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2018 BHoF Finishing School Classes

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For the eleventh blockbuster year, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School offers rare, hands-on workshops with “Living Legends” of the art of Burlesque. Each of these instructors has her or his own unique perspective on the art, and shares directly from her or his own experience.

COMMUNITY CLASSES

Thursday, May 31, 2018

WHERE: Bienville Room J

The Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School is excited to present our community classes for 2018! These classes are curated to assist in outreach to Legends, to promote burlesque history, and to aid in study and discussions regarding topics that are important to the burlesque community.

 

Connecting with Legends

INSTRUCTOR: Roundtable Members of the BHoF Legends Team

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

TICKET INFO: Pay what you can at the door/ Max number of people in class: 100

Learn how BHoF finds and connects with Burlesque Legends. The team of devoted fans who do this work will share their insights and experiences on researching, locating, connecting with and even booking Legends. These experts will also discuss the unique considerations, opportunities and logistics of having a Legend at your event. Panelists will also discuss logistics of producing classes with Legends. Everyone is welcome, and those who are interested in producing Legends Challenges are particularly encouraged to attend. This panel will consist of members of the BHoF Legends Team, some of whom have been working to help bring this annual reunion together since the Exotic World Museum was on a goat farm in the Mojave Desert. Come meet the team and discover how they help make this the largest reunion of Burlesque Legends in the world. No one turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is $10 to offset the cost of the room. You may pay more than $10 if you wish

*** No one turned away for lack of funds for the “Connecting with Legends” Panel. To cover the cost of the room we recommend $10+

 

Sex Workers Roundtable

INSTRUCTOR: Moderator: Jo Weldon

1:10PM – 2:10PM

TICKET INFO:Pay what you can at the door/ Max number of people in class: 100

Sex workers are at risk. Legislators are constantly working to regulate and abolish their livelihoods,  as SWs struggle with marginalization that endangers them socially and physically. Meanwhile, discussions about what constitutes a sex worker have become heated; any who self-identify are welcome here. This is a chance for sex workers to share their perspectives and experiences, and to connect with one another. All issues are up for discussion. Let’s destroy the patriarchy AND the whorearchy! The moderator will suggest topics, but all topics related to sex work are appropriate. Sex workers of every age, race, and gender are welcome, former or current, whether or in or out of the sex worker closet. Allies are welcome but sex worker voices have priority.  No one turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is $10 to offset the cost of the room. You may pay more than $10 if you wish, and allies may pay to support the attendance of a sex worker.

 

Performers of Color Caucus

2:20PM-3:20PM

Facilitated by Monday Blues & Ruthe Ordare

TICKET INFO: No Fee

With input from last year’s attendees, this year BHOF is offering a caucus for people of color (POC).  The goal of the caucus is for POC in attendance at the weekender to become acquainted with each other. This is a meet n greet with no lectures or set topics.

LEGENDS CLASSES 

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 & SATURDAY, June 2, 2018

WHERE: Bienville Room J

Travels of a Foxx with Lola Foxx

Friday, 11am-noon

Room: Salon J

Ticket Info: $45

Class Description: Lola Foxx has been around the world and then some! This burlesque legend toured the US and the world.  Spend an hour with her as she talks about the agencies, performers, venues, and adventures of a 20th-century headliner. You may even pick up a few tips to improve your life as a traveling showgirl!

Lola Foxx started her career in the late 50s in Los Angeles, and kept at it till 1984. Her tassel twirling, including while doing backbends, made her a popular performer around the world! She’s traveled extensively as an entertainer and has graced the stage at BHoF as well. Her professional experience combined with her gregarious personality make for an insightful, engaging experience. She’s ready to answer your questions about what it was like, and how the those experiences can help current performers make the sometimes unglamourous realities of traveling to perform translate into magic on the stage.

 

Walk on the Wild Side with Camille 2000

Friday, 12:10pm – 1:10pm

Room: Salon J

Ticket Info: $45

Camille 2000 has always walked on the wild side of burlesque! She’s a fan of motorcycles, leather, and rock n roll, and she’s brought her passions into her stage presence. Spend an hour with her discussing how to be true to yourself even when you think you don’t fit in with the classic aesthetic, and how using what sets you apart can make you a better performer. You’ll even learn her signature move!

