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Maki Roll: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nerdlesque!
Resting at the intersection of Swarovski capes, sparkly spandex, and erotic fanfiction, Nerdlesque is an artform unlike any other. Maki Roll (She/Her) will teach you how to elevate your pop culture performance art and undress your favorite nerdy characters (and concepts) for every audience. Maki breaks down the foundation of a strong Nerdlesque act through exploring costuming, choreography, character work, and good ole classic Burlesque.
Maki Roll, is an award-winning performance artist, event coordinator, and pop culture entrepreneur. The Washington, DC, native started her creative journey in 2010 as a cosplayer and nerdlesque performer and soon branched out to guesting, hosting, and curating programming for conventions and nerdy events. Maki combines her geekiness, sensual camp, and self-taught artistic skill to build innovative performance and visual art experiences across mediums. She has been featured by NPR, MTV, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and The Mary Sue.
She is the current Executive Producer and Owner of the historic International Nerdlesque Festival, and producer of DC Braulesque, a monthly Nerdlesque brewery experience at DC Brau.
Student requirements for class: This class is for all levels, bodies, and gender identities. While there is some movement, this class is primarily discussion-based.
Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring something for notes.
Have a Nerdlesque act you’re working on? Bring a prop, or a piece to share with the class!
Note: no street shoes or high heels (only dance shoes for the dance studio or bare feet).
Advanced: $25, $22 Members
At Door Tickets: $30, $27 Members
8PM FILTHY GORGEOUS VARIETY Hosted by Maki Roll & Kittie Glitter
4PM BEBE BARDEAUX-KINGS, QUEENS, AND SHAKE-DANCERS ON THE SCENE
The History of Black Burlesque and Drag in America
8PM THE TELL-TALE MASQUERADE Hosted by Eden & Aurora Gorealis
2PM DRAG ME TO THE STAGE Hosted by Betty O’Hellno