At The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy we offer classes for everyone from the novice looking to shimmy and shake for fun to the experienced performer aiming to polish their skills! We are a body positive studio that welcomes all genders, ages, ethnicities, and bodies!

Class Schedule

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Socks, dance shoes, or low heels with straps are acceptable footwear.

December 5th 8:00-9:30P.M. — Twerklesque: Twerk 101 with Queen of Hearts [$25 or $40 for 2]

$25 single rate
$40 for you and a friend
$15 for performers

Learn twerk basics with Queen of Hearts!

There will be booty popping, rolls, shaking, floor work, and isolations! At the end you will learn a twerk and sensual movement combination. Come dressed to sweat because we are going to twerk the night away!

This class is open to beginners, performers, and all levels in between!

What to wear:

    • Comfortable clothing you can move in.
    • A pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!

Email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for performer discount code!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TWERKLESQUE!

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always been a performer at heart. She got her start dancing in her family owned dance studio. She trained vigorously in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and more. Now she has traded in her ballet shoes for heels! She is a part of Sister Bear Burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and the Peek-A-Boo Revue. She recently produced her first show based on her brand, “TWERKLESQUE”. You may have seen her at the Savannah Burlesque Festival or winning “wildcard” at The Everything Show. She will entice you with her dancing and make you fall in love with her coy smile.

December 8th 2:00-3:30P.M. — Burlesque Emcee 101 with Flirt Vonnegut [$25]

$25
$18 for performers!

Master the absolute essentials of hosting a burlesque show, from classic burlesque to nerdlesque and everything in-between.

Flirt Vonnegut: Burlesque Emcee 101

Image: ChrisKPhotography

Whether it’s your first show or you’ve been performing for years, understanding the basics of being a burlesque emcee is always good practice. Learn how to start and end a show feeling like a professional, leave audiences begging for more, and inspire producers to book you over and over again. Workshop includes lecture, interactive exercises, and Q&A.

Email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for performer discount code!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BURLESQUE EMCEE 101

Flirt Vonnegut is an award-winning, internationally performing burlesque emcee. With more than 5 years of experience hosting burlesque, drag, and cabaret in Philadelphia, plus an extensive background in improvisational acting, he knows that hosting is about establishing a relationship with the performers, the crowd, and oneself. More over, he knows that hosting is a skill that can be exercised. Flirt Vonnegut knows how to find the balance of education and entertainment, and he’ll teach you how to keep the show moving no matter what.

December 8th 4:00-5:30P.M. — Burlesque Emcee 201 with Flirt Vonnegut [$25]

$25

You’re confident that you know how to run a show from burletiquette to curtain call, but you’re feeling a little nervous to get on-stage and own the room. Let’s practice performing.

Burlesque Emcee 201 with Flirt Vonnegut

Image: WC Photo

Burlesque Emcee 201 is a performance workshop in which you will practice performance mechanics in a supportive, low-stakes environment. This class is entirely about experimentation and exercise, and there is no wrong way to participate. I will provide a space for you to work on every aspect of your performer persona, from handling the microphone with confidence to testing material for positive, constructive feedback.

Learn how to summon and manage the energy of the audience, exude presence on-stage, and introduce performers with a unique charisma. Create your own unique Persona Character Sheet, a brainstorm bible to help you get in-touch with your hosting style. Get tips on staying observant and funny, while keeping the show’s momentum on on track and not dawdling.

This is an active workshop which includes improvisational games and performance exercises. This workshop is recommended for anyone who has taken the Burlesque Emcee 101 with Flirt Vonnegut.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BURLESQUE EMCEE 201

Flirt Vonnegut is an award-winning, internationally performing burlesque emcee. With more than 5 years of experience hosting burlesque, drag, and cabaret in Philadelphia, plus an extensive background in improvisational acting, he knows that hosting is about establishing a relationship with the performers, the crowd, and oneself. More over, he knows that hosting is a skill that can be exercised. Flirt Vonnegut knows how to find the balance of education and entertainment, and he’ll teach you how to keep the show moving no matter what.

December 12th 7:30-9:30P.M. — Dance of The Burly-Q Sugarplum [$25 for 1 $40 for 2]

Join Lelu Lenore for The Dance of the Burly-Q Sugarplum!

