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!

***Proof of vaccination is required in order to take all classes at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy! Thank you for understanding our desire to keep everyone safe.***

All classes listed below are in-person unless otherwise specified!

Class Schedule

January 18th 7:00-8:00P.M. — *Virtual + In-person* Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$23 GA. $18 Virtual. $15 Burlesque Performers.]

*Proof of vaccination is required for all classes! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you a fun and sexy 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!

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels recommended, but not required.

$15 BURLESQUE PERFORMERS IN-PERSON + VIRTUAL
$23 GENERAL ADMISSION IN-PERSON
$18 IN-PERSON
REGISTER HERE FOR IN-PERSON
REGISTER HERE FOR VIRTUAL

Ginger Leigh, “The Petite Powerhouse”, is the Founder and Head Mistress of the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. She has also performed with the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2006 and served as the assistant director until 2018. Ginger is also the co-producer of Launchpad Burlesque. Holding a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, she loves combining her classical dance training with the art of the striptease.

Some of the highlights from Ginger’s burlesque career are Peek-A-Boo Revue’s headlining show in the 2017 Munich Burlesque Festival, multiple performances in Berlin, Peek-A-Boo’s title of Best Troupe at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and group performances in the New York, Vancouver, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through entertainment and education brings Ginger unparalleled heart-singing joy!

January 22nd 12:00-1:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$23 GA. $15 Burlesque Performers.]

*Proof of vaccination is required for all classes! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you a fun and sexy 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!

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels recommended, but not required.

$15 BURLESQUE PERFORMERS
$23 GENERAL ADMISSION
REGISTER HERE

Ginger Leigh, “The Petite Powerhouse”, is the Founder and Head Mistress of the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. She has also performed with the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2006 and served as the assistant director until 2018. Ginger is also the co-producer of Launchpad Burlesque. Holding a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, she loves combining her classical dance training with the art of the striptease.

Some of the highlights from Ginger’s burlesque career are Peek-A-Boo Revue’s headlining show in the 2017 Munich Burlesque Festival, multiple performances in Berlin, Peek-A-Boo’s title of Best Troupe at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and group performances in the New York, Vancouver, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through entertainment and education brings Ginger unparalleled heart-singing joy!

January 25th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$23 GA. $15 Burlesque Performers.]

*Proof of vaccination is required for all classes! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you a fun and sexy 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!

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels recommended, but not required.

$15 BURLESQUE PERFORMERS
$23 GENERAL ADMISSION
REGISTER HERE

Ginger Leigh, “The Petite Powerhouse”, is the Founder and Head Mistress of the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. She has also performed with the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2006 and served as the assistant director until 2018. Ginger is also the co-producer of Launchpad Burlesque. Holding a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, she loves combining her classical dance training with the art of the striptease.

Some of the highlights from Ginger’s burlesque career are Peek-A-Boo Revue’s headlining show in the 2017 Munich Burlesque Festival, multiple performances in Berlin, Peek-A-Boo’s title of Best Troupe at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and group performances in the New York, Vancouver, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through entertainment and education brings Ginger unparalleled heart-singing joy!

January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th 7:30-8:30P.M. — Virtual and In-Person Lap Dance For Your Lover Series with Margot Starlux [$65 BIPOC Rate / $70Early Bird due Dec. 18th / $83 GA]

In this 3 week series you will learn a full length lap dance. Maybe it’s for your love or maybe it’s just for you!

Lap Dance Class with Margot Starlux

Margot Starlux by ChrisKPhotography

Pull up a chair and prepare to create a memorable and searingly sexy experience! The art of the Lap Dance is about feeling yourself and feeling confident in your body. Class will start with a warm up and transition some basic sensual moves along with floor-work. You will learn about positioning for you and your partner, eye contact, music and more.

Each week you will add on to the previous week’s choreography so you have a full oozy lap dance routine that will leave any partner wanting more!

GET READY TO SWEAT!

What to wear: comfy clothing you can move in. Heels are optional!

All levels, genders, and bodies are welcome!

