Help With Tech Sheets

So you’ve got your first professional show and now they’re asking you to return a tech sheet with details of your act. Here’s a quick how-to for those a bit lost for words…  What is a tech sheet?  Starting from the very basics, a tech sheet is a breakdown of everything about your act – […]

I Want To Make My First Routine – Where Do I Start?

This is a question DeeDee and I always get asked by the students we teach who want to actually get themselves out on a stage. We don’t teach routines in our classes, we just give tools to build your own routine as we strongly believe that everyone has their own style and already has a […]

Ruffling Your Feathers: All You Need To Know When Purchasing Plumes and Being a Fan of Fans!

We love them, you love them and burlesque, cabaret, showgirls and dance are heavily linked to them… Yes, we’re talking plumage today! But when it comes to buying feathers, it’s not as straight-forward as you may think. With feathers, you generally get what you pay for, and what may seem like a brilliant online auction […]

Piercing The Veil… Why A Belly Dancer’s Prop Can Be Your New Costume Friend!

We all know that burlesque and belly dance are linked… Since belly dance first entered the Western World’s imagination at the Chicago World Fair in the 1880s (you can read about the history of burlesque and belly dance at the Chicago World Fair here) burlesque dancers have been emulating and converting the moves for our own […]

New Performer Tips: Thinking Big!

We know that, in everyday life, the motto is ‘less is more’. We all want to look naturally lovely, with beautiful barely there make-up, hair flowing naturally, with a gentile persona but when it comes to hitting the stage, that just isn’t going to cut it! You want that back row to see you, your […]

You Gotta Have A Gimmick!

Everyone wants their style to stand out from the rest of the crowd and all promoters like to have a varied bill, where styles and acts are all different… So in the words the wonderful Mazeppa (Faith Dane) of Mervyn LeRoy’s 1962 film Gypsy (a must see for all performers!) “you got to have a gimmick!” […]