Camille 2000 was known as the Girl for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, The Cosmic Queen of Burlesque. Early in her career, Camille did classic fan dances and prop work. However, since vintage-style burlesque was losing the audience to nude dancing and lap dancing, she used this style to build new audiences. She introduced Aggressive Art to Burlesque with her Tribute to Marquis de Sade, with an act she choreographed herself. Though at the time many said it was performance art rather than burlesque, Camille is proud to call it burlesque. Later, in the 1980s, Camille became a member of The Screen Actors Guild for playing a part playing opposite Iggy Pop as a dominatrix named Velvet. She still loves to bring the dominatrix to life onstage, and has performed a full fetish number at BHOF. Many are calling her the Godmother of Neo-Burlesque!

 

Burlesque Walks to Latin Music with Gina Bon Bon

Saturday, 11am-noon

Room: Salon J

Ticket Info: $45

Class Description: Burlesque Walks to Latin Music
Learn the art of the burlesque walk with Gina Bon Bon. Gina Bon Bon will use Latin music to help bring out your sultriest burlesque walk. Come ready to move in clothes you can move in and dance heels.

Born in Cuba, Gina Bon Bon began her career in burlesque in NYC in 1965, as a dancer in the chorus line of the Latin Fire All-Latin Revue. She has since worked clubs and theaters all over the U.S., Canada and Guam, including a co-starring role in Burlesque USAalongside legendary comedian Red Buttons and singer/dancer Robert Alda (Alan Alda‘s dad) and feature engagements with Minsky’s Follies, the Chicago Playboy Club, and Cabaret Las Vegas.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bon Bon has performed with Tempest Storm, April March, Bambi Jones, Chili Pepper, Honey West, Ez Ryder, Dusty Summers and Camille 2000, among other headlining entertainers and BHOF Weekend regulars. She has worked for such legendary agents as Al Baker Jr., Jess Mack, Dick Richards, and Ross Russell and been muse to renowned costumers including Hedy Jo Star and Bruno the Fantastic. An avid, talented painter, she is also member of the Screen Actors Guild, and can be seen in such films as Coming Homeand Fever Pitch.

Shimmy & Shake with Dusty Summers

Saturday, 12:10-1:10

Room: Salon J

Ticket Info: $45

Ticket Link: http://burlypod.com/bhoffs/

Dusty Summers is known for incorporating magic into her routines, including the magic of her spectacular shimmies and shakes. She’ll warm up your shoulders and knees and get you ready to rumble! She’ll guide you through techniques to make different parts of your body vibrate and bounce. She’ll show you muscle isolations and tricks to draw the audience’s eye wherever you like. You’ll discover how to isolate the shimmy to your chest, your derriere, and how to make your whole body quiver and quake.

An active dancer, magician and emcee, Arizona native Dusty Summers (“Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician”) has appeared all over the United States and Canada throughout her over twenty-four years as an entertainer. She has worked with such legendary booking agents as Jess Mack, Roland Muse, Sol Goodman and Wayne Keller as well as owned, operated and performed in her own clubs in San Angelo and Arlington, Texas.

A Las Vegas resident, she recently retired from her job as a pit boss at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and is the author of three books: The Lady is a Stripper, How to be a Professional Stripperand The Golden G-Stringand previously wrote a column called “The Magical World of Burlesque” for the Vegas Visitor magazine.

Master those Tassels with Shawna, The Black Venus

Saturday, 1:20-2:20

Room: Salon J

Ticket Info: $45

Master those tassels in a Tassel Twirling workshop with Burlesque Legend, Shawna, “The Black Venus”. Learn the fundamentals of tassel twirling and more advanced techniques like twirling tassels while on your back. Please bring your own tassel pasties to practice with.  A limited quantity of loaner pasties may be available in class.

Shawna, known as the Black Venus, started out as a gogo dancer, and began doing burlesque in 1972. She performed throughout the US, spending eight years in Hawaii. She stopped performing n 1994. She’s worked with celebrities of burlesque and beyond, and she’s thrilled to be teaching at BHoF!

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Welcome 2018 Directors!

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BurlyCon announces the 2018 Directors.

Seattle, WA – BurlyCon, the only education focused burlesque convention in the US, is heading into its eleventh year in Seattle, WA. They are excited to announce the Directors who will be working throughout the year to help put on the convention. Indigo Blue, the mastermind behind BurlyCon continues in her role as Executive Director.

Lola Love has accepted the role of Deputy Director along with continuing on as the Director of Programming. Red Delicious returns as the Chief Operations Officer, IT Lead, Registration Co-Lead, Venue Team, and Board Treasurer. Vixen Valentine has moved from social media content creator to Director of Communications and Marketing. Fosse Jack has moved from a member of the programming team to Director of Volunteers. Ri Ri Syn Cyr has joined BurlyCon as the Director of Development and Tulip Magnolia has joined BurlyCon as Director of Community.

