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

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*In-Person* August 3rd 7:00-8:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$20 General Admission. $12 Burlesque Performers] at Concierge Ballroom

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you 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 comfy pair of heels are recommended

CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER:

GENERAL ADMISSION
BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

You will receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours of registration.

Location:

Concierge Ballroom
30 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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. 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.

*In-Person* August 10th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Cherry Bomb [$20 General Admission. $12 Burlesque Performers] at Concierge Ballroom

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!

Drop-in Burlesque with Cherry Bomb

This all levels class offers you 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 comfy pair of heels are recommended

CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER:

GENERAL ADMISSION
BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

You will receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours of registration.

Location:

Concierge Ballroom
30 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

*In-Person and online* August 17th, 24th, and 31st 8:30-9:30 P.M. — Twerklesque: 3 Week Series with Queen Of Hearts [$65] at Concierge Ballroom

Learn twerk techniques along with a mini choreographed twerk routine that builds each week from The Empress Of Twerk!

Queen Of Hearts by Swiger Photography

In this all levels 3 week series you will twerk from every angle, on your feet, and on the floor! Along the way you will learn booty claps, rolls, shakes, isolations, freestyling, and more. These movements will be combined with sensual movement in a sexy Twerklesque combo. Prepare to have fun and sweat!

You can look forward to dancing to lots of R&B, Rap & Hip Hop.

All levels welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. Booty shorts recommended!

What to bring: A bottle of water.

CLICK HERE IN-PERSON REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

The in-person version of this series will take place at:

Concierge Ballroom
30 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Award winning performer Queen of Hearts has always danced her way through life. After having a baby 3 years ago this firecracker traded in her old ballet shoes for high heels. She is a part of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She also produces shows and classes 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.

*In-Person* August 17th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$20 General Admission. $12 Burlesque Performers] at Concierge Ballroom

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you 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 comfy pair of heels are recommended

CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER:

GENERAL ADMISSION
BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

You will receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours of registration.

Location:

Concierge Ballroom
30 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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. 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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* — ***Rescheduled for August 18th*** 7:30-8:30P.M EDT Go-Go-GO! with Margot Starlux [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Prepare to learn the secrets of a seemingly effortless go-go set!

Margot Starlux teaches a virtual 60's Go-go class!

This class will guide you through some classic 60s moves to use as a foundation for high energy go-go sets or for just grooving around. We will start with a warm-up, break down popular retro moves like the Pony and the Jerk, and add it all up to shimmy and shake our way through some choreography.

Hint: Just have fun! All levels are welcome.

What to wear: Anything comfortable you can move in, but get ready to sweat! Got go-go boots? Wear em! Otherwise bare feet or sneakers work just fine.

What you need:

      • A computer, tablet, or phone.
      • Enough space to take a few steps forward, back, and side to side.
      • Water.

How to take class:

        • Register using the PayPal links below. It is a sliding scale so choose the price point that works for you. You will receive your Zoom link on the evening of your class.
        • If you have not received your link by 10 minutes before your class, please click here to email Margot..

$10 registration
$15 registration
$20 registration

Margot Starlux, also known as Pizza Wolf, began her career in Philadelphia as a modern dancer who quickly discovered the retro world of lindy hop, go-go, and eventually burlesque. Using her classical training, she brought her choreography skills to Broad St Burlesque with Liberty Rose & Kate Nyx and currently performs with the Peek-A-Boo Revue and the Lehigh Valley’s Looking Glass Revue.

She has delivered her classic and clever performances to festivals such as The Nerdlesque Festival in NYC, Alternatease in Boston and every single year of the Philadelphia Burlesque Festival since it’s inception. She also headlined the first Hot & Cheesy: A Pizza Burlesque Festival in Indianapolis.

*In-Person* August 24th 6:30-8:15 P.M Dirty Moves - Bump, Grind, and Vintage Dance Workout with Dirty Martini [$25 until Aug. 6th. $30 starting August 7th]

Join world famous and classically trained dancer Miss Dirty Martini as she breaks down the basics of burlesque dance for dancers of all levels.

Dirty Martini burlesque in Philly!

Dirty Martini by Bettina May

Perfect for those students who have not experienced a movement class before, Miss Martini introduces the classical dance class structure in a friendly and positive atmosphere to get anyone ready for their first or five hundredth turn around a stage. Class starts with a warm up emphasizing movement based in Jazz, Ballet and Middle Eastern dance techniques that strengthen the abdominal core and help to promote an economy of movement within the body. Proper alignment and coordination is the focus while students learn how to shake what they’ve got and carry it with pride. The class progresses with exercises developed to enhance proper deportment and stage presence enhancing each person’s individuality. The building blocks of burlesque choreography are emphasized while students learn a short routine to Miss Martini’s striptease music favorites. All the while Miss Martini will speak about the development of burlesque dance vocabulary with historical references and breakdown those moves in a fun and interesting way.

All levels welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in! Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.

Register below:

***IF REGISTERING FROM YOUR PHONE*** Copy and paste the link into your browser. We are currently working to resolve an issue with our mobile site.

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The “definition of burlesque”, Miss Dirty Martini is one of the most celebrated personalities in the world of the new burlesque. Miss Martini spearheaded the new burlesque revolution in New York City and all over the world with her over the top physique and classical dance training, bringing vintage glamour into the 21st century. She has been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, starred in the film On Tour, co-stars in Dita VonTeese’s tour show Strip Strip Hooray, and noted number one burlesque performer in the world by her fans for 4 consecutive years. Miss Martini has become an underground celebrity and favorite headliner nationally and all over the world.

*In-Person* August 31st 7:00-8:00P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$20 General Admission. $12 Burlesque Performers] at Concierge Ballroom

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!

Drop-in Burlesque

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

This all levels class offers you 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 comfy pair of heels are recommended

CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER:

GENERAL ADMISSION
BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

You will receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours of registration.

Location:

Concierge Ballroom
30 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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. 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.

Bachelorette Parties

Looking for a unique idea for an upcoming bachelorette party, birthday celebration, or just a get-together with your besties? 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!

We are currently offering 2 options for your bachelorette burlesque class: a 60 minute virtual class or a 75 minute in-person class at your party location. Masks must be worn during in person classes! Classes include:

                              • A  warm up including shimmies, shakes, bumps, grinds, and usually a few laughs.
                              • 2-3 (sometimes more) burlesque dance combinations you can take home with you.
                              • In-person parties only: We provide gloves and boas for participants to play with during class. Everyone gets to take home their own pair of sequin tasseled pasties!
                              • In both virtual and in-person classes, you can expect to feel super sexy in your own skin and have the best time ever with your friends!

Rates & Payment

Virtual classes start at $150. In person classes start at $200.

*A $50 deposit via is required in order to hold your date and time for virtual and in-person classes. This deposit is refundable up to 48 hours before the start of your class. The deposit will count towards your total balance due.

Start time & Requirements

We can start at or any time before 8pm on the day of your party depending on availability.

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.

70's Virtual Burlesque Class with Cherry Bomb

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 not currently available for rent. We hope to offer rental space in the near future!

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:
We are temporarily located at:
2628 Martha Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Our in-person pop-up classis happening at:

Concierge Ballroom
30 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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