Classes 101


How to plan your BurlyCon schedule

Classes. This is why we’re all here, right? BurlyCon is the only convention dedicated to the education of burlesque over the course of 4 days with classes taught by a wide range of burlesque educators! Get the full schedule HERE to start mapping out your game plan. And don’t worry, each class is open to those that show up. Most classes do not require that you pre-register unless you’d like to attend a BurlyLab or an Intensive.

New to BurlyCon for 2019, BurlyLabs are in-depth, hands-on classes with a limited number of students. Presenters will lead “shop” style classes, and students will create a physical item during class.

Intensives dive deeper into the class topic by reducing the number of students for more 1:1 time with the instructor and allocating more class time.

For all classes outside of BurlyLabs or Intensives, simply show up (early and on time) to get your ecdysiast education on. To learn more about BurlyLabs, visit our schedule page

Plan. Plan. Plan! Look over the class list and think about what classes you want to take. Have a goal in mind before coming to Seattle so you can stay organized, focused and not feel overwhelmed. 

Do you want to get more active and work on your dance moves? Would you rather focus on the history and culture of burlesque? Having a set path will help you stay focused without stressing too much. Remember to not go overboard. Throw in some lectures if you’re taking mostly movement classes and maybe add some character development into those history courses. Keeping a little variety will ensure you don’t leave regretful of not having done it all.

Helpful tips: Look at the classes that you want to take and think about what you will need to be prepared for each class. Are you going to a lecture? Grab your pen and paper or favorite note-taking tool. Are you taking a movement class? Don’t forget your movement clothing so that you can really get into the swing of things. Presenters will list recommendations for their class. Be sure to review their lists to ensure you don’t forget something.

My personal must-haves include practice high heels, knee pads, workout clothes, water bottle and pen/paper. When you’re new, it can seem overwhelming but don’t panic! Just remember the basics–water bottle, clothes to move in, practice heels, and a way to take notes. This should get you through most classes.

If you’re a veteran of BurlyCon, what are your favorite must-have items? Tell us in the comments below.  

Preparing for the class. When I see a class that I’m really excited about I write down 1 thing that I would like to take away from the class. As a student, I’ve found that it helps to ground me in the work and mentally prepare me for each class. I walk in with a goal in mind and leave with so many newfound insights. Most classes are 1hr – 1.5 hours and it can all start to become a blur by the end of the weekend, so this little bit of prep helps me remember each class.

After the class, be sure to take a moment and write down the technique or answer for the 1 thing that you wanted to take away and keep it in a secured notebook. Pro-tip: Loose paper is just that: loose. A bound notebook will help keep your notes together. 

Evaluation forms are also provided at the end of each class (also available in the Ops Room). These forms let BurlyCon know what you liked, disliked, and any suggestions you would have for the instructor. As a burlesque educator, I like to know what inspires someone to take my class. This helps me structure the class to hit the topics that are most important to the students. These evaluations are immensely helpful to both the instructor and BurlyCon. 

Remember to fill these out after each class, otherwise, BurlyCon doesn’t know what you’d like to see next year and we want to provide programming that you love!

Our Living Legend Guest of Honor is also teaching at BurlyCon.

One of the best parts about BurlyCon is being able to interact and learn from those that helped pave the way for our great art form. This year’s Guest of Honor, Tiffany Carter, will be discussing her humble beginnings at the Pink Pussycat to touring the US, Canada and Japan from the 1960s to the 1980s. 

We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for our Legends so make sure you plan some time to see her speak. They love seeing this new generation so involved and you’ll come away with a newfound respect and awe at this amazing art form we all share.

These are just a few helpful tips to prepare you for BurlyCon XII. If you have a specific question go to the BurlyCon Facebook Message Board and get help from not only our team, but also your other attendees. If you’re a veteran of BurlyCon, post your suggestions and let others know what works for you! We can’t wait to see you in Seattle and hope this has helped you prepare.

And if you’d like more tips on preparing for your first BurlyCon check out these other blog posts: Explore Seattle, What to Pack, First Timer at the Con.

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