Colorado Burlesque Festival is thrilled to offer classes with our headlining performers on CBF Weekend! All classes are to be held at Tease Studio at 3534 Walnut Street Denver, CO 80205.
See below for class descriptions, and when you're ready, click here to sign up!
FRIDAY JULY 13
12pm Foxy Tann—Fabulous is a State of Mind!
Sometimes a girl has GOT to be fabulous! Whether it be on stage, in the boardroom, or at a podium, there are times when a woman’s gotta be larger than life. The Fox is offering an exciting and fun way to get in touch with a truthful inner confidence using burlesque as a framework. You will create and use pathways and methodologies that will help you forge a more sexy and confident you in an authentic and organic way – allowing you to tap into show stopping energy whenever you need it. Work with what you have and love what you work with! It’s a physical class with guided discussions and critiques in a safe, supportive environment. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move! Length: 1 hour.
1:10pm Sweetpea—Floor Fuckery
Floorwork gets you gigs! Audiences love it! Sweetpea brings houses down with a combination of perfectly executed high-energy moves and luscious slow burn, and she is bringing a rockin' workshop to CBF! Students will do a warmup to loosen and free their limbs, then learn how to move smoothly to the floor, make graceful transitions, do impressive tricks, and return to standing with apparent ease. Though beginners will benefit from this workshop, some of the moves may be more challenging than others, and this class is highly suitable for intermediate students. Bring performance heels, knee pads or legwarmers, and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothing you feel strong and sexy in! Length: 1 hour. Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
2:20pm Jeez Loueez—The Honey Badger Technique :Slayage 101
DAMN! Did you see that?! What just happened?! Oh nothing, just you KILLING IT ON STAGE! In this anticipated specialty class Jeez Loueez, the Honey Badger of Burlesque, will guide you through The Honey Badger Technique! Learn how to take what you want and dish it all back to your audience. Chock full of woo woo theater exercises, wackadoodle improv games, and other tried and true made up crap, THBT will help you break the fourth wall, amp up your stage presence, commit to your character, slay the stage from beginning to end, and have them begging for an encore. You'll leave this class feeling like an unstoppable powerhouse who doesn't give a sh*t!
***Wear comfy, form fitting, workout or dance attire. Bring paper/pen for note taking.
SATURDAY JULY 14
12pm Foxy Tann—The Good Emcee
This is a class is a conversation about what makes a good burlesque emcee. With over 20 years of emceeing and hosting in cabarets, burlesque and drag shows, block parties and circuses, Foxy Tann has made a few observations. If you are an aspiring host and emcee this is what The Fox considers the bare minimum that you need to do/know to steer a successful show. From stalling and hecklers to tech f*ck ups and costume malfunctions, you will learn some basic strategies to deal with disasters large and small.
1:10pm Sweetpea—Work Your Woo
Why is it that you can’t take your eyes off of certain performers? Have you always admired that person who makes all heads turn when they enter a room? How can a wink hold so much energy that it makes you weak in the knees, even when you’re in the balcony? -In this 60-minute workshop we’ll work on defining and developing that elusive thing called ‘stage presence’ and explore ways of connecting with an audience. Beginning with giving permission to claim space and express ourselves freely, we’ll move to accessing, unblocking, and expanding those inner sources of dynamic energy or “woo” and then experiment with how to use that power onstage. Leave with goals for you to further your own unique style by building on the strengths you already have. Length: 1 hour. All levels. Bring a notebook. Wear comfortable clothing you feel strong and sexy in!
2:20PM: Redbone—Stop, Drop and Roll....You're on Fire!
Description: 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame competitor RedBone, will teach you the basics of the sexy transition to the floor, which is something every burlesque performer needs!
Stop - teaches you to hold your space within your movement and utilize your breath to engage your next movement/step!
Drop - the basics of a transition to the floor to make your act even more dynamic with physical levels.
Roll - and gives you what to do when you are finally down there...a roll that will make anyone sizzle and give you the confidence to work it out on the floor!
Bring water, a towel, knee pads (highly suggested; will have them available for sale), dance heels. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move and stretch in.
Don't forget, you have to reserve your spot by signing up for these classes! Please be sure to click the sign up link to reserve your spot. See you there!