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.

February 19th 8:30-10:30P.M. — The Ultimate Guide to Knocking The Dead with Dirty Martini [$30] *@ The Performance Garage*

$30

Learn burlesque character development and proper stage deportment from world renowned burlesque star, Dirty Martini!

Dirty Martini teaching in Philadelphia!

Have you always wondered why some people “have it” and some people don’t? When you see a performer that seems to not only own what they’re doing, but also the stage around them and the seat you are sitting in, do you ask what it is that they’ve got that makes them so special? Do you wonder how it’s possible that a performer can capture an audience and make them feel as if they are looking right at you? Having “it” is not a birthright; it’s a technique that can be learned. The mystery is now solved!

Let Miss Dirty Martini teach you the building blocks of stage personality and let her help you to bring out your inner diva. Experience exercises that develop an awareness of personal space and help to highlight the importance of the space that an individual performer carves out within their stage environment. Use Dirty Martini’s years of performance experience as a solo artist and member of the corps de ballet to guide you through the process of developing your individuality and importance as a performer that will make you stand out from the crowd.

What to wear: comfortable clothing you can move in. Comfy heels you can move in are recommended, but not required.

What to bring: A notebook, pen, and a bottle of water.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KNOCKING THEM DEAD

About Dirty Martini:

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.

February 25th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Cherry Bomb [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers

Cherry Bomb teaches Drop-in Burlesque

Photo by ChrisKPhotography

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.

Drop In Burlesque with Cherry Bomb



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.

February 27th 7:00-9:00P.M. — Glimmer: A Burlesque Class for First Timers with Ginger Leigh [$25. $40 for 2.]

$25.
$40 for 2!
Registration coming soon!

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography.net

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

In this 2 hour 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 My First Burlesque Class and Drop-in Burlesque? MFBC 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.


Glimmer: A Burlesque Class for First Timers Feb. 27th



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.

March 1st 2:00-3:00P.M. — Twerklesque 101 with Queen Of Hearts [$20]

$20 Queen Of Hearts Twerk Instructor

Learn the basics of twerk from a pro!

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 all levels, but is geared towards beginners!

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TWERKLESQUE 101!

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 shes traded in her ballet shoes for high heels! She is apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She recently produced her first show based of 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.

March 1st 3:15-4:45 — Twerklesque 201 with Queen Of Hearts [$25]

$25
Queen Of Hearts teaches Twerklesque 201!

You already have the twerk basics down, now its time to kick it up a notch. !

Get your back and booty ready to drop it, pop it, and throw it in a circle in this intermediate twerk-lesque class. You might even learn how to pop your booty in a handstand! At the end of the class you will learn a upbeat twerk combination. Come dressed to sweat because we are going to twerk the day away!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TWERKLESQUE 201!

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 shes traded in her ballet shoes for high heels! She is apart of Sister Bear burlesque, Burlesque Bossettes, and Peek A Boo Revue. She recently produced her first show based of 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.

March 3rd 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Lelu Lenore [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers

Lelu Lenore: Philly's Burlesque Ballerina at the PBA!

Lelu Lenore by WC Photo

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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!

March 8th 2:00-3:30P.M. — Burlesque Emcee 101 with Flirt Vonnegut [$25]

$25

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

Flirt Vonnegut teaches Burlesque Emcee 101

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.

Bring a notebook and pen!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Flirt Vonnegut is an award-winning, internationally known burlesque emcee! He’s toured the United States and Canada with his show Get You A Babe Who Can Do Both, which pairs TEDx style talks with striptease, and he can be found on stages all over Philadelphia as part of Dark Side Burlesque, the Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale, or his geeky and cheeky variety show, Flirt Vonnegut’s Fantasy Basement. He’s the suspiciously wholesome, silver-tongued satirist!

March 10th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Ginger Leigh [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers

Ginger Leigh at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy

Ginger Leigh by ChrisKPhotography

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.


Drop-in Burlesque Ginger Leigh 3/10/20



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.

March 15th 3:00-4:30P.M. — Finding Your Burlesque Persona with HoneyTree EvilEye [$20-$25]

$20 when you register by February 29th
$20 for performers
$25 starting March 1st

HoneyTree EvilEye

HoneyTree EvilEye by ChrisKPhotography

Burlesque is about hyperbole and exaggeration, turning what is everyday to an 11… including yourself.

Learn the practical and performance reasons for distinguishing between your “muggle” self and burlesque persona, explore facets of yourself to amplify for the stage,
practice techniques of stepping into your performance self, and experiment with forms of after care to decompress after a show.

This is a workshop designed for people who already perform but can be useful and fun for those who are simply interested in playing with these ideas.

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

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Heels are optional, but not necessary for this class.

Not a performer, but registering by February 29th? Click on the performer option!


Ticket Types


HoneyTree EvilEye is one of the most prolific burlesque producers and performers in Philadelphia, the creator of popular and long-running shows like SlutChurch, Get You a Babe Who Can Do Both, Honeygasm, Agitated! and more. She’s the co-creator of the Golden Tassel Jawns and lead instructor at the Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale. In addition to her performance experience, she also has decades of experience as a classroom teacher and a PhD in Human Sexuality education.

March 17th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Sinnamon [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers

Join Sinnamon for Drop-in Burlesque!

Sinnamon by Amanda Swiger Photography

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.

Drop-in Burlesque with Sinnamon – March 17th, 2020


Sinnamon is a queer burlesque babe with the bite of a stray cat and the curves of the ocean. When she isn’t peeling her thigh highs and licking her teeth, Sinnamon can be found eating nachos, destroying the patriarchy, and bragging about her natal chart.

