Toronto Burlesque Workshops

Toronto Burlesque Workshops

Posted by Great Canadian Burlesque, Category: News,

We are exicited to announce Girlesque '13 workshops! The Toronto burlesque scene is buzzing as burlesque legends like Tiffany Carter will be on hand to instruct on the subject of burlesque.

Don't miss out! Reserve your spot today!!

Saturday January 26, 2013

Sunday January 27, 2013

Saturday January 26, 2013
Mad For Dance
263 Adelaide St. W.
Suite B30

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloom your flower! Secret Stage Tips of Japan's
Cherry Typhoon
What is the most important element for performing Burlesque? Song choice? An exquisite costumes? Polished Choreography? Yes these are all important elements...BUT still not enough…the most important thing is… YOURSELF!! Learn to “Bloom your Flower” on the stage with secret technique from Japan’s own Cherry Typhoon! You will be introduced to secret stage tips including the traditional Asian method of breathing and body.
** STUDENTS - Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tassels Assels and Anarchy
Jo “boobs” Weldon
For every level and every gender. Why and when should you twirl? 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.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Arc of the Tease
Johnny Porkpie
You have the amazing costume—whether dazzlingly bejeweled silk corset or burlap gunny sack. You have the brilliant concept—whether neo, classic, or downright insane. You have the incredible moves—whether bump and grind, shake and shimmy, kick and stomp, or trip and fall. So how can you take your act to the next level?
The answer: Arc. Arc, the rising tension that builds in your number from lights up to dress down. From the moment the curtains open, you have approximately four minutes to establish, develop, and conclude a burlesque mini-drama... all while taking off your clothes. Jonny Porkpie, producer and co-creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque ("New York's masters of theater-burlesque fusion" -Burlesque Magazine) will uncover the dramatic structure of a burlesque act, from establishing your concept in the first few moments on stage, and building that concept up into a finale that will bring your audience to its feet.
Whether a story-based number or a classic tease, a fall-down-laughing comedy act or a slow seduction, a character exploration, an acrobatic extravaganza, or all six at once, a good arc can be the difference between an audience liking your act... and loving it.

Sunday January 27, 2013
Mad For Dance
263 Adelaide St. W.
Suite B30

11:00am - 12:00pm
Psychology of a Burlesque Act
Description TBA

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pasty Making
Brook Alviano
Got a pasty idea that you gotta see come real? Just want to know how to make a pair? Come by and we'll have some fun.
Bring your glue gun and craftiness supplies to make your pasty fantasy come alive.
** STUDENTS - Don't have supplies? Let me know and for an extra $15 - I'll set you up.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Big Bad Boa
Coco Lectric
The feathers go flying in this fun review of classic boa technique with a twist. Learn to wear your boa with pride and become a boa wielding pro. Coco also teaches basic dance steps, turns and walks to accompany boa technique. The class includes a short dance combination.
** STUDENTS - Wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch in.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels and Negligees
Tiffany Carter
This class will have you moving with ease, spinning with great fun while using a negligee, and how to wrap and do different versions with panels.
We will discuss the different uses for both of them, using them in different ways depending on your preference.
We will talk about he different panels and the difference in size and fullness of the negligees. (or duster as some people call them).
** STUDENTS - Bring panels and a negligee. Tiffany will only have a couple to share.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Burlesque Booty Bounce
Peekaboo Pointe
Pow! Clap! Bounce! Shake! Pop! And SPIN!: In this class Peekaboo Pointe, known as The Fastest Tassel Twirler from East to West, will take the tassels to the next level…lower. Moving them from Boob to Butt, in this energetic gyrating Ass-tassel class you’ll learn to bounce and shimmy your booty and mesmerize your audience with 4 tassels! You’ll learn many butt techniques to get it popping, shaking, bouncing, clapping and finally…spinning!
**STUDENTS - please bring a towel, yoga mat, or knee pads if your knees are sensitive and a pair of pasties. If you don’t have any a couple will be available for loan or sale. This is a high energy dance class for every level. Come ready to move!

Sunday January 27, 2013
The Virgin Mobile Mod Club
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Showgirl tips and tricks
Burgundy Brixx
Learn secrets from a professional showgirl who spent years performing with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Norwegian Cruise Lines and some of the country's biggest Dinner Theatre spectaculars. In this class she will share some of the amazing tips, tricks and secrets of professional showgirls as applied to the burlesque stage. Posing and movement skills will be taught as well as wardrobe tricks and special showgirl secrets!