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.


The Illicit Thrill: Returning to EdFringe 2015
Be sure to catch The Illicit Thrill with Gypsy Charms at Edinburgh Fringe 2015. Listed in the ‘Five Best Burlesque Shows at Edinburgh Fringe’ by The List Magazine.

The ABC Guide to Producing Your Own Show: Part 2
Part 2 of our mini-series about producing takes you through some more key considerations when staging your own event… (Read more)


Merchant City Festival Show: 31 July 2015
Be prepared for the saucy, sexy and silly…as students past and present of the Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret bring burlesque back to it’s spiritual Scottish home – the Britannia Panopticon. A celebration with a tassel-twirl, wink and perfect pout these burlesquers will get you in the mood for the weekend, with a bawdy bump, in a showcase that honours this historic building’s burlesque tradition.
Suitable for 18+ with a sense of humour. We encourage a ticket donation of £6 to the Britannia Panopticon Trust at the door, arrive early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

New blog: The ABC Guide to Producing Your Own Show: Part 1
This week’s blog has been written for those performers out there who have been thinking about branching out into the world of producing  events. Unlike performing, there are many more things to consider when planning your own show… (Read more)

New blog: The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: Worldwide
The final installment in our burlesque festival guide is here. We’ve taken you across the USA, Canada, Europe and the UK in this series, as well as offering handy tips when applying to international festivals. In our final festival blog, join us for a round-up of other burly festivals from around the world… (Read more)


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