2020 Class Proposal

2020 Class Proposal

2020 Presenter Class Proposal

Proposal Period: 2/15/2020 - 4/15/2020 at 11:59 pm PST

Dear Prospective Presenter,

Welcome to the 2020 Class Proposals! You'll input your class proposal into this form. Proposals are submitted one at a time, and you're welcome to submit more than one or even two classes. When filling in the information fields, please be as thorough as possible. We may not be able to allow changes later because the schedule and classroom assignments are based on the information given here. Bios, photos and class descriptions are used all year for online media and program book content, and we use the contact information you give us to contact you for further information, questions, presenter offers and registration.
With that in mind, please be clear and accurate, and double-check your work!

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: 11:59 pm PST, April 15th 2020

To allow room for a rotation of beloved and new presenters, we have a two-year on, one-year off presenter policy. If you teach at BurlyCon two years in a row, our policy is to give you the following year off as a presenter. We make exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case basis to meet any scheduling needs, so don't let this policy stop you from submitting. We never know what our schedule may need from year to year, and we value your contributions.
Of course, we love to have you as an attendee every year!

BurlyCon offers a stipend per class, and all presenters are offered free conference admission in recognition of their work. We sometimes have a limited number of hotel rooms to offer presenters who are accepted to teach multiple classes, but this is not guaranteed. You should be prepared to provide your own accommodations. Upon acceptance of your class(es), please read your full offer before accepting your teaching slot(s).

Before you begin the class proposal process, please prepare all your materials and necessary information.
If you're not sure what you need, never fear! We've provided two documents to help you be proposal-ready AND to attempt to keep additional verbiage in this form to a minimum. The form is long, so get comfortable when you settle in to submit.

In the bottom right corner of this form, there are two downloadable documents: the Class Proposal Checklist and the Class Proposal Step-by-Step Guide.
The Checklist is a quick 1-2-3 of everything asked in this form; and the Guide provides detailed information about each question and option in the form, including some examples.
You can also find both these documents and the How to Write a Great Class Proposal blog post on our website: https://burlycon.com/programming/

Masters classes! BurlyCon currently has three educational tracks: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. This year, we're adding a fourth track - the "Master Class" track. Class participants will learn from other seasoned burlesque professionals, and non-burlesque professionals, to further their skills and development via critique, act scene studies, and challenging, high-level classwork in a small group environment. Our intention is to offer a collegiate-level class series with unique focus and specialization.

BurlyLabs! BurlyLabs are in-depth, hands-on classes with a limited number of students. Presenters will lead "shop" style classes, and students will create a physical item during class.

These community-focused offerings have a new and separate selection process this year. Be on the lookout for more information posted in the BurlyCon Message Board in April.

Thank you in advance, we can't wait to see what you've got!


If "State" is not applicable to you, enter "NA" in "State" field.

We need two separate versions of your bio - one that's 500 characters AND one that's 280 characters. Use this link to calculate the characters in your bios, then copy and paste each one into your proposal file or straight into the Bio boxes on the application.
Please be sure your bio does NOT begin with your name.

Upload BOTH a Hi-Res and a Lo-Res photo for BurlyCon to use in our Program, Website and App. It is your responsibility to only submit photos which you have permission from the photographer to use.

The high resolution photo must be 300dpi high resolution and formatted as JPG, PNG, or PDF.
The low resolution photo must be no less than 72 dpi low resolution, 1200px wide and formatted as JPG or PNG. To check photo width, open the file details of the photo and check the Horizontal resolution.
Here are a few apps to use to resize your lo-res photo to 1200px wide:
Photoshop Express app
https://www.canva.com/ (may not be free)

Name your photos like this:

Upload Hi-Res Photo

Upload Lo-Res Photo

While a separate application form for panels and caucuses will be available in March, we would like to take this time to ask you, Class Proposal Submitter, if you would like to be added to the pool for consideration as a panel moderator, panelist, or caucus lead.


Submitting a Paper Presentation? Upload your paper here.

You’ve created a punny burlesque class title, but it may have some wording our host hotel doesn’t deem family-friendly. If so, please provide a 50-character or less, family-friendly class title for the hotel’s electronic schedule boards.
50 Character Limit / Use www.charactercountonline.com

Class Description
Please REFRAIN from beginning your class description with your class title.
INCLUDE in the class description any pre-requisite knowledge students should have when participating in your class and any general supplies they should bring.
If you are submitting a BurlyLab or have a long student supply list, you do not need to list all materials in your class description, BurlyCon will create a separate supply list in our documentation to attendees.
600 Character Limit / Use www.charactercountonline.com

Identify the level of experience, technique, or skill level a student should have in order to benefit from this class. Beyond a catchy title and cool description, the indicated student level allows our attendees to identify what classes are right for them. Our goal is to have our attendees feel both challenged and satisfied at the end of your class, not unprepared and overwhelmed. For definitions of each level, refer to our Guide below or on our website: www.burlycon.com/programming/.

