Before there was The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in Las Vegas, there was Exotic World on a goat farm in the desert in Helendale, California. There, performers such as Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Tigger, Miss Indigo Blue, and Kitten Deville, who at that time had been doing burlesque professionally for just a few short years, performed alongside Living Legends of burlesque whose careers spanned the 1940s-1970s. The living legends inspired new performers with their fierceness, their skills, and their story-telling. The performers who learned from them show a special fire and a rare sense of accessible humor mixed with high expectations of entertainment ability that created the new era of burlesque, in which these performers travel the world headlining festivals, media gatherings, and art events. Whether you are new to burlesque or an instructor, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School offers you the opportunity to add this kind of character and depth to your work, and to add these instructors to your CV.
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For the sixth blockbuster year, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School offers rare, hands-on workshops with “Living Legends” of the art of Burlesque. Each of these instructors has her own unique perspective on the art, and shares directly from her own experience.
The BHOF finishing school recognizes that legends of burlesque have unique material to source. It is an opportunity for not just new students, but other instructors of burlesque, so add history, depth, and character to their understanding of the art form they love. Legends are rarely available, and unlike all other burlesque teachers in the world, they are a diminishing, rather than an increasing, resource. It is a unique opportunity to learn style, attitude, history, and sometimes even technique directly from the people who helped make the art of burlesque a part of our culture and artistic heritage.
Produced by the BurlyCon Burlesque Educational Convention, offerings are curated by Hall of Fame Co-Directors of Education, Jo “Boobs” Weldon(New York School of Burlesque) and Miss Indigo Blue (The Academy of Burlesque), and in the past have included workshops with such notable stars as Big Fannie Annie (2009), Candy “Baby” Carmello (2010), Dee Milo (2009), Joan Arline , Marinka (2008), Satan’s Angel (2010), Toni Elling (2009), the late Tura Satana (2008), and Wild Cherry (2008).
This year’s classes will again offer the perfect opportunity for devotees of the Art of Burlesque to expand their knowledge.
See class schedule and Living Legend instructors below!
FRIDAY, MAY 31
Chair Dance and the Elements of Tease
With Tiffany Carter
11 am - Noon
The chair is one of the most frequently used props in burlesque. Learn to be a tease on this classic burlesque prop from a living Legend! Please bring high heels, stockings, and form fitting clothing you can move in, such as yoga wear.
From Feathers to Leathers
With Camille 2000
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Join the outrageous and passionate Camille 2000 to learn how to use your natural personality to create a stage-worthy persona. She will discuss how to establish your character without becoming pigeon-holed, and how to be true to yourself in an increasingly competitive field.
With Judith Stein
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Judith Stein will teach you the in and outs of basic burlesque, along with tidbits about the etiquette and superstitions she learned backstage during her career. This class includes work on posture, presentation, glove removal and other peels. Students will need to bring: high heels, long gloves, and a button-down shirt.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Burlesque of the 1950s and 1960s
With Delilah Jones
11 am - noon
Learn about authentic Golden Age burlesque from a woman who was there! Delilah Jones will share the challenges and opportunities of creating a routine and establishing a name in that era. Whether your goal is to recreate the feel of the 1950s and 60s, add a bit of its flavor to your routines, or just be an informed fan of burlesque, this class offers a rare glimpse of her unique knowledge.
With Gina BonBon
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Get ready to move with heat and style! Learn how to incorporate Latin style into your performance from Gina BonBon, known for her skillful and vivid Latin dance techniques.
Parade, Pose, and Peel (featuring the Panel Skirt)
With Toni Elling
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Toni returns with her hit class on strutting the stage and handling panel skirts! Panel skirts are gaining new appreciation in the neo-burlesque movement for their ability to convey both grace and fire. Learn how to manipulate them with beauty and passion from a mistress of the form! If you have a panel skirt, bring it! Wear stretchy comfortable clothing and bring a pair of dance shoes.
FINISHING SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR PROFILES
Camille 2000 was the first burlesque queen to introduce Aggressive Art to burlesque with her tribute to Marquis De Sade. With the tagline “The Girl for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” she’s a performer no one can forget. She posed for elite photographers, travelled with trunks of costumes and props, and once had a Japanese television crew follow her, reality TV-style, long before that genre ever became popular. Her 20-year career includes acting roles in movies and television shows — alongside Burt Reynolds in B.L. Stryker, 13 episodes of Miami Vice, appeared in Porky’s II and Alan Carr’s remake of Where the Boys Are. Her emotionally powerful fan dance marked her return to the stage in 2011, and her S&M themed act with Tigger! made the audience roar at the BHoF Weekender in 2012.
Delilah was born in Berlin, Germany at the stroke of midnight on a full moon in 1941. She began performing in 1959 and worked with Lili St Cyr at the El Rancho in L.A, Sally Rand in 1965 in Hollywood, Tura Satana, and many other luminaries. She toured North America for two dazzling decades and retired from burlesque in 1980. She will be returning to the stage this year at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase!
Gina was born in Cuba, and in 1965 she began her burlesque career dancing in the chorus line at the Latin Quarter Club in New York City. Soon after, she was featured on the burlesque circuit for Al Baker Jr., appearing in clubs and theaters all over the US, Canada, and Guam. She worked in Minsky’s Follies at the Playboy Club, and in Burlesque USA with Red Buttons and Robert Alda, and continued to work in television and theaters.
Judith Stein is an acclaimed international performer. As Burlesque Hall of Fame’s only Canadian Legend of Burlesque, she is a proud supporter of the Canadian Association of Burlesque Entertainers, Vancouver Burlesque Festival, the Alberta Burlesque Alliance, and more! Ms. Judith Stein continues to perform and mentor, to the delight of audiences and students everywhere.
Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter began her burlesque career at the infamous Pink Pussycat in Hollywood, California. An active, in-demand entertainer with Sparky Blaine’s American Showgirl agency, Tiffany toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Tiffany has came out of burlesque retirement and become one of the most beloved and booked burlesque Legends within the international neo-burlesque community!
Ms Toni Elling got her name from Duke Ellington, a close friend, when she began performing in the 1960s. She became known for her originality and her skillful strut. She worked throughout the US Northeast and in Japan. She created a huge stir with the way she walked across the stage upon her return at BHoF in 2006, and has brought her signature style to stages from Detroit to New York. Today she is known for teaching the Three P’s: Parade, Pose, and Peel.
The BHOF finishing school recognizes that legends of burlesque have unique material to source. It is an opportunity for not just new students, but other instructors of burlesque, to add history, depth, and character to their understanding of the art form they love. Legends are rarely available, and unlike all other burlesque teachers in the world, they are a diminishing, rather than an increasing, resource. It is a unique opportunity to learn attitude, history, and technique directly from the people who created it.