We are excited to present you with burlesque workshops taught by our festival headliners/features and out-of-town performers on Friday and Saturday!

Friday Lectures and Panels: Campus Towers Hotel Garneau Room 11145-87 Ave NW
Saturday Workshops: Foot Notes Dance Studio 9708 45th Ave NW

Please read descriptions closely for items you may have to pack and bring.
There will be complimentary bottled water available onsite.

2019 Festival Workshops and Panels

Date & Time Ticket Type Price Quantity  

All Access Pass
For all Friday and Saturday Panels and Workshops

Save $30 and get access to all Friday and Saturday panels and workshops, and your choice of Kage Wolfes and Lillian Du Jour's 1pm workshop slot.
Fri Sep 13 9:30 am Pass $140.00

April O'Peel - Comedy and Burlesque: Finding Your Funny Boner
Friday at 10am (1 hr) Campus Towers Garneau Room.

Burlesque’s literal definition is to make fun of! Learn to find or hone your funny boner as as we break down the how to of creating a funny burletta and finding your comedic style. This classexamines why we laugh in order to discover our own comedic style. Using principles from sketch comedy as well as others relative to Burlettas, we learn to say yes to being silly in order to explore a different kind of power onstage.
Fri Sep 13 10:00 am Ticket $25.00

Land Acknowledgements Panel
Presented by Sparkle Plenty, Francis Gladue and moderated by Audra Dacity
Friday at 11am (1 hr) Campus Towers Garneau Room.

What is a land acknowledgement and why are they relevant to Burlesque? A territorial or land acknowledgement involves making a statement recognizing the traditional territory of the Indigenous people(s) who called the land home before the arrival of settlers, and in many cases still do call it home. This session will share the history of land acknowledgments, their significance, and how you can respectively include one in your event.
We are proud to offer this lecture at a discounted rate. If you have the funds to contribute further, we encourage donations onsite. All proceeds are given to the presenter
Fri Sep 13 11:00 am Ticket $10.00

Tea with Marinka
Friday at 12pm (1 hr) Campus Towers Garneau Room.

Enjoy light refreshments as Marinka, Queen of the Amazons and Burlesque Legends shares her stage and travel stories through her international stage and screen career.
Fri Sep 13 12:00 pm Ticket $10.00

Bea Lissima - Consent and Power for Bystanders
Friday at 1:15pm (1.5hrs) Campus Towers Garneau Room.

What to know more about consent and power-based violence? Ever wonder how to respond in a situation where this is happening? In this workshop, Bea Lissima from Calgary, Alberta will help others gain knowledge and identify how media and society perpetuate harmful messages about consent, relationships and power-based violence. We will explore and discuss the bystander effect, common things that get in the way of saying something, and explore how to hold our community members more accountable. Bea is a queer femme cis-woman of colour and resides on Treaty 7 land. She is trained in and committed to anti-oppressive and trauma-informed education, and is a relationship and sexual health educator as well as a performer, producer, and instructor on burlesque.
We are proud to offer this lecture at a discounted rate. If you have the funds to contribute further, we encourage donations onsite. All proceeds are given to the presenter
Fri Sep 13 1:15 pm Ticket $10.00

Paris Original - Pantomime and Storytelling
Saturday at 9:30am (1 hr) Footnotes Dance Studio.

The art of telling stories with your body! Using body language, facial expressions, pantomime and other tools to communicate complex concepts and emotions to help create an engaging nonverbal narrative.
Sat Sep 14 9:30 am Ticket $25.00

Jessebelle Thunder - Musicality Lecture and Movement
Saturday at 10:30am (1 hr) Footnotes Dance Studio.

Learn how to add some “x-factor” to your act by dancing within the music. This class is part lecture and part movement. You’ll learn some key points to gaining and/or strengthening your musicality without having to be a trained dancer. All levels welcome! Bring gloves!
Sat Sep 14 10:30 am Ticket $25.00

Raven Virginia - Next Level Emcee: Embracing the Emcee Within
Saturday at 12pm (1 hr) Footnotes Dance Studio.

Raven Virginia has been hosting drag, cabaret, burlesque, and awards shows for 7 years. A professional actor and improviser, Raven will share her skill set with participants and get their hosting to the next level. Whether you're venturing into hosting for the first time, or you're a seasoned pro, this hosting/emcee workshop will help participants evolve and elevate their skills.
Workshop will include: *Tips and tricks to create and amplify the onstage persona *Develop improv skills *Learn how to weave stand up comedy into segue (ie. how to tell a personal story onstage and make it funny) *How to make a dull bio sound incredible *Embrace uncertainty and take risks *Audience interaction *How to satisfy producer requests
Sat Sep 14 12:00 pm Ticket $25.00

Kage Wolfe - Groove and Sweat
Saturday at 1pm (1.5 hr) Footnotes Dance Studio - Room 1.

A dance workshop for all. Encouraging dance through, technique, functionality, and groove. No formal training needed, just an eagerness to learn and a willingness to do your best. Floorwork, funk, and street dance fundamentals will be learned in this class of drills and choreography. Oh and sweat, lots and lots of sweat along with a ton of fun.
Sat Sep 14 1:00 pm Ticket $20.00

Lillian Du Jour - Sexy at Any Age Body Confidence
Saturday at 1pm (1 hr) Footnotes Dance Studio - Room 2.

Increase your sexiness throughout every area of your life. I started my burlesque career at age 61 and within 2 years I became an International award winning artist. Learn how to own your stage (in life too), enjoying your movement with self love, eye contact with confidence, willingness to try a new persona. How to create a BRAND for yourself. Are you struggling with time management and keeping all your plates spinning? Are you anxious about networking? Do you feel invisible and overlooked? Come join me and let's get doing this thing we love better as we continue to be Sexy At Any Age! Secrets to creating the illusion when you are still on stage at 63 yrs young!
Sat Sep 14 1:05 pm Ticket $20.00

Click here to view workshops we have offered in the past!