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.

November 14th 7:30-9:30 — Glove, Boas, and Bubbles with Ginger Leigh [$25 or $for 2]

$25 or $40 for you and a friend!

In this fun and sassy classic burlesque class you will explore the sensuality of glove peels and boa tricks!

Classic burlesque with Ginger Leigh!
Ginger Leigh will take you through a warmup, key moves, and a final burlyQ combination incorporating what you learned throughout class! After all of your hard work you will enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, non-alcoholic bubbly beverages, and lite bites. Register with a friend to receive a discount!

All levels welcome!

*If you have previously taken this workshop you will learn many of the same moves and tricks, but the combination will be new and different!


$25 Single person registration.
$40 Two people ($10 total savings).

Gloves, Boas, and Bubbles 11/14/19



Ginger Leigh is known as “the petite powerhouse of burlesque” and has been combining her classical dance training with her larger than life sultry stripteases since 2006. She is the Director of Burlesque Education at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy and currently co-produces Launchpad Burlesque, a show for performers of all levels to present new work. Ginger performed with, and was the Assistant Director of, The Peek-A-Boo Revue for 12 years. Among Miss Leigh’s achievements 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 in Las Vegas, multiple performances in Berlin, headlining with the PABR at the Munich Burlesque Festival, group performances in the Vancouver, New York, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through education and entertainment brings Ginger Leigh unparalleled heart-singing joy!

November 16th 1:00-2:30P.M. — Black Burlesque History - A Survey with Sophie Sucré - [$10-$15]

$15
$10 for performersSophie Sucré by Photolena

Knowing one’s history is tantamount to learning where we come from and where we’re going.

The history of Burlesque has been archived both by it’s fans and by the living legends sharing their wisdom and knowledge today. Black and POC Burlesque history is harder to find. Our country’s history of racism and marginalization has kept the history of our Black and POC legends/performers somewhat in the dark. Black Burlesque History intends to shine a light on performers often forgotten or unknown. Learn about POC performers who were breaking laws, fighting racism with their performances, and creating space for POC performers today.

Please bring a notebook and pen.


Black Burlesque History



Attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Sophie Sucre received her BFA in Dance/Choreography, summa cum laude, 2009. She began working with Philadelphian dance companies DanceTheaterX– Charles O. Anderson and idiosynCrazy productions– Jumatatu Poe/Shannon Murphy, and later with choreographers Meredith Rainey/Tania Isaac, Shannon Murphy, Kate Watson-Wallace, and Megan Mazarick. This fall she can be seen with Gunnar Montana presents Basement- 2019 Fringe Festival. She received a 2015 Rocky Award for her dance and admin work with organizations Dance/USA Philadelphia, Ars Nova Workshop, and Headlong. Joining Burlesque troupe, the Peek-A-Boo Revue (PBR) in 2009, first as chorus member, then soloist- she has since had the opportunity to headline the 2015 Celeste Giuliano Pinup Peep Show, 2016 and ’18 Philadelphia Burlesque Festival and recently performed as part of the 2019 Toronto Burlesque Festival.

November 19th 8:15-9:15 — Drop-in Burlesque with Tiel [$12-$20] Registration coming soon!

$12 performer rate
$20 regular rate

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!

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!

Keep it honest! We will know if you are not a burlesque performer. Please ONLY choose the “performer” option if you are a burlesque performer.

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

$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]

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.

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]

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.

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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