Masters Class Credentials
If you are proposing a Master Class, please provide credentials as to why you are qualified to teach this class. Examples include: "I've been teaching this class around the country for 10 years at a Fortune 500 company." My Masters Degree is in xyz." "Here's a link to my muggle bio which provides my credentials."

How will you teach this class? What is your lesson plan?
We encourage you to have a detailed lesson plan at the ready when the time comes to teach your class. For now, a basic outline or a statement about your methods will give us a better understanding of your class and your techniques as a teacher.

Give us your intent as a teacher in 140 characters or less. Choose the most important objectives for your students to walk away with. Examples are available in the Guide.
Note: Class objectives are not published to attendees. This is information for the Class Selection Committee.

Have a syllabus? Upload it here. This is optional.

Class Size - How many students is this class designed to accommodate?

Choose your first and second choices of classroom layout.
Detailed room descriptions can be found in the Guide. All classrooms contain a presenter table, chair, and dry erase board.

If you chose a movement room, please answer the following two questions.

SKIP THE NEXT SECTION if you are NOT submitting a BurlyLab. Jump down to the bottom of the application and click the SUBMIT button, you're done!


BurlyLab classes are "shop" style classes where students will create something they can walk away with, a hands-on BurlyLab experience.
Examples include: Making pasties, feather fans, g-strings, sewing spandex, worbla magic, costume lighting, upcycling items on the fly, etc.

BurlyLab Supplies

Do your students need extension cords and/or power strips?
Will the class work with glitter or feathers? Prior to your class, BurlyCon will tape a plastic covering to the floor for easy room cleanup and so we aren't charged for additional room cleaning by the hotel.

After you click submit, wait for the "Thanks for Applying" screen to pop-up and be sure you receive an email confirmation for you submission. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please submit again.
Feel free to email us at prog@burlycon.org if you have any questions.
Best of luck and happy proposal submssions!
BurlyCon Programming Committee

More about the Class Proposal Process

BurlyCon 2020 seeks proposals for classes, workshops/BurlyLabs, and paper presentations.

Our focus is on proposals that enhance creativity and professionalism, strengthen community relationships, and advance the caliber of art made by the community.  

We invite artists, scholars, teachers, and all interested parties to submit proposals on any relevant topic. The Programming Committee will review all proposals and select those that fit the greater framework of the convention.

Class proposal subjects and topics may include, but are not limited to the following: movement/choreography, costuming, burlesque history, production, theatrical techniques, stage management, makeup, prop/set building, race/age/gender/size/ability/etc., or academic treatments of burlesque.

For the purposes of this event:

A CLASS will be defined as: a one or one-and-a-half hour session during which an instructor provides instruction to students in a lecture or interactive format. (Types: Movement, Demonstration, Lecture, Roundtable Discussion, etc.)

A WORKSHOP will be defined as: a one or one-and-a-half hour session during which an instructor provides instruction to a small set of students on how to build, create or make something. This is a hands-on class where the instructor either brings the supplies or provides a list of supplies each student will need in order to complete the class.

A PAPER PRESENTATION will be defined as: a one-hour presentation of work written by one or more persons that can be delivered in a lecture OR panel type environment.


All proposals for BurlyCon 2020 curriculum are due at 11:59 pm PST on April 15th, 2020.

No late submissions will be accepted. The Programming Committee will notify ALL applicants by May 30th, 2020.


Proposals are reviewed by the Programming Selection Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

Is the topic relevant to the community and this convention?

Is the proposal organized, clear and understandable?

Is your topic specific? (A class on "How to be Awesome" is less likely to be accepted than a class on "How to Strip in a Corset")

Are your class description and bio concise and well-written?

Does the proposal and/or applicant's references suggest this presenter would be an effective teacher? (Previous teaching experience is not a requirement, though it will be taken into consideration.)

Please be aware that all materials submitted at the time of application are final.

You will not have an opportunity to change the information you submit nor will you be able to adjust your classroom needs as the date of the convention approaches. Please be sure to plan thoroughly and triple-edit your information before submitting.


Contracts: You will be expected to return a signed contract to the Programming Committee by the contract deadline. Your contract will be administered online via DocuSign (www.docusign.com)

Compensation: BurlyCon offers a stipend per class and all teachers are offered free conference admission in recognition of your work. Unfortunately, BurlyCon is only able to offer assistance with travel and lodging to a very limited number of invited presenters.

Workshop Materials and Equipment: You are expected to provide the materials necessary for workshops as well as any handouts you wish to supply to students. BurlyCon has available a limited number of projectors, music systems and dry erase boards. Please bring any cable adapters necessary to connect your computer/electronic device to BurlyCon's projector or sound system, as BurlyCon does not have extras.


All proposals are due at 11:59 pm PST April 15th, 2020.

Proposals will be reviewed and a response will be sent by May 30th, 2020.

Thank you for all that you do, we look forward to reviewing your proposal.

BurlyCon Programming Committee



Class Proposal Step-by-Step Guide

This detailed guide provides proposal question descriptions and examples.

Class Proposal Checklist

This list provides a quick rundown of all information you need to submit a class proposal.