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.

October 15th 7:15-8:15P.M. — Work Your Show-babe Heels with Ariel Helvetica [$25]

$25

Ariel Helvetica by Fubarfoto

Professional high-kicker (and high heel lover) Ariel Helvetica will teach you how to work your heels like a pro.

Learn how to pick the right type of heel for your own unique self, and the difference between pumps, platforms + pointed toes. Gain confidence, grace and poise while embracing the heels you choose. Ariel will help you with balance and posture in a series of across the floor work along with stretches and exercises to take your heel game to the next level.

Please bring your favorite heels and be ready to fall in love with them all over again!


Student Name


Ariel Helvetica has shimmied and twirled her way around the globe, having performed at some of the top burlesque shows in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A since her 2011 debut. A born and raised dancer, Ariel spent 5 years abroad, wowing audiences in France as a professional Can-Can/Showgirl, and then criss-crossing the globe and criss-crossing her long legs as a professional high-kicker on cruise ships, visiting 45 countries along the way. With many notable performances under her G-String, her 2018 performance highlight was strip-teasing for her peers and fans at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in the Best Debut category. While touring, Ariel has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students and brings her expertise back to her home studio, the Vancouver Burlesque Centre where she is the Assistant Director. Ms.Helvetica is a member of Sweet Soul Burlesque, Western Canada’s longest-running professional neo-burlesque troupe and in 2018 Ariel was voted #25 in 21st Century Burlesque Magazines “most influential performers” and #3 in Canada.

October 15th 8:30-9:30P.M. — How To Tour and Get Booked with Ariel Helvetica [$25]

$25

Ariel Helvetica, burlesque superstar

Ariel Helvetica by Jon Christian Ashby

Are you a newer performer wanting to travel and get booked outside of your city? A seasoned performer who wants to make a mark in other countries? This is the workshop for you!

Ariel Helvetica has toured and performed extensively in shows and festivals around the world and for the first time ever is sharing her secrets to success in burlesque. Here is a short list of what will be covered:

  • Festivals, are they worth it
  • Rates and money talk
  • Contracts and fine details
  • How to approach producers
  • Traveling to other countries
  • Best practices + protocols
  • How to get asked back

Student Name


Ariel Helvetica has shimmied and twirled her way around the globe, having performed at some of the top burlesque shows in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A since her 2011 debut. A born and raised dancer, Ariel spent 5 years abroad, wowing audiences in France as a professional Can-Can/Showgirl, and then criss-crossing the globe and criss-crossing her long legs as a professional high-kicker on cruise ships, visiting 45 countries along the way. With many notable performances under her G-String, her 2018 performance highlight was strip-teasing for her peers and fans at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in the Best Debut category. While touring, Ariel has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students and brings her expertise back to her home studio, the Vancouver Burlesque Centre where she is the Assistant Director. Ms.Helvetica is a member of Sweet Soul Burlesque, Western Canada’s longest-running professional neo-burlesque troupe and in 2018 Ariel was voted #25 in 21st Century Burlesque Magazines “most influential performers” and #3 in Canada.

October 22nd 7:30-9:00P.M. — Glimmer: A Burlesque Class for First-Timers with Ginger Leigh [$25 or $40 for 2]

So you want do burlesque, but you don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered!

Ginger Leigh teaches Glimmer: A Burlesque Class for First-Timers

Image: ChrisKPhotography

In this 90 minute class we start by titillating your brain with a brief burlesque history lesson, complete with photos and videos. You will then learn some sassy and sexy basic burlesque moves to get you moving and feeling fabulous. Class will culminate in an easy to learn burly-q dance combination that will leave you feeling like a sultry-sweet badass.

What is the difference between Glimmer and Drop-in Burlesque? Glimmer is taught at a slower pace, the moves are simpler, and a burlesque history lesson is included!

No experience of any kind necessary.
All bodies, genders, and ages (18+) are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in! Recommended footwear: Low comfy heels, dance shoes, or plain old socks.
What to bring: Water bottle, notebook, and a pen.

$25 for single admission.
$40 for you and a friend!

Glimmer: A Burlesque Class for First-Timers



Ginger Leigh, “The Petite Powerhouse”, performed with Philadelphia’s Peek-A-Boo Revue from 2006 – 2018, and was the assistant director for most of that time. She is the Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy as well as 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, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through entertainment and education brings Ginger unparalleled heart-singing joy!

