Celeste de Moriae (speak= Selest de More).
A Croatian Performer based in Göppingen, Germany and in Cres, Croatia.
Professional singer and showgirl. With more than 24 years experience in the show business.
Lot of experience in Singing in different bands and Styles, performed/performing on international stages as Showadancer.
A very changeable burlesque performer with a lot of faces expression. That’s the reason why her second name is “the face”.
Celeste performs very strong, modern classy, mystic elegant, sometimes with a hint of comedy. But you can see her also with powerful neo acts on stage.
She like the stages, she enjoys to travel, and she loves to share the passion and love for burlesque and art.
Croatian temperament meets burlesque!
Producer and founder of the Croatian Burlesque and Cabaret Festival.
Producer and founder of the European Burlesque and Variety Congress.
Producer of Bastards meets Burlesque and some other Shows in Germany.
CO Producer of the Manège Rustique Show in Stuttgart.
Producer and Teacher of the DanceLesque Camp in Croatia and Germany.
Multi Award winner
Headlined Shows in England, Poland, France and Croatia. It follows Italy, and some more to be announced.
Judge at a few international Burlesque Festivals.
1 How has the way you’ve been teaching burlesque changed over the years? What changes have you seen in the community.
– Oh I haven’t change too much. I just get more and more into it, after every lesson. Participants feel more comfortable while the workshops.
2 What’s the biggest challenge teaching burlesque?
– Bringing all the participants to the same level to feel free to do all exercises.
3 Which do you think is better for students one continuous course lasting several months, or short thematic courses (up to 4-5 meetings)?
– It depends on the them. One thematic course can be fine.
– To work more intense on performance, acts and techniques, it’s good to work this out in more lessons. I’m working on a dancelesque camp, where we are two teachers and go to 4 intense training days with 6-8 performers.
4 Do we need pedagogical education to be teaching burlesque?
– I think it helps, when we are able to see and get into other people and accept everyone how they are. We’re all different, so it’s good to have the feeling how to work with different persons.
5 Do you teach burlesque as a dance class or something different?
– when I travel, I teach classes. And I teach also on different events.
– dance classes but also face expression and theoretical classes.
– I do also private lessons.
6 Biggest moment of pride?
– When I hadn’t so much time for a coaching, so we get all the important things in 30 minutes. At the end, the performer take all the tips and suggestions and change the act in just 1,5 days. I was sitting at the audience and see all the changes and was so proud of her, making a great and self-confident performance on stage.
7 What steps do you take to ensure your classes and workshops are accessible to participants with disabilities/long-term health conditions? How do you adapt your classes for different people? (inclusion)
– if I know in advance I adjust different workshop parts to fit for the performers.
– I would like to get more into this theme and to have the option to talk to more disabled performers and their wishes for classes and how to make it easier and better for them to participate.
8 How do you break down class?
– i finish my classes by giving everyone a comment / feedback.
9 Where are you based?
– In Germany but I’m often in Croatia and I travel a lot.
10 How long have you been teaching?
– dance classes, showdance and self confidence classes, I start to teach in 2005
– Added then Burlesque a few time later.
11 What do you want your students to get from your classes.
– I want them feel great, self confident, stronger and I hope they get into them acts more intense.
– It will be great to see, they do it because if love and passion, because it makes them happy. Not becauae of the wrong reasons (like being famous or similar reasons.)
– go and hit the stages with pride, joy and passion.
12 What things do you think people don’t realise about what you do.
– Hm, not easy to answer. I think the most, or all understand what I do. Just not everyone is open to accept or to apply it.
13 Pros and cons of your job
– meet so much wonderful and different people
– seeing happy faces.
– getting positive response
– seeing performers going on and seeing the changes in their performances.
– the challenge to don’t be to strict or to hard while teaching.
– to accept, that some performers are blind to see what is not is OK in the acts or the way to perform. (please don’t misunderstand me, I will never try to change someone ways or style to perform. But we all should have a look on this, what we do.).
