Coney Bow workshops

Please note that due to the COVID-19 containment situation, all in situ classes and workshops are on hold until further notice.

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An accomplished dance and fitness instructor, Coney Bow has been workshops in Burlesque, Chair Dance, Retro Cabaret Mind Body and Choreography for over 10 years.

Below is a list, per theme, of all the workshops taught by Coney Bow

(Please note this page is still under construction, workshops are currently beeing added)

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For detailed information about other education content please visit de dedicated pages:

. Education / Regular classes

. Education / Special events

. Education / Private classes

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Coney Bow Burlesque workshops

▼ INTRO TO BURLESQUE

Did you ever wonder what Burlesque is? Did you ever want to try it but didn’t know where to start? This workshop has been created to introduce you to this exciting world and find your own place in it. Built as a two part class, it will guide you through a short historical overview, its evolution, the different styles out there, etc. before getting into the practical side. You will learn and play with basic moves and deportment, and experiment with a short combo in a safe environment.

Structure:

. Historical overview

. Warm up

. Poses and deportment

. Practical routine

What to wear / bring:

. Comfortable clothes that you can movie in. It can be sexy or not, anything goes. Be yourself!

. Vest or sweater to stay warm during the theory part

. Water bottle and towel

. Something to take notes if wanted

▼ BURLESQUE BEGINNERS & BURLESQUE INTER

Burlesque Beginners

Burlesque Inter

Structure:

. Warm up and deportment

. Practical routine working on a specific piece of costume and/or prop

What to wear / bring:

. Comfortable clothes that you can movie in. It can be sexy or not, anything goes. Be yourself!

. Vest or sweater to stay warm during the theory part

. Additional props or accessories that will be mentioned in the workshop event / confirmation email

. Water bottle and towel

. Something to take notes if wanted

Coney Bow Chair Dance workshops

▼ INTRO TO CHAIR DANCE

▼ CHAIR CABARET

▼ CHAIR FLOW

▼ CHAIR ACRO

▼ CHAIR BARRE

Coney Bow Retro Cabaret workshops

▼ RETRO CABARET STYLES

Coney Bow Mind Body workshops

▼ WARM UP 101

As a physical performer, your body is your most important tool. So why not spend a bit of time learning how to get it ready for action and make the most of what it has to offer? Whether you’re about to spend 5 amazing minutes on stage, run through a 1 hour grueling rehearsal or embark on a regular training program, this theory based workshop will teach you the science of warming up, how to target your exercises according to your activity and how to execute them in a safe and efficient way.

Structure:

. Theory and introduction to the physics behind a warming up movement

. The difference between a warm up and a stretch

. The different types of warm up exercises depending on the different body parts that need to be warmed up

. how to structure and target a warm up according to the upcoming physical activity

. Example of warm up routines

What to bring / wear:

. Comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. No shoes.

. Vest or sweater to stay warm during the theory parts

. Water bottle and towel

. Something to take notes if wanted

▼ BODY ELEMENT: A JOURNEY THROUGH JOINT MOBILITY

With our everyday life routines and challenges, we put stress on our muscles and develop stiffness in our joints, which affects our quality of movement. This class offers to loosen the tensions in your body through a series of low impact floor exercises focussing on joint mobility and the physical relationship between our different body parts. You will play with all your joints from your toes to your first vertebra, test your range of motion possibilities and explore the structural connections in your body.

Structure:

. Introduction to the Body Element concepts

. About posture and quality of movement before the practical section

. 10 Body Element floor exercises

. About posture and quality of movement after the exercises

What to bring / wear:

. Comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. No shoes.

. Vest or sweater to stay warm before and after the practical part

. Yoga matt or beach towel

. Water bottle

. Something to take notes if wanted

Coney Bow Choreography workshops

▼ THIS IS NOT A CHAIR

This workshop explores how performing with a chair can be more than just having a resting tool on stage. Coney Bow will cover the specifics of chair dancing (balance, transitions, etc.) and guide you through the different use of a chair in a choreography. Throughout a series of exercises and a short routine, you will learn basic moves that can be used in a burlesque or cabaret choreography and how to make them look elegant, sexy and effortless. Be ready to use your abs and maybe hang upside down. Come with an open mind and you will discover that chair dancing is all about perception.

Structure:

. Warm up + acquaintance exercises on the chair

. Different categories of transitional moves on / with the chair

. How to incorporate a chair section in a choreography

. The 4 main uses of a chair in a choreography

. Short routine to showcase what we've seen earlier and provide tips and tricks

What to bring / wear:

. Comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, that covers your legs, feet and torso (bare skin can be painful on the chair) and that won’t get caught in the chair. Preferably a T-shirt or fitted top and long pants and socks or tights and shorts.

. Low dance heels optional. Please no stilettos!!!

. Water bottle and towel

. Something to take notes if wanted

▼ TECHNIQUE TALK

Physical skills, prop specialties, dance styles… these are some of the practical techniques we can see in Burlesque numbers. But why using them and how? This interactive lecture-style class offers to explore those questions while following the various steps that go into creating an act. We will discuss concept, research, training and practice, structure, choreography and how they impact the way you choose and/or utilize a specific technique.

Structure:

. Introduction

. About act concept

. Hone it to won it

. About act structure and choreography

What to bring / wear:

. Nothing specific to wear as you will be seatted, but comfortable clothes is always better

. Something to take notes

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