About the Workshops

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Classes are $25 per person and 100% of the proceeds go to the instructors!

Rollins Theatre (On Stage)
Strutting with Intention | Ophelia Flame

Saturday 5/11 1:00-2:30pm

This class will deconstruct the the fine art of walking with purpose. Students will learn about balance, intention, tempo and other keys to a successful strut. Fun for all levels of experience. Bring heels and prepare to move.

Ophelia Flame, known as “The Burning Sensation,” is a pioneer of the Minneapolis neo-burlesque scene and has performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She holds the 1999 Miss Exotic World 2nd Runner-Up and 2012 Reigning Queen of Burlesque 1st Runner-Up titles from The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Ophelia is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Sassy Lassy Award from the Burlesque Hall of Fame for recognition of her outstanding contribution to the art of Burlesque, her dedication to education and support of the Museum that has spanned over two decades.

Repeatedly voted one of the Top Burlesque Performers in the World by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, Ophelia Flame has received a Golden Pastie Award from the New York Burlesque Festival and has been featured in The Burlesque Handbook by Jo Weldon, Marie Claire Magazine, and numerous other publications. She has been producing shows since 2004 and teaching burlesque since 2005. Ms. Flame was a creator of Best of Midwest Burlesk, the region’s first burlesque festival, The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and brought the international phenomenon Dr. Sketchy’s to the Twin Cities in 2008. Ophelia is honored to be on the Board of Directors and an instructor at BurlyCon Seattle, the nation’s premier conference for burlesque artists. She is co-founder and headmistress of Minnesota’s first school of burlesque, The Playful Peacock Academy. She enjoys anything shiny and cocktails at inappropriate hours.


Rollins Theatre (Green Room)
The Wonderful World of Spandex | Mr. Gorgeous

Saturday 5/11 2:30-3:30pm (Class)
Saturday 5/11 3:30-4:00pm (Post-Class Q&A)

Join Spandexpert Mr. Gorgeous as he guides you through the wonderful world of Spandex. The course will cover the 101’s of Spandex, including an in-depth discussion of what variety of Spandex is necessary for your project, how to sew it, stretch and non-stretch embellishment, care, and Spandex resources. We will also cover various ways to apply zippers / snap tape and other burlesque related notions to often times finicky stretch materials. You will also learn the proper steps to covering and altering a bra. By the end of this 60-minute workshop, you will have all the information needed to stretch your wings and fly with your Spandex knowledge.

Mr Gorgeous has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has been awarded “Most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2013 and “Mr Exotic World – King of Boylesque 2014” He’s also the owner and designer of “Mr Gorgeous NYC” – a unique costuming company specializing in spandex and sculptural costumes for circus, burlesque and nightlife personalities.