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B1-5 Graduates Program

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 Twin Cities Burlesque Academy Graduate. The Graduates Program now has a SPRING and FALL start 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 3:30 - 5:00 | Fleur De Lita

Welcome to burlesque! This 4-week series is an inviting introduction to the world of burlesque and is geared toward all levels. You'll learn vocabulary, classic burlesque moves, a bit about burlesque history, its legendary women, 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. No prerequisite. Register in advance and save!

B2  Tease Techniques | Saturdays 3:30 - 5:00 | Bettie Beware

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.

B3  Props & Special Skills | Saturdays 3:30 - 5:00 | Scarlette Revolver & Ophelia Flame

Build on your foundational studies in this 4-week 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. Props will be announced each week. Wear comfortable dance clothes and bring high heels to every class. Register in advance and save!

B4  Peeling & Revealing | Saturdays 3:30 - 5:00 | Nadi A’marena

No matter if your goal is to amuse, shock, or titillate, the way you choose to conceal and reveal can make or break your act. The goal of this class is to build knowledge and confidence in artful disrobing. In this 4-week series, you will learn a burlesque number from beginning to end, with an intensive focus on peeling and revealing. We will discuss intention, transitions, building suspense, showing off the layers of your costume, methods for smooth disrobing. 

What to wear: Short or long dress with zipper down the back, bra with a back fastener, high heels, and pasties (available for sale). Clothing can be fancy or plain. Boas & gloves are available in class, but you are welcome to bring your own. There will be disrobing in this class but is not required. Register in advance and save! 

B5  Solo For Stage & Boudoir | Saturdays 2:00-3:30 & 3:30-5:00 | Ophelia Flame

Do you yearn for the limelight? Starting your very first solo act? Revisiting an unfinished piece or one that didn't quite work?  Well then, it's showtime for you! In this 10-week session, you will develop a solo act from start to finish. No matter where you are in the creative process, this 10-week intensive series is the perfect place for you to get the guidance you need in a supportive environment. 

Ophelia Flame offers expertise and inspiration, helping you better understand your direction, what needs attention, and how to make decisions. We'll discuss the process from start to finish, including concept, music selection, costuming, choreography, stage presence and more. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a notebook and a pair of heels. At the end of your series, students will be eligible to perform in the student showcase held in June 2018.  Space is limited; advance registration is strongly encouraged. 


Dance for Everybody BROADWAY | Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 | Queenie Von Curves

Inspired by Queenie von Curves' weekly accessible, inclusive and body positive class, Dance For Every BODY, join this 4 week intensive delving into choreography! You will leave the class having perfected a complete choreographed number with knowledge of the dance genre, background, inspiration, steps and performance. Sorry no walk-ins. Pre-registration for 4 weeks required.

Nov 5, 12, 19, 26
$45 advance registration / $60 day of class for 4-weeks

Chair Flow | Thursdays 6:00-7:00 | Kinsey S. Kale

Come discover the magic of chair dance skills and learn what this simple apparatus can do to amp up your choreo and performances. Kinsey S. Kale will lead you through eight separate lessons on how bodies of all sizes and dances of all styles can benefit from chair dynamics. Each class will be one part skills and one part chair flow to a different style of music each week. Great for beginners or experienced performers.

Oct 8, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12
$90 advance registration / $120 day of class for 8-weeks or $15 single class

Group Choreography | Sundays 2:30-4:00 | Kitson Sass

Learn a fun routine, make new friends and build community in this fun and welcoming class for all levels! This 7 week series is excellent for building dance skills and confidence. No experience or prerequisite required. Choreography progresses weekly. Wear comfortable clothing; bring heels. All are welcome!

Date: Oct 13, 20, 27, 10, 17, 24 Dec 1
$140 advance | $210 day of | $25 walk-ins

Joy of Dance | Sundays 1:30-2:30 | Joy Coy

Drop your inhibitions at the door, and let's DANCE! Each class will begin with a full body warm-up to engage all the muscles in your core-geous body. Then, we'll focus on foundations of dance to improve your lines, transitions, and flexibili-tease on stage. Free your body, free your mind and find your JOY of dance with JOY COY!

Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1
$90 advance registration / $120 day of class for 8-weeks or $15 single class

Self Care & Body Aware | Sundays 12:00-12:55 | Dr Pedi Bourgeois

Taking care of YOU is incredibly sexy!!! DR. PEDI BOURGEOIS gentle, restorative class is great for improving flexibility, posture, and balance, managing pain and performance anxiety, and feeling at ease in your own skin. Drawing on Awareness Through Movement® lessons and meditative techniques, you’ll come away feeling confident, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world. No experience necessary--all are welcome!

March 22, 29, April 19, 26, May 10, 17, May 31
$90 advance registration / $120 day of class for 8-weeks or $15 single class


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INTENSIVE: Floor Play | Sundays 12:00 - 1:30 | Dahlia Dulce

Do you find floorwork intimidating? Or are you experienced but just need some inspiration? This class is for you! Each class, you will learn about Dahlias four categories of floorwork and moves to facilitate them; Getting to the floor, Transitions, Tricks and Getting up gracefully.
There will be modifications for those with injuries, and a few challenges to take home and work with. There will be choreography each class to tie together the moves you just learned, as well as conditioning tips and tricks to get that body ready for safe floor-play.

The overall tone of this class is playful and fun because floorwork is different for everybody! Dahlia is a long-time veteran of floorwork, body mechanics and is a Registered Nurse, so safety is always first! Please bring something close to your performance heels and knee pads or leg warmers to provide some cushion between those knees and the floor. Let's play!

Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1
$100 advance registration / $120 day of class for 4-weeks or $30 single class

INTENSIVE: Nerd-lesque | Sundays 12:00 - 1:30 | Mona Montague

Thats right, its nerdy burlesque! Nerdlesque encomapsses sci-fi, geek culture, comics, gaming, history, literature, and more! Get your nerd on with expert Mona Montague, who will show you how to create a Nerdlesque act without alienating those who aren’t familiar with the reference material. (Alien-ating, get it?)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 9, Feb 16, 23, March 1
Cost: advance $190 series | $30 walk-in

INTENSIVE: Neo-Burlesque | Sundays 12:00 - 1:30 | Dr. Pedi Bourgeois

What is Neo-Burlesque, and how does it compare with classic burlesque? Do I have to choose one or the other? Dr. Pedi Bourgeois will address these questions and more in this intensive course. Get creative and philosophical in this clever class!

March 22, 29, April 19, 26, May 10, 17, May 31
$190 advance registration or $30 single class walk-in


Ready, set, TEASE! Bachelorettes and burlesque are a perfect combination! The bride-to-be and friends will learn sultry, sassy burlesque moves in this fun-filled lesson. Feather boas, long gloves, and classic burlesque music are provided during the party.Celebrate with us! Email ophelia@opheliaflame.com to schedule your special event!



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

Ophelia Flame: ophelia@opheliaflame.com


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

EMAIL: info@playfulpeacock.com

WEBSITE: www.playfulpeacock.com


Twin Cities Burlesque Academy

79 - 13th Avenue NE, Suite 212

Minneapolis, MN 55413



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 Twin Cities Burlesque 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 Twin Cities Burlesque Academy 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 TCBA 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 Twin Cities Burlesque Academy belong solely to the individual performer. Students are free to call the act their own and perform it wherever they please.