Lola Love has been the Director of Programming since 2013 and in response to her reaction to being the new Deputy Director, “I am excited and honored for the opportunity to work in a larger capacity as Deputy Director! I have been lucky to be part of the team for 5 years and I can honestly say it has never once felt like work. I am thrilled for this new position and cannot wait to serve the community in a larger capacity. I’m ready to make some MAGIC.”

Red Delicious has been in the position of Chief Operations Officer since the very first BurlyCon. She is the business manager for the Academy of Burlesque in Seattle, a BurlyCon Board Member and teaches classes on business-including bookkeeping and basic tax prep for artists.

Vixen Valentine has been a BurlyCon volunteer for the last 2 years as a social media content creator. She is excited about her role as Director of Communications and Marketing because it will challenge her to grow in a field that she is already passionate about in a dynamic and exciting environment.

Fosse Jack is a proud and active member in the Seattle burlesque community. With his partner, Apollo Vídra, he is one half of OtterPup Productions, as well as the Recital Coordinator for Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque. Having served on BurlyCon’s Steering Committee since 2013, Fosse is honored and excited to take on the responsibility of Director of Volunteers this year!

Ri Ri Syn Cyr brings over 20 years of nonprofit administration and fundraising experience to the position and has obtained 3 degrees that will aid her in her job of Director of Development. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the philanthropic community.

Tulip Magnolia is a Unitarian Universalist minister whose ministry is founded on the premise that all bodies are good, wholeness comes in variations and we have a right to autonomy over our bodies. Tulip is excited to bring this philosophy to her role as Community Director.

Welcome to our 2018 Directors!

 

BurlyCon Welcomes Lola Love as Deputy Director

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Seattle, WA – BurlyCon Burlesque Convention is thrilled and delighted to announce exciting changes in its organizational staffing for 2018. In BurlyCon’s 11th year of rocking the burlesque community’s educational world, we have taken important new steps to solidify the staff running the convention.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I am thrilled that Lola Love has accepted the job of Deputy Director of BurlyCon. Lola is a 6-year veteran of the BurlyCon Steering Committee and will continue to serve in her role as the Director of Programming as well as taking on this new role.” says Board Hiring Committee Chair Baby Doe Von Stroheim, “the Board conducted an extensive search and reviewed materials from many excellent applicants.  We were delighted to have such a rich pool to choose from, and it’s a testament to Lola’s skills and experience that we were able to advance her to take over this new position.”

In this role, Lola Love will work closely with Founder and Executive Director Indigo Blue to bring BurlyCon into its second decade of providing mind-blowing and career enhancing educational opportunities to the entire burlesque community.  ““It’s been great to have Lola as the Director of Programming, and I’m so happy she’s going stay and keep advancing the Programming group. It will be so awesome to work with her more frequently, we will be working hand-in-hand this year to make BurlyCon 2018 the best ever! “ said Indigo Blue, BurlyCon’s Executive Director

Hawaii-based Lola Love is a playwright, director, choreographer and instructor who also brings over 11 years of Event Management and Planning experience to this role.  Lola is a pioneer of the burlesque revitalization in Hawaii and currently directs three Burlesque-related performance groups: Pretty Peacock Productions, The Aphrodisiacs, and Samba Fusion.  Her commitment to intersectional feminism, burlesque community, and diverse programming will continue to benefit BurlyCon’s vision and goals.

BurlyCon has also filled all open Steering Committee Director roles.  The complete list and bios of the newly hired 2018 Steering Committee Directors is posted on the website.

BurlyCon is a community-oriented professional growth and educational organization with the mission to preserve, promote, and advance burlesque as a living theatrical art form.  In doing so, we demonstrate our commitment to the personal development, educational growth, and professional advancement of our constituents.  As a Federal 501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Educational Organization BurlyCon is committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and representation amongst our staff of our expansive constituency.

BurlyCon encourages the involvement of Burlesque Community as volunteers, attendees, sponsors, vendors and members of the organization. BurlyCon 2018 will be held November 8-11 in Seattle WA.  More information and registration is available on our website.

Velvet Swing & Buddy’s

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We love our major sponsor Velvet Swing!  This incredible cannibis enhanced sensual lubricant is your path to bigger and better orgasms. We are so excited they have organized this little field trip to Buddy’s Pot Shop for all our attendees on Thursday, the 9th.

