Burlesque Summer School
3 Days. 18 Workshops.
Back BIGGER than ever, January 10-12th 2020!!
Looking for a burlesque fix these Summer Holidays? Maison Burlesque Summer School is BACK over 3 days this January 2020!
Suitable for all levels of experience.
How It Works:
Over three days we will be presenting 18 different two hour length workshops with our resident tutors and special guests! Plus a VIP Summer School Wrap Party on the Sunday night!
There will be two workshop options at each timeslot, so you can build your own program!
Timetable and Registration
Check out our timetable below!
3 DAY PASS
- Choose 9 x 2 hour workshops (3 workshops per day)
- Price: $360
2 DAY PASS
- Choose 6 x 2 hour workshops (3 workshops per day)
1 DAY PASS
- Choose 3 x 2 hour workshops on the same day
- Price: $145
1 Day Pass Registrations now open!
Single workshop registrations will open in December! - subject to availability if allocations aren't already exhausted.
- Price: $55 per workshop
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Early Bird Catches the Worm!
Class numbers are strictly limited and subject to first in, best (un)dressed - so why not book early and guarantee your spot in all your favourite workshops!
1, 2, & 3 Day Passes:
Please nominate your workshop preferences at the time of booking. We will then email you your program within 48 hours of receiving your registration.
We will attempt to keep the website as up to date as possible when workshops book out. Should your first choice of workshop no longer be available we will allocate you a place in the other workshop in the same timeslot.
Please note there are no refunds or deposit plans for Summer School Registrations.
Transfers may be made between workshops (subject to availability) by emailing
Build your own program from 18 fabulous workshops!
FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY
Broadway Tap - Whisky Falls - MOD Intensity
Take a step back in time and tap your troubles away with Whisky Falls, in a tribute to Hollywood Legends Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. In this workshop we’ll cover tap dance fundamentals & learn a cheeky routine with a theatrical flair! Note: Bring tap shoes if you have them, otherwise a low heel or character shoes will work just fine (no runners or stilettos please)
GoGo Beach Party - Miss Jane Doe - HIGH Intensity
Get ready to shimmy, shake and do the twist with Miss Jane Doe’s in this 2 hour celebration of 60s music, dance, fashion and style. Learn iconic 60s dance moves and learn how to groove with wild abandon like those caged discotheque dancers of the Whisky A Go Go. Work up a sweat while learning how to shake a tail feather! Beach party dress-ups optional but highly encouraged!
Sell Yourself - Dolores Daiquiri - LOW Intensity
So you’ve started performing, but want to get yourself out there? Or not sure how to move to the next level? This workshop is for you! Join the producer of the Australian Burlesque Festival Dolores Daiquiri for a practical discussion about how to promote yourself as a performer and get those gigs! This workshop will cover: social media, marketing and branding, a view of the current landscape and key events and producers around the country, competitions and festivals, and the do’s and don’ts of approaching producers and festival/event applications.
Clowning 101 - Clara Cupcakes - MOD Intensity
Learn clown in a gown 101 from Clara Cupcakes! Fine-tune your characterization, nibble on nuisance and tap the potential laughs in your big toe with Melbourne's Queen of the funny tits scene. Let's laugh our asses off together. Please bring comfortable clothes, water and one thing that makes you feel silly (a hat, a goofy jumper, and umbrella - IT CAN BE ANYTHING)
Aqua Barbie Girl - Miss Jane Doe - HIGH Intensity
C’mon Barbie (& Ken!) let’s go party! Release your inner 90’s dance diva in this 2 hour dance party with vintage dance Queen Miss Jane Doe!! Get silly! Get sweaty! Dress-ups optional but encouraged.
Kiss & Make Up - Ruby Slippers - LOW Intensity
We all love a natural beauty, but when it comes to painting your face for stage, we want to enhance your features for the back row to see! Learn the importance of contour, the wonder of highlight, the magic of glitter and the drama of lashes, plus everything in between. Learn how to finish your look with wig application and maintenance, and baby, you’re ready to go!
Ruby is a specialty makeup artist and drag performer and has taught makeup workshops all across Australia. Come with your kit and paint along with Ruby’s guidance, ask questions and get answers to help create your own unique stage face!
SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY
Sexuality on Stage - Willow J - LOW Intensity
You have a routine, you have a costume, you know what you are doing but are you really FEELING it? This workshop will focus on how to harness you sexual energy to add depth and a more meaningful connection with the audience through using yogic and tantric techniques to activate your sacral chakra and get that energy flowing through the whole body! Integration of the body, mind and spirit is integral when performing and this workshop will give you a great introduction to the philosophy and practice on how you can perform in a more unified and connected way. Combining old school bump n grind with free flowing movement and breathe work you will certainly get that energy flowing!