October 29th 8:15-9:15 — Drop-in Burlesque with Lelu lenore [$12-$20]

$12 performer rate Lelu Lenore teaches at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy
$20 regular rate

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!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Wearing a pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DROP-IN BURLESQUE WITH LELU LENORE

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.

Lelu Lenore has a reputation for raising stakes and pulses. The exquisite choreography of her grand productions earned Lenore her signature appellation “Philadelphia’s Burlesque Ballerina.” A UArts grad with a BFA in Dance and 7 years teaching Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance in the Continuing Education at UArts. She is the producer of a monthly show at Franky Bradely’s in Philadelphia called “La Maison Rose,” along with a new classic show “Stardust Burlesque” at Hotel Monaco. In 2017 she made her international debut in competing for “Queen of the Lake” in Lake Como, Italy and won “Princess of the Lake” first runner up for Queen. Lelu also won first runner up in the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival for the Crystal Corset Award 2017. Miss Lenore has performed in many festivals in the US including the Texas Burlesque Festival, NY Burlesque Festival and Empire’s Burlesque festival where this year she was a featured performer and taught her “Shimmy and Shake” dance class. She has graced many stages including Celeste Giuliano’s “Pinup Peepshow” at Union Transfer, World Cafe Live and Mauch Chunk Opera House with the Peekaboo Revue as their Holiday Headliner, in Jen Gapay’s New Years Eve show at Drom NYC. You can find her in Philly and very often in NYC at Nurse Bettie, Employees Only, Ragtrader, and Apotheke. Has performed in Trixie Minx Productions in Nola and this fall you can find her in Angie Pontani’s “Halloween Spooktacular” in Baltimore! She is the “Everlastingly Luscious” Lelu Lenore!

November 2nd 2:00-3:30P.M. — Burlesque Emcee 101: The Basics of Burlesque Hosting with Flirt Vonnegut [$18-$25]

$25
$18 for performers

Master the absolute essentials of hosting a burlesque show, from classic burlesque to nerdlesque and everything in-between.

Whether it’s your first show or you’ve been performing for years, understanding the basics of being a burlesque emcee is always good practice. Learn how to start and end a show feeling like a professional, leave audiences begging for more, and inspire producers to book you over and over again. Workshop includes lecture, interactive exercises, and Q&A.

Please bring a notebook and pen.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BURLESQUE EMCEE 101

Burlesque performers, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com for discount code!

Flirt Vonnegut is an award-winning, internationally performing burlesque emcee. With more than 5 years of experience hosting burlesque, drag, and cabaret in Philadelphia, plus an extensive background in improvisational acting, he knows that hosting is about establishing a relationship with the performers, the crowd, and oneself. More over, he knows that hosting is a skill that can be exercised. Flirt Vonnegut knows how to find the balance of education and entertainment, and he’ll teach you how to keep the show moving no matter what.

November 5th 8:15-9:15 — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$12-$20]

$12 performer rate Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography
$20 regular rate

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!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Wearing a pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!

Drop-in Burlesque Ginger Leigh 11/5/19



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.

Ginger Leigh is known as “the petite powerhouse of burlesque” and has been combining her classical dance training with her larger than life sultry stripteases since 2006. She is the Director of Burlesque Education at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy and currently co-produces Launchpad Burlesque, a show for performers of all levels to present new work. Ginger performed with, and was the Assistant Director of, The Peek-A-Boo Revue for 12 years. Among Miss Leigh’s achievements 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 in Las Vegas, multiple performances in Berlin, headlining with the PABR at the Munich Burlesque Festival, group performances in the Vancouver, New York, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through education and entertainment brings Ginger Leigh unparalleled heart-singing joy!

November 9th Doors 7:00P.M. Show 8:00P.M. — Student Showcase at Franky Bradley's [$10]

$10 The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy Student Showcase

Check out a brand new crop of up and coming talent in the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy Student Showcase!

Some are hitting the stage for the first time ever and some are taking their art to uncharted territory. These students have been working hard for 8 weeks in Burlesque Act Development class with Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh, along withe some special guest, and are ready to show you the fruits of their labor. Come on out to Franky Bradley’s and give these babes some love and support!

Click here to purchase tickets for the Student Showcase!

November 12th 8:15-9:15 — Drop-in Burlesque with Cherry Bomb [$12-$20]

$12 performer rate Cherry Bomb teaches Drop-in Burlesque
$20 regular rate

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!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Wearing a pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!




Drop In Burlesque with Cherry Bomb



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.

