Tanks for Tails: A Comprehensive Guide to Establishing and Running Contained Aquatic Performances

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This course, taught by industry expert Morgana Alba, explores all you need to know to purchase, design, and start operating a mobile or installed water-space for the purposes of live human performance. With real-world examples and industry best practices, learn all you didn't know you needed to know to start your very own tank show.

This class will be taught live, interactively and virtually, over an 8 week period. Classes are from 7pm EST to 8pm EST on Wednesday evenings June 8th - July 20th 2022 (make up classes are available within reason). Instructions to connect as well as additional handouts, worksheets, and materials will be distributed by email to the email you supply at checkout.

An outline of the course is included below.

Class 1: Introduction and Procurement

- Introduction and Self-assessments
- Various Possible Tank Materials
- Types of Tanks and where to find them
- Initial Investment and Cost/Benefit analysis

Class 2: Logistics

- Water
- Electric
- Heat
- Drainage
- Show Space

Class 3: Equipment

- Plumbing Basics and Emergency Repair
- Filters
- Heaters
- Pumps
- Drainage
- Aesthetics
- Appropriate vs. inappropriate materials

Class 4: Transportation and Set-Up
- Trailers
- Loading and Unloading
- Winches, Forklifts, and power procurement
- Insurance

Choosing your space
- Access
- Utilities
- Ground Requirements
- Mud and hazards
- Backstage

Travel vs. Installation

Class 5: Water Chemistry and Safety

- Water Chemistry
- Hazards to Performers
- Hazards to Tank
- Best practices at end of the day
- Equipement maintenance

Class 6: Running a Tank Show

- Tents and Sets (what do you need?)
- Entry and Exit
- Hours vs. Labor
- Handler concerns
- To touch or not to touch
- Overnight Security
- Setup day and time on site

Class 7: Pricing and Pitching Your Tank Show
- What are your costs?
- Where is your profit?
- Pros and Cons to Various Package Structures
- Residencies

- Pitching Value
- Work with other artists and not against them
- Allaying client concerns

Class 8: Business Pitches and Questions

- Students pitch their business plan
- Brainstorm clients beyond the obvious
- How and who to approach
- General Questions and Advice

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