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Burlesque in Scotland: Oban bound

I was honoured to help bring burlesque to Oban in style , courtesy of Gemma Hegarty of G8 events, for their SuperSexy Night – and it was indeed a super sexy affair! SuperSexy brought burlesque and DJs together in Oban’s Argyllshire Halls.   I headed on up to the Highlands to provide Oban with burlesque entertainment.  […]

Girls’ Christmas Do

Yes – it’s that time of year again! If another night in the pub or the obligatory over-priced Christmas menu doesn’t seem appealing, why not try something different for a Christmas girls’ night out? A theme makes a difference – how about Moulin Rouge, burlesque, ‘80s or Grease? Getting a group of your friends together […]

PhD in Striptease

Did you know… my co-director, the indomitable Dr Gypsy Charms (Sarah C Vernon) completed a PhD in Sociology specialising in striptease from the University of Glasgow in 2011? The thesis entitled ‘The Private, the Public and the Pubic: Striptease and Naked Power in Scotland’ is a groundbreaking piece of research into striptease in Scotland.  Gypsy […]

Burlesque in Milan

I just had a great weekend with the lovely Mitzi von Wolfgang and the ladies of the Burlesque School Milano teaching them how to be even more seductive in a classic burlesque striptease workshop. The burlesque workshop in Milan was entitled ‘Love for Sale’ after my performance on Italy’s Channel 5’s Chiambretti Night, where I […]

Close Encounters, Peak District

Well, what a weekend it has been – over 600 miles of driving, glitter, champagne and burlesque.  This weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a Charm School hen party in the Peak district.  The lovely ladies, who did a burlesque hen party class with us last year in Yorkshire decided to go for the […]

Gypsy Charms on TV

Our very own Academy headmistress Gypsy Charms appears as Lottie Collins, icon of the Naughty Nineties (1890s, that is) in BBC4’s ‘The Story of Music Hall with Michael Grade’.  See Gypsy flash her bloomers as she pays tribute to this star of Music Hall, most famous for performing the song ‘Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay’ and her dance […]

Burlesque Workshops, Germany

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 […]

Belfast Burlesque

Teaching burlesque workshops in Belfast are always a blast, and this time was no exception.  Hosted by the lovely Vera Fontaine, I had the pleasure of teaching a group of Belfast burlesquers how to flutter their feathers in two burlesque fan dance workshops.  Vera’s workshops were open to both her existing students and those who […]

Glasgow Cabaret Festival

Ditties, titties and saucy little bitties! Making a rare West Coast appearance, Dr Gypsy Charms, widely credited as being Europe’s leading burlesque teacher and choreographer, will be peeling to perfection in the city she first stripped in over a decade along.  Having completed her PhD studies at the University of Glasgow earlier this year, she […]

Cabaret New Burlesque Workshop

I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to attend a fabulous three-hour workshop in London with four megastars of burlesque: Dirty Martini (pictured, right, with me), Julie Atlas Muz, Mimi le Meaux and Kitten on the Keys. I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with Kitten on the Keys (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and danced with […]