She was the original winner of the Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale – the only elimination-style competition of its kind. She has also been a burlesque instructor at Pole Awakenings Studio, as well as a judge for the Mr. Philadelphia Drag King Competition and the Mr. Homo Erectus Boylesque competition.

Sinnamon has been the creator, producer, and curator of Sinnamon’s Spice Rack since June of 2016. She is also the owner of SinnaStones Rhinestone Shop, a judge for the 2019 Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale, and is on the Advisory Panel for Fierce! Queer Performing Arts Festival. Sinnamon was awarded Best Comedy Act at the 2019 Golden Tassel Jawns.

She has graced and disgraced a myriad of stages, including Philadelphia Gay Pride, Outfest, Philadelphia Dyke March, Bazaar on Quince Leather Festival, Plays & Players Theater, The Electric Factory, SisterSpace Weekend, Phreak n’ Queer Festival, and more!
She is the Classiest Vixen above the Mason Dixon, and she ain’t sweet without a lil’ bit of sugar.

You can connect with Sinnamon here:

facebook.com/sinnamonburlyq
@sinnamonburlyq on Instagram
@SinnamonBurlyq on Twitter

March 19th - May 9th 7:00-9:00P.M. — Burlesque Act Development and Student Showcase [$199-$250] *SOLD OUT. WAIT LIST ONLY*

Burlesque Act Development is sold out. Email burlesqueactdevelopment@gmail.com to get put on the wait list!.

$199 Early Bird Flat Rate due February 4th EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 8TH
$250 starting February 5th (payment plans available). Due March 18th.
Class days and times:
Every Thursday March 19th – May 7th 7:00-9:00P.M.
Sunday, March 22nd 2:00-4:00P.M. Group Photo Shoot
Saturday, April 4th 12:00-5:00P.M. – Burlesque Immersive
Saturday, May 9th – Student Showcase at Franky Bradley’s (Time TBD)

Please read all information below and scroll to bottom to register!

Burlesque Act Development is an 8-week series designed to help you create a burlesque number and perform it on stage in front of an audience!

Along the way you will attend workshops and lectures that will give you the knowledge and confidence to bring your ideas to life. There will be intermittent showings of your incomplete work where you will have the opportunity to receive feedback from your instructors and peers. This will be done in a positive and encouraging atmosphere!

Burlesque Act DevelopmentOver the 8-week period the following subjects will be explored: act structure, striptease, musicality, costuming basics, hair and makeup essentials, facial expression, stage presence, burlesque history, performer etiquette, stage name, and persona.

Instructors:
Sophie Sucré, Cherry Bomb, and Ginger Leigh
Sophie Cherry, and Ginger each have 10, 15, and 14 years respectively. They will use their years of experience to help you begin your journey into the sparkle world!

PREREQUISITES:

    • Have seen at least THREE burlesque shows.
      AND
    • Have either previously attended at least 2 burlesque classes OR have performed in at least 1 burlesque show (sorry, kittening does not count).
    • If you are not sure if you have satisfied these requirements or don’t think you can squeeze them in before BAD starts, please email us at contact@philadelphiaburlesqueacademy.com and ask!
Burlesque Act Development Graduate Fleur de Soleil

BAD Grad Fleur de Soleil by ChrisKPhotography

This series is geared towards those who have been involved in burlesque 0-2 years, but it is open to all who have met the above requirements. Please be prepared to:

    • Use your ideas and the knowledge gained to create your own act.
    • Supply your own costume.
    • Both have fun and be creatively challenged!
    • Work hard and feel a huge sense of accomplishment once it is all said and done!

*All classes are required. Exceptions are at the discretion of the instructors and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Refunds will not be given for individual classes missed. There are no make-up classes. The immersive is an absolute requirement! If you anticipate missing this on April 4th, please do not register for BAD.

*Please note that participating in the performance is required if you take this workshop series! Not interested in performing? We would love to have you in any of our other classes at the PBA!

March 22nd 2:00-3:30P.M. — Producing Like A Pro with Dottie Riot [$20-$25]

$20 when you register by February 29th

Dottie Riot - Burlesque Producer and Performer

Dottie Riot by ChrisKPhotogrtaphy

$25 starting March 1st

Are you an aspiring or established producer who wants to tighten up your skills? Dottie Riot is here to assist you in being a Glamorous Boss Producer!

With 6 years experience, she can help guide you in producing the show of your dreams. In this class we will discuss: how to conceive a show, tools to keep your organized, best practices in booking, budgets, building relationships with venues, and more!

This class welcomes producers with all levels of experience, but is geared towards beginners.

Please bring a notebook and pen.

Producing like a Pro with Dottie Riot 3/22/20



Dote Riot is a burlesque performer from Philadelphia PA. She emerged on the scene in 2013 sporting a degree from the New York School of Burlesque. She has gone on to perform in Pittsburgh, New York City, Virginia Beach, Troy, Denver and of course Philadelphia. In addition to performing, she has co-produced some of Philadelphia’s most exciting large scale burlesque events such as The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival, The Pin up Peep Show, Creep Show Peep Show, Burlesque N Beyond, and more! Most recognizable by her long red hair, Dottie is known for her whimsy and camp. She will steal your heart and take you on a big adventure!

March 24th 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Sophie Sucré [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers

Sophie Sucré at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy

Sophie Sucré by ChrisKPhotography

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.

Sophie Sucre Drop-In Burlesque 3/24



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.

March 31st 8:15-9:15P.M. — Drop-in Burlesque with Sophie Sucré [$12-$20]

$20
$12 for performers Sophie Sucré burlesque performer extraordinaire!

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. Sturdy heels are recommended, but not required.



Sophie Sucre Drop-In Burlesque 3/31



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.

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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