Friday, February 29, 2008 | |

Press Release: On March 8th the Syrens will present a show at the historic Highland Inn Ballroom and Lounge, that is very special to the burlesque community as a whole as the nation-wide kick-off event to begin an eight state tour of benefits to send donations to the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Vegas (formerly known as Miss Exotic World). This is a not for profit organization focused on the preservation of not just Burlesque memorabilia, but also Vaudevillian props and costumes dating back as far as the late 1800's.

On the same day: The Syrens of the South present the second installment of their "ABC's and 123's of Burlesque" class and workshop series. The production company reprise their popular "Beginning Burlesque a How to and a History" by Veronica Lashe at 1pm, followed by the sequel to last month's pastie making course offered by Talloolah Love called "Advanced Pastie Making and Tassel Technique" explaining the ups and downs of tassel attachment with a quickie course of fundamental movements and maneuvers necessary for the tassel aficionado, beginning at 2pm.

The final class will be taught by guest instructor, Renea Le Roux, "The Southern Bell from Hell". She will present her class, "The Beginnings of a Burlesque Costume" at 3:30 pm. She will discuss pros and cons of a self made costume versus store bought, and highlight the beginnings of costume construction, necessary materials, and proven methods. Renea is nationally renowned and left her distinctive mark in Los Angeles as the premier costume designer for the finest burlesque and fetish performers on the west coast. She has earned awards in Mid-Tennessee Costumer's guild Best in Show and Best Hand Work. Her costumes have graced stages all over the world, and the Syrens are proud to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to assist accessorizing their quickly multiplying student body!

Materials you will need for Renea's class are:

  1. A bra
  2. Fabric of your choice to learn how to cover a bra
  3. Needles, pins, and thread
Prices for the classes are $20 for 1 class, $35 for two, $50 for three classes, and if you want to see the show at 8PM in the same location, you can buy a full package for $60!