Happy New Year from the Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret

Wishing you all a sparkly, gin-soaked fabulous new year from the Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret!

2015 was an amazing year here at the ABC, so we thought we would wrap up the old year and get the new year off to a high-kicking start, with a round-up of our burlescapades over the last twelve months and a few thank yous to all of those involved…

First of all, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely ladies who have taken part in our regular weekly burlesque classes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff. We love working with you all each week and watching you develop your striptease skills, unique styles and characters is so rewarding for us as teachers.

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Our weekly classes in Edinburgh and Glasgow continue to be very popular. Book now to avoid disappointment!

If you haven’t already signed up, our new season burlesque classes will be starting on 4th January in Edinburgh and 13th January in Glasgow, so whether you’re a beginner or looking to build upon your existing skills and take the next step, we have a class for you – please contact Dance Base (Edinburgh) or Dancehouse (Glasgow) direct to book. Our Cardiff burlesque classes are taking a break due to Viva’s maternity leave, but do get in touch to be added to the mailing list.

Next, we would like to give a big shout out to all of our hen party ladies across the UK. To all of the blushing brides, beautiful bridesmaids and their friends and family who decided to try something a little different for their hen weekend celebrations with a burlesque hen party workshops, a big tassel-twirling well-done to all of you!

Just one group of our many fabulous burlesque hen parties in 2015.
One of our fabulous burlesque hen parties in 2015.

With hen parties running throughout the year across the UK, our team of dedicated instructors have been kept busy indeed, teaching everything from burlesque to Charleston, Flashdance to Grease and more.
Our 2016 calendar is already booking up, so if you’re interested in one of our hen party options, find out more here or contact us for a specially tailored quote.

Aside from teaching, we have also been busy on the production side of things this year, with a flurry of events programmed by Gypsy Charms. Gypsy has been working with Glasgow’s Wild Cabaret for two years now and she saw out the end of this year with a spectacular bang, with an epic run of 35 shows in 28 days over the festive period. We also took our ‘Festive Frolics’ show to the Voodoo Rooms just before Christmas, which was a sell-out success.
This year’s Edinburgh Fringe also saw Gypsy star in and produce another hugely successful run of the ‘Illicit Thrill’ at the Voodoo Rooms. And of course we can’t forget the fabulous ‘Pout’ event at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in the spring.

Gypsy glass2015 has also been an exciting year for us, as we recently unveiled our stunning new giant martini glass number, which has been very popular indeed for adding some classic burlesque glamour to both private events and shows. If you’re interested in booking this prop/routine, please contact us for a quote.

We would also like to thank our wonderfully professional team of showgirls for their hard work throughout the year. They are the glamorous, dazzling face of the ABC at many events and we are delighted to have a team of such talented dancers high-kicking for us. The French Fling girls have been in high demand this year, with regular weekly appearances at Wild Cabaret, as well as a host of private parties and corporate events keeping them on their toes, so thank you to all of our fabulous girls.

Showgirls backstage at Wild Cabaret, Dec 2015.
Some of our beautiful showgirls backstage at Wild Cabaret, Dec 2015.

And on that note, we will wrap things up for now. We are still recovering for the excitement of Vegas’ Hogmanay party last night at the Voodoo Rooms and there is choreography to be done, costumes to be sorted, tassels to be tit-taped etc etc… The showbiz wheel never stops turning, so as we head back to the studio/dressing room/ stage once more, we wish you all a fantastic new year and hope to see you in 2016.

Gypsy, Viva & Daiquiri