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Burlesque for Performers with Cherry Manhattan!
Old Rainier Brewery
Seattle, WA
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with Cherry Manhattan

Monday evenings, 7-9:30pm  Sept. 8 - Nov. 24, 2014  (no class 11/10)  
Finale showcase Thur. Nov. 20 @ Rendezvous, JewelBox Theater

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 11 week workshop class taught by one of Seattle premiere burlesque personalities, Cherry Manhattan.  Each week you'll acquire new skills in the two and a half 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 performance 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!

- 11 movement & technique group sessions
- your own set of gloves, stockings & eyelashes
- a professional pin-up PHOTO SHOOT with Wittypixel Photography
- burlesque make-up workshop with Fuchsia Foxxx
- industry guest artist Q&A
- one-on-one private act coaching
- neo-burlesque style & history resources
- tools for creating your own character & act
- business practices for the freelance performer
- and a fully produced showcase finale at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater!

11 week course is $350, plus $50 materials

- Class cost includes the pin-up photography workshop & one professionally retouched digital image (Additional images of your pin-up photo session will be available)

- You'll also receive a pair of gloves, stockings & eyelashes to keep, along with printed handouts and resource guides plus a comp ticket to the finale performance

- Enroll using a credit card on Brown Paper Tickets (service fee applies) or pay by cash or check.  

- Please note, all payments are NON-REFUNDABLE


Questions? Email

NOTE:  This is NOT a dance class.  Dance skills are welcomed, but not required.  

All gender identifications are welcome!


"This is the most fun I have ever had onstage.  It's so empowering and positive!"  

"Cherry is incredible and positively inspiring."

"Everything I've learned about physical work, self-acceptance, and creating my own work came into play and culminated in this class.  It was a huge milestone for me."

"Cherry is the perfect teacher for this course. She teaches in a way that is accessible and easy to do. She gives you the confidences to actually DO burlesque."

"Awesome class!  I learned so much about being not only a burlesque performer, but a true performer onstage. My confidence in myself and my attitude about my body have also increased because of this class.   Thank you thank you!"

"This was such a terrific class. Cherry really taught us how burlesque is ART."

"Cherry knows her sh*t and shows GREAT command and excitement about her class.  She helped me to utilize my skills, and I felt a strong connection to my acting training, and learned new skills about specificity and intent.  This class was immensely useful and fun."


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 nine 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 ACT, On the Boards, the Can Can, Re-bar, the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Teatro Zinzanni and Bumbershoot.  Katjana is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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Old Rainier Brewery (View)
3100 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98134
United States

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Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Performance
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

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


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