Van Ella Studios

Burlesque, movement, dance, special events, parties and more!

Workshop Descriptions

Fabulous Workshops at Van Ella Studios

To pre-register please email to secure your spot. Cash, credit, check, and PayPal (in advance) are accepted. Thank you!


Featured Workshops with Mason Dixie Burlesque Tour!


Acting Your Act with Ula Uberbusen

Sunday March 9th | 12pm-1:30pm | $25

Improve your act and make your performances unforgettable! Drawing on her extensive training in acting, theatre and dance, Üla teaches the art of storytelling through the medium of burlesque. Many great dancers do beautiful routines that are lacking that special “something” that make them extraordinary. Using techniques found in her mentor’s book, “The Actor As Storyteller,” this workshop focuses on acting and specificity of movement to form a clear narrative – skills that will put your act over the top.  Please bring a notebook and wear clothes and shoes for comfortable movement.


Floorwork and Booty Popping with Porcelain

Sunday March 9th | 1:30pm-2:30pm | $20

In this class, students will be getting down right dirty… in the sexiest & classiest way possible of course! Absolutely no amount of flexibility or dance experience is required, and all body shapes welcome! You don’t need to be doing splits left and right to master the art of floorwork (though it certainly never hurts!). Students will learn how to  master the art of leg work, creating sexy shapes with their bodies, and graceful ways of getting down and up off the floor. The second part of this class will address the ever popular, basic booty popping movement! Several variations of popping and shaking technique will be covered as well as one-cheek-at-a-time control. Bodacious booties will celebrate this class’s techniques in subtlety AND the full enchilada! Students should wear comfortable exercise type clothing and bring an open mind & sexy attitude!


Costuming Techniques with Hazel Honeysuckle

Sunday March 9th | 2:30pm-3:30pm | $20

This 1-hour class covers the most popular burlesque costume materials and techniques, with insider tips to take your costumes to the next sparkly level!

Covered in this class:
– Rhinestones (types, colors, sources)
– Sequins (appliqués, fringe, fabric)
– Feathers (fans, boas, trim)
– Bases (bras, panties, corsets, fascinators)
– Pasties (construction, materials, tassels)

Students will learn the best options and techniques for affixing rhinestones and other embellishments on various materials. Find out how to best care for and clean your embellished pieces. We will share tips and tricks on how and where to use rhinestones on a costume to most effectively sparkle and shine! No sewing or crafting experience is required. Students are encouraged bring items they wish to embellish and get personalized advice.


Self Promotion with Deanna Danger

Sunday March 9th | 3:30pm-4:30pm | $20

Deanna Danger is Richmond’s only full-time, professional burlesque dancer. She has performed and produced all up and down the East Coast, in many different festivals, including the 2010 New York Burlesque Festival, as well as the 2012 1st Annual Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival in which she took home the top prize, the “Crystal Corset Award”! She is the headmistress of Virginia’s premier burlesque studio, Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio and has been teaching the art of the tease since January 2010. And she produced the very first official burlesque show at Richmond’s historic art deco movie palace, The Byrd Theatre…and made it all happen in less than three years!

Deanna has put together the top knowledge in this class that you’ll need to make your mark in the world of burlesque. Whether you want to be a fixture in your local scene, or have your eyes set on festivals and beyond, this class is for you! Burlesque is about much more than the performance alone, and if you are looking to make a serious go at this art form, then you’ll want to bring plenty of pen and paper to this class! Everything from moving up from kitten to valued performer, social media, booking gigs, building your persona and business sense, and more will be covered! This 1-hour class, is a MUST ATTEND for all budding burlesquers (and performance artists of ALL kinds- models, hoopers, aerialists, actors, hosts- everyone will benefit from this course)!