$65 BIPOC rate (Black, Indigenous, and Persons Of Color)
$70 Early Bird due Dec. 8th
$83 General Admission
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL
*Virtual Students: After registration you will receive your livestream link in the days leading up to your class via Eventbrite*

Margot Starlux began her career in Philadelphia as a modern dancer who soon after discovered the retro world of lindy hop & go-go. Her go-go moves caught the attention of Broad St Burlesque founders Liberty Rose & Kate Nyx who then utilized her choreography skills to help create unforgettable nerdlesque numbers. A former member of the Old City Sweethearts, she was frequently seen with her fellow swing-dancing chorus girls at events such as Jazz Age on the Delaware, the Franklin Institute’s Speakeasy, and Fort Mifflin’s Mud Island Speakeasy. Margot currently performs with Philadelphia’s award-winning Peek-A-Boo Revue, Lehigh Valley’s Looking Glass Revue and continues to lend her vintage inspired go-go stylings all over the city. She has delivered her classic and clever performances to festivals such as The Nerdlesque Festival in NYC, Alternatease in Boston and every single year of the Philadelphia Burlesque Festival since its inception. Under her alias, Pizza Wolf, she headlined the first Hot & Cheesy: A Pizza Burlesque Festival in Indianapolis. Currently, you can catch her doing what she does best on Hulu’s original series “Reprisal”

January 29th 12:00-1:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$23 GA. $15 Burlesque Performers.]

*Proof of vaccination is required for all classes! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you a fun and sexy 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!

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels recommended, but not required.

$15 BURLESQUE PERFORMERS
$23 GENERAL ADMISSION
REGISTER HERE

Ginger Leigh, “The Petite Powerhouse”, is the Founder and Head Mistress of the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. She has also performed with the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2006 and served as the assistant director until 2018. Ginger is also the co-producer of Launchpad Burlesque. Holding a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, she loves combining her classical dance training with the art of the striptease.

Some of the highlights from Ginger’s burlesque career are Peek-A-Boo Revue’s headlining show in the 2017 Munich Burlesque Festival, multiple performances in Berlin, Peek-A-Boo’s title of Best Troupe at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012, and group performances in the New York, Vancouver, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through entertainment and education brings Ginger unparalleled heart-singing joy!

January 30th 4:00-5:00P.M. — Twerk-lesque with Queen Of Hearts [$23 In-person / $18 Virtual]

*Proof of vaccination is required for all classes! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

Learn twerk basics and more with the Empress Of Twerk!

Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts

Scroll to bottom for registration.

You will learn booty popping, rolls, shaking, floor work, and isolations! At the end you will learn a twerk and sensual movement combination.

Dress to sweat because we are going to twerk the day away!

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. Booty shorts recommended!

In-person Students: What you need:

        • Water
        • Knee pads optional

Location:

2101 East Huntingdon Street #1
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Virtual Students: What you need:

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

          CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON TWERK-LESQUE
          CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL TWERK-LESQUE

          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.

          Check out her Instagram @allhailqueenofhearts.

A note about our virtual class price increase.

Please note that starting February 1st, pricing for our regularly occurring 1 hour virtual/livestream class will raise to $20 per class. This small increase will help us keep up with the ever changing needs during this time. Thank you for your understanding.

February 5th 2:00-3:00P.M. — *Virtual + In-person* Shake Queens: A Lecture with Bebe Bardeaux - Black History Month Workshop Series [BIPOC Admission: Free. General Admission: $20]

*Proof of vaccination and masks required! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

Learn the history of the SHAKE QUEENS with award winning performer and burlesque history expert Bebe Bardeaux!

SHAKE QUEENS
The forthcoming book “SHAKE QUEENS” explores the history of old-school shake dancing, a style of movement commonly associated with burlesque performers of color in the 1930s-1970s. While definitions vary, shake dancing has always been marked by wild displays of sexual freedom, abandon, and unbridled sensuality.

Participants will learn the socio-historical background of shake dancing in theory and practice, including the international, multicultural origins of burlesque and subsequent cultural appropriation ingrained within the art form. Participants will also learn about the rise and transformation of American shake dancing as led by Black femmes, from minstrel shows and vaudeville, to Black nightclub and theatre history, all the way up to modern present-day strip clubs.

This class is a lecture so no special clothing required. Feel free to bring a notebook and pen if you like to take notes!

BIPOC Admission: FREE
General Admission: $20

REGISTER HERE FOR IN PERSON
REGISTER HERE FOR VIRTUAL
***EVERYONE MUST REGISTER***

Bebe Bardeaux is the award-winning shake-dancing Doll of D.C.! This bite-sized bibliophile is a librarian, blogger, and published historian with a research focus on classic burlesque and shake dancers in the 1930s – 1970s. She won the top prize in the 2018 DC Burlypicks, was nominated for the New York Burlesque Festival’s 2018 Hottest Freshman Award, and won the 2019 Golden Smile Award at the Golden Legends Champion Challenge. Bebe has been featured in several pinup magazines including Delicious Dolls, Pinup Life, and Black Pinups. She’s the shake dancer of your wildest retro dreams, with history infused into every bump and grind!