Philly's Burlesque Ballerina: Lelu Lenore

A burlesque dance class for all levels. This class will dive into elements of ballet that help burlesque dancers achieve beautiful lines on stage. Learn ballet, and burlesque Bump n Grind from Philly’s Burlesque Ballerina Lelu Lenore!! An exciting holiday feel good class with elements from her travels and training that will make you feeling sparkly and bright! Class starts with a traditional warm up, across the floor combinations and learning a dance combo. All along sipping on Sugarplum Fairy champagne punch!

Bring high heels for dance combination! All levels welcome!

$25.
$40 for you and a friend!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DANCE OF THE BURLY-Q SUGARPLUM!

Lelu Lenore has a reputation for raising stakes and pulses. The exquisite choreography of her grand productions earned Lenore her signature appellation “Philadelphia’s Burlesque Ballerina.” A UArts grad with a BFA in Dance and 7 years teaching Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance in the Continuing Education at UArts. She is the producer of a monthly show at Franky BradlEy’s in Philadelphia called “La Maison Rose,” along with a new classic show “Stardust Burlesque” at Hotel Monaco. In 2017 she made her international debut in competing for “Queen of the Lake” in Lake Como, Italy and won “Princess of the Lake” first runner up for Queen. Lelu also won first runner up in the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival for the Crystal Corset Award 2017. Miss Lenore has performed in many festivals in the US including the Texas Burlesque Festival, NY Burlesque Festival and Empire’s Burlesque festival where this year she was a featured performer and taught her “Shimmy and Shake” dance class. She has graced many stages including Celeste Giuliano’s “Pinup Peepshow” at Union Transfer, World Cafe Live and Mauch Chunk Opera House with the Peekaboo Revue as their Holiday Headliner, in Jen Gapay’s New Years Eve show at Drom NYC. You can find her in Philly and very often in NYC at Nurse Bettie, Employees Only, Ragtrader, and Apotheke. Has performed in Trixie Minx Productions in Nola and this fall you can find her in Angie Pontani’s “Halloween Spooktacular” in Baltimore! She is the “Everlastingly Luscious” Lelu Lenore!

December 17th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Cherry Bomb [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers Cherry Bomb teaches Drop-in Burlesque

Drop-in Burlesque offers you a single serving burly-q dance class for when the mood to shimmy strikes or when it simply fits in to your schedule!

This all levels class is rotated between our experienced and professional instructors so you always get variety, but no long term commitment. Each teacher offers their own unique style and will guide you through a sexy and fun movement class in a body positive atmosphere! Each class culminates in a burlesque dance combination utilizing the skills practiced throughout the hour.

This class is open to beginners, performers, and all levels in between!


Drop In Burlesque wiith Cherry Bomb



Cherry Bomb has been a proud member of the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2005 and became  the group’s managing director in 2012. She performed with the group when they won Best Troupe at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and when they appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2010. Coming from a musical theater background, Cherry Bomb’s performance style ranges from classic to neo and includes dancing, singing and acting. She is also an instructor at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy.

Bachelorette Parties

Looking for a unique idea for an upcoming bachelorette party? A burlesque class for just you and your friends is exactly what you need!

Please read all of the information below and email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com to book your class and/or send any questions you may have!

Your bachelorette burlesque class will be taught by one of our professional burlesque performers at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. The class is 75 minutes long and consists of:

                  • A  warm up including shimmies, shakes, bumps, grinds, and usually a few laughs.
                  • 2-3 (sometimes more) burlesque dances combinations you can take home with you.
                  • We provide gloves and boas for everyone to play with during the class.
                  • BYOB! Feel free to bring refreshments with you. Plastic cups and ice can be provided at no extra upon request at least 48 hours in advance.

Rates & Payment

$150 for up to 5 participants. $25 for each additional participant.

For example: $150 for 5 people, $175 for 6 people, $200 for 7 people, etc.

*A $50 deposit via PayPal is required in order to hold your date (a PayPal account is not required for this. You may simply enter your credit card information). This counts towards your total payment which may be made in cash on the day of the party or via PayPal. The deposit is refundable up to 48 hours before your party!

PayPal payments may be made to Gingerleigh18@gmail.com.

Start time & Requirements

We can start at or any time before 8pm on the day of your party. You may arrive at the studio 15 minutes prior to the start of your party.  You may arrive up to an hour before for a convenience fee of $25.

Want us to bring the burlesque to your party location? For a travel fee we can make that happen! Fee is based on your location. Email us for details.

What to wear? Anything you feel comfortable moving in!  Some prefer leggings and tanks, while others like to dress up.  A low heel with a strap, dance shoes, or socks are all acceptable!

