ABSFest is proud to offer Burlesque, Circus and Business Workshops! Train with artists from around the country in the ABSfest Sexy Seminary in stagecraft, circus arts, fire performance, burlesque and more. Open to all levels! Dive on in. Click on the yellow “add to cart” button below the workshop descriptions below to purchase your workshop pass!
EDUCATION is an essential component of ABSfest. JOIN US FOR WORKSHOPS! We have an incredible variety this year, and they are amazingly priced at $30 adv./$35 day of.
Going With The Flow: On-the-Spot Dancing for Burlesque w/ May Hemmer
Elegance, Lines and Poise w/ Natasha Riot
Selling the Strange w/ David London
Eclectic Fusion Combos w/ Draconis
Ukulele Orkestra! w/ Mab Just Mab
FREE Community Discussion
David explores the history of producing and selling bizarre and unusual acts to the paying public over the past 160 years. Using this history as a backdrop, he will then share tools and techniques that today’s proprietors of peculiar productions can use to sell their own curious creations.
We will see how different technologies emerging over time have been used to build audiences, convincing members of the public to hand over their hard-earned cash.
Please note: This workshop is intended for independent producers who are interested in selling more tickets to their public shows.
Topics include self-producing, four-walling, press, social media, ticket deals, email marketing, and more.
Easily Draconis’s most popular workshop!! Eclectic fusion is not a ‘style’, it is a formula and a philosophy for creating fusion!! This workshop is always evolving, and is purely combination-based movement sequences. These specific combos and fusion styles will vary with each location, using movements from styles such as West African, Samba, modern, and tribal style dance.
The wrong music plays….the music shuts off….you’re working with a live band? What do you do?! Did you feel yourself slip and want to make that save? Let’s work on the fine art of going with the flow. The class will start with basic stretches to warm up. Afterwards we will share a couple of stories of on-stage nightmares to look back and laugh about. Then we will have a series of movements in which you will not know the song….the song might shut off…..start over….etc. We will also have moves that are simple to do when tripping, falling, slipping, etc Then afterwards we will have a cool down period and a Q&A. Bring your dancing shoes because we will be grooving. There will be NO choreo to learn for this class; it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone.
FACT! Ukuleles increase your sex appeal!
4 strings and the truth! The Incredible, Portable, Magical, Musical, Ukulele is now within your reach! Learn the basics of making sweet uke love and leave this workshop well on your way to becoming a ROCK GOD! This is a class for beginners, and people who have held a uke once or twice.
There are a VERY LIMITED number of spare ukes, so it is strongly advised that you get your own (you won’t regret it!). If you buy a new uke, be sure to tune it up before hand, strings need time to settle in. Mab is available for email questions before the workshop. Not sure what kind of uke to get? Mab recommends the Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele for about $35 online for beginners.