February 6th 4:00-5:30P.M. — *Virtual + In-person *Slow Burn with Genie Adagio - Black History Month Workshop Series [BIPOC Admission: Free. General Admission: $20]

*Proof of vaccination and masks required! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

Slow movement and stillness equal power in burlesque.

Slow Burn Burlesque

In this workshop Genie Adagio will teach you how to find moments of slowness and stillness within your choreography. You will also discover ways to emphasize small movements using musicality and contrast. Prepare to learn to embrace your power through the art of the Slow Burn!

***In-person Slow Burn Burlesque is SOLD OUT! Email us at philadelphiaburlesqueacademy@gmail.com to get put on the waitlist. Registration still available in the virtual class.***
BIPOC Admission: FREE
General Admission: $20

REGISTER HERE FOR IN-PERSON
REGISTER HERE FOR VIRTUAL
***EVERYONE MUST REGISTER***

“Genie Adagio began her career as a burlesque artist in New York City in 2012. Her distinct choreographic style and has caused her to become known as “”Classic Burlesque’s Quiet Storm.””  In 2016 Jennifer made her choreographic debut as a member of the Brooklyn Follies, travelling to Macau, China where she staged and performed in her own original piece. Genie has appeared as a featured chorus dancer in a Tiffany Osedra Miller’s play, “”A Performance of an Imitation of Life””, and was a regular cast member of the long-running  live music and dance revue “”The Dirty Honey Shake””. She has been seen performing at several New York City clubs and nightlife venues including City Winery, Joe’s Pub, Bathtub Gin, and House of Yes, House of X, as well as touring across the U.S. with traveling burlesque show “”The Sweet Spot.””

February 19th 3:00-4:30P.M. — *Virtual* Healing Through Seduction with Perle Noire - Black History Month Workshop Series [BIPOC Admission: Free. General Admission: $20]

This is a virtual workshop.

Learn to heal through the art of seduction with Black Burlesque Queen Perle Noire!

Perle Noire Black Burlesque Queen
The Healing Through Seduction program is Perle Noire’s provocative guide to seducing your reflection without regrets or guilt. Ultimately, the master class serves as transformation through the art of self-seduction and self-love absolutely guilt-free. In this two hour workshop, you will learn:

1) Communal healing: building & finding your community, finding your rhythm, showing up for yourself, and communicating with yourself, your inner child & your higher self.
2) Burlesque inspired self-love rituals: giving yourself permission to be vulnerable, acknowledging your inner child, dancing to honor your ancestors and well-being.
3) Guided sensual touch and connection exercises: exploring the art of self-touch to practice honoring your boundaries, exploring the art of touch without the pressure of giving or receiving an orgasm, and dancing to nurture your mind, body, and soul.

Are you ready to change your relationship with your spirit and connect with your body & resilience?

YES, I AM READY!

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in.

BIPOC Admission: FREE
General Admission: $20

REGISTER HERE

***Once you register, look for emails from Eventbrite containing your class link***

Black Burlesque Queen. The Embodiment of Josephine Baker. A paragon of glitz and glamour. Visionary. Those are the phrases most people think about when they discover Perle Noire. Perle, or Mama Perle as she is known to the burlesque community, has a unique gift. The gift of healing an audience in a theater or in a classroom.

In 2003, Perle started her burlesque career starring in the burlesque musical, Backstage At Da Fonky B. In 2008, she burst onto the mainstream burlesque scene, winning the Best Debut category during the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas. Perle has been named one of the world’s top two burlesque performers by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine three years in a row. After spending several years as a cast member in Dita Von Teese’s popular “Strip, Strip Hooray,” Perle went on to complete a stint in Velvet – a musical starring Australian disco diva and superstar Marcia Hines at The Sydney Opera House.

She continually challenges herself with new ventures, including upcoming transformative Healing Through Seduction workshops and a series of performances with her award-winning dance company, The House of Noire. In 2020, she presented the world with The Noire Pageant, the only burlesque pageant dedicated to uplifting the BIPOC community through healing events.

February 26th 2:00-3:30P.M. — *Virtual* Hips Don't Lie with spICE! - Black History Month Workshop Series [BIPOC Admission: Free. General Admission: $20]

This is a virtual workshop.

Connect with the power of hip movement!


This fun, sexy, aerobic virtual movement class focuses on hip movements and isolations. No dance experience is required. In an hour and a half, students will go through warm-ups, stretching, drills and exercises. Learn how to apply these hip movements to your performance style.

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. This class is taught in bare feet.

