Welcome to Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret, the professionally-led school for all things burlesque, showgirl and cabaret.

We run glamorous and fun burlesque hen parties (or any-occasion parties) where your group can learn to tease, pose and tassel-twirl, can-can hen parties where we’ll turn your group into a high- (or not-so-high-) kicking can-can troupe, showgirl hen parties where you’ll recreate the magic of the Moulin Rouge and take your place in your very own chorus line, and fan dance hen parties where you’ll become an expert teaser as you ‘hide and reveal’ with full size feather fans. Our hen parties are available throughout the UK and are suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities. We also offer expert tuition in burlesque, can-can, fan dance and showgirl in association with National Dance Centres across the country, with classes and workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Cardiff.

Why not order our ‘Burlesque for Beginners’ DVD to learn in the comfort of your own home – suitable for all eager, active and armchair burlesquers!

Private bespoke tuition and choreography services are also available – please contact us directly with your requirements.

Based in Edinburgh and Cardiff, we are also professional burlesque performers, and run burlesque and cabaret dance troupe Enchanté, and specialist can-can dance troupe French Fling. We also have a strong team of London-based performers, and can travel UK-wide. Past work includes Scottish Events Awards, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, T in the Park and Casino de la Vallee, Aosta, Italy.

Wondering what burlesque actually is? Take a look at our ‘What is Burlesque’ page for more information.

Cardiff burlesque classAll material is created by Gypsy Charms and Viva Misadventure, who are renowned teachers, choreographers and performers in burlesque, striptease and cabaret, and who have decades of experience in professional dance, burlesque and cabaret. Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret’s personality-led teaching methods, unparalleled expertise and original choreography ensure that our students have industry-leading instruction.

We’d love to organise a glam, fun, giggly hen party or birthday party for you – check out our hen party dance class pages for burlesque, can-can, showgirl and fan dance hen parties across the country. You may also be interested in our sister site, Charm School for more fun hen party dance ideas- 80s, Dirty Dancing, Fame, Bond Girls, Pussycat Dolls, Charleston, and more.


New blog: British Burlesque History – A Peek at the Past Inside the Britannia Panopticon
Nestled above an amusement arcade on Glasgow’s Argyle Street, you might well walk past the Britannia Panopticon and not even realise the incredible historical gem that is hidden on those upper floors… (Read more)

Tickets on Sale Now! The Illicit Thrill 2016
The Illicit Thrill 2016 – the history of pants-off! Head down to the Fringe’s shadiest nightspot, as the Illicit Thrill is back in the strip-teasing business… (Read more)

‘Uncompromising’  The List  Magazine

For tickets and information visit the Ed Fringe website.

New blog: The ABC Burly-Q Book Review
With the summer season fast approaching and many of our readers getting packed for their holidays, we thought we’d put together a summer reading list. While away the hours as you relax by the pool with some of the best books about burlesque… (Read more)

New blog: Learning Burlesque – Boost Your Confidence with our Top Tips
Many of the ladies we meet who are new to burlesque, whether they’re beginners in our weekly classes or ladies who attend our burlesque hen parties, feel a little nervous or unsure of what to expect… (Read more)

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