The White Elephant Burlesque Society

In Buffalo we have a lot of opportunities to learn how to belly dance, pole dance, along with a number of other classes that are considered sexy to some, risqué to others, a great workout to those who take the classes, and highly entertaining all the way around. Now that we’ve covered those activities, it’s time to throw another one in the ring – burlesque classes! While there are burlesque classes offered throughout the year in Buffalo (see Mistress J Kiss for example), there is a traveling burlesque troupe coming to town in support of one of our theater companies. 
C’mon Buffalonians, it’s time to try something completely different. On November 10 at 10:00am until November 11 at 8:00pm, The Alt Theatre Partners present workshops with The White Elephant Burlesque Society - along with performances there are master classes in start-up burlesque, and what city couldn’t use some more burlesque dancers? Now for something completely different…
November 10 at 10:00am until November 11 at 8:00pm
The Alt Theatre Partners Present:
The White Elephant Burlesque Society
Alt Theatre, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207
WORKSHOPS… starting Saturday afternoon. MEN and WOMEN welcome. PERFORMANCES – details below…
From The White Elephant Burlesque Society:
*WE will share with you technique, interpretation, and tricks of the trade so that you–regardless of your level of experience–can storm the stage with purpose and confidence.
*This is a Teaching Class: If you would like a chance to try your hand at some of our suggestions, dress for success. We recommend button-down shirt and skirt or pants that are easy to take off. Sexy underwear that you feel good in, and present your best self. Corset or bustier if desired/owned. Men: your Sunday best. Shoes that make you feel sexy and match your outfit. Some accessories provided.
Workshop & Performance Descriptions:
Tickets available through Autumn and TicketLeap. Please add $2 to the price of each ticket if you use TicketLeap
• Saturday, 2PM-4PM … $30 presale, $35 at the door
Constructing Burlesque… Nice Work if You Can Get It This workshop will discuss the all important Look and Style that a burlesque performer decides on before going out on stage. We’ll talk what has come before, what influences today, and how to find the Trick to your stage persona. This workshop is supplemented by live example performances with a guided tour to creating your burlesque performance. WE also goes in-depth determining Your Niche & Working With It (names, gimmicks, performance type) & understanding the history and differences among us.
• Saturday, 6PM-8PM … $20 tickets
The White Elephant Burlesque Society: Buffalo Shuffle Main Event White Elephant provides a full length show of their talents and movement to show you what we’ve got. 2 full-length acts w/ Intermission. Hosted by Viktor Devonne & Starring Regina Stargazer, Gretchen Violetta, Lilith Lore, Dolly Shot, Femme Fae la Butche, and Viktor Devonne.
• Sunday, 12Noon-2PM … $30 presale, $35 at the door
Subject: Reconstructing Burlesque… You Gotta Get a Gimmick If You’re Gonna Be a Star White Elephant’s final workshop discusses Burlesque individual style, the realities of a show, planning and booking events, and more. You’ll also get some tricks and treats, and a chance to try things for yourself. Highlight: Creating a Burlesque Show: From Email to Stage (incl. burlesque across state lines, costumes for the non-sewer, creating setlists, and professional-level organization) Upon graduation, selected workshop participants will be groomed for their spot at the 6PM showcase.
• Sunday, 4PM-6PM … $10 tickets
The White Elephant Burlesque Society: Winging It.. The Buffalo Stance Workshop Showcase White Elephant has more shimmy for your gimme, and will spotlight the WEB stage debut of their workshop graduates. 2 full-length acts w/ Intermission. Hosted by Viktor Devonne, starring Regina Stargazer, Gretchen Violetta, Lilith Lore, Dolly Shot, Femme Fae la Butche, and Viktor Devonne; and featuring the graduates of WEBS’ Buffalo Workshops.
• Both Saturday & Sunday Workshops (includes free ticket to the Student showcase) … $50 presale, $60 at the door.
Photo by Justin Moore: Viktor Devonne and Gretchen Violetta


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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

5 comments
biniszkiewicz
biniszkiewicz

yeah, yesterday's model pic was skinny, but this makes sense with the name . . .

NBuffguy
NBuffguy

"Elephant" and "Burlesque" are two words I never thought I'd see so close together. Good for them!

grad94
grad94

and paulsobo will be picketing outside.

seriously, though, i'm impressed that the classes are open to both men and women.

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