Burlesque Workshops- open to the public!
Do you have what it takes to be a burlesque performer?
WE strive to offer a similar lineup of worshops in 2021.
Costuming with SPANDEXPERT Mr Gorgeous!
Join Spandexpert Mr. Gorgeous as he demonstrates the tips and tricks he’s used over the years to bring costumes to the next level without breaking the bank. You’ll see how he’s used stretch fabrics to create pieces worn by Lady Gaga, Bendelecreme and burlesque stars all over the world. This course will cover the 101’s of Spandex and stretch fabrics, including an in depth discussion of what variety of spandex is necessary for your project, how to sew it, stretch and non-stretch embellishment, care, and Spandex resources. You’ll also learn step by step how to properly cover a bra and create a simple tube dress.
This class is open to all skill levels!
This is a DEMO ONLY class so bring a pencil and notebook to write and your phone or tablet.
$50 per person
2 time slots available:
12:00pm-1:30pm OR 3:00pm-4:30pm in Dressing Room A at The Hangar Theatre!
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.
$40 per person
12:00 pm on The Main Stage at The Hangar Theatre
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.
Bring a notebook and pen to take notes!
$25 per person
12:00-1:30 pm in The Hangar Theatre Performer Lounge
with Lisa Deviant 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.
$40 per person
1:30-3:00pm on The main stage at The Hangar Theatre
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!
$25 per person
1:30pm- 3:00 pm in the Performers Lounge at The Hangar Theatre
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.
$25 per person
1:30-3:00pm in Dressing Room B at The Hangar Theatre
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.
$40 per person
3:00pm-4:30pm on The Main stage at The Hangar Theatre
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 DEMO-ONLY 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.
$35 per person
3:00 pm- 4:30pm in Dressing Room B at The Hangar Theatre
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