So we’ve looked at the online burlesque classes and shows across Australia to help keep students connected to their learning, and to support the full time performers being hit hardest by the COVID-19 isolation impacting live performance opportunities.
This time we’re going to have a look at the non-dance classes that you can do from the comfort of your own home that will help you feel connected to the burlesque community and up-skill you in preparation for isolation to (eventually) come to an end.
Melbourne’s Camilla Cream has created The Profitable Performer Facebook group to support performers to learn to build their online presence.
Camilla recently ran a 5 day challenge with all the online videos still available to view in the group. Camilla will also be launching new opportunities to upskill this year.
Run by Muse School of Burlesque Head Muse Mae de la Rue, Burly Catch Ups isn’t specifically a class or learning opportunity, but it is a sporadic catch up bringing burlesque performers together to socialize and network away from the hustle and bustle of the stage. Usually taking place in bars and cafes around Australia and New Zealand, based on Mae’s travels, the relaxed catch up has moved online and in to a weekly format where all burlesque performers are welcome to join and chat for as long or as little as they like at any given Catch Up. Join the Burly Catch Ups Facebook group and follow Mae de la Rue on Facebook to see when the next online Burly Catch Ups is on.
Friday nights will never be the same now that Hot Sauce Burlesque has introduced it’s Friday night skills based classes Bump in to Bed. Learn from tutors about social media use, pastie making, the business of burlesque and more. Check out their Facebook event for topics and to book.
Our favourite Queensland Twins, Rita and Ella Fontaine, and their sparkly Crystal Queen business have and continue to create online video tutorials and workshops on how to use crystals to bling and highlight costumes. Head to their website and sign up to their newsletter, and check out their YouTube playlists for all the shiny, sparkly goodness.
Far north Queensland’s VaVoom Room has added Flex and Stretch/ Splits, as well as Barre (we know how to say it thanks Scotty from Marketing) and singing classes to their already impressive list of online classes. Check out their Facebook page.
History of burlesque and Online Interlude Workshop Series (QLD)
The Bombshell Burlesque Academy brings history and stage presence among other skills and dance styles to your living room throughout May and June with big name tutors like Zelia Rose, Bella de Jac and more. Running on Saturday’s from 2-3pm AEST, there are seven classes and topics to tide you over. Check their online workshops timetable for descriptions and dates.
Lady Velvet Cabaret’s Head mistress Miss Vita Flame and team have produced online video tutorials for a range of topics including make up and stretching. Visit their Instagram or YouTube playlist for their Tutorials
Maison Burlesque’s The Humble Sequin series of video tutorials by the schools tutors on all things burlesque costumes from sewing to pastie making, dance moves and make up hacks, find all their sessions on YouTube
Sugar Blue Burlesque’s I-sew-lation Series online courses helps people up-skill in sewing and making burlesque costume pieces. The next series starts this Wednesday 6 May. Sugar Blue Burlesque is also bringing workshops throughout may by reigning Miss Burlesque Australia, Bettie Bombshell including perfecting your Stage Face, and then you can learn make up with Ruby Slippers.