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: The ABC Beginner Guide: How to make Ostrich Fans – Part 2
Our mini series on how to make your own set of burlesque feather fans is back this week, as we talk you through preparing your feathers and beginning to assemble your fans… (Read more)

New blog: The ABC Beginner Guide: How to make Ostrich Fans – Part 1
If you enjoyed last week’s blog, we’re taking things to the next stage this week, with the first part in our step-by-step series on how to make your own set of fabulous ostrich plume fans; a must-have for any budding burlesque star… (Read more)

New blog: The ABC Beginner Guide to Feather Fans
Our beginner guide to burlesque feather fans gives you an insight into cost, size & quality when it comes to investing in your first set of ostrich plume fans... (Read more)

Festive Frolics @ the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, 19 Dec 2015
Join Gypsy Charms & the French Fling Showgirls as they bring their unique brand of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the party Season!
Tickets from Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 0131 556 7060

Milan Extraordinaire: Inaugural Variety Festival Nov 2015
Variety is taking over Milan with the Milan Extraordinaire Festival – the inaugural festival dedicated to this rejuvenated art-form in Milan.  So, grab a ticket to the hottest event in town, visit the official website for more details: www.milanextraordinaire.it/en/programma/

New blog: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – Burlesque that goes Bump & Grind in the Night
Get in the mood for spooky shenanigans this Halloween, with ABC teacher and blogger Daiquiri Dusk as she gives us the low-down on some of her favourite Halloween burlesque acts (Read more)

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