Class Descriptions at GBE

The Conference at The Great Burlesque Exposition features more than 60 hours of class time over threee days. It is the original Professional Development Conference for burlesque performers, founded on the philosophy that "If we don't take ourselves seriously, no one else will either".

Whether you're looking to boost a skill set to the next level or develop some new skills, The Conference has something for you from costuming to publicity to philosophical discussions.

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Egypt BlaqueKnyle
July 29, 2017, 11 a.m. - noon - Thalia Rehearsal Hall

Stiletto Vixen (Raw and Sexy Cardio Routines) Be prepared for anything. You will learn to how to swag walk, sashay, twirl, head whip and drop but CARDIO style. This class will bring out your inner Diva/Drag Queen.
Tapitha Kix
July 29, 2017, noon - 1 p.m. - Thalia Theatre

Promotion -- beyond the Facebook invite How do you get people to come to your shows? Especially in a town with competing troupes and performers who are all inviting the same people to shows and fighting over venues? In addition to her work as a performer, Tapitha Kix is a former events editor and reporter with the Baltimore Sun. She'll teach you how to write a proper press release, work with the media and find other promotion resources beyond standard social media and how you can stand out. And in a business that doesn't often talk about money -- she'll break down how she works with venues and negotiates deals to maximize the amount of money you and your performers receive.
Devora Darling
July 29, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Thalia Rehearsal Hall

In this class, students will learn several basic ballet movements and postures. We will then review how these techniques may be beneficial to a burlesque performer, and how they may even be incorporated into a routine. Class will begin with a brief warm-up aimed to loosen the joints and awaken the senses. This class is for those who would like to build body awareness, experiment with different types of movement, and have fun!
Miss Mina Murray
July 29, 2017, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Thalia Rehearsal Hall

Perform with your entire body! This workshop highlights your lovely legs and more. Learn the secrets of the sexiest stocking peels (including which stockings to use.) Take your Burlesque to the next level - literally- with floor work and chair work. **Students: please bring thigh-high stockings or tall socks. Garter belts optional. Please bring kneepads for the floor work section of the class.**
Egypt BlaqueKnyle
July 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Thalia Rehearsal Hall

Twerking, as it is known in the hip-hop community, is a hard-hitting, rump-shaking dance move which involves shaking one’s booty as fast as possible in different positions... DISCLAIMER: You will sweat for sure..... ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME... (Urban / strip club music)
Egypt BlaqueKnyle
July 30, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Thalia Rehearsal Hall

The Art of Seduction The Art of Seduction; Learn the Art of Entrancement by building anticipation through sexy, sensual and exotic movement. This class is for the Naughty Girl not the Faint of Heart. (Creative movement, Wall playing, floor work, eye contact) Bring heels, knee pads and an open mind