The shuttle will leave at 6pm and then again at 7pm from the main hotel lobby. We will have representatives in the hotel lobby to greet you, check you off the sign-up list, and direct you to the shuttle. On the bus get into the party mood with giveaways and more from Velvet Swing and Buddy’s, including raffle tickets for a chance to win at Buddy’s glass shop! And once you reach your destination enjoy a 20% discount on Velvet Swing, Happy Apple, and Pearl20 products plus 10% off the rest of the store. Get more info on Velvet Swing HERE.

So how do you sign up? After visiting registration and picking up your badge, simply visit the BurlyShoppe table in the Emerald Foyer and put your name on the list! Each shuttle can only hold about 20 people, so sign up early to make sure you have a seat.

And these deals aren’t strictly for the Thursday field trip. Visit Buddy’s anytime from Wednesday to Sunday and let them know you’re a BurlyCon attendee for your discounts at their shop and on Velvet Swing! Get more info and directions to Buddy’s here.

Now for some fine print – the hotel is technically on Federal property, so make sure to obey all Federal laws while on-site at BurlyCon. 

Explore Seattle While at BurlyCon!

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So this is your first time to Seattle? First thing’s first. The rumors are true and it does rain here a lot! If you want to try and fit in like a Seattle-ite leave your umbrella at home and pack a jacket with a hood instead. Seattle-ites don’t bother with the hassle of an umbrella because of how frequently the weather can change. This means having good shoes to wear too! But don’t forget your swimsuit, there is always time to get in the hot tub at the hotel no matter how chilly it may be outside!

Speaking of rain, make sure to bring your warm clothes! Sure, we’ll be toasty in the hotel (except when walking from the hotel to the convention space) but once you venture outside it’ll be chilly. Now would be a great time for you to dust off your rain boots and pack your gloves, scarves, hats, and layers. We also appreciate unique looks so don’t be afraid of strutting around town in your outrageous prints or bright colors!

  • Travel Around Seattle

And if you would like to strut downtown it’s easy to get there from the airport via the Light Rail which will set you back a few dollars each way. The Light Rail stop is directly across the street from the hotel, but make sure you know how late it’s running if you’re out at night. Some of the stops and points of interest along the rail line are:

International District/Chinatown Station

Some fun attractions at this stop: Seattle Pinball Museum, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Hing Hay Park. Not to mention all of the AMAZING food that you can find in the International District plus a Dasio and the Uwajimaya.

Pioneer Square Station

Perfect for the history buff; you’ll find: Smith Tower, Underground Tour, Waterfall Garden Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park near this stop.

University Street Station

Like art? Then don’t miss the Seattle Art Museum – Currently there is an Andrew Wyeth exhibit.

Westlake Center

This has some of the most iconic Seattle spots, including: Westlake Park, Pike Place Market, the infamously gross but intriguing Gum Wall, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle waterfront, and the Great Wheel. Go for a boat ride around The Sound and enjoy a sunset if you have the time!

Get more info on the Light Rail HERE.

  • Eat like a Seattle-ite

If you’d like to try a few local favorites there are a couple of things that I recommend:

Salmon. While we are out of peak salmon season, Seattle is known for the different types of Salmon that you can find here; Chinook or King, Coho, or Sockeye. If you are looking to splurge try cedar plank salmon where the salmon is smoked on a cedar plank.
Geoduck clam – Ah, the geoduck. It’s a delightfully phallic looking clam that is found in Puget Sound. If you’re feeling brave give it a try while you are here!
Tarter sauce is our condiment of choice and it’s likelier that we’ll order tarter sauce to dip our fries into than anything else.
You’ll also find an amazing variety of Asian food. From Dim Sum to Pho. Korean, Chinese, Thai, or Japanese- the influence from these cultures are intertwined into the Seattle experience. The International District is one place to find a variety of these foods in one walkable area.
Seattle is especially friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Restaurants typically have options on the menu to accommodate different diets as well as restaurants dedicated to plant based diets.

