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The Australian Burlesque School: Professional Development


Tue 31 Mar 2015, 12:00am
Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:00am
Tue 14 Apr 2015, 12:00am
Tue 21 Apr 2015, 12:00am
Tue 28 Apr 2015, 12:00am

Where: Maison Burlesque, 54–56 Bridge Road, Richmond, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Professional Development: Term 1: $699.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: dolores2

The Professional Development course is designed by burlesque performers, for burlesque performers. It is unique in its approach to industry specific development of routines and personas for the stage.

Each week students attend a 2 hour workshop by the Principal or a guest teacher, focusing first on a discussion of the previous week’s work, a skills workshop, their application directly to their routine, and guidance on what to develop on further in the week to follow. Classes are kept small in order to encourage networking and close interaction, more akin to mentoring that a typical class size.

Principal Dolores Daiquiri is there to guide as well as challenge students, getting them ready to approach the burlesque community with a more attuned understanding of their own skills, performance style, and burlesque administration and networking. She cannot guarantee that students will walk straight into paid performance work or a prolonged place in the industry, but she can give them the tools to solidify their stage personas and confidence with developing routines.

Students receive a Course Workbook to guide each week’s class including information, links, contacts and examples of work to be covered. The final week is dedicated to performing finished routines, providing photography and videography to aid in the students’ growth beyond the course.

The Professional Development Course runs over 10 weeks.

Week 1: Burlesque, burlesque and burlesk : An introduction to traditional and new burlesque, creating an act, networking, and industry etiquette.

Week 2: Movement, confidence and character : Basic dance movement and presence, character development, confidence and sensuality

Week 3: Costumes and choreography : Costumes and their burlesque significance, integrating it into your act choreography

Week 4: Hitting the stage : Pre-show preparation, stage techniques, and exploring your boundaries

Week 5: Bump and Grind : Classic burlesque movements, ridding yourself of stage inhibitions

Week 6: Your public persona : Marketing yourself and your repertoire, the ins and outs of administrating your burlesque career

Week 7: The technical aspects of Burlesque : Making tech work for you through music, lighting and the stage including a look into producing and venues

Week 8: Owning that stage: Stage personas developed, including expression and interacting with your audience

Week 9: Sparkles, pins and burly cheats : Hair and makeup styling tips and tricks, finalising your routine, ready for the stage

Week 10: Graduation Show!

When: Term 1: 24 Feb to 21 April (Dates and times may change due to public holidays or illness)

Cost: $699 + booking fee (Payment options available, see below)

Payment options
Full fee: $699
Four part payments: $175
Fortnightly payments: $70
* First payment upon enrolment
* An invoice will be sent 48 hours prior to due date of remaining fees

"Please note once enrolled the student is obligated to make payments on time. No refunds if the student cancels or does not attend classes."