Classes!

We offer expert tuition in burlesque, can-can, fan dance and showgirl styles, with classes in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Classes

Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret is the place to come for the ultimate burlesque learning experience!
Burlesque beginner level lessons are lively, entertaining classes which are designed to take you on a whistle stop tour of the glamorous fun filled world of burlesque.

This level is designed for both those with no experience in burlesque, as well as those who are keen to reveal their inner burlesque beauty to the world by taking to the stage.

These burlesque classes and workshops are specifically designed to induct you in the burly-style staples of posing, peeling, teasing and character work. In no time at all you will be posing like Marilyn, peeling like Gypsy Rose Lee, teasing like Immodesty Blaize and revealing that inner diva, comedienne, femme fatale, or bad girl - the everyday essentials of a budding burlesque artist!

Burlesque Beginners will familiarise you with the burlesque essentials of posture and posing and inducts you gently into the realm of burlesque. Through the use of characterisation and props you will learn some of the tricks of the burly-cabaret stage. Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret classes and workshops will teach you peeling techniques and movement, using them to create a myriad of burlesque striptease style routines. Finally, the burlesque experience wouldn't be complete without mastering the finer points of tassel twirling!

These burlesque workshops also teach concept-building in burlesque routines, demonstrating how the elements introduced in class combine to create a burlesque act.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring shoes to dance in as well as heels, gloves and a dressing gown/coat. If applicable, you will be advised on what else to bring lesson by lesson.

Edinburgh Classes

Our classes in Edinburgh are run through Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Class Times: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Classes run termly. For all details on course dates, fees and booking please contact Dance Base directly.

Glasgow Classes

Our classes in Glasgow take place in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Merchant City, Glasgow.

Class Times: Wednesdays 6-7pm & 7-8pm

Classes run in six-week blocks. For details on upcoming course dates, fees and booking please contact Gypsy.

Private Classes

We also offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

Burlesque Improvers is a class created for those initiated in the world of old-fashioned burlesque and cabaret.

This class is designed around the ‘3 Cs’ of burlesque – concept, character and choreography – fusing these with advanced peeling techniques.  Designed to challenge the individual performer as well as offer fun-filled troupe work this class delves deeper into the mysteries of the burlesque genre.

Please wear clothes you can move in, and small heels if you are comfortable dancing in them. You will be advised on what else to bring lesson by lesson.

Edinburgh Classes

Our classes in Edinburgh are run through Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Class Times: Mondays 8:30-9:30pm

Classes run termly. For all details on course dates, fees and booking please contact Dance Base directly.

Glasgow Classes

Our classes in Glasgow take place in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Merchant City, Glasgow.

Class Times: Wednesdays 6-7pm & 7-8pm

Classes run in six-week blocks. For details on upcoming course dates, fees and booking please contact Gypsy.

Private Classes

We also offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

Burlesque Intermediate builds on the burlesque essentials of concept, character and choreography.

This is a class that uses advanced peeling techniques, props (including chair and fan dance) and troupe work honed in the Improvers class. A fun-filled class that concentrates on individual and group performance techniques and works on developing acting, as well as dance and peeling skills.

Please wear clothes you can move in, and small heels if you are comfortable dancing in them. You will be advised on what else to bring lesson by lesson.

Edinburgh Classes

Our classes in Edinburgh are run through Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Class Times: Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm

Classes run termly. For all details on course dates, fees and booking please contact Dance Base directly.

Glasgow Classes

Our classes in Glasgow take place in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Merchant City, Glasgow.

Class Times: Wednesdays 6-7pm & 7-8pm

Classes run in six-week blocks. For details on upcoming course dates, fees and booking please contact Gypsy.

Private Classes

We also offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

From the glittering cabarets of Paris direct to your hen party - let's can-can!

This playful and spirited dance has been a firm favourite in Paris since the early 19th century and is a perfect blend of excitement, energy and a certain je ne sais quoi. Our can-can party will take you through many of the time-honoured and globally adored moves, creating a high- (or not so high) kicking, skirt-swishing, whooping extravaganza! We celebrate the traditional French can-can with the well-known spécialités such as the high-kicking battement, the famous can-can chorus line and of course a flash or two of the derriére!

