Workshops

In association with the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, The New York School of Burlesque and the New Orleans School of Burlesque bring you classes from some of the festival’s best and brightest!

Workshops will be held Friday, September 19th, Saturday, September 20th, and Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Location: The Sheraton Hotel (500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130) WATERBURY BALLROOM on the SECOND FLOOR. Pay via Cash of Check at the door.

QUESTIONS? Email headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com or call/text 504-975-7425.

For movement classes, wear clothing in which you would work out or take a dance class. 
For lecture classes, please bring a notebook and pen. 
You may bring a bottle of water to class, but no eating is permitted in the room. Please take absolutely anything you bring into the room out of the room when you exit. Please bring exact change for all classes. Thank you!


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th

COSTUMING FOR THE WIN Instructor: Medianoche

Friday, Sept. 19th  1:00pm-2:30pm  $30

Discover how the 2014 Queen of Burlesque, Medianoche, uses color and shape to give costumes greater impact in performance. As the designer and creator of her own costumes, this award-winner knows burlesque stage attire from the inside out! She’ll discuss design and technique, as well as answering some of your problems and questions. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from a burlesque star recognized around the world for her brilliant costuming and performances!

BOOTY LAB Instructor: Michelle L’amour

Friday, Sept. 19th  2:45pm-3:45pm $20

Michelle L’amour, the woman BEHIND viral video sensation, ‘Butthoven’, will teach you how to shake it, bounce it, and twerk it! Get to know your booty and its END-less possibilities. Wear something comfortable. Shoes are optional. Watch Butthoven here: http://vimeo.com/31398940

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

DEVELOPING GRACE AND CONFIDENCE Instructor: Dollie Rivas

Saturday, Sept. 20th  1pm-2:30pm  $25

Dollie Rivas has been the resident choreographer of Bustout Burlesque, the hit-show at House of Blues New Orleans, since its premiere in early 2005. She’s choreographed numerous dance routines, including Perle Noire’s Josephine Baker act, which won Best Debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2008. Recently, she choreographed for the monthly Bad Girls of Burlesque show at House of Blues. Formerly, Dollie was a Las Vegas showgirl who opened the long-running Jubilee! at the MGM Grand. In this workshop, she will focus on body isolations, sensual walks, and then combine the two into elegant choreography. This workshop is for all levels of performers. Don’t be afraid! If you lack grace and confidence, or are an established performer and just want to polish up, this is the class for you!

TROUPE MANAGEMENT Instructors: Ruby Revue

Saturday, Sept. 20th  2:45pm – 3:45pm  $20

Learn about troupe management and production from one of the most successful troupes in the biz! Fresh from winning “Best Troupe” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the stars of The Ruby Revue will cover: how to schedule rehearsals for large groups, how to create a common goal, and tips for your best group choreography. With Ginger Valentine & Missy Lisa.

FLOOR PLAY Instructor: Ginger Lee Valentine

Saturday, Sept. 20th  4:00pm-5:00pm  $20

Set the stage on fire with Ginger Valentine (Queen of Burlesque 2012). This class focuses on tease and sensual movement. Learn how to incorporate floor work into your burlesque routines while working those abs, glutes & legs. Wear fitted workout/dance wear.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st

JAZZ & BURLESQUE Instructor: Jim Thornton

Sunday, Sept. 21st  1pm-2pm  FREE OF CHARGE

Jim Thornton has been the trumpeter for Bustout Burlesque in New Orleans since 2008, and this is his second year presenting at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival.  Similar to last year, Jim’s updated presentation will again focus on jazz music and burlesque: finding, selecting, arranging, and using jazz in your performances.  He will also present tips for working with musicians.

STRIPPING THE SUPERHERO Instructor: Dangrrr Doll

Sunday, Sept. 21st  2:15pm-3:15pm  $20

Join Dangrrr Doll for this 60-minute workshop as she teaches you the process behind creating nerdlesque, pop culture, and character based acts. Get in deep with your theme and learn how to bring your character to life in a way that can appeal to everyone, even if they’ve never heard of that obscure movie you want to reference! This is an act development class. Please bring a notebook and pen.

TASSELS, ASSELS, AND ANARCHY Instructor: Jo Weldon

Sept. 21st  3:30pm-4:30pm $20

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! We will work to find your unique ability and get you beyond the basic bounce. Learn how to twirl in every direction, and on every part of your body.