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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 7th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

50% of proceeds from this class will be donated to the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition!

*If you arrived hear via Instagram, please open the link in a new browser in order for registration buttons to work!

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button.

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.


Tues, July 7th Burlesque Dance and Movement



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 9th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Glam Rock and Hair Metal Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

50% of proceeds from this class will be donated to the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition!

*If you arrived here via Instagram, please open the link in a new browser in order for registration buttons to work!

Hair Metal Burlesque Class

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotogrtaphy

Get ready to thrash and grind, baby!

This class is all about indulging in the decadence of the glam rock and hair metal of the 70’s and 80’s. You will learn burlesque dance combinations that will help you channel your inner video vixen!

*This class will incorporate floor work. Modification will be offered for those with knee issues. Feel free to wear knee pads!

Big hair and blue eyeshadow encouraged, but not required.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button.

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.


Thurs, July 9th Glam Rock and Hair Metal Burlesque



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* Saturday, July 11th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Learn twerk basics from the comfort of your own home!

Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts

In this fierce and fun movement class you will practice booty popping, rolls, shaking, floor work, and isolations. At the end you will learn a sensual dance combination utilizing the skills you learned throughout class. Dress to sweat because we are going to twerk the night away!

All levels are welcome!

What you need:

  • A computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
  • Water.

Please register at least 15 minutes prior to class.

HOW TO TAKE CLASS: Once you have registered, you will be sent a link to class.

Class pricing: $5, $10, $15, or $20. Choose the rate that works for you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always danced her way through life. After having a baby 3 years ago this firecracker traded in her old ballet shoes for high heels. She is apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She also produces shows and classes show based of 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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 14th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button.

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.


Tues, July 14th Burlesque Dance and Movement



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* Saturday, July 18th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Sensual Saturday with Queen Of Hearts [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Saturdays over the summer are extra hot!

This is a burlesque class centered around sensual movement. We are going to take it nice and slow, but at the same time challenge ourselves to find our inner sexy, right while in the house! Always dancing to Urban R&B, Soul, or Hip Hop.

The class ends with some sexy choreo so get your wine ready!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always danced her way through life. After having a baby 3 years ago this firecracker traded in her old ballet shoes for high heels. She is apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She also produces shows and classes show based of 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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 21st 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button.

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.


Tues, July 21st Burlesque Dance and Movement



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* Saturday, July 25th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Learn twerk basics from the comfort of your own home!

Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts

In this fierce and fun movement class you will practice booty popping, rolls, shaking, floor work, and isolations. At the end you will learn a sensual dance combination utilizing the skills you learned throughout class. Dress to sweat because we are going to twerk the night away!

All levels are welcome!

What you need:

  • A computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
  • Water.

Please register at least 15 minutes prior to class.

HOW TO TAKE CLASS: Once you have registered, you will be sent a link to class.

Class pricing: $5, $10, $15, or $20. Choose the rate that works for you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always danced her way through life. After having a baby 3 years ago this firecracker traded in her old ballet shoes for high heels. She is apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She also produces shows and classes show based of 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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 28th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button.

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.


Tues, July 28th Burlesque Dance and Movement



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* July 30th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque This Way: An All Lady Gaga Burly-q Class with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $5-$20]

Get ready to do way more than Just Dance to your favorite Gaga tunes!

Ginger Leigh, burlesque performer and instructor

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels burlesque dance class aims to make you fall in Stupid Love with yourself as you learn super sassy moves and choreography! You won’t be able to maintain a Poker Face as you shimmy and shake yourself to The Edge of Glory. Once you put these moves to use you will hear nothing but applause, applause, APPLAUSE!

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: comfortable clothing you can move in.

Shoes: We will start barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

What you need:
A computer, tablet, or phone.
Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
Water.

How to take class: A Zoom invitation will be sent via email. Please allow until 15 minutes before class to receive your invitation. If you have not received your invitation by 10 minutes prior to the start of class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

$5-$20 sliding scale.

Choose the payment option that works best for you. Pay below via Venmo or the PayPal button:

Venmo: Send your payment to @KalikaF. Include the date of the class you are taking along with your emails address.

How To Be A Gold N’ FAG! A Burlesque Workshop with Goldi Fox and FAGL ROQ [$25 or $40 for you and a friend!] POSTPONED. Date TBA

$25 single registration Goldi Fox and FAGL ROQ burlesque duo
$40 for you and a friend!

Goldi Fox & FAGL ROQ are excited to announce their first ever burlesque workshop: How To Be A Gold N’ FAG!

This Philadelphia based dynamic duo is known for their charisma & sensual choreography. Come prepared w/ your dancing shoes & get ready to learn some of their iconic Prince duet. They won’t just teach you moves, but come for the groves, sass & a whole lotta’ ass! Afterwards there is even an intimate Q&A champagne reception!

All proceeds will go to support their GoFundMe campaign to help get their tooshy’s to the Vienna Boylesque Festival, where they will perform KISS on May 30th!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.


How To Be A Gold N’ FAG! Burlesque Workshop, Goldi Fox, 04.18.20



Goldi Fox & FAGL ROQ are Philadelphia based artists that have been performing together since 2017. You can catch these stage soul mates performing together in Philadelphia’s award winning burlesque troupe & 2 time Burlesque Hall Of Fame Best Troupe winners, The Peek-A-Boo Revue & in Gunnar Montana Productions. Follow @gold_n_fag to stay up to speed on all of their journeys! Feel free to contribute to their GoFundMe campaign [ link in IG bio ] to support their performance travels to the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival & the Vienna Boylesque Festival this Spring!

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.

70's Virtual Burlesque Class with Cherry Bomb

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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