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!

***We are now requiring proof of vaccination in order to take all classes at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy! Thank you for understanding our desire to keep everyone safe.***

Class Schedule

*In-Person* September 30th - November 18th — Burlesque Act Development & Student Showcase [SOLD OUT! WAITLIST ONLY!] at our new studio!

This series is SOLD OUT!

Email us to get on the waitlist!

Step into your most powerful, creative, and sparkly self in Burlesque Act Development!

Burlesque Act Development is designed to help you create a burlesque number and perform it on stage, but you will walk away feeling fulfilled in countless other ways, as well! This series includes:

Burlesque up and comer Lavender Cakes by ChrisKPhotography

Lavender Cakes, Burlesque Act Development graduate. Photo by ChrisKPhotography

  • Group workshops focusing on striptease, burlesque history, musicality, choreography, stage presence, costuming basics, stage makeup essentials, and more!
  • 2 private lessons
  • 3 feedback sessions (one with a special guest)
  • 2 free hours of studio time
  • The Student Showcase
  • A video of your performance

You will learn from award winning burlesque performers, Ginger Leigh, Sophie Sucré, and Cherry Bomb, along with two special guests in our brand new studio!

Burlesque Act Development Instructors

Instructors: Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

Dates:
Every Thursday 7:00-9:30 P.M. September 30th – November 18th
October 10th 12:00-5:00 P.M.
November 13th – Student Showcase at Franky Bradley’s

Scroll to the bottom of the page to register!

***In addition to honing your technical and performance skills, you will build your self confidence, be encouraged to take up space, allow your creative juices to flow, feel challenged in the best possible way, and bond with a group of like minded individuals in a supportive and loving environment.***

Please be prepared to: attend all sessions, try new things, create your act outside of class time utilizing learned skills and instructor feedback, acquire or create your costume, and be a supportive member of your classmates. Due to the nature of this series, there are no makeup classes for missed sessions.

Performing in the Student Showcase is a requirement in this series. Burlesque Act Development testimonial

Who is Burlesque Act Development for?
*People with no performing experience who are ready to perform in a burlesque show for the first time (please see pre-requisites below)!
*Newer performers looking to level up their burlesque skills!

This space is for all genders, bodies, races, ethnic backgrounds, and beyond!

Prerequisites – Before the first day of class you must:

–Have seen at least 2 burlesque shows (at least one in-person)
AND have either:
–Taken at least 3 burlesque classes
OR
–Have performed in one burlesque show.

REFUND POLICY: You may receive a full refund until September 16th. You may receive a 50% refund until September 29th. No refunds will be given starting September 30th. Exceptions to be made at the discretion of the instructors.

Not sure if you are ready for Burlesque Act Development? Email philadelphiaburlesqueacademy@gmail.com with your questions or to set up a 15 minute virtual consultation with Ginger Leigh!

Burlesque Act Development will take place at our new studio!
2101 E. Huntington Ave.
Phila, 19125

***Proof of vaccination required!***

Burlesque Act Development fall class of 2019

Fall 2019 BAD Grads by ChrisKPhotography

*In-Person* October 6th-November 13th 7:00-8:15P.M. — Group Choreo Performance Series with Ginger Leigh [SOLD OUT! WAIT LIST ONLY!] at our new studio!

This series is sold out! Email us to get on the waitlist.

Is the stage calling you? Do you love learning choreography and the idea of being a badass with a group of burlesque babes? Our Group Choreo Performance Series is for you!

In this series you will learn a group burlesque number, complete with striptease, and perform in the student showcase!
Class Dates:

Group Choreo Performance Series

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

Wed, Oct. 6th
Mon, Oct. 11th
Mon, Oct. 18th
Wed, Oct. 20th
Mon, Oct. 25th
Mon, Nov. 1st
Wed, Nov. 3rd
Mon, Nov. 8th

Class Time: 7:00-8:15 P.M.

Student Showcase: November 13th at Franky Bradley’s. Call time: 5:00 P.M.

Who is the Group Choreo Performance Series for? This series is ideal for students who have taken a handful (or more) of burlesque classes, are ready to perform on stage with a group, and are interested in learning beginner/intermediate level burlesque choreography!

Each class will start with a warm-up and a breakdown of moves. The bulk of the class will be spent learning and rehearsing a full-length choreographed group burlesque routine. Along the way Ginger Leigh will help you hone your stage presence and strip tease skills. There is a good chance you will also have the best time ever with a rad group of supportive humans!

Costume Component: You will supply your own basic costume pieces that fall in line with the theme given by your instructor.

*Performing in the Student Showcase is a requirement of the Group Choreo Performance Series*

Students experience the most success when they attend all classes. If you anticipate missing more than one class, we respectfully ask that you not register. That being said, we know we are living in crazy times and will address unexpected situations as they arise!

This space is for all genders, bodies, races, ethnic backgrounds, and beyond!

REFUND POLICY: You may receive a full refund until September 22nd. You may receive a 50% refund until October 5th. No refunds will be given starting October 6th. Exceptions to be made at the discretion of the instructors.

Ginger Leigh has choreographed, ideated, and artistically directed countles group numbers for the Peek-A-Boo Revue over the span of 15 years. She was a key creator and artistic contributor when the group won the title of Best Troup twice at The Burlesque Hall of Fame. Ginger can not wait for her students to feel the power and energy that comes from the rehearsal journey and the act of performing with a bevy of burly-q badasses!

Burlesque Act Development will take place at our new studio!
2101 E. Huntington Ave.
Phila, 19125

***Proof of vaccination required!***

*In-Person* September 21st 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

***PROOF OF VACCINATION IS NOW REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ATTEND ALL CLASSES*** Here’s how you can show us proof of vax:
Email us an image of your vax card to philadelphiaburlesqueacademy@gmail.com. This will help us start class on time. OR
Show us your actual vax card or an image of it on the day of your class.
Thank you for understanding our desire to keep our instructors and students as safe as possible!

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:

$20 GENERAL ADMISSION
$12 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* September 28th 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

***PROOF OF VACCINATION IS NOW REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ATTEND ALL CLASSES*** Here’s how you can show us proof of vax:
Email us an image of your vax card to philadelphiaburlesqueacademy@gmail.com. This will help us start class on time. OR
Show us your actual vax card or an image of it on the day of your class.
Thank you for understanding our desire to keep our instructors and students as safe as possible!

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

NO REFUNDS.

CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER:

$20 GENERAL ADMISSION
$12 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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