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.

July 23rd, August 6th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque (all levels) [$12-$20]

$12 performer rate Drop-in Burlesque Class
$20 regular rate
Every other Tuesday 8:15-9:15P.M.

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!

Class schedule (scroll down to register)

July 23rd – Lelu Lenore

August 6th – Ginger Leigh


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.

July 23rd with Lelu Lenore
Click here to register for Lelu Lenore’s class!

Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh August 6th

July 26th 7:00-9:00P.M. — FUCK 'EM IN THE HEART! Acting for Burlesque with TIGGER! [$25]

Set the stage on fire! Go from talented to TNT! Build a larger-than-life Burlesque persona with Tigger! & take your performances & characters to the next level.

Image: John-Paul Bichard

Tigger! is a recognized pioneer of today’s burlesque scene, but he has been an actor all his life — “acting like a stripper” since 1992. Using his degree in theatre, his experience teaching acting at universities & over 40 years on the stage (from Shakespeare to Shimmy), Tigger! employs his theatrical training & perspective to break down what makes a burlesque performer stand out from the herd. Whatever you do in front of any kind of an audience, YOU are an ACTOR.

Learn techniques & tips to make the most of what you’ve got.

FUCK ‘EM IN THE HEART! Acting for Burlesque is an interactive lecture with acting/movement exercises.

Be prepared to take notes and wear comfortable clothing you can move in!

Friday, July 26th 7:00-9:00P.M. $25

TIGGER! – “The Godfather of Neo-Boylesque” is a stripperformance artist/actor/dancer who has performed in NYC since 1988 & around the world since 1993. A pioneer in the 1990s burlesque renaissance who won the 1st-ever “King of Boylesque/Mr. Exotic World” title at Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas 2006. He won numerous Golden Pastie Awards, including “Most Likely to Get Shut Down by the Law” & “Most Unpredictable Performer.” His act was banned in Rome. He has headlined all around Europe, Australia, North America & South America.

Press: “a fantastically watchable naughty satyr” by The Scotsman, “disturbing, funny and oddly riveting all at once” by Vancouver Sun, “the Boylesque King…a heart-pounding climax” by LA Weekly, “Tigger! the Godfather of Boylesque MC’s the show, and also steals it…with Tigger! at the helm, you can’t help but have a blast.” by EdFestMag, “hysterical and acrobatic” and “wickedly arch” by The New York Times, “delightful… simultaneously hilarious and titillating” by TheaterMania, “a brilliant satirist” by, “the Taboo-Defying Dynamo” by NEXT Magazine.

September 19th - November 9th — Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase [$199-$250]

$199 Early Bird Flat Rate due August 6th
$250 starting August 7th – due September 18th
Scroll to bottom of page for registration and payment plan info!

Every Thursday September 19th – November 7th 7:00-9:00P.M.
Sunday, September 22nd 12:00P.M. Group Photo Shoot
Saturday, September 28th 12:00-5:00P.M. – Burlesque Immersive *REQUIRED*
Saturday, November 9th – Student Showcase *REQUIRED* at Franky Bradley’s

Click here to apply for the scholarship!

Please read all information below!

Burlesque Act Development is an 8-week series designed to help you create a burlesque number and perform it on stage in front of an audience!

Along the way you will attend workshops and lectures that will give you the knowledge and confidence to bring your ideas to life. There will be intermittent showings of your Burlesque Act Developmentincomplete work where you will have the opportunity to receive feedback from your instructors and peers. This will be done in a positive and encouraging atmosphere!

Over the 8-week period the following subjects will be explored: act structure, striptease, musicality, costuming basics, hair and makeup essentials, facial expression, stage presence, burlesque history, performer etiquette, stage name, and persona.

Penny Praline

Burlesque Act Development Grad Penny Praline by WC Photo

Upon register for BAD you will also receive 3 free hours of studio time. A discounted rental rate is offered after your 3 hours are used. Your 3 free hours and discounted rate are valid Septmber 19th – November 9th.

Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh have been in the burlesque world for 9, 14, and 13 years respectively. They will use their years of experience to help you begin your journey into the sparkle world!


    • Have seen at least THREE burlesque shows.
    • Have either previously attended at least 2 burlesque classes OR have performed in at least 1 burlesque show (sorry, kittening does not count).
    • If you are not sure if you have satisfied these requirements or don’t think you can squeeze them in before BAD starts, please email us at and ask!

This series is geared towards those who have been involved in burlesque 0-2 years, but it is open to all who have met the above requirements. Please be prepared to:

    • Use your ideas and the knowledge gained to create your own act.
    • Supply your own costume.
    • Both have fun and be creatively challenged!
    • Work hard and feel a huge sense of accomplishment once it is all said and done!

*All classes are required. Exceptions are at the discretion of the instructors and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The immersive is an absolute requirement!

*Please note that participating in the performance is required if you take this workshop series! Not interested in performing? We would love to have you in any of our other classes at the PBA!

Payment Options:
*Please note that a PayPal account is not required to register. One clicking on the desired payment option from the dropdown menu, simply choose to pay by debit or credit card.*
Single payment:
$199 when you register by August 6th
$250 when you register by September 18th
Payment Plans:
2 Payments Option:
2 payments of $125 each due on August 21st and September 18th
4 Payment Option:
1 payment of $70 due on August 7th and 3 payments of $60 each due on August 21st, September 4th, and September 18th.
***IMPORTANT: Refunds will NOT be given after September 18th at 11:59P.M. Exceptions will only be made in the case of emergencies. Otherwise, all payments starting on September 19th are FINAL!***

BAD Fall 2019 Registration

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 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!

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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 for details. Let us know what your needs are so we can match you up with the teacher that is right for you!


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!

Official Provider of Higher Ecdysiast Education for The Philadelphia Burlesque FestivalThe Philadelphia Burlesque Academy is the proud Official Provider of Higher Ecdysiast Education for the 2017 Philadelphia Burlesque Festival! Continue checking back for the full schedule of festival classes!

“The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival is an annual event produced and organized with dedication to the art of burlesque and the community that supports this empowering craft.” ​


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. for questions and rental bookings.


              • 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).




2400 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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