‘Um’…the forbidden word. The word I say too much. But ‘Um’ is a good word to describe the weekend. “Um, what just happened?” “Um, what do I do now?” “Um, how do I get more of that in my life?”
As the ‘Um’s’ start to build it’s easy to get overwhelmed by …Glitter Crash–the feeling you get after an entire weekend of “Um, that was amazing, sparkly, and everything I needed!”
‘Um’ also takes on many meanings. It gives you an audible place to pause and think before you move into action. ‘Um’ can be uncomfortable. It can make you feel unsure, unconfident or even sad. And “Um, what do I do now?” is also a marker of growth. This unsure ‘Um’ is a gift because it’s there to let you know that the burlesquer you were before BurlyCon has changed. As an artist, you’ve challenged yourself and moved outside of your comfort zone into a place that is new. Take a moment to revel in this new, unsure moment of growth and be proud of letting yourself be vulnerable.
To let yourself have an ‘Um’ moment is giving yourself permission to process what you’ve learned. As you work on incorporating new ideas, new choreo, new costuming into your artistry, remember that this is how you know you’re leveling up.
‘Um’ has also binded our last moments together at the Commencement Ceremony. You wrote down something that you need from your community and you received something that the community needs from you. “Um, how do I create the community I want to see?” and “Um, how can I help build a better community?” You can see this as a personal marker of growth as much as the classes challenged you as an artist.
‘Um’–a simple word with the ability to encapsulate a weekend of growth and possibility.
You are magical, creative and divine artists, activists and performers. You are sacred entertainers. Keep on making incredible art.
Love and light,
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For the 12th 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.
Classes are held during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Exotic World Weekend in Las Vegas and focus on lifestyle, skills, and history. These classes are a fantastic opportunity to receive information passed on directly from one of our most finite resources: the performers of yesteryear.
All Classes are taught in conjunction with the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender June 7 & 8, 2019, and
held in Esplanade J at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 & SATURDAY, June 8, 2019
WHERE: Esplenade J
The Stocking Peel with Lovey Goldmine
Workshop World Debut!
Friday, 10:30-11:30 am Room: Esplanade J
Ticket Info: $45
Lovey will guide students through choosing the perfect stockings, positioning on a chair for the optimal peel, techniques of smooth stocking removal, and style. She’ll address how to establish romance and sensuality, as well as how to connect to the audience with directness and passion, and how to showcase agility. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions about specific techniques and follow her as they try her modes and moves. Designed for performers, but beginners and observers are welcome!
Bring a pair of stretch non-textured stockings and a pair of shoes that you can remove without buckles. Arrive prepared to start, preferably in shorts or leotards so you can use the stockings.
Lovey began her career at age 17 as a singer with The Scatman Corothers Trio. By age twenty one she was hired by Chuck Landes, of the famous Hollywood Largo, as a featured exotic dancer and mistress of ceremonies. She immediately became known for her love of musical theater and her focus on dance with storylines. Lovey traveled to Paris, France where she performed in “The Crazy Horse Saloon” for Alain Bernardin and later joined a ballet from Paris to do a world tour. Upon returning to the states, she took a job as lead dancer and line captain at The World Famous Losers Niteclub and later moved to Las Vegas where she performed at the Cabaret Burlesque Palace. She appeared repeatedly on The Merv Griffin Show while the show filmed at Caesar’s Palace. Lovey was inducted into The Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2014 and currently travels to appear in Burlesque Festivals nationwide.
Tina Pratt: Legendary Life Story and Discussion
Friday, 11:45 am-12:45 pm | Room: Esplanade J
Ticket Info: $45
Join Tina Pratt for an in-depth discussion of her life and experiences as an African American Burlesque star. Performing throughout the 1950s and into the 1970s, Tina worked within the segregated “Chitlin’” circuits across the United States and Canada and toured through Amsterdam, Germany, and Switzerland. Despite experiencing discrimination and prejudice, Tina pursued her love of burlesque and had an expansive tap dance career – including her Broadway debut at age 53! Tina will share her incredible stories as well as open up the room for questions. She looks forward to meeting new performers and discovering their shared histories.
Born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tina Pratt began her dance career as the first African American student at the Mamie Barth Dance Academy at the age of 6. Entering the burlesque scene in the 1950s, Tina pursued the art form into the early 1970s. She danced in the segregated clubs of Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Baltimore and even as far as Great Falls, Montana. She also performed internationally with guest spots in Montreal, Amsterdam, Germany, and Switzerland. During that time Tina co-founded the Show Biz Association of Producers in Boston, and also founded the Fou-Chee Dancers, an Afro-Cuban dance team. Tina still has a great passion for burlesque and especially its unique, complex history with performers of color. Tina is based in Bronx, NY.
