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.


October 2017 Burlesque Dance and Movement




November 2017 Burlesque Dance and Movement



October 22nd 2:00-3:30P.M. — SEXY with Poison Ivory - Presented by The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival

2:00-3:30P.M.
$25

How to captivate your audience in ways that have nothing to do with fancy costumes or clever themes!

Part 1: Yes, but where is the sex?
Are you a shy performer who wants exude more confidence on stage? Do you find yourself only doing comedy acts because being “sexy” on stage makes you uncomfortable? Are you looking to take your act, and your audience to another level, but are not sure if you have what it takes? This class is here to help. Using the mock sex-ed class format, Poison Ivory will teach her students tips and techniques on how to incorporate more sex appeal into any act.

Burlesque workshop with Poison Ivory

Poison Ivory by Harry Pocius Photography

Part 2: Dare to be Sexy?
Want to exude more confidence on stage? Are you looking to take your sex appeal, your act, and most importantly, your audience to another level, but are not sure if you have what it takes? This class is here to help. As part 2 of a 2 part series, this class (the exercises) will cover techniques on breaking out of a performance rut, attacking choreography and themes by creating a sexy alter ego. Using Archetype cards and a pair of gloves, Poison Ivory will teach participants how to approach new characters and movement that will be explored through a easy course exercises.




About Poison Ivory:

Part goddess, part femme fatale, part hedonist, and recently crowned Miss Exotic World- Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the 2016 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, Poison Ivory is a New York based burlesque performer who has made her mark on the international burlesque scene.

Within months of her debut, Poison was nominated for Hottest Freshman at the 2012 New York Burlesque Festival. She was was later crowned Miss Starlet Burlesque at the 2013 Hollywood Burlesque Festival and took home the first place Crystal Corset Award at the 2014 Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival. Additionally, Poison won the Most Classic award at the 2015 International BurlyPicks Finals. Now, with multiple festivals, accolades, and the queen title under her garter, it is clear that Poison Ivory is a force to be seen.

With a background in theater and dance, Poison Ivory combines her thoughtful musicality with sultry and sensual movements that always leave her audience wanting more. She is brown sugar and spice; she is a deadly device.

Poison Ivory’s class is courtesy of The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival!

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!

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.” ​

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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