BIPOC Admission: FREE
General Admission: $20

REGISTER HERE

***Once you register, look for emails from Eventbrite containing your class link***

Hailing from South Central Los Angeles and based in Seattle, Washington, spICE! (she/her/Queen) is a seasoned and dynamic performer. The High Priestess of Hips debuted at the Sunday Night Shuga Shaq in 2014 and is a seasoned veteran of the show. In Seattle, spICE! performs as a core member of the Burlesque Super Troupe, The Atomic Bombshells. spICE! has taught “Hips Don’t Lie” at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, Burlycon, Afrotease and the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. She has performed in the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival (2016, 2017, 2020), Seattle Moisture Festival (2017), the inaugural What the Funk? Festival (2019/featured performer), Afrotease (2019 & 2020/featured performer), BurlesKaraoke (2019 & 2020), Bawdy Suit’s Reclaiming My Love (2021) and BurlesqueLatinx Innaugural Celebration! (2021). In 2019, spICE! became a House of Knyle Diamond and was crowned the Bronze Beauties of Burlesque Ambassador Queen. In June 2021, spICE! was featured in Latinx publication, Remezcla, as one of “9 Latina Vedettes Who Are Carving Out a Space for Themselves in the 21st Century’s Showgirl Scene”.

February 27th 2:00-3:00P.M. — *Virtual + In-person* Burlesque Basics with Vera Valentinaa - Black History Month Workshop Series [BIPOC Admission: Free. General Admission: $20]

*Proof of vaccination and masks required! Email us with an image of your vax card or bring it with you to class!*

Learn the foundations of the burly-q with the Queen of The Kansas City Burlesque Festival and YouTube Star, Vera Valentinaa!

Burlesque Basics with Vera Valentinaa

This class is for the beginner burlesque dancer or the seasoned veteran who is looking to brush up on the basics. During class we will bump and grind our way through the ABC’s of basic burlesque technique and then learn a fun bit of #showgirl choreography!

***In-person Slow Burlesque Basics is SOLD OUT! Email us at philadelphiaburlesqueacademy@gmail.com to get on the waitlist!

BIPOC Admission: FREE
General Admission: $20

REGISTER HERE FOR IN-PERSON
REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL
***EVERYONE MUST REGISTER***

Vera started her career in burlesque back in 2012 as a member of the locally based troupe, The Hoochie Coochie Girls. Since then, Vera has performed at venues and festivals all over the country including Jeezy’s Juke Joint in Chicago, The Cupcake Revue in Ft.Lauderdale and The Show Me Burlesque Festival.

In 2019, Vera competed for the first time at The Kansas City Burlesque Festival for the title of Queen and walked away with the crown! She is now the longest reigning Queen of The Kansas City Burlesque Festival due to COVID-19.

During the pandemic, Vera started her own burlesque dedicated YouTube channel to help beginners go further, faster in burlesque and document her own showgirl journey. From January 2020 to January 2021, she grew her audience from less than 1,000 subscribers, or as she calls them *Sparkly People* to over 17,000!

Vera is also the co-founder of the hottest burlesque and variety entertainment troupe in St.Louis, Glimmer Cabaret.

February 19th - April 14th — Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase ***WAITLIST ONLY***

Proof of vaccination is required.

***THIS SERIES IS SOLD OUT! EMAIL BURLESQUEACTDEVELOPMENT@GMAIL.COM TO GET PUT ON THE WAITLIST!***

Step into your most powerful, creative, and sparkly self in Burlesque Act Development!

Burlesque Act Development is designed to help you create a burlesque number and perform it on stage, but you will walk away fulfilled in countless other ways, as well! This series includes:

BAD Grad Essa Terick by ChrisKPhotography

  • Group workshops focusing on striptease, burlesque history, musicality, choreography, stage presence, costuming basics, stage makeup essentials, and more!
  • 2 one-on-one lessons.
  • 3 feedback sessions in which you perform your act progress in front of your classmates and instructors (one with a special guest).
  • 3 free hours of rehearsal time at The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy.
  • A video of your performance.

You will learn from award winning professional burlesque performers, Ginger Leigh, Cherry Bomb, and special guest Sophie Sucré, and more!

Dates:

February 19th 6-8pm Burlesque History Happy Hour
Every Thursday 7:00-9:30 P.M. February 24th-April14th
Saturday, March 5th 12-5pm.
April 9th – Student Showcase at Franky Bradley’s

Scroll down to register! Early Bird and payment plans available!

The Burlesque Student Showcase

In addition to honing your technical and performance skills, you will build your self confidence, be encouraged to take up space, allow your creative juices to flow, feel challenged in the best possible way, and bond with a group of like minded individuals in a supportive and loving environment.

