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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* October 27th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque Dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. We will warm up barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

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: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

Registration: Sliding scale $10-$20. You may register via the PayPal button (below) or Venmo.

Venmo: Please send your payment ($10-$20) to @KalikaF. *Please include the following even if you have taken class before:
Email address
Name of class
Date and time of class


Tues, Oct. 20th 7-8pm Burlesque Dance and Movement



*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* October 28th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Go-Go-GO! with Margot Starlux [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Want to learn the secrets of a seemingly effortless go-go set? 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!Margot Starlux teaches a virtual 60's Go-go class!

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.

How To Take Class: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email margotstarlux@gmail.com.

Choose One:



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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* NOVEMBER 7th 7:30-8:30P.M. — Twerk From Home with Queen Of Hearts [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Learn the basics of twerk from the safety and comfort of home!

Twerk From Home 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.

Dress to sweat because we are going to twerk the night away!

How To Take Class: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email queenpandabear@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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 apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and The Peek-A-Boo Revue. She also produces shows and classes show based off 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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* November 10th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque Dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. We will warm up barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

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: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

Registration: Sliding scale $10-$20. You may register via the PayPal button (below) or Venmo.

Venmo: Please send your payment ($10-$20) to @KalikaF. *Please include the following even if you have taken class before:
Email address
Name of class
Date and time of class

Tues, Nov. 10th 7-8pm Burlesque Dance and Movement


*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* November 17th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque Dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. We will warm up barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

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: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

Registration: Sliding scale $10-$20. You may register via the PayPal button (below) or Venmo.

Venmo: Please send your payment ($10-$20) to @KalikaF. *Please include the following even if you have taken class before:
Email address
Name of class
Date and time of class

Tues, Nov. 17th 7-8pm Burlesque Dance and Movement


*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* November 18th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Go-Go-GO! with Margot Starlux [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Want to learn the secrets of a seemingly effortless go-go set? 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!Margot Starlux teaches a virtual 60's Go-go class!

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.

How To Take Class: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email margotstarlux@gmail.com.

Choose One:



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.

*ONLINE BURLESQUE CLASS* November 24th 7:00-8:00P.M. — Burlesque Dance and Movement with Ginger Leigh [Sliding scale: $10-$20]

Move your body and get burlesque-y at home!

Virtual Burlesque Class with Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

In this virtual burlesque dance class you will learn super sassy moves and choreography while building your self confidence. Prepare to bump, grind, shimmy, and shine in a positive and encouraging (online) atmosphere! Join Ginger Leigh for a class that will be as good for your mind as it will be for your body.

All levels are welcome!

What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can move in. We will warm up barefoot. Heels you can easily move in are recommended for the remainder of class, but not required!

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: A Zoom link will be sent to you. Please allow until 15 minutes before the start of your class to receive the link. If you have not received the link 10 minutes before class, please email contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com.

Registration: Sliding scale $10-$20. You may register via the PayPal button (below) or Venmo.

Venmo: Please send your payment ($10-$20) to @KalikaF. *Please include the following even if you have taken class before:
Email address
Name of class
Date and time of class

Tues, Nov. 24th 7-8pm Burlesque Dance and Movement


October 1st - November 21st — Virtual Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase **Registration closed**

Virtual Burlesque Act Development is an 8 week series designed to help you create a burlesque act and perform it in the online Student Showcase!

This course is ideal for someone who is making a number for the first time or an experienced performer looking to take a deeper dive into the creative process. You will have fun, feel challenged, get inspired, and learn a lot about the art of burlesque and about yourself!

All bodies, genders, ethnicities, and racial backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Burlesque Act Development Grad Fleur De Soleil

BAD Grad Fleur De Soleil by ChrisKPhotography

Dates:
Every Thursday 7:00-9:00P.M. EST
Saturday, October 10th 12:00-3:00P.M. EST Burlesque Immersive
Saturday, November 21st Student Showcase (pre-recorded)
*Due to the nature of some classes, we may run later than 9:00P.M. some evenings.
Scroll to bottom for registration and scholarship application!

Workshops:
All classes will be live streamed via Zoom! Workshops will focus on choreography, stage presence, costuming, striptease, musicality, stage makeup, and more! A special guest will be brought in for one of the workshops!

Feedback Sessions:
There will be three act feedback sessions throughout Burlesque Act Development. You will be required to send your instructors a recording of your act progress the nights before the classes in which feedback will be given. All critique will be honest and educational while given in an encouraging and positive atmosphere! A special guest will be brought in for one of the feedback sessions.

Burlesque Act Development Grad Renaissance Noir

BAD Grad Renaissance Noir by ChrisKPhotography

Your Act:
Please note that you will be creating your act (and costume) on your own time outside of class utilizing the skills honed throughout the series! We will be available to answer questions and guide along the way!

Student Showcase:
The student showcase will be pre-recorded and will air on November 21st! Tickets for this online event will be available to the public.

For your final recording you have the option to record on your own OR your instructors will record your act at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. Social distancing and safety guidelines will be in place along with lighting and decor. You will be responsible for any special editing you envision!

Prerequisites:

  • You must have seen at least three burlesque shows before the start of BAD.
  • You must have either taken two burlesque classes OR have performed in at least one burlesque show before the first day of class.
Burlesque Act Development Instructors

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

Instructors:
Ginger Leigh, Cherry Bomb, and Sophie Sucre have been in the burlesque industry for 14, 15, and 12 years respectively. They have performed and taught internationally, headlined festivals, and received accolades from their peers. They each bring their own unique set of skills and teaching styles. They will meet you where you are at while challenging you in a nurturing environment!

Registration:
Please use the payment links below! You do NOT need a PayPal account. Simply click “pay with credit card” if you do not have a PayPal account. Your payment confirmation email from PayPal is your confirmation that you have successfully registered. You will receive an email from us within 24 hours also acknowledging your registration!

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT US AT BURLESQUEACTDEVELOPMENT@GMAIL.COM!

How To Be A Gold N’ FAG! A Burlesque Workshop with Goldi Fox and FAGL ROQ [$25 or $40 for you and a friend!] POSTPONED. Date TBA

$25 single registration Goldi Fox and FAGL ROQ burlesque duo
$40 for you and a friend!

Goldi Fox & FAGL ROQ are excited to announce their first ever burlesque workshop: How To Be A Gold N’ FAG!

This Philadelphia based dynamic duo is known for their charisma & sensual choreography. Come prepared w/ your dancing shoes & get ready to learn some of their iconic Prince duet. They won’t just teach you moves, but come for the groves, sass & a whole lotta’ ass! Afterwards there is even an intimate Q&A champagne reception!

All proceeds will go to support their GoFundMe campaign to help get their tooshy’s to the Vienna Boylesque Festival, where they will perform KISS on May 30th!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.


How To Be A Gold N’ FAG! Burlesque Workshop, Goldi Fox, 04.18.20



Goldi Fox & FAGL ROQ are Philadelphia based artists that have been performing together since 2017. You can catch these stage soul mates performing together in Philadelphia’s award winning burlesque troupe & 2 time Burlesque Hall Of Fame Best Troupe winners, The Peek-A-Boo Revue & in Gunnar Montana Productions. Follow @gold_n_fag to stay up to speed on all of their journeys! Feel free to contribute to their GoFundMe campaign [ link in IG bio ] to support their performance travels to the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival & the Vienna Boylesque Festival this Spring!

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.

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 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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