Playful Peacock Academy


Welcome to the Playful Peacock Academy! Let your sparkly journey begin! 


GUEST WORKSHOP:  Tassels, Assels & Anarchy w/Jo "Boobs" Weldon!



Tassel-twirling is one of the most unique elements of burlesque. Can you do it? Are you making the most of it? Trying to figure out how to put your own twist on it? Wondering why it seems so easy for some and not for others?

We'll refresh your understanding of basic tassel-twirling techniques in class, so if you're a brand new twirler, you can still get a lot from this. If you're an experienced twirler who still has a few issues, you'll get even more benefits! Come in and learn how to do your best twirl, how to choose and make pasties that make twirling easier, which shoes can make a difference, how to incorporate tassel twirling into musicality, and why sometimes your twirl just won't go.

Be prepared to put tassels on your bare chest and behind. Bring tassels if you've got 'em! Pasties will be available to borrow in class, but if you already have pasties, definitely bring them, and if you can, bring more than one pair, so we can discuss to pros and cons of various styles. This class is a wild party of skill-building!

Guest Instructor: Jo "Boobs" Weldon
Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 2:00-3:30
Cost: $25 advance, $35 day of

Register HERE for Tassels, Assels & Anarchy!




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Private lessons are specifically designed for those who want personal attention and constructive feedback on any aspect of performance. Email for information, or schedule your lessons directly with the instructor of your choice! 

Gina Louise:

Ophelia Flame:





B1-5 Graduates Program:  October 2018 - May 2019 | Saturdays 2:00-3:30

Shimmy and shake your way through our Graduates Program! Upon successful completion of Burlesque 1-5, you’ll receive a certificate of completion, a chance to perform in our Student Showcase, and earn the esteemed title of Playful Peacock Graduate. The Graduates Program is October through June, with a celebratory Student Showcase at the end of the season. Students are not required to perform to gain their certificate. To complete the program, register for each level individually.


B1  Burlesque Beginnings | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 | Oct 13-Nov 3

Welcome to burlesque! This series is an inviting introduction to the world of burlesque and is geared toward all levels. You'll learn vocabulary, classic moves, a bit of history, and even create your own stage name! This course provides a modern context for burlesque and is the foundation for all other classes we offer. No dance experience necessary. 4 weeks:  $85 adv / $115 day of Registration coming soon!


B2  Tease Techniques | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 | Nov 10-Dec 1

Explore burlesque techniques as you continue your journey in this series. Strut, shimmy, bump-n-grind, and much more! No dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable dance clothes and bring high heels. 4 weeks: $85 adv/$115 day of  Registration coming soon!


B3  Props & Special Skills | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 | Jan 5-26

Build on your foundational studies in this sampler platter of burlesque goodies. Each week will explore a special skill or prop, including, fans, chairs, feather boas, and so much more! No dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable dance clothes and bring heels to every class. 4 weeks: $85 adv/$115 day of Registration coming soon!


B4  Peeling & Revealing | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 | Feb 2-23

Build knowledge and confidence in artful disrobing. In this series, you’ll learn a burlesque number from beginning to end, with a focus on peeling and revealing. We’ll discuss intention, transitions, building suspense, showing off costume layers, and methods for smooth disrobing. Bring a dress with a back zipper, bra with back fastener, heels, and pasties. Boas & gloves are available in class, or you’re welcome to bring your own. There will be disrobing in this class, but it isn’t required. 4 weeks: $85 adv/$115 day of Registration coming soon!


B5  Solo For Stage & Boudoir | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 | Mar 2-June 8

Yearn for the limelight? Starting your first solo or revisiting one that didn't quite work? Then this class is for you! In this series you’ll develop a solo from start to finish with the supportive guidance you need. No matter where you are in the creative process, you’ll hone your concept, music selection, costuming, choreography, and more. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to perform in the Student Showcase! Space is limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a notebook and a pair of heels to every class. 10 classes (Mar 2, 9, 23, April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 18, June 1, 8): $195 adv/$250 day of Registration coming soon!


Dance for Everybody | Saturdays 4:00-5:00 | Registration coming soon!

FALL: Oct 13-Dec 1

WINTER:  Jan 5-Feb 23

SPRING: Mar 2-May 18


Stretch & Strut | Sundays 12:00-12:50 | Registration coming soon!

FALL: Oct 14-Dec 9

WINTER: Jan 6-Feb 24

SPRING: Mar 3-May 5


Burlesque Intensives | Sundays 1:00-2:00 | Registration coming soon!

FALL: Glamour | Oct 14-Dec 9

WINTER: Neo-Burlesque | Jan 6-Feb 24

SPRING: Nerdlesque | Mar 3-May 5


GroupTease 1-3 | Gina Louise | Sundays 2:00-3:30 | Registration coming soon!

G1 | Choreography | Jan 6-Feb 24

G2 | Costuming | Mar 3-May 5

G3 | Stage Ready | May 19-June 9



Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!





at Straightline Dance Fitness

34 - 13th Avenue NE, Suite 104

Minneapolis, MN 55413


The Playful Peacock Academy is honored to partner with Straightline Dance Fitness. Please check their schedule for fantastic classes for Barre, Zumba, Yoga and more.




Classes are open to everyone, age 18 and up. Classes are 50-­minutes long unless otherwise stated. We reserve the right to cancel classes for any reason. Every effort will be made to notify students of a canceled class well in advance, but this is not always possible. If we cancel a class you will receive a full refund of the class fee. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. There are no credits or refunds unless the class is canceled. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. The Playful Peacock Academy and its instructors are not liable for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by the student while attending the school. Dance classes involve moderate to high energy exercise. It is recommended that students know their health status and any limitations on their ability to safely participate in classes.

The Playful Peacock promotes artistic originality. Through our instruction, students learn to recognize the differences between inspiration and plagiarism and its negative effects on the performance community. The academy owns its curriculum, teaching methods, written materials, group choreography, and costumes. Students agree not to use PPA intellectual property for their own performance or teaching. The academy guides student performers to create unique, personalized acts. Therefore, all solo costumes and acts developed at The Playful Peacock belong solely to the individual performer. Students are free to call the act their own and perform it wherever they please.