the Northwest School, Pierce Community College, and was a resident instructor and staff member at Seattle Shakespeare Company.   Katjana was a Co-Artistic Director at Washington Ensemble Theater (2006-10) , where she received a Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Off-Broadway Production.  She recently co-produced, directed and starred in the Seattle Premiere of the 1950's lesbian-pulp cult hit  Beebo Brinker Chronicles including sold out shows at Re-bar and ACT Theater's Central Heating Lab, and created and co-produced the acclaimed  'burlexpose' The Beyond Real Human Female at Theater Off-Jackson, as part of SPF: Solo Performance Festival. Cherry has performed burlesque at venues all over Seattle, including On the Boards, the Can Can, the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Teatro Zinzanni and Bumbershoot.  She is currently a company member of Living Voices, where she regularly tours the U.S. performing five solo shows, and she is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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Seattle, WA 98112
United States

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Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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