  • Near the Hotel

We haven’t vetted all these places, but many are within walking distance or a cheap Lyft ride away! As always, be safe about walking alone and make sure if you take a Lyft or Uber you account plenty of time- traffic can make seemingly short trips take forever. Google Maps is very accurate and if you sign up for the free Hilton Honors you can get free wifi within your room. Even if you’re from out of country and have no data- you can still access the wifi to search out options.
Food:
Plenty of options within a 15 min walk including:
13 Coins – Open 24hrs!
Mango Thai Cuisine & Bar  – Several other restaurants are in the same spot
Gregory’s Bar & Grill – Typical eats but they also do karaoke
Groceries & Such:
Safeway on S 164th St – 5 min by car
Trader Joes on 1st Ave S – 10 min by car
CVS on Strander Blvd – 10 min by car
7-Eleven – 5 min walk behind the hotel
Banks:
We suggest having some cash on you as some vendors prefer it and it makes keeping to a budget easier.
Chase Bank – 13 min walk
BoA – 15 min walk
U.S. Bank – inside Airport
You’ll also find Wells Fargo, Umpqua, and Key Bank branches as well as Citibank ATMs throughout Seattle.

 

  • The Famous Goodwill Glitter Sale!

The 34th annual Glitter Sale is happening during BurlyCon weekend. What is the Glitter Sale you asked? “On Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 Seattle Goodwill will host our annual Glitter Sale featuring all things sparkly, shiny and otherwise glamorous. We have designer, vintage, and unique one-of-a-kind clothing items and accessories for sale. Designer pieces include names such as Burberry, Prada, DVF, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, Coach, Michael Kors and more. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend.”

In short, Goodwill hordes the good stuff during the year and over 1 weekend they sell everything that has been donated that they deem super shiny. If you’d like to try your luck at the Glitter Sale here is what you need to know and how to get there:

Goodwill
1400 S Lane St
Seattle, WA

9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12

https://seattlegoodwill.org/sales-and-events/glitter-sale

16 minutes by car

50-60 minutes via public transportation:

From the airport take the light rail to the International District stop
Once you exit the tunnel you’ll be on 5th Ave S
Head South bound towards Uwajimaya
You’ll pass S King St, S Weller St, S Lane St
On South Dearborn St take a left and walk eastbound to 13 Ave S
Take a left on 13th Ave S
Walk 1 block to S Lane St and take a right
The Goodwill will be on your left.


This is just the tip of the iceberg of course and by no means an extensive list of things to explore in Seattle. However, it should help you get started and welcome to the Emerald City!

BurlyCon Basics-Packing 101

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Think of BurlyCon as burlesque’s summer camp! It’s a weekend off from show mode, so wear what makes you comfortable. We do offer the chance to dress up for our themed special events (see below). Leave space in your suitcase for a few glamorous items, and be aware that your yoga pants will probably see the light of day far more than your beaded evening gowns.

What to Pack

– Comfortable clothing – think yoga pants, jeans & t-shirts, whatever you wear normally off stage!

– Comfortable shoes. Sandals and flip flops are fine inside but remember it does get wet and cold when you’re walking between buildings outside.

– Warmer layers: hat, jacket, and an umbrella or raincoat. Seattle in November is going to be cold and rainy! The convention hall(bulk of classes/events) and main hotel building(hotel rooms & hospitality) are connected by a covered, but open, walkway so you will not be indoors at all times. And if you plan on exploring Seattle you’ll definitely want some rain protection.

– Dancewear (leggings, legwarmers, tank tops, etc)

– Character shoes/practice dance heels

– Swimsuit (pool and hot tub at the hotel)!

– A robe (to wear over revealing outfits in public hotel spaces)

– Water bottle

– Your favorite snacks

– A crafting or costume project you want advice on

– Fans/Boas/Gloves/Stockings (if you are taking a class with those things)

– Pasties (if you want to learn to twirl)

– Hair accessories (if you are taking a hair class)

– Wig (if you are taking a wig class)

– Make-up (for make-up classes and events)

– Notebook and pen (or technological equivalent)

– Camera (or smartphone) so you can #BurlyConX all over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

And of course double check your planned classes to make sure you have everything you may need for them. If you haven’t already started planning which classes you want to attend go visit our class schedule and start planning!

Networking & Buying!

– Business Cards or Flyers for you and/or your troupe or show. Now is the time to network!

– CASH for the Vending Area – you will want everything! Many vendors also accept CC and there is an ATM on-site, however cash is always reliable and easier to budget.

Particulars for the Special Events

Thursday Night: Vintage Meet & Greet

Bring your favorite vintage Hollywood outfit for this annual mix & mingle time!

Friday Night: Class Photo!

The Class of 2017 BurlyCon photo will be taken *right before the dance* – So come dressed for the Disco Ball Gala!

Friday Night: BURLYCON Dance Party–Disco Ball Gala!!

