BurlyCon is an annual community-oriented professional growth and educational organization for burlesque performers, producers, fans, and aficionados. Our aim is to further the current development and historical knowledge of this unique American art form, especially in light of burlesque’s resurgence worldwide. BurlyCon is committed to providing an affordable opportunity for performers of all levels to learn, grow, and develop their skills.
How is BurlyCon different from other burlesque events like Exotic World Weekend, New York Burlesque Festival, Tease-O-Rama, and the Great Boston Burlesque Expo?
BurlyCon is focused entirely on community-building, education, and social events. There are NO Burlesque shows! There is no contest and no performance showcase.
There are already several huge national (and international) festivals in which performances play a central role. At all these events, participants want more time for networking, education, and social activities. Performers seek opportunities to focus on each other without the pressure of an impending competition or performance. BurlyCon was created to fill this need, and provides space for these opportunities and more.
BurlyCon weekend is packed with thought-provoking, skill-building and transformative educational and community-building opportunities. A “newbie” track of introductory classes and workshops supports the budding burlesquer. A “seasoned” track of challenging panels and workshops will deepen and enhance skills for performers who have several years of experience already under their shimmy belts. With additional offerings for documentarians, techies, producers, fans, and fan dancers, BurlyCon offers something for everyone who loves the burlesque community.
Thurs: Vintage Meet & Greet
Fri: Keynote Address & Dance Party
Sat: Special Events, like Movie Screenings and Story Telling
Sun: Closing Ceremony
The convention curriculum is updated each year. Topics include costuming, performance skills, history, photography, business, and ethics. Examples of previous workshops are “Building Persona,” “Melodrama: Pushing Conceptual Edges,” “Old School Walks & Struts,” “The Boudoir of Ideas,” “Ethics, Copyright, Propriety & Imitation,” “Exoticism, Racism, and Cultural Appropriation,” “Getting Booked,” “Quick Release Costuming,” “Photographing Live Burlesque Shows,” “Burlesque 1860-1900,” and “Hair & Makeup for the Burlesque Stage.”
You don’t need to sign-up! Just check out the class schedule and plan your weekend accordingly. Some classes are repeated during the weekend. We do our best to schedule each class in a room that will hold all those who wish to attend. However, classes do fill up despite our best efforts.
BurlyCon is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Executive Director is Miss Indigo Blue. The Board of directors is Coco Lectric (President), Jo “Boobs” Weldon (Vice President), Red Delicious (Treasurer), Kristina Nekyia (Secretary), Miss Indigo Blue, Baby Doe, Jen Gapay, Ophelia Flame, and Sandy Beaches. The event is organized by a volunteer steering committee, with members from all across the US (and a few from Canada).
The entire convention will be held at our host hotel, Hilton Airport and Convention Center in SeaTac. Like the name implies, it’s RIGHT by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the light rail station. The hotel has room service, an onsite restaurant, café, an outdoor hot tub and pool, and GREAT rates for us. All attendees are encouraged to stay at our host hotel, as all weekend events will be at the hotel.
BurlyCon will announce the Guests of Honor on the Guest of Honor page and in our Newsletter! You can keep up with the latest by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or by signing up for the BurlyCon Newsletter. We also have a regularly updated list of attendees under the Register menu.
- Register to attend and reserve your hotel room! Discounts for early registration!
- Sell your wares at the vending fair!
- Help get someone to Seattle! Donate frequent flyer miles to help support someone attending this amazing community event!
- Donate goods or money to this vital community educational event!
1. Contact REG at BurlyCon dot org
2. Have your stage name (past and present), legal name, and any other changes ready when you email.
CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
All payments to BurlyCon are NON-Refundable. Passes are transferable, and you may sell your pass to another person. You must make those arrangements yourself. Most folks wanting to do this use Twitter and/or Facebook to vend their tickets. Once you’ve sold your ticket, use the following process to change that ticket over to the new person.
1. Contact REG at BurlyCon dot org
2. Provide your legal name and stage name.
3. Have your buyer’s information (name, email, address, phone, website, and stage name) ready.
4. BurlyCon will send a link to your buyer to register that includes a $50 transfer fee charge.
You can get a refund of the full face value of your tickets and any service fees within 24 hours of purchase or if the event is canceled or postponed. There are no refunds past 24 hours.
BurlyCon has calculated the volunteer hours necessary to change a registration and have determined that this is quite a drain on our volunteers. Therefore, we are charging $50 per transfer. We realize that this is an additional headache for you, but is actually under the cost of what the transfer process actually involves on our end.
- Register for BurlyCon using the registration listed as Early Bird Payment Plan, Spring Special Payment Plan, or Summer Special Payment Plan.
- During registration, pay your first installment, and provide us with all the info for your registration badge, which you will receive when you sign in at the desk at BurlyCon. Be sure to provide a valid email address that you check on a regular basis.
- You will be signed up for automatic withdrawals from your credit card.
- It is important for you to add these upcoming dates to your financial calendar so you know to expect them. By signing up for the payment plan you agree to make your first payment upon registration and agree to TWO additional automatic payments for the balance. See the dates below.
- Once your balance is paid in full, you’ll be considered fully registered!
Be sure to pay your invoices on time! If you miss a payment or do not pay in full by the end of your payment plan period, you’ll be bumped to the next current price plan. This means you’ll owe an additional balance, so don’t miss your chance at savings.
This payment plan offer is NONREFUNDABLE. In other words, if you change your mind, you forfeit your payments, but they can be declared as donations on your taxes.
Payment Plan Schedule – MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Early Bird Payment Plan (register by April 30th):
$70 paid during registration.
$70 invoice due on May 15th
$70 invoice due on June 15th
Spring Special Discount Payment Plan (register by July 15th):
$85 paid during registration.
$85 invoice due on August 15th
$85 invoice due on September 15th
Summer Special Payment Plan (register buy September 30th):
$100 due at registration.
$100 invoice due October 15th
$100 invoice due on November 5th
Le Fine Print:
- This payment plan is offered as a courtesy to participants.
- After an invoice deadline has passed, any unpaid persons are put on a FLAG list. These persons must now pay an increased balance (up to the next *current* price level) to honor their registration commitment and obtain a weekend pass, or forfeit their payment as a donation to our 501-C organization, which is tax-deductible.
- Once payment in full has been received, Registration updates buyer’s record to “paid in full” status, ensuring a BurlyCon badge is available at conference registration.