The Australian Burlesque Festival 2019 - Alice Springs Workshops

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Red Hot Arts Central Australia

67 Bath Street

Alice Springs, NT 0870


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Full Day Passes, Single Workshops & Private Lessons

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  • Please see ticket link below to enrol in the workshop/s
  • Please make sure you check the time of each workshop/s
  • Teacher and class descriptions below
  • All workshops cost $45 plus booking fee, excluding discounted passes & private lessons.
  • Discount available for One Day Pass. See ticket information below. Will include workshops as outlined.
  • $5 discount per class on one day passes


Proudly sponsored by Desert Diamonds

Workshop 1: 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Instructor: Chris Oh (Europe)

Class Description: Be the Pastie!

Through this workshop we will delve into the weird and wacky art of conceptual movement and personal dance vocabularies. I will teach some methods on how we can create movement, meaning and choreography from intrinsic personal expression! This is a more advanced performer based class as it will require performance skill and experience. Chris Oh! will teach you ways and methods of creating improvisational scripts to help you overcome those writer’s block moments when constructing dance sequences and choreography. You will need to come fully prepared to feel awkward and aloof, challenged and excited. We will work through mime, gesture, dramatic pause and sequential adding to create new and personal movement.

What to Bring: Comfy clothes perfect for lots movement, water, snacks, notepad and pen

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Workshop 2: 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Instructor: Ella Fontaine (Brisbane)

Class Description: Develop an original costume design - Skills

Will cover: Fun games to get you thinking “outside the box”.

Using research and inspiration to develop original ideas.

How to communicating what type of seductress you are

Develop your character through the right costuming.

Rules for developing a strong and cohesive costume.

Develop ideas through illustration.

Develop a scheme sheet so that you can effectively plan your budget and communicate your design.

What to bring/wear: Inspirational materials /fabric swatches/ scissors, glue, lead pencil, eraser, smart phone to access internet.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Drawing skills not required.

Workshop 3: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Instructor: Sweetpea (USA)

Class Description: SEXING THE STAGE

Let’s take the stage and f**k em in the heart - or at least melt their faces off.

Unleash the strength, power, and prowess of your inner sex-witch onto your burlesque routines. If you love the intoxicatingly seductive energy and the strong, sassy moves of burlesque performers, but not sure how to awaken the power or the movement vocabulary within you to infuse your acts, this workshop is for you! After a warm-up, we'll play with moving energy with and without moving, and then get into basic walks, poses, hits, transitions, and dynamic levels (yes, with some floor werk) then create a few smouldering combinations that will fuse those new moves with your classic burlesque posture and choreography. All levels of dance ability are welcome.

Objective: The class will connect and empower students with their own sex-energy source and give them 2 ways to move the energy while in standing, upright, and floor positions.

What to Bring: Water, towel. Wear: shoes and clothing that make you feel sexy and you can dance in.

Level: Beginning to Intermediate

Workshop 4: 8:45pm to 9:45pm

Instructor: Diesel Darling (Sydney)

Class Description: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

Just starting out? Been around forever? Still cant do the splits? Look like you fell over in reverse getting up from some floor-work?

Well then this is the workshop for you! Diesel Darling is here to show you how everybody can 'look' like they are nailing that split and working those angles like a professional showgirl. Everyone's body is different and everybody has its own limitations in one position or another but that doesn’t mean you cant 'pretend' and get away with it. After all burlesque is all just 'smoke and mirrors' baby! Just like magic there is a trick to everything, you just need to find someone willing to let you in on the secret!

In this workshop Diesel will teach you how to showcase your natural strengths to your advantage and how to disguise your weaker skills and slay that audience. You do not have to be an elite gymnast to wow a crowd with your physicality, you just need to know which hand goes where or what knee to bend or foot to put your weight on.

After 10 years of teaching beginners to advanced pole dance and flexibility techniques, Diesel has learnt a thing or two about fudging even the most complicated tricks. In this class you will be taught how to execute seemingly difficult moves and make it look effortless as well as the art of distraction and deception. The principle applies to flawless costume removal and in this class we will focus on the art of seduction using nothing but a couple of gloves. At the end of the day burlesque is all about confidence, and we all know confidence is sexy!

What to Bring:

WEAR: comfortable form fitting clothing that makes you feel sexy and fierce!

BRING: A pair of gloves. Heels turn a walk into a strut and make everything more fun, but they are in no way a requirement (make sure they are comfortable and you can move in them)

Level: All levels

Private Lessons

All lessons can be targeted to your needs but below are some examples of what the teachers can assist with.

Private Lessons are limited and must be booked in advance


Act workshop: Get feedback and direction with an act you want to polish or bring to the next level. Notes given on choreography, movement, and musicality suggestions, costume analysis, and connecting to your audience. Coaching or Q&A: Need advice or just want time to ask any questions you’d like? Examples:overcoming self-sabotage/imposter syndrome, troubleshooting career issues, business advice as a troupe member or solo entertainer, creating 1-3 year performing plans, organising your burlesque life & balance with real life.

Chris Oh

Drag/makeup: one on one tutorials. Going through either drag or basic/glam stage makeup.

Act refinement: Can work with an individual artist to clean up and refine/assist in ‘Sticky’ spots with an act you have on the go or is in development.

Ella Fontaine

Ella can offer private lessons on act development in one to two the following areas (time permitting):

MCing - tips & tricks, preparation and connecting with your audience

Vocal Techniques and development of an act using vocals

Stage Presence and overcoming stage fright

Costume development. One-on-one time developing, planning and budgeting for a costume

Diesel Darling

A private lesson with Diesel Darling is a pick a path adventure and the lesson/session can be tailored to whatever you would like to focus on most. Her strengths include: Concept and act creation, development or refinement (Diesel is bursting at the seams with ideas and far too ready to throw them at you!) With a strong theatre background, diesel is an effective visual communicator and can help you understand how the audience will interpret and understand the thematic choices you are presenting, and how to succinctly convey your ideas.

Act polishing - Already have an act that is most of the way there? Diesel will help you put the final touches and polished edges of a routine you would like to get just that little bit more wow out of. Movement and choreography. Diesel can help show you how to work your body to your own advantage and feel fabulous doing it. She is happy to develop choreography with you, teach you some new tricks and refine those lines.

Sexy Flexi – For those who want to learn some new impressive tricks or increase their flexibility, diesel is an expert on body awareness and flexibility training and is happy to give you the tools to reach your goals. Costume play and peel – never waste a good reveal! Learn how to tease out every little snap and hook and how important costuming can be to building tension and drama.

Workshops are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

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Red Hot Arts Central Australia

67 Bath Street

Alice Springs, NT 0870


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