• The Beauty Bar (map)
  • 231 East 14th Street
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • United States

Tired of spending time and money on reference-based striptease acts that don’t play outside of specific theme shows? Frustrated by carbon-copy numbers drawing from the same source material? Learn how to craft a truly unique nerdlesque performance that will stand out no matter the reference and wow any burlesque audience, no matter the show. A truly successful nerdlesque act builds on a character or reference while paying tribute to the original; it appeals to a wide audience, from superfan aficionados to those with no familiarity with the source material; and (like any good neo-burlesque performance) is above all a showcase of the individual performer, where her unique personality and distinctive style shine through. In this lecture-and-discussion-based class, nerdlesque legend Nasty Canasta draws on over a dozen years experience to help bring you into the next generation of nerdlesque performance! This class is open to performers of all genders and experience levels.

Presented with the New York School of Burlesque


Internationally-renowned artstar (and reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island) Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A "burlesque queen" (The NY Times), 2nd Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, and "Brooklyn's greatest burlesque star" (The Brooklyn Paper), Nasty is an associate producer with Wasabassco and in 2016 was honored as a "Legend of Nerdlesque" by the International Nerdlesque Festival. Now a full-time burlesque performer, producer and costumer since 2004, Nasty draws on her years of experience in the theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease and titillation, humor, spectacle and theatricality. She wrote and produced several burlesque radio murder mystery plays for the stage, has written and directed Wasabassco's KONG, Stripper Macbeth, The Thing With 10,000 Pasties, The Wasabassco Family Striptease 70's Variety Hour, A 70's Christmas Carol, co-stars in Chris Harder's Nasty Drew And That Harder Boy mysteries, and toured eastern Canada with the Towers of Tease in the summer of 2016. In addition to her burlesque performances, she teaches private and group classes, writes Showgirl Detritus - a blog about performing, producing & creating - and spent the summer of 2010 as a snake charmer and contortionist with the world-famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow in Brooklyn, NY.

Nasty Canasta by Ben Trivett