Please be prepared to: attend all sessions, try new things, create your act outside of class time utilizing learned skills and instructor feedback, acquire or create your costume, and be a supportive member of your classmates. Due to the nature of this series, there are no makeup classes for missed sessions.

Performing in the Student Showcase is a requirement in this series.

Who is Burlesque Act Development for?
Newbies who are ready to perform in a burlesque show for the first time! *Please see pre-requisites below.
Newer performers looking to level up their burlesque skills!

The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy is for all genders, bodies, races, ethnic backgrounds, and beyond!

Prerequisites/Before the first day of class you must:

    • Have seen at least 2 burlesque shows (at least one in-person)

AND have either:

    • Taken at least 3 burlesque classes

OR

  • Have performed in one burlesque show.

Not sure if you are ready for Burlesque Act Development? Email burlesqueactdevelopment@gmail.com with your questions or to set up a 15 minute virtual consultation with Ginger Leigh!

REGISTER BELOW:

***THIS SERIES IS SOLD OUT! EMAIL BURLESQUEACTDEVELOPMENT@GMAIL.COM TO GET PUT ON THE WAITLIST!***

*You do not need a PayPal account. Simply choose the option “Pay without a PayPal account” to use your debit or credit card!

General Admission $499 due February 24th

Payment Plans:

5 Pay Plan
General Admission: 5 payment of $99.80 each
BIPOC Rate: 5 payments of $85 each
Due: December 27th, January 10th, January 24th, February 7th, and February 23rd

You will receive the remaining payment links via email!

Your payment receipt from PayPal is confirmation that your payment has been received! You will receive follow up emails as the series approaches.

3 Pay Plans available upon request!

Space is limited to 12 students.

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
YOU HAVE 7 DAYS FROM THE TIME OF YOUR FIRST PAYMENT TO CANCEL AND RECEIVE A FULL REFUND UNTIL FEBRUARY 12TH.
ONCE 7 DAYS HAVE PAST AFTER YOUR FIRST PAYMENT YOU ARE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND.
STARTING FEBRUARY 13TH YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND REGARDLESS OF WHEN YOUR FIRST PAYMENT WAS MADE.
EMERGENCY/SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTORS.
EMAIL BURLESQUEACTDEVELOPMENT@GMAIL.COM TO START THE CANCELLATION PROCESS.

Bachelorette Parties

Looking for a unique idea for an upcoming bachelorette party, birthday celebration, or just a get-together with your besties? A burlesque class is exactly what you need!

*Proof of vaccination is required for all in-person participants. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Please read all of the information below and email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for availability and to book your class!

We are currently offering 2 options for your in-person burlesque party class at our studio as well as a virtual option. A $50 deposit is required in order to hold your reservation and is refundable up to 1 week before your party. This counts towards your final balance which is due at the time of your class. Details below.

Show Babe Package (in-person):

An empowering, fun, and flirty 60 minute class filled with shimmies, shakes, bumps, grinds, and more!

      • You will learn beginner-friendly burlesque dance combinations including one with a feather boa!
      • BYOB! Feel free to bring lite beverages to enjoy during class.

Pricing:
$295 for up to 5 participants.
$45 each additional participant.
The bride, birthday babe, or 1 lucky guest takes class for free for parties of 10 or more!

Headliner Package (in-person):

This 90 minute burlesque class includes all of the empowering and flirty fun listed above with the following upgrades

      • A sexy, classic glove-peel mini routine
      • A champagne toast
      • The bride gets a pair of sequin tassel pasties
      • 1 Polaroid photo of your group

Pricing:
$395 for up to 5 participants.
$65 each additional participant.
The bride, birthday babe, or 1 lucky guest takes class for free for parties of 10 or more!

Virtual Burlesque Party Class:

An empowering, fun, and flirty 60 minute class filled with shimmies, shakes, bumps, grinds, and more! You have the option to supply your own feather boas for class. This class is taught via Zoom.

Pricing:
$200 flat rate for up to 20 participants.

We can come to your location for an additional convenience fee. Email us at contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com to discuss!

We look forward to helping you celebrate your occasion with a burlesque class!

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! We have two studios available. For non-commercial and non-party rentals the rates are:

$20/ hour.
$89 for 5 hours (expires in 45 days)
$150 for 10 hours (expires in 90 days

In need of space for commercial purposes or for your next party? Contact us for rates and details!

Email us at contact@philadlephiaburlesqueacademy.com for details, availability, and to reserve your time!

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:
2101 East Huntingdon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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