14 What’s your favourite aspect of burlesque to teach?
– I love when I see happy faces, full of power leaving after my class.
– Sharing the joy, passion, and professionalism.
– see also Answers to question 11
15 Do you embed theory into your teaching?
– absolutely. I think it’s important to talk with the participants, learn more about them, or talk about themes, what we do later in the practical lesson.
16 How do you celebrate achievement?
– very loud with everyone together. ??
17 Describe your teaching style in three words.
– powerful, strong, but still sensitive.
18 What do you hope students take away from your lessons?
– feeling stronger and free in them, what they do.
– the knowledge, that they can always get back with questions.
– the knowledge, they can reach everything if they want.
19 Why did you start teaching Burlesque?
– To share knowledge, share more self-confidence and give the option to feel ‘we can do everything when and what we want’ (everyone in his own way).
– I want to help make everything a bit easier.
– The love to burlesque and the positive energy what it gives me.
20 Do you think Burlesque teachers should be experienced Burlesque performers too?
– yes and no. A not experienced performer, can have a good eye and know what they want to see and teach. But an experienced teacher can help with tips and mire knowledge, what they talk about. So it’s more a yes, they should be experienced and a good portion of self critic.
21 Do you think we should have accreditation for burlesque teachers?
– sometimes I think ‘yes’ that could be great. But – where to start, who can decide if someone is a good teacher or not?
– Sometimes I am appalled by people who teach and later the performer is out of the classroom with spending money, getting a little of inspiration but without really having learned anything for his performance. Good, there is not so much of them.
22 What do you wish you knew before you started?
– I want to know the level of the students and what are the reasons they are attending. That’s why I mostly do a small theoretical part at the beginning.
23 What’s something you teach differently now, compared to when you started?
– I go more into moods and emotions.
24 Do you teach anything other than burlesque?
– face expression
– show dance and GoGo dance
25 Who would you love to learn from? Past or present.
– oh there re so many performers and people to learn, get inspired and get another views.
I will never stop to learn and I’ll ever stop listening to others. One of my big inspirations is my big sister Miss Botero.
Also, I always have an open ear and open eyes when I go through my life.
26 How do you talk to your students about what is or isnt possible as far as being a gigging burlesque performer?
– we try to fund out together how they can get into the emotions to be real funny and if we believe what they want to show.
– going into different options how to get into moods.
27 What’s the most important thing your students have taught you?
– happy students give you a great and happy feeling.
– we all learn from each other.
– not everyone has the same confidence.
– there are some things you always learn, see and keep for the next classes.
28 Is your teaching style influenced by other styles of dance/performance? If so, what?
– through the years I was performing at different jobs, stiles and shows. All these years have shaped me, so I’ve taken the best of all and put it in my stile together. That’s also how I teach. For me is acting important, to accept other stiles but to stay always yourself loyal.
29 Who have your favourite teachers been?
– oh there’s a few. A few from the singing teachers, dancers but also burly performers.
– what I loved was Lady Lou. Its long ago, but there are still words I remember.
– I’ve done a few fan dance workshops, but Aurora Galore was not just talking, she was really teaching and helping. Loved that.
30 What is one piece of advice you would give to new performers?
– go to shows and festivals.
– apply to festivals.
– go to workshops of different teachers.
31 How you deal with different genders in class- do you promote classes as female only? Female identifiers only? Open to all? Do you run any male only/Boylesque classes?
– I’m open for all genders.
– it depends also on the theme. It’s Sometimes better to split, but for the most lessons is everyone welcome.
32 Are your classes LGBTQIA friendly and how do you make your space LGBTQIA friendly.
– I do not make any differences between students. I’m open-minded and respect everyone.
– I do not tolerate any negative people at my events and workshops. If I find out, I talk to them, if they are not OK, I kick them arse out.
– also looking always to find places who are safe and friendly.