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The time has come! BurlyCon is proud to announce we are accepting proposals for this year’s conference! Please read on for details regarding submission parameters and the application process.

BurlyCon is in its 13th year and is the only convention in the country focused exclusively on the strengthening of the burlesque community via our collective knowledge about the burlesque arts. We work to accomplish this in two ways:

1) We invite seasoned presenters to share their knowledge and experience.

2) We put out a call to the community for new classes, workshops, presentations and papers.

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BurlyCon 2020 seeks proposals for classes, workshops, BurlyLabs, presentations and papers. Our focus is on submissions that enhance creativity and professionalism, strengthen community relationships and advance the caliber of art made by the community.

We invite artists, scholars, teachers and all interested parties to submit proposals on any relevant topic. The Class Selection Committee will review all proposals and select those that fit the greater framework of this year's convention.

Class proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: movement, choreography, costuming, history, production, theatrical techniques, stage management, makeup, prop/set building, business, marketing, persona, race/age/gender/size/ability/etc., or academic treatments of burlesque.


Masters classes! BurlyCon currently has three educational tracks: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. This year, we're adding a fourth track - the "Master Class" track. Class participants will learn from other seasoned burlesque professionals, and non-burlesque professionals, to further their skills and development via critique, act scene studies, and challenging, high-level classwork in a small group environment. Our intention is to offer a collegiate-level class series with unique focus and specialization.


BurlyLabs are "shop" style classes where your students build or create a physical item during their class time. Your students will create something they can walk away with, a hands-on BurlyLab experience.


The Programming Team will reach out to the community regarding Caucuses, Town Halls and Panels as a separate ask from this submission form. Be on the lookout via Social Media for these specific Community discussion asks.


A CLASS is defined as a 60- or 90-minute session (BurlyLabs may be longer) during which an instructor provides instruction to students in a lecture or interactive format. Types: movement, demonstration, lecture, etc.

A WORKSHOP/BURLYLAB will be defined as a 60- or 90-minute session (BurlyLabs may be longer) during which a presenter provides instruction to a small set of students on how to build or create something. This is a hands-on class where the instructor either provides the supplies or provides a supplies list each student will need in order to complete the class.

A PAPER PRESENTATION is defined as a 60-minute presentation of work written by one or more persons delivered in a lecture format.


All proposals for the BurlyCon XIII curriculum are due at 11:59pm PST on April 15, 2020.
 No late submissions will be accepted.


Proposals are reviewed by the Class Selection Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Is the topic relevant to the community and this convention?
  • Is the proposal organized, clear and understandable?
  • Is your topic specific? A class on "How to be Awesome" is less likely to be accepted than a class on "How to Strip in a Corset".
  • Are your class description and bio concise and well-written?
  • Does the proposal and/or applicant's references suggest this presenter would be an effective teacher? Previous teaching experience is not a requirement, though it will be taken into consideration.
  • Does accepting this proposal align with BurlyCon's Mission, Values, and relevant policies?


Please be aware that all materials submitted at the time of application will be final. You will not have an opportunity to change the information you submit; nor will you be able to adjust your classroom needs as the date of the convention approaches. Please be sure to plan thoroughly, and triple-proofread all your information before submitting.


Contracts: You are expected to return a signed contract to the Programming Committee by the contract deadline. We use the contact info you provide to get in touch with you, so please make sure it's accurate. Your contract will be administered online via DocuSign (

Compensation: BurlyCon offers a stipend per class and all teachers are offered free conference admission in recognition of your work. Unfortunately, BurlyCon is only able to offer assistance with travel and lodging to a very limited number of invited presenters.

Workshop Materials and Equipment: You are expected to provide the materials necessary for workshops, as well as any handouts you wish to supply to students. Please refer to the Guide for more information.

BurlyLab Materials and Special Equipment: In recognition of the specialized nature of these labs, you have the option to provide your students with a supply list for them to bring. Please refer to the Guide for more information.


All proposals are due by 5:00pm PST, April 15, 2020. The Programming Committee will notify ALL applicants by May 30, 2020.

Thank you for all that you do, we look forward to reviewing your proposal.

If you have further questions about the application process or the convention, please email Be sure to add to your contact list so that our emails do not get flagged as junk mail.

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