Burlesque on the Wild Side with Camille 2000
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am | Room: Esplanade J
Ticket Info: $45
In honor of Camille 2000 being named the 2019 Living Legend of the Year, she is reprising everyone’s favorite workshop on wild burlesque! Learn how Camille designs, choreographs, and costumes her numbers, and learn to bring out the passion in your own burlesque! As Camille showed when she mounted the stage at the Orleans in 2010, even the most elegant fan dance has more impact when you move with feline power and high energy. She will walk you through a few of her signature moves so you can feel the fire, and teach you about fierce attitude so you can develop your own signature moves.
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!
Talk Time with Toni Elling
Saturday, 11:45 am-12:45 pm | Room: Esplanade J
Ticket Info: $45
Join us for an intimate conversation with Toni Elling, the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Living Legend of the Year 2014. Throughout her storied career, Toni created and refined her persona and acts with individuality and flair. Join her for inspiration and advice on how to assert your place in the world of Burlesque. Through describing her process and responding to your questions, she’ll inspire you to create acts that fit your individuality and your goals.
The elegant and classy Toni Elling is a burlesque icon who broke down many barriers as an African-American woman performing in the 1960s and 1970s. Resisting stereotypes and racism, Toni toured the world with her signature “Parade, Pose, and Peel” glamour. From Detroit to Tokyo, she broke barriers and delighted crowds – and she’s eager to pass on her tips to a new generation of performers.
Bump & Grind Boot Camp with Penny Starr Sr.
Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm | Room: Esplanade J
Ticket Info: $45
Bumps & grinds are one of the defining moves of burlesque. Get ready to use your hips! Penny Starr Sr. will help you make yours as powerful as can be. Learn authentic vintage moves you can incorporate into your modern numbers. Get the goods from one of the best of 1950s burlesque! Wear easy-moving clothes and shoes that you would perform in, no rhinestones required.
Philadelphia burlesque legend and grandmother to LA burlesque dancer Penny Starr, Jr. Penny Starr, Sr. returns to the stage after 25 years. Penny began her striptease days by starting at the girl shows in the carnivals and coal regions of Pennsylvania, as a way to support her 2 children. As her star climbed she moved up to such clubs as the famed Philadelphia burlesque house The Trocadero, the Cotton Club in Florida and even did an impromptu chorus gal routine at the Latin Quarter when a dancer called in sick and the owner spotted her sitting in the club.
Penny Starr danced until 1972, often taking her granddaughter into the dressing rooms with her when she went on gigs. She quit dancing because as she put it “Who wants to compete with 20-year-olds?” (In a side note, Penny Jr. started dancing about the same age Penny Sr. quit.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2018
On behalf of BurlyCon, the Board of Directors is proud to announce that Lola Love has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of BurlyCon. Lola brings almost ten years of event management, coordination and planning experience to this new role. For the past 5 years, Lola has served as the Director of Programming. For the last year she has been trained and mentored as the Deputy Director while holding the Director of Programming position and also pursuing a degree in Non Profit Management.
Lola Love carries all of the attributes necessary to succeed as Executive Director including leadership skills, planning experience, management skills, budget and administration experience, and a powerful commitment to BurlyCon’s mission and values.
In Lola’s own words: “I fell in love with the organization my first year in attendance (2012). It has been an honor to serve the organization and to serve my community. I am thrilled to take on this new role and lead the organization in its second decade.”
During Lola’s tenure as the Director of Programming, she streamlined operations, trained and retained a fantastic team of volunteers, consistently built a diverse and thrilling program of courses and activities, and was the model of efficiency and timeliness.
While in training as the Deputy Director, Lola also conducted all of the Director of Programming duties, began her degree in Non Profit Management, and coordinated anti-oppression trainings for the Board and Directors.
She has earned the respect of the Board, her peers, and the entire committee as a thoughtful, organized, and pro-active leader. She will have the support of returning Directors Ri Ri Syn Cyr (Development), Fosse Jack (HR), Vixen Valentine (Media), and Red Delicious (Operations) as she moves into her new role. Her first duties will include the hiring of Director of Programming, and a Director of Events Fundraising.
All oversight of the daily work activities of the BurlyCon Organizing Committee will officially transfer to Lola Love on January 1, 2019. Between now and then, Outgoing Executive Director Indigo Blue and Lola Love will work together to compete year-end close out and 2019 pre-planning. As of January 1, 2019, Indigo Blue will remain with BurlyCon as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.
CONTACT: VIXEN VALENTINE, BURLYCON DIRECTOR OF MEDIA
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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.
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
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.
FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 & SATURDAY, June 2, 2018
WHERE: Bienville Room J
Travels of a Foxx with Lola Foxx
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12
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!
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
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!
-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!)
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!
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
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
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. 🙂