Course Experience Level: Intermediate
Class Description: But, I wanna be a headliner! is a class that focuses on helping performers that are looking to move forth in their careers towards the goals of featuring and headlining shows, festivals, and other industry events. We will be managing a laundry list of things to prepare your work to be presented in a clean and crisp manner to potential employers. Then we will write a “first contact” letter that is quick and to the point, but professional, to reach out to producers and other events managers with your finished promotional information. We will be working on how to set your rates, negotiating, contracts, and deposits in a good tone where both parties meet in the middle and so much more!
Bella Sin has been researching the history of burlesque for the past fifteen years. Some of their areas of specialization include Latin burlesque throughout the Americas, LGTBQ+ burlesque, as well as the history of performers and venues in their current region, Cleveland Ohio. In their search for evidence of the lives of vedettes, rumberas, ficheras, and burlesque exotics, Sin has worked closely with the researchers and archivists of Ohio State’s special collections and assisted in the expansion of the Charles H McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance. Sin also shares their knowledge and methods in an effort to decolonize burlesque, both historically and currently. Their class on Latin Burlesque emphasizes the often-overlooked contributions of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ to this art’s history. Sin currently serves as the historian of the Comite Mexicano, and the archivist for Mexican American Historical Association of Cleveland.