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. Recent performance work includes Scottish Events Awards 2011, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, T in the Park 2011 and Casino de la Vallee, Aosta, Italy.

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

All 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.

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NEWS: 21 January 2014: AUDITION OPPORTUNITY: FRENCH FLING CAN-CAN & SHOWGIRL TROUPE
The French Fling Showgirls are looking for dancers to join their professional showgirl and can-can troupe. We work across Scotland providing dance-based entertainment for a variety of private and corporate clients and have our own show Parade du Plaisir.
Dancers should be a minimum of 5’ 5”, have good flexibility and be versatile dancers as we work in a variety of genres including can-can, jive and cabaret dance styles. Musical theatre/acting training would be advantageous as would any acrobatic or gymnastic skills.
Please bring heels (eg New Yorkers or Latin dance shoes) as well as jazz shoes/trainers, and a CV and photo.

To register your interest and for more information please contact Sarah by email at: gypsy@burlesqueandcabaret.com

Date: Sunday 26th Jan 2014
Time: 11.30am -1pm
Venue:Morningside Dance Academy
9B Grange Road
Edinburgh
EH9 1UQ

3 November 2013: email from organiser of a burlesque hen party Belfast: Just to say thank you, we had a fantastic time at the dance lesson… the teacher was excellent and very patient as we tried to get the women to the venue and get started.  She was great fun and put everyone at ease, myself and my friends hadn’t laughed that much in a long time especiall at the tassel twirling. The choice of music was brilliant and the Benny Hill theme tune will never be the same lol.  Please can you extend our thanks to the teacher. I really enjoyed the experience and will be recommending to friends. Very well organised so than you.” – Geraldine O, for burlesque hen party Belfast, 27 Oct

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.