How To: Troupe Costumes

So you’ve formed a troupe and you want to look professional and stand out from the crowd… Here’s a little how-to!  Firstly, what are troupe costumes? And why? When you get together as a troupe, it’s not just the moves that should be in-step, you whole look should be in keeping with everyone else in […]

How To Burlesque Without Losing Yourself

We get it! You’re excited! You’ve entered the industry, invented the colourful characters and made everything you do B I G… You have the confidence, your stage persona is on fire… But you’ve woken up one morning and realised you don’t know where the off-switch for the on-stage persona is…   Putting everything into your […]

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 – […]

Five Burlesque Fails To Avoid

Actually we’re going to confess before we start writing this article. We saw something very similar in a monthly magazine whilst at the dentist. While this magazine outlined ‘workplace fails’ we thought the same rules could apply to the burlesque industry – so we’ve flipped it to bring you some (hopefully!) great advice…  Don’t wait […]

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 […]

What Makes A Good Emcee?

So we’ve all been to shows where the host is really giving you the most… They are relaxing you, making you feel welcomed and providing a smooth link from act to act… Looks easy, doesn’t it? In fact, it can’t be that hard, so you reckon you could give it a go… Here’s really what’s […]

Meet The Performers… Introducing some of our new acts!

We’ve crammed our All Shook Up! bill, which hits the Arts Wing this saturday, fit to burst because we wanted you lovely audience members to see our new(er) performers! So step forwards Emerald Green and Eddie Kelly… We’re very lucky here at Bluestocking… Running classes as well as shows, we’re able to spot some awesome […]

History Of Burlesque: The Leg Mania Artiste

The origins of burlesque are old – ancient, in fact! And we like a bit of history! So today’s installment of our history of burlesque series takes a look at the Leg Mania Artiste of the 1800s… And it’s not quite what you think! You might think of leg mania, in our times, as someone […]

Glitter – How To Remove It

We bloody love glitter! We love covering ourselves in it, pouring it and our hostess DeeDee and Dawn love rolling in it… And if you’ve read our previous glitter post, you can see why it’s a yes from us! But glitter is like the burly version of herpes… It can spread, and once you’ve got it, […]

Getting a bad rep… how your behaviour off stage as well as on can end a career…

No one likes a diva backstage (unless it’s actual Diva Hollywood – we bloody love her, she’s gorgeous inside and out!)… Bad behaviour backstage is the fastest way to gain a reputation for all the wrong reasons… Be a joy offstage and on – your future depends on it and here’s why… Saying ‘thank you’ […]