All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Private Lessons

We offer private lessons at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy.

One of our experienced instructors can set up time with you to workshop one of your existing numbers or simply help you hone your burlesque skills. Rates vary depending on instructor so please email us at contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for details. Let us know what your needs are so we can match you up with the teacher that is right for you!

About

The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy started as the Peek-A-Boo Dance Clinic in 2012 when the Peek-A-Boo Revue moved their rehearsal home to their little studio on Cedar and Cumberland Streets in Fishtown.

The first few classes were taught by out of town guests – the world renowned Coco Lectric from Austin, Texas was the very first. In 2013 Peek-A-Boo’s Ginger Leigh started teaching beginner burlesque classes to students who returned week after week. Not only did their skills improve, their confidence and self love soared. Ginger knew something amazing was happening and that there was no other choice but to build on what had been started.

More guest instructors came through with workshops, including Darlinda Just Darlinda, Scotty The Blue Bunny, and Lola Forst just to name drop a few. Peek-A-Boo Revue’s Sophie Sucre and Cherry Bomb also joined the league of instructors. In 2016 it was time to expand further and give Philadelphia a true home for burlesque education. A place where people can simply have fun learning burlesque basics, as well as a place for new and experienced performers to learn from each other, practice their art, and build their community. The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy is a place where many burlesque methodologies can be found from performers and teachers from all over Philadelphia and beyond!

Instructors

Ginger Leigh
Director of Burlesque Education

Ginger Leigh has been performing with Philadelphia’s own Peek-A-Boo Revue neo-burlesque show since since 2006 and is also currently the Creative Director. She is hailed as “the petite powerhouse” and loves combining her classical dance training with the art of the striptease. Ginger has been teaching burlesque classes since 2012 and teaches fitness classes throughout Philadelphia. Among the things she enjoys boasting about are: a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, Peek-A-Boo’s title of Best Troupe from Burlesque Hall of Fame 2008 and 2012, being awarded Best Duet with Cherry Bomb in The Great Southern Exposure Burlesque Festival 2013, and group performances in the New York, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through education and entertainment brings Ginger Leigh unparalleled heart-singing joy!

Sophie Sucre

Sophie Sucre hales from Guyana, South America and was raised in the belly of Memphis, Tennessee. After Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) with a BFA in Dance and Choreography, Sophie traded in her cap and gown for newly minted tassel pasties as a hot to trot ensemble member of Philadelphia’s Premiere Burlesque Troupe, the Peek a Boo Revue, in 2009. Sophie Sucre has also performed with Brown Girls Burlesque, IdiosynCrazy Productions, Anonymous Bodies, and as a headliner in the 2016 Philadelphia Burlesque Festival.

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb has been involved in the arts her whole life, but found her true calling as a burlesque dancer in 2005. She has been performing with The Peek-a-Boo Revue since 2005 and recently took over as the group’s Managing Director. She performed with the group when they won Best Troupe at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and when they appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2010. Coming from a musical theater background, Cherry Bomb’s performance style includes dancing, singing and acting. Her acts range from Classic to Neo to Character studies. Cherry Bomb also teaches burlesque and musical theater workshops and poses as a figure model.

Studio Rental

The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy is available for rent!

The studio space is perfect for theater and dance rehearsals consisting of 10 or less people.  Need the space for a different event or meeting? Email us and we can let you know if the PBA is the right fit.

The studio is equipped with:

                  • Sound system
                  • AC and heating
                  • Mirrors

We are convenient to the 25 bus and about a 15 minute walk from the York-Dauphin stop on the Market-Frankford line. Street parking available.

contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for questions and rental bookings.

Policies

                  • Late Policy – Once the class has been in session for 7 minutes, the door will be locked and no one else will be permitted into the class. Refunds will not be given.
                  • Cancellation Policy – You must cancel at least 24 hours before your class in order to receive a refund.
                  • All participants must be 18 years of age or older!
                  • Please do not bring your children or babies with you. This is for the comfort of all persons in class. Plus, this is YOU time!
                  • No cell phones in class.
                  • Among many things, the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy is a place where confidence and self-love are cherished. Please be respectful to your classmates, instructor, and yourself!
                  • People often ask if there is nudity involved in burlesque classes. The answer is no! The rare exception will be noted in the class description (i.e. Tassel Twirling classes).

Contact

Email
contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com

Phone:
215-470-7074

Location:
2400 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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