Vancouver Burlesque Co. Workshops

Our company strives to bring you amazing workshops to help build your skill set, learn new tricks and refine your movement.


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Pin-Up Makeup Workshop

Instructor: Ava Hart
Location: 1000 Rivers Studio (54 East 4th Ave)

Date: Sunday, June 9
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Cost: $50 (includes a set of fake lashes)

Join professional makeup artist, Ava Hart, for a workshop which will give you a better understanding of makeup skills and how to create a great pin-up face, including skills for proper stage makeup.
In your first section of the class you’ll learn how to do a basic 3 colour neutral cat eye. Learn how to work your eye shape, primer tips, cleanup tricks and how to properly apply false eye lashes.
For your second section Ava will lead you through proper skincare, makeup removal tips, cover types of foundation, best ways to apply on skin type, how to conceal and set plus how to contour and blush.
Your final section will include two of our favourite things: Brows and Glitter! You’ll learn about different types of product plus glue and liner methods.

Ava Heart grew up as a competitive dancer with a passion for makeup. She’s been in industry for 6 and was trained by Sephora. She teaches beauty classes plus has PBA extensive training.

What to bring: Please bring your makeup basics, shadow, liner, foundation bronzer and blush. Lashes will be provided.

Pre-registration required:

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Sparkle Saturdays: Getting Down to Business in Showbiz!

Instructor: Ariel Helvetica
Location: At Ariel Helvetica's New Westminster home

Dates: Saturdays, May 18 + May 26
Time: 10am - 5pm, both days
Cost: $250 includes both 7 hour days, vegetarian snacks and catered lunch included
*maximum 10 students*

Are you a new or seasoned performer who wants to take your performing to the next level? Interested in becoming a national or international show pony, or getting booked more often in your city? Learn from Internationally seasoned performer, Ariel Helvetica, in a one-on-one setting over this two-day course. We will get up close and personal with all things showbiz in burlesque!

Ariel will let you in on her secrets of success and teach you about the art of the hustle, helping you achieve your goals in burlesque. If you are passionate, committed and ready to get down to business in show business, this two-day course is for you! Get ready to elevate your sparkle, and choose your next move in burlesque with intent and purpose.

Topics we will discuss:

-Approaching producers: locally, nationally, internationally
-Costuming conversations: organization, creation, innovation + creating a signature/ festival level act
-Festivals- putting your best foot forward, travel + why it is (or isn’t) worth it for you
-Social Media for Performers
-Submitting tech info + performer etiquette
-Merch and how it will help you
-Future goals: Becoming a headliner? What do you want out of burlesque!
-Burlesque admin + staying organized
-Touring: how to book them, what to pack, border crossing + all the details
-Contracts- when to use them
-Branding + marketing- how do you want to represent yourself
-Competitions: pros + cons
-How to say yes, and how to say no
-History of burlesque + The Burlesque Hall of Fame
-Being a teacher in burlesque
-Self care + when to take a break
-Act development: what makes a good act?
-Makeup tips + tricks
-At home organization: tips and tricks
-Burlesque + Muggle life: how to make it work for you
-Photoshoots: do's + don'ts

About Ariel:
Ariel Helvetica has shimmied and twirled her way around the globe, having performed at some of the top burlesque shows in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A since her 2011 debut. A born and raised dancer, Ariel spent 5 years abroad, wowing audiences in France as a professional Can-Can/Showgirl, and then criss-crossing the globe and criss-crossing her long legs as a professional high-kicker on cruise ships, visiting 45 countries along the way. With many notable performances under her G-String, her 2018 performance highlight was strip-teasing for her peers and fans at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in the Best Debut category. While touring, Ariel has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students and brings her expertise back to her home studio, the Vancouver Burlesque Centre where she is the Assistant Director. Ms.Helvetica is a member of Sweet Soul Burlesque, Western Canada’s longest-running professional neo-burlesque troupe and in 2018 Ariel was voted #25 in 21st Century Burlesque Magazines “most influential performers” and #3 in Canada.

Pre-registration is required:
Payment plan available! $125 deposit *non-refundable*, remaining $125 due May 11

Please reach out to Ariel directly with any further questions

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