Think sparkly, shiny spandex, haute glue couture, or Studio 54 style fashion

-But don’t forget a pair of comfy shoes to switch out.

Saturday Night: BURLESQUE STORY-TELLING – The X-Rated version

-Bed time casual (lingerie or flannel it’s up to you, but remember a robe to stay warm and cover!)

-Cozy pillow/blanket

Get all the details on the events on this page.

We hope this list helps you plan and prepare. And of course if you have any other tips feel free to share them with us on social media whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Thank you to the entire Media Team and everyone that has helped us put together this list in the past!

Panels and Caucuses 101

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Who are you: Kiki Mustang & Lola Love
BurlyCon Job Title: Kiki: Caucus and Panels Coordinator, Lola: Director of Programming
How long have you volunteered for BurlyCon? Kiki: Two years, this is my first year as
Caucus and Panels Coordinator. Lola: 5 years
Location: Kiki: Seattle, WA, USA, Lola: Honolulu, HI

What is the difference between a panel and a caucus?
KM: My understanding is that a panel has a few experts on a topic discuss said topic to an
audience, sharing their insights and expertise. There should be a moderator to help keep time,
ensure everyone on the panel gets a chance to speak, and generally guide the conversation so
that it stays relevant and interesting. Sometimes the audience an ask questions or participate in
some way, although this is not required (that I can think of).
When I think of Caucus, I think of people coming together around a common experience or
framework that they use to walk through the world.  There’s mingling and sharing…a bit of
structured activities and a bit of free time.  A moderator or two is very helpful to break the ice,
bring people together, and encourage whatever conversations can be empowering, insightful,
and meaningful to that particular group.  There is less 'audience' like in a panel.
LL: A caucus is set up so that folks gather to meet and mingle based on a common experience.
It is loosely structured and created so that it provides a space for mingling, discussion, and
connecting with the group. In a caucus everyone is participating and everyone has opportunity
to create dialogue.
Panels are more structured and have a panel of speakers the team considers experts in the
topic. It is led by a moderator who guides the conversation by asking questions, keeping folks
on track and sometimes accepting questions from the audience.
We also hold Round tables which like panels, are led by a moderator. The difference is there is
not a panel and everyone is included in the discussion. The moderator keeps the conversation
focused much like panels.

Why is it important to offer these at BurlyCon?
KM: It helps build community.
LL: We often select panels, caucuses and round tables based on what we see happening in our
community. Panels are a great way to take conversations we see happening online and give
folks a chance to discuss them in person.  We also choose topics based on proposals. We know
the community is in need of a conversation when we receive multiple proposals for the same
panel which often happens. I’d say the goal of these is to promote dialogue, build community
and to educate.

How are the panelists chosen?
LL: A combination of proposals submitted, moderators selecting folks and the programming
team selecting folks. We always try to have diversity in our panels so we are getting multiple
perspectives.
KM: The panel moderator gives me a list of people they would like to solicit to be on the panel.  I
contact them, ask if they are willing and available, answer any questions they may have, then
either thank them for their time if they decline, or put them in touch with the moderator(s) if they
accept.

How are the caucus’ chosen?
LL: Many are suggested through our proposal application process. There are some that we
include every year because we think they are important (Newbie, 12 Step, POC, etc)

I see in my program that there is an Open caucus. What is that?
KM: Not sure, but I sure do want to snag one for Latinx Gente!!!
LL: The Programming team realizes we can’t think of everything so we created Open Caucuses
so that folks can self organize and have a space to meet that is private.

How do I sign-up to hold a caucus?
LL: Sign up at the registration desk. It is pretty easy! Just organize your group and then sign up.
We will add the caucus to our evening newsletter if we get the info in time.

How do I let attendees know about my caucus?
KM: Great question.  I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use all platforms available to you!
LL: We encourage you to use Social Media. We have a BurlyCon Facebook group. If you plan
ahead we can add the caucus to the newsletter and possibly the app (EventXD) but we need to
know the day ahead.

Anything else you’d like us to know about panels and caucuses?
KM: From what I can tell from my newbie shoes, the BurlyCon programming team and BurlyCon
directors put in a metric ton of thought, care, attention, intention, strategy and hours into
curating the right balance of caucuses, panels, classes, breaks, events, and everything else that
is ‘happening’ at any given moment of the Con (within the logistic/reality constraints).  There
aren’t enough hours in the day to hold every caucus or panel or class, and it’s inevitable that
you will have to choose between many exciting possible events to attend at any given moment.
Please fill out those class evaluations and let us all know what you think and what you need and
what you appreciate!  It does get noticed and considered!  It really does help fuel the Con!
LL: We create these for YOU. We hope you will attend and then give us feedback on what you
liked and what you think we can do to improve. The programming team works year around and
our main goal is to create a space where people learn, connect and grow. Your feedback is
important so that we can create programming that you want. 🙂

New Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Poster!

