Art of the Tease





  • Create a stage persona and develop an act
  • Find your inner sex appeal
  • Costume for burlesque
  • Burlesque movement and choreography basics
  • Vintage Dance Basics of the Burlesque and Vaudeville eras
  • Connect to Your Audience

Burlesque – the empowered art of control and taking your time; the invitation to have others join you on a theatrical journey celebrating your sensuality and self-awareness; and the joyful expression of the human body in all its beautiful and varied forms. This adult burlesque workshop is for everyone – those of you who are slightly nervous and those of you who are super eager… students who want to be the next Dita von Teese and those who simply want to learn to walk in high heels with confidence… humans who are looking for a deeply accepting theatre experience and outrageous performers looking to reach for the next level. Join Lady Grey, the Queen of Tap and Tease, a veteran of the Broadway stage as well as a dance educator for over 30 years and the happy ringleader of the local/regional burlesque community in State College, PA, as she leads students on a journey full of sparkle, shimmies, and sensuality. Students will have the opportunity to perform a group number in a final private showcase performance on Saturday evening followed by a short meet and greet with friends and family.

Friday, June 21            

  • 11am-12:30pm Registration & Check-in
  • 1-2pm Why Burlesque? Finding Your Confidence and Inner Sex Appeal
  • 2-3pm Gotta Getta Gimmick: The fine art of creating a stage persona, choosing a stage name, and finding your niche
  • 4-6pm Burlesque 101includes basic history, bump and grind dance basics, boa work, glove peels and more. Heels are suggested for this class, and anyone who has gloves and boas are welcome to bring theirs. A group number will be learned for the showcase the next night.
  • 7-9pm Costuming for Burlesque includes tips and tricks for costuming on a budget, vintage hair ideas, a recommended stage makeup list, and how to make your own pasties. All participants will create one pair of pasties to take home with them (supplies provided).

Saturday, June 22  

  • 11am-12pm Choosing a Signature Song, Approaches to Choreography and Connecting with Your Audience
  • 12-1pm Vintage Dance Basics of the Burlesque and Vaudeville Eras – this class teaches dancers about moving around a space in creative ways other than simply walking, with special focus on vintage movement of the 1920’s to the 1960’s.
  • 5-5:45pm Solo Act Brainstorming/Feedback Session. All participants will to work together to help one another develop concepts for solos and/or critique existing ideas with the class. Participants with existing solos may request to workshop their pieces with the class, time allowing.
  • 5:45-6:15pm Rehearsal for Group Number 
  • 6:30-7:00pm Private Studio Showcase w/Meet & Greetfor friends and family (18+).
  • 10-11:30pm All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to Lady Grey’s Late Night Cabaret at the State Theatre and will have a standing invitation to guest “kitten” at their monthly cabarets for the 2019-2020 season.

All intensive attendees receive a Class Pass for the Festival, so that they may attend other classes throughout the weekend.

Sunday, June 23 (use your Class Pass to attend workshops, seminars, classes, and performances of your choice).

About Lady Grey

Lady Grey exudes both sensuality and class, sharing her unique sense of artistic flair and decades of experience as an entertainer, educator, and producer.

​A professional dancer since the age of 13, Lady Grey has traveled the globe and appeared on Broadway, at the Olympics, and alongside the greatest names in the entertainment industry, including luminaries like Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. She is widely regarded as an expert in vintage dance, particularly tap, jazz, and swing. Her choreography can be seen on ensembles across the nation, and she is known for her musicality and storytelling skills, as well as her 30+ years of experience as a performing arts educator.

A native of Chicago, Lady Grey spends her time these days in central Pennsylvania, where she continues to mentor dancers of all ages and mesmerize audiences from Philadelphia, New York, DC, and more. She is the Artistic Director of Lady Grey’s Lovelies and Founder/President of Lady Grey Productions.

Price: $179 for the intensive, includes a $35 Class Pass to use throughout the Festival. Early-bird special- register by Friday, May 10-$149. Hotel packages available. Register Now!