How to be a Poised Goof: combining ballet and clowning for unique choreography. We will discuss the history and development of ballet dancers and clowns and do some group exercises that combine both disciplines. Participants will explore the importance and joy of juxtaposing opposite performance forms for unique character and choreography development and the benefits of improvisation as live performers. All bodies, abilities, and skill levels welcome. Please dress to move, wear dance slippers or bare feet, and bring your imagination!
Develop and Build the Best Costume for Your Act: With two decades of costuming and sewing experience, Mary will discuss the important things to consider when creating the right costume for your act- including functionality, durability, materials, and building methods. Mary shares some of the unique pieces she's created for herself in a show-and-tell format for inspiration and hands-on learning.
Tearaway Bras for Larger Breasts: This workshop style class shares a method I created to make strong, effective tearaway bras. Designed for larger cup sizes, but can be used by anyone! You will end the class with a tearaway bra ready for decoration and wear. Must provide own bras, other supplies provided.
I have also spoken on a panel about being an instructor and lectured at a high school career day about a career in theater.
I have taught at: Workshops in Atlanta, Denver, CO and Knoxville, TN, Southern Fried Burlesque Fest 2015, Smoky Mountain Burlesque Fest 2016, The Great BurlExpo 2017, Bagel Burlesque Expo 2017
Photo on this page: Ginger Snaps Photography Hair and other model: Roula Roulette Cars: Chad Vaillancourt and Skeeter Holloway