This two-hour hen party will take you on an energetic journey - step by step, kick by kick and wink by wink. So let your inner cancaneuse kick her way forward and start thinking like a skirt-swishing, leg flashing, whooping extravagant. Come create your own Moulin Rouge troupe!

Tailored to the group's ability, this hen party is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness levels - jump splits are optional!

With an impressive history of professional can-can dancing, our Academy leaders, Gypsy Charms and Viva Misadventure, have can-canned in Paris cabarets, appeared as can-can mentors on Channel 4's 'How To Look Good Naked' with Gok Wan and led the Irn-Bru world-record breaking can-can in Glasgow.

We will provide the essential frilled full can-can skirts for your group. Remember, you will be kicking and flashing your derriére, so please wear suitable clothes to go underneath your skirt - trousers or big frilly knickers! We recommend you wear supportive dance shoes (eg trainers or jazz shoes).

Private Classes

We offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

Traditionally associated with showstopping gymnastic moves, flexibility and strenuous cardiovascular choreography, we will lead you through a much more user-friendly version of the can-can!

Comprising a warm-up, the learning of iconic can-can steps and a full-length group can-can dance routine, this boisterous class will improve your flexibility and fitness and positively encourages the use of the piercing can-can whoop!

This playful and spirited dance has been a firm favourite in Paris since the early 19th century and is the perfect blend of excitement, energy and a certain je ne sais quoi. Taking you through many of the time-honoured moves that are known and loved worldwide, we create a high- (or not so high) kicking, skirt-swishing, whooping extravaganza.   We celebrate the traditional French can-can with the well-known spécialités such as the high-kicking battement, the famous can-can chorus line and of course a flash or two of the derrière!

Students should bring a flared skirt to wear over their dance clothes and wear trainers or jazz shoes.

Private Classes

We offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

Burlesque Fan Dance

Made famous by Sally Rand, fan dancing is a captivating dance style, elegant and visually beautiful.  Working with two ostrich feather fans per student, we will teach you how to ‘hide and reveal’, teasing your audience with the fans, and focusing their attention on illusions of exposure.

Fan dancing works on the essence of suggestion and exploits the dancer’s skill of manoeuvre, poise and motion.  A blend of style, grace, flirtation and a touch of humour make our fan dance class an exotic and fun way to learn one of the most aesthetically pleasing of all burlesque dance styles.  Suitable for novices and experts alike, this class will polish and perfect even the most experienced of burlesque performers.

Cabaret Fan Dance

In our cabaret fan dance workshop, we will transport you to the Las Vegas stage.  Creating a stunning formation showgirl routine with feather fans and quintessentially glamorous choreography, this part of the workshop takes its inspiration from the classic cabaret revues such as the Moulin Rouge and the Tropicana.  Dazzling, dangerous and with a certain je ne sais quoi, join us in creating your own troupe of Follies!

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring small heels.  False eyelashes and rhinestones optional.

edicated fan dance classes at Newcastle Dance City, and included in the Burlesque Beginners and Burlesque Improvers syllabus at Edinburgh Dance Base and Glasgow Dance House.

Private Classes

We offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.

For any men that think that they’re the wrong gender for burlesque, try our Boylesque (Male Burlesque) workshops and discover your boylesque alter-ego.

Not just for females, men have been performing and creating burlesques for centuries – and it’s high time that you gents got back into the swing of it!

This is a fun, movement-based class which focuses on styles of burlesque through the ages.  From slapstick to modern jazz, Boylesque will introduce you to the movement styles that have influenced all burlesque, infusing it with the vital element of parody.  Of course, with burlesque striptease on the rise, this workshop will introduce gents to the basics of peeling as well.  Think Laurel and Hardy, throw in a twist of The Full Monty and top it all off with some Austin Powers magic.

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in and bring a pair of gloves, a jacket with buttons and a pair of loose fitting trousers.

Boylesque classes currently only available on private bookings via National Dance Agencies, other organisations or private parties. Please contact us if you would like us to lead a Male Burlesque workshop.

Private Classes

We offer private lessons from beginners to more advanced levels in central Scotland. For details please contact Gypsy.