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We collaborated with the amazingly talented Mexican artist Lady Love to bring you a collectors item like none other.

Because this is our 10th year celebrating burlesque, Legends, and the history & art of our craft we wanted to do something special for all of you. Lady Love graciously reached out to us wanting to work together and now we give you this spectacular piece commemorating our home of Seattle, our Guests of Honor, and of course- the ladies that inspire our art every day.

We’re also excited to announce part of the proceeds will benefit UNICEF,an international organization that works to keep kids safe, healthy, and thriving. They have a 3/4 star rating on Charity Navigator and almost $0.90 of every dollar donated goes to helping the children. UNICEF has done fantastic work in Mexico during these recent natural disasters and Lady Love has chosen them as her charity of choice.

These posters will measure 16×12 and will be ready to frame as soon as you’re ready. We’re only printing a limited number and they will sell out- so order yours today! 

Want to know more about Lady Love? Check out her website and all the other awesome things she’s created.
What’s UNICEF all about? Glad you asked! It’s always good to research where your money is going and you can learn more about them(and how they operate) at their Charity Navigator page.

New to BurlyCon-BurlyCon Amenities

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Whether this is your first BurlyCon or you need a refresher from last year we are pleased to bring you our New to BurlyCon blog series where we give advice to help our first time attendees have a great experience! Our first blog focused on how to dive into the class schedule as well as some tips for preparing for a weekend of burlesque classes. In this blog we’ll go over a few important spaces at the convention designed to help our attendees relax or rejuvenate.

Your plane has landed, you’ve collected your luggage and have successfully checked- in at the hotel(which is just across the street from the airport, so convenient!). Now what? Registration for the convention opens on Thursday from 10:30a.m. – 7:00p.m. If you don’t arrive on Thursday don’t worry. The registration desk with be in the same place all weekend. Check the schedule to see what hours the registration desk is open for the day you arrive. The information is located in the BurlyCon class schedule.

You’ll need to pick up your badge in order to access the convention. The registration desk is located just across from the elevators on the top floor of the convention center. A not so well kept secret about registration: Did you know that on the last day of BurlyCon, Sunday, November 12th from noon-1:00p.m. you can buy your ticket to BurlyCon 2018? That’s right, the cheapest ticket available for BurlyCon 2018 is sold on the last day of the convention and will be $125 cash or credit. After 1:00p.m. the ticket jumps to $175 so don’t miss your opportunity to grab your BurlyCon 2018 tickets for $125.

Need a snack in between classes? BurlyCon X has a Hospitality Room where you will find snacks and drinks to help you get through the weekend. This year Hospitality will be offering the usual array of snacks for all kinds of diets as well as PB&J Bar (including gluten free bread and nut free options). Coffee and Tea will be available all day to keep you recharged.

In addition to the free snacks offered at Hospitality you will also find The Honor Bar: which has heartier snacks for you to refuel if you missed lunch. You’ll find a place to donate money to help offset the cost of these items. We will also offer The Share Table: Did you bring something fun from your hometown and want to share it? Pack a few too many bags of pretzels? Bring them in and share with your fellow burlesquers!* *Please note we can only accept shelf-stable snacks!

In the evenings the Hospitality Room transforms into BurlyBar! If you’re looking for a cheap drink or a place to socialize before the events look no further than the BurlyBar. The BurlyBar bartenders will be serving up specialty cocktails as well as wine, beer, and mixed drinks, so bring your cash and credit and stop on by!

Be sure to check your schedule for the open hours of both Hospitality and the Burly Bar. And be aware that Hospitality will be closed on Friday from 11:45 am–1:15 pm for the Opening Ceremonies and briefly for the Group Photo on Friday evening. If you have questions there is always a volunteer in the Hospitality room to help answer any questions. How to get to the Hospitality Room: The Hospitality Room is located in the St. Helen’s Suite which is found on the 3rd floor of the main hotel building(sitting over the Elliot rooms on the 1st floor).

If you’re looking for a place to find a little peace and quiet look no further than the Library. The library offers a large assortment of burlesque books, papers, and poster presentations. This year you will be able to learn more about the Pastie Project at their book signing event as well as view curated artworks and discussion pieces on Performers of Color.

