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.

Every other Tuesday 8:15-9:15P.M. starting September 11th! —Drop-in Burlesque (all levels)

$12 performer rate Drop-in Burlesque Class
$20 regular rate
Every other Tuesday 8:15-9:15P.M. starting September 11th

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 movememnt 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!

Registration is coming soon so save the dates!

11th – Sophie Sucré
25th – Ginger Leigh

9th – Lelu Lenore
23rd – Cherry Bomb

6th – Sophie Sucré
20th – Ginger Leigh

4th – Lelu Lenore

September 13th - November 3rd — Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase with Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh

$199 Early Bird Rate (due July 12th)
$250 starting July 13th (payment plans available)
Every Thursday September 13th – November 1st 7:00-9:00P.M.
Sunday, September 16th (subject to change) – Group Photo Shoot
Saturday, September 22nd 12:00-5:00P.M. – Burlesque Immersive
Saturday, November 3rd – Student Showcase at Franky Bradley’s (Time TBD)

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 Development

Instructors: Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh

incomplete 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
      • Movement, improvisation, and striptease
      • Character
      • Musicality
      • Costuming basics
      • Hair and makeup basics
      • Facial expressions, performance quality, and stage presence
      • Burlesque history
      • Local burlesque culture
      • Performer etiquette
      • Stage name and persona

      BAD Class of Fall 2017

      The Immersive on September 22nd st will involve talks with experienced burlesque performers in addition to some of the workshops mentioned above. Bring your lunch and your questions for a fun burlesque Saturday!Your class fee includes 3 hours of studio time. A discounted rental rate is offered after your 3 hours are used.Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh have been in the burlesque world for 8, 12, and 11 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

      Burlesque Act Development

      Spring 2018 BAD graduate, Kay La Vie

      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.

      **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!

      Please use the drop down menu below for all payments!

      Payment Options:
      Single payment:
      $199 when you register by July 12th
      $250 when you register by September 13th
      Payment Plans:
      2 Payment Option:
      2 payments of $125 each due on August 12th and September 12th
      4 Payment Option:
      1 payment of $70 due on July 20th July 30th and 3 payments of $60 each due on August 9th, August 26th, and September 12th.
      ***IMPORTANT: Refunds will NOT be given after September 12th! Exceptions will only be made in the case of emergencies. Otherwise, all payments starting on September 13th are FINAL!***

Burlesque Act Development Sept. 13 – Nov. 3rd, 2018

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!

PayPal payments may be made to

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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