Every month, The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education turns novices into experts in just four short weeks! This four-week course teaches all the basics of burlesque: dance moves, striptease fundamentals, and so much more fun stuff. Students are taught bumps and grinds, shimmies, boa moves, tassel twirling – everything you need to put on your own burlesque performance, on stage or in private.
Over the four weeks we'll discuss burlesque-related topics like music selection, the art of costuming, and performing for an audience. Burlesque is a terrific form of expression for any woman. It builds confidence, comfort with your own body and it's great exercise too!
No experience necessary. Our schedule changes from month to month, to accommodate a wide variety of schedules. The classes are specially designed to stand alone if you can't make the commitment to the entire course. Take just one class or all four! Sign up for the entire class series in advance and save!
Students should wear comfortable clothes in which you can move easily and dance shoes or low heels for classes. Other garments needed for classes are described below.
- Session #1 Start things off right with some Burlesque Basics. You'll learn that classic burlesque move, The Bump, plus how to turn your everyday steps in struts and slinky walks. For the striptease lesson, you'll be learning how to remove Long Gloves.
- Session #2 This week's move is The Grind, those oh-so teasing and pleasing types of hip circles that are essential to classic burlesque. Combine it with Week One's lesson, you get the classic "bump 'n' grind". The striptease lessons are removing Skirts and Shirts.
- Session #3 This week's move is The Shimmy, how to quiver and shake to the delight of your audience. We'll continue to build up our movement vocabulary that now includes both bumps and grinds. Week Three's striptease lesson is all about Stockings. Please have a pair of thigh-high stockings or tall socks. We'll practice the provocative stocking remove and some Floorwork to highlight your lovely gams.
- Session #4 This week's move is Tassel Twirling -- the ultimate burlesque trick! The striptease lesson is Removing a Bra and The Big Reveal. For extra fun, we'll be playing with Feather Boas, that quintessential burlesque accessory.
Price per class: $35 drop-in, $30 pre-registered, $115 for all 4 classes, $99 Early Bird (ends one week before course starts)
Please note: pre-registration ends 24 hours prior to class. The drop-in price is payable at the door.
Please Note: If you cannot attend the course or a session of the course for which you have registered, you may not transfer or cancel your registration.
By registering for classes, students agree to the following:
With any physical activity, there is a risk of injury. Students assume all risk and should consult a physician with any concerns before beginning a dance class.
All material presented in B.A.B.E. courses is for personal, non-commercial use only. All lesson plans, routines, choreography, and combinations taught at B.A.B.E. are the intellectual property of The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education® and may not be used or performed without express permission.
Student images and names may be used for promotional material.