I have just returned from teaching another series of burlesque workshops in Germany. This is the Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret’s fourth set of burlesque workshops in Bochum and the burlesque scene in Germany is going from strength to strength. Rent-a-Muse, a cabaret singer and retro DJ who hosts the workshops, is a dynamic tour-de-force in the Rhineland’s burlesque scene. We met when she took private burlesque lessons with me in London, and decided to instigate burlesque workshops in the Ruhr Valley. Since 2009, a variety of women from complete beginners to professional performers have attended the workshops. This session we decided to offer two Burlesque Beginners workshops, a Fan Dance and a Glamour based burlesque workshop with a Tango theme. As this was my fourth time teaching there, I saw some familiar faces who were, as ever, full of enthusiasm and energy. From channelling their inner burlesque divas in the Glamour workshop, to being elegant in the Fan Dance workshops the class participants gave it their all. And we definitely had some natural born tassel-twirlers in the Burlesque Beginners sessions. I am already looking forward to the next time. Bis Bald Bochum!