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Lifespan of a Burlesque Act - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2012-11-19 08:00
Subject: Lifespan of a Burlesque Act
Security: Public
Obviously, like all graphs or systems, a person could have some elements from a higher Phase and still have an act that is in the lower Phases, or vice-versa. It's not fool-proof, but certainly a good tool when learning burlesque - or as a professional who finds herself stuck!

The Life Span of a Burlesque Act

Phase 1 - Brand New Act
- Early concept/movement/costume in place

Potential issues:
- Awkwardness or shyness
- Ambiguous execution
Best Practices
- Rehearse act 20+ times in front of a mirror (movement & costume reveals with music, not just sitting and listening!)
- Feedback from mentor
- Focus on clarifying concept/character
- Movement classes for non-dancers (a must, truly!)
Phase 2 - Act in Progress
- Clear execution of concept
- Movement/Costume in progress
- Potentially "Ready to Perform"

Potential issues:
- Awkwardness or shyness
- Ambiguous execution
- Movement appears forced
Best Practices
- Continue rehearsing (movement & costume reveals) in front of a mirror.
- Feedback from mentor
- Run act 3-5x in front of an audience. Listen for natural reactions (don't ask for applause!).
- Get video of act for review.
- Focus on clarifying concept/character
- Continue movement/technique classes
Phase 3 - Becoming a Crowd Pleaser
- Developed execution of concept
- Clear execution of "character" (no dead or un-engaged eyes!)
- Clear execution of movement (looks natural on the performer)
- Costume in development
- Stage presence in development

Potential issues:
- Awkwardness or shyness
- Ambiguous execution
- Movement appears forced
- Audience is uninterested or unengaged by developed act
Best Practices
- Awkwardness & shyness must be addressed and overcome before moving out of this phase.
- Movement must become seamless before moving out of this phase.
- Continue rehearsing (movement & costume reveals) in front of a mirror.
- Experiment and rehearse movement, costume reveals, and facial expresssions independently from eachother to allow further development.
- Feedback from mentor
- Continue running act in front of an audience, being in tune with natural reactions and what audience enjoys about your act!
- Continue to review video.
- Focus on clarifying weak areas
- A private classes that focuses on movement/technique concerns
Phase 4 - A Crowd Favorite
- Developed execution of concept, character, & movement.
- Developed costume
- Developed sense of stage presence
- Audience is engaged and enjoys act from start to finish
- Charismatic delivery

Potential issues:
- Boredom or laziness
Best Practices
- Continue rehearsing (movement & costume reveals) in front of a mirror.
- Experiment and rehearse movement, costume reveals, and facial expresssions independently from eachother to allow further development.
- Feedback from mentor
- Continue running act in front of an audience, being in tune with natural reactions and what audience enjoys about your act!
- Continue to review video.
- Inject new ideas or risks as needed to maintain personal fascination.
- Contemplate bigger props or costume pieces to add extra oompf!


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