Cherry Bomb has been a proud member of the Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2005 and became the group’s managing director in 2012. 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 ranges from classic to neo and includes dancing, singing and acting. She is also an instructor at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy.

November 14th 7:30-9:30 — Glove, Boas, and Bubbles with Ginger Leigh [$25 or $for 2]

$25 or $40 for you and a friend!

In this fun and sassy classic burlesque class you will explore the sensuality of glove peels and boa tricks!

Classic burlesque with Ginger Leigh!
Ginger Leigh will take you through a warmup, key moves, and a final burlyQ combination incorporating what you learned throughout class! After all of your hard work you will enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, non-alcoholic bubbly beverages, and lite bites. Register with a friend to receive a discount!

All levels welcome!

*If you have previously taken this workshop you will learn many of the same moves and tricks, but the combination will be new and different!

Deadline to register: November 12th at 11:59P.M.
Advanced registration is required!

$25 Single person registration.
$40 Two people ($10 total savings).

Gloves, Boas, and Bubbles 11/14/19



Ginger Leigh is known as “the petite powerhouse of burlesque” and has been combining her classical dance training with her larger than life sultry stripteases since 2006. She is the Director of Burlesque Education at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy and currently co-produces Launchpad Burlesque, a show for performers of all levels to present new work. Ginger performed with, and was the Assistant Director of, The Peek-A-Boo Revue for 12 years. Among Miss Leigh’s achievements 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 in Las Vegas, multiple performances in Berlin, headlining with the PABR at the Munich Burlesque Festival, group performances in the Vancouver, New York, Colorado, and Philadelphia Burlesque Festivals. Spreading the love of burlesque through education and entertainment brings Ginger Leigh unparalleled heart-singing joy!

November 16th 1:00-2:30P.M. — Black Burlesque History - A Survey with Sophie Sucré - [$10-$15]

$15
$10 for performersSophie Sucré by Photolena

Knowing one’s history is tantamount to learning where we come from and where we’re going.

The history of Burlesque has been archived both by it’s fans and by the living legends sharing their wisdom and knowledge today. Black and POC Burlesque history is harder to find. Our country’s history of racism and marginalization has kept the history of our Black and POC legends/performers somewhat in the dark. Black Burlesque History intends to shine a light on performers often forgotten or unknown. Learn about POC performers who were breaking laws, fighting racism with their performances, and creating space for POC performers today.

Please bring a notebook and pen.


Black Burlesque History



Attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Sophie Sucre received her BFA in Dance/Choreography, summa cum laude, 2009. She began working with Philadelphian dance companies DanceTheaterX– Charles O. Anderson and idiosynCrazy productions– Jumatatu Poe/Shannon Murphy, and later with choreographers Meredith Rainey/Tania Isaac, Shannon Murphy, Kate Watson-Wallace, and Megan Mazarick. This fall she can be seen with Gunnar Montana presents Basement- 2019 Fringe Festival. She received a 2015 Rocky Award for her dance and admin work with organizations Dance/USA Philadelphia, Ars Nova Workshop, and Headlong. Joining Burlesque troupe, the Peek-A-Boo Revue (PBR) in 2009, first as chorus member, then soloist- she has since had the opportunity to headline the 2015 Celeste Giuliano Pinup Peep Show, 2016 and ’18 Philadelphia Burlesque Festival and recently performed as part of the 2019 Toronto Burlesque Festival.

November 19th 8:15-9:15 — Drop-in Burlesque with Tiel [$12-$20] Registration coming soon!

$12 performer rate
$20 regular rate

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!

What to wear:

    • Comfortable clothing you can move in.
    • A pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!

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.

December 5th 8:00-9:30P.M. — Twerklesque: Twerk 101 with Queen of Hearts [$25 or $40 for 2] Registration coming soon!

$25 single rate
$40 for you and a friend

Learn twerk basics with Queen of Hearts!

There will be booty popping, rolls, shaking, floor work, and isolations! At the end you will learn a twerk and sensual movement combination. Come dressed to sweat because we are going to twerk the night away!

This class is open to beginners, performers, and all levels in between!

What to wear:

    • Comfortable clothing you can move in.
    • A pair of sturdy heels you feel comfy and confident in is highly recommended, but not required!

Registration coming soon!

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always been a performer at heart. She got her start dancing in her family owned dance studio. She trained vigorously in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and more. Now she has traded in her ballet shoes for heels! She is a part of Sister Bear Burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and the Peek-A-Boo Revue. She recently produced her first show based on 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.

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.

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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