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Maison Burlesque Summer School

  • Maison Burlesque 54-56 Bridge Road Richmond, VIC, 3121 Australia (map)
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Looking for a burlesque fix these Summer Holidays? Maison Burlesque Summer School is BACK over 3 days this January 2019!

How It Works:
Over three days we will be presenting 18 different two hour length workshops with our resident tutors and special guests!

There will be two workshop options at each timeslot, so you can build your own program!

- Choose 9 x 2 hour workshops (3 workshops per day)
- Earlybird Price: $330 (SAVE $165!)
- Regular Price: $360

- Choose 6 x 2 hour workshops (3 workshops per day)
- Earlybird Price: $240 (SAVE $110!)
- Regular Price: $265

- Choose 3 x 2 hour workshops on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday
- Price: $145

Single workshops may become available for certain workshops in December - subject to availability if allocations aren't already exhausted.
- Price: $55 per workshop


The Timetable
Build your own program from 18 fabulous workshops!


It's Britney Bitch - Miss Jane Doe
Join retro supervixen Miss Jane Doe as she takes you through some iconic 90s choreography straight out of a Britney video clip! Students are encouraged to dress up for this one! No dance experience required.


Blues Burlesque - Zelia Rose
Hot off her tour with Dita Von Teese, join Zelia Rose in this signature workshop: Blues Burlesque! In this class you will get to explore the sultry style of classic burlesque to the rockin sounds of 1940s-1960s blues music. Learn signature dance steps from these eras and the inspiration behind them with one of Australia’s most in demand showgirls. This workshop is all about sass, style and fun and is suitable for all levels!

Get Your Kit Off - Poppy Cherry
A wise performer once said: 'Neo Burlesque is about Why we strip, and Classic Burlesque is about How we strip'. Join Poppy Cherry in an exploration of creative ways to remove your costume to add the extra WOW factor! Explore a range of techniques to remove foundational garments such as gowns, gloves and corsets, then get creative with other costume items! Each participant is encouraged to bring with you one costume item of your choice you'd like to learn how to strip out of, for practical discussion.


Chiffonography - Domino De Jour
Float your flaps about. This workshop will take you through the techniques for utilising your costume and manipulating fabric for the stage to create tension and tease. Please bring: a panel skirt and 1.5 m of chiffon fabric. (1.2 m for those on the shorter side.) optional - dance heels

Boa Fantastic - Dolores Daiquiri
Learn the art of Classic Burlesque with Boas! Each student will develop new skills and tricks with a boa whilst you learn some classic striptease, 'bump n grind', focused movement and presence. Boas supplied for the class but you are also welcome to bring your own.


Introduction To Chair Tricks - Willow J
Expand your burlesque repertoire in this playful workshop that will introduce you to the sexy world of Chair Dance! Learn the basics of posing, balancing and dancing around the chair as Willow J teaches you a sultry dance routine! Please note: a degree of physical fitness is required to participate in this workshop.


Showgirl Strut - Velma Vouloir
Learn how to strut, pose and work the stage like the Showgirl you were born to be! This two hour workshop will focus on developing your stylisation of dance essentials such as walks, poses, facial expression and gesture and well as improving your technique in feet placement, turn out, line and body extension. You’ll be working the stage like a Doris Girl in no time!


Hey Big Spender - Egson Ham
Hey Big Spender... Spend a little time with Egson Ham in this Fosse-esque based workshop! Learn a FUN musical theatre jazz routine as you develop your dance technique, character and co-ordination. Dress ups encouraged!

Bling My Thing - Miss Maple Rose
Ever look down at your corset and your pile of crystals, and become completely overwhelmed? Do you get choice-paralysis when it comes to bling design? Do you just have absolutely no idea where to begin? In this workshop we’ll be exploring and experimenting with different design techniques to bling your costumes using solely crystals! Using your own project, we’ll discuss the different glues, techniques and arrangements to make that costume sparkle like there’s no tomorrow!


Burlesque Biz - Poppy Cherry
Want to break into the burlesque industry but don’t know where to start? Being a successful burlesque performer requires more than feathers and sparkles! Join seasoned industry professional Poppy Cherry and learn the nitty gritty of setting up and managing yourself as a small business. We discuss common burlesque rookie mistakes and how not to make them, as well as an overview of the current burlesque industry and its evolution over time. Learn to navigate the minefield that is marketing, promotion, invoicing, social media, and getting those elusive gigs!

Burlesque In Heels - Miss Jane Doe
Ever wanted to learn how to dance in your heels with some fierce unapologetic sass? Join Miss Jane Doe as she gives you tips on how to amp up the heat with your heels to some of her favorite modern day music!


Prep Your Arse-nal - Domino De Jour
This workshop will load you up with an arse-neal of tricks, Learn how to build and strengthen your body to shake your butt in every way possible. Get your jiggle on and assel twirl till your glutes burn. What to bring: Pasties/ Assles. Water, short shorts or supportive G- String underwear ( no tights or leggings please) dance heels or comfortable shoes.


Charleston 101 - Miss Maple Rose
The Roaring Twenties were the bee’s knees, when flappers glugged down giggle water, and Jazz clubs were the cat’s pyjamas.
In this comprehensive and physical workshop, we’ll break down the key dance styles of the era with a step by step guide to un-boggle your mind and rid you of two left feet. Bring your dancing shoes, however flat shoes are encouraged. We’ll be bouncing around, so wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement.


Backstreet Boys - Egson Ham
You know the song, now learn the epic 90's dance moves with Egson Ham! Put your Backstreet's Back into it and rock your body as you unleash your inner boyband diva. Dress ups highly encouraged!

Icons: Bettie Page & Tempest Storm - Dolores Daiquiri
Take a trip into history and discover two icons of Burlesque: Bettie Page & Tempest Storm! Learn the history of two of burlesque's most beloved characters, their iconic moves, and put it all together into a classic burlesque routine. Bring heels, two bras, stockings, and two pairs of underwear. Pasties and gloves are fine if you have them.


Stage Steeze - Zelia Rose
What makes a great performer? Skill and ability is one thing, but defining your presence and intention will transform your shows. Zelia will share insight on how to own your space as a solo artist, tapping in to body awareness, confidence and the relationship with your audience! You will be guided through a movement based workshop on how to shine on stage!
Please bring: Dance gear, water, pen and paper

Sexuality On Stage - Willow J
You have a routine, you have a costume, you know what you are doing but are you really FEELING it? This workshop will focus on how to harness you sexual energy to add depth and a more meaningful connection with the audience through using yogic and tantric techniques to activate your sacral chakra and get that energy flowing through the whole body! Integration of the the body, mind and spirit is integral when performing and this workshop will give you a great introduction to the philosophy and practice on how you can perform in a more unified and connected way. Combining old school bump n grind with free flowing movement and breathe work you will certainly get that energy flowing!


Stretch & Recover - Velma Vouloir
Your body is your Burlesque weapon and it needs to be taken care of! This workshop will involve a long and luscious full body stretch while Velma teaches you some fundamental skills in performance preparation and recovery. Love your body and everything it’s capable of as you learn about combating nerves pre-performance, breathing techniques, performance conditioning and injury prevention. The perfect way to finish Summer School!

Earlier Event: December 22
Whoop Dee Doo: Another Late Night Revue
Later Event: January 17
Brisbane Workshops with Maple Rose