Floor Play - Juniper Fox - MOD Intensity
Learn the fundamentals of building your body to feel strong, flexy and sexy. This 2 hour floorwork workshop with Juniper Fox incorporates elements of dance, yoga and pilates to help you find your flow with slinky, sensual floorwork building to some choreography to practice your moves. Increase your mobility & flexibility whilst learning sexy floor work transitions and moves to add to your burlesque repertoire! Plus we’ll have some serious discussions around injury prevention, stretching and conditioning to look after your body!
Burlesque: A History - Bella de Jac - LOW Intensity
So you love burlesque, but do you REALLY know where it came from? Join Miss Burlesque Australia 2015 and Founder & former Managing Director of the Australian Burlesque Museum Bella de Jac for a delve into the origins of our beloved artform. Covering local and global history, we’ll learn about Melbourne's revival, a little Australian history and an overview of the origins of Burlesque that led us to where we are today! A must for any burlesque afficionado!
Flirting with Fans - Poppy Cherry - MOD Intensity
Get fan-cy with feathers in this two hour Fan Dance workshop with resident fan dance instructor Poppy Cherry. We’ll start with some conditioning and warmups, followed by an introduction into the myriad of different fan poses, twirls, and a couple of fan-cy tricks too! Learn how to pose with feathers for the ultimate showgirl (or showboy!) look, and put our moves together into little routine! This is aimed at a beginner level - no experience required! Feather fans will be provided for use during the workshop.
Lap Dance - Egson Ham - HIGH Intensity
Get XXXtra sexy with our resident Boylesque Instructor and professional dancer Egson Ham! This class is exactly what you think it is! In this 2 hour lap dance masterclass we’re turning up the heat and learning a series of sexy moves to serenade that special someone! Plus for the last 15 minutes we encourage participants to bring along a friend to show off your moves!
Tempest Storm: Vintage Burlesque - Maple Rose - HIGH Intensity
Learn the seductive, gyrating movements of the Queens of Burlesque in this one off workshop. We’ll explore sexuality, story telling with your hands, and learn the signature moves of the Storm in a D-Cup. Based on the number one rule in the business - no matter what happens, we’ll keep moving. Join Maple in this fun, explorative workshop learning some of the key cornerstones of our art form.
SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY
Showgirl Shenanigans - Velma Vouloir - MOD Intensity
Unleash your inner Vegas- or Parisian- inspired showgirl in this fun and energetic workshop with Velma Vouloir! In this workshop we’ll focus on your showgirl walks, footwork, lines, extension and FACE, putting all these techniques together in a super cute Showgirl routine!
Googoo for Gaga (Just DANCE!) - Iva Grande - HIGH Intensity
You know the song, now prepare to unleash your inner dance diva in this dance based workshop with Iva Grande! Get ready to shake your troubles off and - you guessed it - just DANCE. Lady Gaga themed dress ups optional but highly encouraged!
Get Your Kit Off - Poppy Cherry - LOW Intensity
A wise performer once said: 'Neo Burlesque is about Why we strip, and Classic Burlesque is about How we strip'. Join Poppy Cherry in an exploration of creative ways to remove your costume for maximum impact on stage (or even in the bedroom!)! Explore a range of techniques to remove foundational garments such as gowns, gloves and corsets, then get creative with other costume items! Each participant is encouraged to bring with you one costume item of your choice you'd like to learn how to strip out of, for practical discussion.
Ballet For Burlesque - Juniper Fox - MOD Intensity
Add grace, elegance & poise to your burlesque! Join dance instructor Juniper Fox in this 2 hour workshop based around ballet curriculum designed to increase your mobility & flexibility, developing your lines, poise, and ballet technique! Learn the fundamentals of building your body to feel poised, elegant and graceful. This class incorporates elements of ballet and pilates, and will incorporate traditional ballet poses, centrework and stretching.
Costume Design 101 - Maple Rose - LOW Intensity
Join burlesque performer & costume designer Maple Rose for this comprehensive 2 hour workshop focused on creating costumes that are not only beautiful, but functional and original too! We’ll be covering everything you need to know to start designing your burlesque costume. Starting with a quick quick history of burlesque costumes , we’ll run through the reasons why “classic costumes” all look very similar. Then branching out we’ll go through the key 7 steps to designing a burlesque costume including: Research, Design, "characterization" through costume, Choreography for your costume, Sourcing, Easy Removal & Embellishments. Bring an ipad/laptop or smartphone, notepad and pen, plus coloured pencils if you wish.
Exotic Grind - Velma Vouloir - HIGH Intensity
Join Velma Vouloir for a fusion of classic burlesque and contemporary exotica that focuses largely on floorwork, grinds, transitions and body awareness. Get ready for a total body workout, and put all your moves together into a jaw-droppingly sexy routine!