Burlesque Performance 101
6/16 - 7/21 Session 1pm on Sundays
6620 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI 53705
This is a 6 week, 90-minute class. This is a lecture / activity hybrid filled with information, community connections, laughter, and workshops to help build up performance and overall confidence. Each class will topics ranging from the following
History lessons on burlesque from the 1860s to the 1960s
The restoration of neo-burlesque
The developing history of Midwest style burlesque
How to own the stage
How to join the community
... and more!
This is a six week course that will go in detail with how to develop burlesque for the stage. Class is limited to 6 students for the entire course. All gender identities, body types, and ethnicities are welcomed. Students will be taught the history of burlesque in the United States as well introduced to the Burlesque Hall of Fame Legend Monquie Murray who will be making a special appearance for the class. This 90 minute class will also introduce students to the fundamentals of movement, costumes, storytelling and character development for burlesque. Students will also be given the chance to debut their new found skills on stage at the end of the course.
Mercury Stardust (The Ambassador of Cheese & Tease) is a burlesque performer, instructor, emcee and producer. Bringing 12 years of performing experience to the stage, using his background as a clown, puppeteer, and an actor to make for a unique live experience. Earning his start as a professional cabaret performer for the national touring show "Chez Bouche': A Bawdy Blend of Comedy & Dance". In 2013 Mercury started his burlesque career and quickly made an impact in the Wisconsin Burlesque Community. Earning the titles of 2014 King of Iowa Burlesque Festival and the 2015 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional Champion. In 2015 He founded the Wisconsin Burlesque Association and became the executive producer of the Wisconsin Burlesque Festival. He was also the host of the popular podcast "The Art of Burlesque" on the Littlepodcast.com network. In 2017 Mercury appeared and competed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in the category of "Best of Boylesque" in Las Vegas. With his vaudeville style performances, Mercury has entertained audiences in 22 States and in over a 100 cities.
As an instructor and mentor Mercury has helped over 30 performers to make their stage debuts. He has now produced over 50 burlesque shows in the state of Wisconsin. From May of 2016 Mercury until December 2017, he ran a monthly show called "Mercury Stardust's Strip & Shout" at Five Nightclub in Madison Wisconsin. In April of 2018 He produced a new show called, Royal Tease: The Burlesque Spectacular, which sold out at FIVE Nightclub 10 days prior to the show. Another installment of the show will be on July 28th at the same venue.