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!

Class Schedule

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Socks, dance shoes, or low heels with straps are acceptable footwear.

Every Tuesday 7:00-8:00P.M. —All Levels Burlesque Dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh

$20/single class. $15/class when signing up for the entire month.

This class is open to the novice who just wants to dip their toes into burlesque, the performer who wants to hone their basic movement skills, and everyone in Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotographybetween!

Classes will vary weekly between classic and neo-burlesque styles, but all classes will involve sassy and seductive movement combinations. Ginger Leigh will also incorporate lessons in attitude, posture, and presence. Your self-confidence will soar as you feel fabulous in your skin and have fun exploring burlesque dance and movement!

*No classes on September 5th, October 31st, and November 21st.

September 2017 Burlesque Dance and Movement

October 2017 Burlesque Dance and Movement

November 2017 Burlesque Dance and Movement

September 14th 7:00-9:00P.M. — Floor-ography with Sophie Sucré *SOLD OUT*

$25 General Admission
$15 performers

A floor-work-for-burlesque workshop!

Floor-ography will provide a fun challenge in the art of getting down for stage or for your own private show. In this workshop you will get down without ever getting up! Prepare for a dance class focused on movement, transitions, and beginner/intermediate acro-tricks, all while playing with transfer of weight, full body connection, shapes, and rhythm, exclusively on the floor.
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Strongly suggested:
Knee pads.
Comfortable heels that are secure and comfortable that you can easily move, squat, and flex/point in.
Comfortable clothes you can move in.

This class is not recommended for individuals with knee injuries!

September 28th-November 18th — Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase with Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh

Every Thursday September 28th – November 16th 7:00-9:00P.M.
Saturday, October 21st 12:00-5:00P.M. – Burlesque Immersive
Saturday, November 18th – Student Showcase at Franky Bradley’s (Time TBD)
$250 (scroll to bottom for registration and installment options)
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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
    • 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

    The Immersive on October 21st 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 rate is offered after your 3 hours is 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!

    In order to register for this class you must have completed the following prerequisites:

      • Have seen at least one burlesque show.
      • Have either previously attended at least 3 burlesque classes OR have performed in at least 1 burlesque show (sorry, kittening does not count).

    This series is geared towards those who have been 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 act.
      • Supply your own costume.
      • Both have fun and be creatively challenged!

    *All classes are required. Exceptions are at the discretion of the instructors and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Fee: $250
    Payment Options:

    • One time payment of $250 (due September 26th).
    • Two payments of $125 (due August 26th and September 26th).
    • $70 deposit (due August 8th) and three payments of $60 (due August 29th, September 12th, and September 26th).

    **No refunds after September27th**
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Act Development (one time payment)

Act Development (two installments)

Act Development (four installments)

Questions? Feel free to email!


October 8th 2:00-5:30P.M. — Twirly Whirly Burly-Q Workshops

$20 (plus service fees)/ single class Twirly Whirly Burly-Q workshops
$50 (plus service fees) for all three classes!

2:00-3:00 All About Wigs w/ Ula Uberbusen
3:15-4:15 Walk and a Wink w/ Rosie Cheeks
4:30-5:30 Hosting for Burlesque w/ Boo Bess

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ALL About Wigs with Ula Uberson 2:00-3:00P.M

All you ever wanted to know and insider tips on how to style and wear wigs for the stage! Whether you are more pinup or more drag queen, whether you use full wigs, falls or ponies, this class will help you take your fake-hair game to the next level. From what kind to buy and where to find them, to how to style them and how to keep them from falling off your head – Ula shares her years of experience and insider tips on all things WIGS! Please bring a notebook. If you have a wig you are struggling with, please bring it and your styling supplies.

Walk and a Wink with Rosie Cheekss 3:15-4:15P.M.

Bring class and sass to your burlesque routine! In this class, we will work on different walks and ways to make your routine cheeky. For showgirls of all levels, (or an intermediate level class), this class incorporates aspects from the Ziegfeld Follies and the Delsarte technique to take your routine to the next showgirl level!
Open to everyone. Please wear clothes and heels you can move in.

Hosting for Burlesque with Boo Bess 4:30-5:30P.M.

Boo is bringing her years of experience hosting in some of the toughest rooms in New York City to this brand new workshop for anyone wanting to learn and practice the skills for successful show hosting. Learn how to balance personality, character, timing, empathy and just the right amount of sass to command any room. Time will be spent learning helpful tips as well as trying out your own material. Open to all genders and experience levels.

***A minimum of 3 registered students is required in order to hold each class!

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Twirly Whirly Burly-Q is a touring burlesque troupe bringing you a burlesque extravaganza straight out of the days of old New York! Experience the nostalgia of old burlesque and the excitement of avant-garde theater. Brought to you by an entirely female creative team, this show celebrates sensuality, sexuality, the female form and good old-fashioned girl-power.

Twirly Whirly Burly-Q features three New York burlesque stars – ULA UBERBUSEN (star of NYC’s Victrola Burlesque and Tainted Cabaret and producer of the The Mason Dixie Burlesque Tour), ROSIE CHEEKS (Star of The Burlesque Show at the Borgata), BOO BESS (host for Wasabassco, Storybook Burlesque core creative member).

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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