Burlesque Workshops- open to the public!
Do you have what it takes to be a burlesque performer?
The 2020 Workshop Lineup!
All workshops are hosted on Saturday 3/28 @ The Hangar Theatre, Ithaca NY
Times, prices and sign ups start March 1st 2020, in the meantime here is some info about the workshops that we will be hosting in 2020!
with Lisa Price of Deviant Dance Tribe
Chairlesque is a sassy and sultry class designed to empower your debaucherous nature. Lisa’s chair choreography is flirty and powerful as it expands from slow, lingering movements to sharp, sensual poses. This class utilizes isometric holds for ultimate core strengthening and tackles the technical aspects of dance on and off of the chair. You don’t have to be a dancer to take this class, you just need to nurture your desire to dance with sass & grit. As an instructor, Lisa is known for her descriptive awareness, which allows students to become mindful in their movements and inspired in their ability. This class is a catalyst for discovering your hidden potential as a performer.
Wear comfortable athletic attire, soft-soled dance shoes or bare feet.
This is a beginner-intermediate level dance class. Modifications will be provided to accommodate varying abilities.
Masculinizing the Face for Stage and Social Media
with Victoria Vermouth
Unleash the inner hunk within by harnessing the power of makeup to masculinize your face and take your drag makeup to the next level! Led by stage makeup chameleon and Empire Burlesque Festival featured performer Victoria Vermouth's award-winning drag alter-ego, Baronex Victor von Bang, this workshop will give you all the tools you need to beat your face for stage and for Instagram.
Bring your own makeup and brushes as you will paint your own face and follow along with tips, tricks and pointers to bring out the boy within. This workshop will give you the tools to create a solid base upon which you can expand and embellish to your personal tastes.
Open to all genders, drag styles, and experience levels.
Best Show in Town: Cabaret Production 101
with Rara Darling
A great cabaret production should be an unforgettable experience from the moment you buy your ticket until the moment you step out of the venue. It should transport, surprise, delight, subvert, tantalize, and leave you begging for more. A skilled producer is the backbone of every skillful production. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of what it means to be an independent producer in the cabaret world. We will touch on marketing, promotion, budgeting and other business skills necessary to launch your show and profit off of it. We will also explore what makes a production stand out, from show design, to social media appeal, to curating and booking a dynamic cast who’s eager to work with you.
Without producers, the cabaret and burlesque world would cease to exist.
Join Rara and learn how you can excel in the the magical world of cabaret production.
creating a Feather Headdress
with Calamity Chang
Want to know how to achieve showgirl ultra glam status without breaking your bank?
Learn how to make a big feather headdress using metals and supplies easily found/ordered on Amazon, AND be able to transport this Vegas-style showgirl headdress when you do travel gigs on the plane, train, or the car because this headdress has removable feathers!
Instructor Calamity will show you how to make a Vegas-style headdress from beginning to end, and will also pass out a comprehensive supplies list and list of shopping sources for students to take home.
This class is be a demo-only class so students are welcome and encouraged to take photos or videos throughout the process to refer to later.
This class is a beginner level class, bring a pencil and pad of paper and phone or tablet to take pictures and video.
Drag-lesque: Queens, Kings, Otherlings
with Theydy Bedbug
In this workshop, we will explore how the art form of Drag can enhance and entwine with burlesque to heighten storytelling. Through embodied movement, collaborative choreography, and sensual clothing removal, we highlight our unique sensuality, within, without, or beyond gendered expectations. Using clowning, lip sync, and comedic caricature, we imagine a world in which gender is a playground where we may celebrate that which we have access to, and perform that which we desire, with playfulness and power. Through somatic exercises we’ll notice how gender shows up organically in our bodies, to contrast the ways in which it is systematically imposed on us externally, and make choices about authentic feminine and/or masculine, (and/or plant, animal, alien etc!) movements. The workshop will culminate by connecting group choreo, to lip sync, to burlesque reveals.
We will not explore the role of makeup, hair, nor costume in-depth beyond what we’ve brought and what we are already wearing. We will not discuss mainstream drag culture at length, nor the long history of drag, other than to frame us and acknowledge the roots we stand on and the branches we reach to.
Instead, this workshop will focus on the movement and performative aspects of drag.
This is a beginning to intermediate level class.
Magnifique Media: Promo Kit Like a Pro
with Harlow Holiday
Are you a fabulous performer looking to take your promo game to the next level?
Join Harlow Holiday for “Magnifique Media: Promo Kit Like a Pro”, at the Fifth Annual Empire Burlesque Festival. In this lecture based workshop you will learn the ins and outs of media/press kits. You’ll find out what they are, why you should have one, and how to build yours. Learn valuable tips that will set you apart and market yourself with success!
Please bring your creativity and your preferred method to take notes whether it be paper and pencil or tablet!!
This class is open to all skill and experience levels!
More info TBA
Fierce with Veils!
With Celesta O'Lee
Immerse yourself in the mysterious world of the veils. In this workshop, you will learn the basics and techniques to express your feeling and sensuality through this charming tool and how to combine it along with some signature belly dance moves into your burlesque routine!
This class is welcome to all levels of experience.
Veils will be provided but are in limited quantity (7), so bring your own if you have one!!
Wear comfortable clothes, barefoot and bring your smile!
This class is level beginner to intermediate.
with Mr. Gorgeous
ADULT (18+ only!) Girls, guys and everything in between, of all body types, orientations and skill levels welcome!
If you have any questions or suggestions about the workshops please email