On the other end of the spectrum is our much more lively Vendor Fair! Home to well over 20 vendors this is the place to be if you need a new sparkly anything! Rhinestoned bras, pasties for days, and enough glitter to be seen from the moon. The Vendor Fair is located in the main convention area and will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but not open on Sunday. And while you’re getting a snack at Hospitality in the main hotel side check out Melissa Flynn’s Sweet Shoppe, located right next door! She’s got you covered for the finest vintage threads. Make sure to check out your program for all the details on times and more.

That is a wrap for this week’s New to BurlyCon blog focusing on hospitality at the convention. Keep checking back for more blogs to learn the ropes of BurlyCon and we’ll see you soon in November!

Thanks to Vixen Valentine and the Media Team for this blog series!

New to BurlyCon Series- Classes 101

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First Time at BurlyCon?

So this is your first time at BurlyCon? Welcome! This is quite an exciting first BurlyCon to attend as we are celebrating our big X. Yup, ten years of burlesque education shenanigans and we are pulling out all the stops in order to make this an extra special event. To help prepare our newcomers for their first convention we’ll be writing a series of tips to help you have a great experience at BurlyCon.

Classes. This is why we’re all here right? BurlyCon is the only convention dedicated to the education of burlesque and there are 4 days jammed pack with classes from a wide range of burlesque educators!

Plan your schedule! Look over the class list and think about what classes you want to take. To help you stay organized BurlyCon is using the Events XD app so you can download and personalize your own BurlyCon class schedule! For more information regarding the classes go here: http://burlycon.org/classes/schedule/.

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 note taking tool. Are you taking a movement class? Be sure not to forget your movement clothing so that you can really get into the swing of things. Presenters will list recommendations for their class and I suggest going over that list to make sure that you don’t forget something.

My personal do not forget list includes: practice high heels, knee pads, a few pairs of movement clothing, water bottle, pen/paper. If you’re a veteran of BurlyCon you probably have your favorites. When you’re new it can seem overwhelming but don’t panic! Remember the basics- water bottle, clothes to move in, practice heels, and a way to take notes. This should get you through most classes.

Preparing for the class. When I see a class that I’m really excited about I try to write down 1 thing that I would like to take away from the class. From a burlesque educator standpoint I like to know what about my class has inspired someone to take it. In this way I can structure the class to hit the topics that are important to the students. As a student I’ve found that for me this helps to ground me in the work and mentally prepare me for each class because I walk into each class with a different goal. As the classes are 1 or 1.5 hours (unless you’ve signed up for an intensive class but we’ll get to that in a moment) 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 each class or you can ask for one in the Ops Room. These forms let BurlyCon know what you liked, disliked, and any suggestions you would have for the instructor. They’re able to get feedback on what students loved as well as areas they could improve. These are immensely helpful to both the teach 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!

Intensive Class Program: This year BurlyCon has introduced the Intensives Program. These workshops are multi-hour, in-depth explorations of various topics with the expert instructors you love. Each intensive will only cost $15 and this fee is non-refundable. These classes will be limited in size allowing every student time with the instructor and the ability to really dig into the topic at hand. We suggest only taking two classes at most- these are long workshops and you don’t want to miss out on all the other exciting events at BurlyCon!

The workshops offered are:

  • Ultimate Self Confidence! Total Tool Kit Intensive with World Famous *BOB*

  • Flexibility Fitness Intensive (Intermediate Level) with Kristina Nekyia

  • The Elements: Act Development Intensive with Ray Gunn

  • Production Management Intensive with Baby Doe

To sign-up or for more information you can go here: http://burlycon.org/connect/intensives/

Our Living Legend Guests of Honor are also teaching at BurlyCon. This is a great way to interact and learn from those that helped pave the way for our great art form.  Dee Milo will be teaching The Allure of Panel Skirts on Saturday. This class will be a combination of discussion and practice surrounding the classic garment, including Dee showing off some of her own costumes. On Sunday morning you can get even more in depth with the panel skirt by taking Toni Elling’s hit class Parade, Pose, and Peel. Be ready to shimmy and shake as this class is all movement while you learn from the Legend herself.

Of course these are just a few tips to help you prepare for BurlyCon X. If you have a specific question go to the BurlyCon Facebook page and ask your question. It will be a great way to connect with 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.

(Thank you to our Blog Contribute Vixen Valentine!)