The Academy of Burlesque
The pinnacle of Burlesque education!
What We Believe
Being brave means being afraid, and doing it anyway.
Sex is funny, and being funny is sexy.
You gotta know how to walk (in heels) before trying to run (in stilettos).
Burlesque is a unique and feminist American performance art form championed by women, and in doing so, offers opportunities for women’s self-expression in non-traditional environments. We honor and respect the legacy of the thousands of women who have come before us and are considered “Legends” of Burlesque. We are committed to supporting the growth and health of the International Burlesque community. We value the educational process, multicultural diversity, community building and audience education. We value a sense of humor, and the pursuit of joy in all our efforts. The Academy is a space to support experimentation, emerging artists, and the raising of the ceiling for multiple levels of performance.
How We Teach
We teach a proven methodology that enables raw beginners with no performance background to present brand new work on stage in front of an audience in 6 weeks. And strip. In public. We nurture and foster each student’s ideas while providing effective guidance and instruction. We’re in the business of creativity, but we believe that you’ve got to know the rules before you break them. So, first we teach the fundamentals: history, act structure, elements of humor, classic moves (like tassel twirling). We want our students to have a strong foundation that they can use to create endless new works of art. We are friendly, welcoming and encouraging to all of our students. We acknowledge that each learner has a different background, and we create a simultaneously challenging and compassionate environment for our students to discover more about burlesque and about themselves.
The big secret?
Burlesque is a game-changer.
Peoples lives change when they have permission to honor their ideas, express themselves, and cherish their bodies. Every day we are grateful to do the work of supporting our students. We teach technique, but our curriculum drives creative expression. And each instructor coaxes the best from each student.
No less than personal transformation.
Oh, and a lot of fun. And new friends. And glitter. Lots of glitter.
What We Do
The Academy of Burlesque is a mission-driven, women-owned small business that provides Burlesque Theatrical Arts education and events in an effort to preserve and promote this American Theatrical Art form.
We provide courses for eager and curious students to learn about themselves through the medium of burlesque. We offer entertaining “party classes” for groups of people wanting to play and experiment with the fun and sexuality inherent in burlesque. We conduct seriously transformative workshops in the technical development of burlesque acts for performance, which is the most fun of all.
We provide scholarship, work-study, and internship opportunities for accessibility and community-building, and support theatrical opportunities for Faculty, Staff, and Graduates.
Our company Operating Values guide all of our business practices and include:
- Responsible – I do what I say I will do, and own it when I make a mistake.
- Communicative – I am clear about my abilities, needs, and problems.
- Solution-oriented – I always look for the ways to improve the situation and resolve issues in a pleasant way.
- Teach and Learn – I know mistakes are learning opportunities and that we are an educational institution. I give people the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to grow and improve.
- Friendly – I smile, be kind, help where I can, and create a fun and positive environment
- Sexy – I support sex-positive, funny, political, and erotically liberated Burlesque performance and sustain an environment where it can be safely executed.
- Resourceful – I am willing to use my resources to help, and willing to ask my community of friends and contacts for their help.
- Abundant – I believe in the value of Burlesque as a transformative art form, believe in the Academy as a space to support new and emerging performers, and help raise the ceiling to create space for multiple levels of performance.
Headmistress, Miss Indigo Blue
Miss Indigo Blue is the Headmistress of the Academy of Burlesque. She founded the Academy in 2003 in response to her burning passion to teach and share her love of Burlesque with eager budding ecdysiasts. A lifelong student of dance, theater, and performance, Miss Indigo first trained with Burlesque Legends Wild Cherry and Kitty West in 2001. Shortly thereafter she met Dixie Evans, the proprietor of Exotic World and the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and Indigo’s life changed evermore.
With her strong dance and theater background and extensive experience as a stripper, Miss Indigo Blue’s sensuality, musicality, eroticism, and humor earned her a reputation as a sought-after entertainer and instructor.
Since 2008, Miss Indigo Blue has been the co-director of Education for The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. That same year she founded BurlyCon Burlesque Convention, and serves as the Executive Director.
In 2011 Miss Indigo Blue won the highest International title for Burlesque performance, “Miss Exotic World”. She remains dedicated to Burlesque education, and continues to teach and administer at the Academy while maintaining a busy performance and touring schedule.
Meet the Teachers & Staff
We are proud to have award-winning, Internationally recognized professional performers and working artists as our Faculty. All of the Instructors at the Academy of Burlesque are hand-picked by the Headmistress for their skill, compassion, talent, humor, grace, and excellence. Our instructors feel honored and privileged to support enthusiasts in finding out more about the art of Burlesque, and of course, more about themselves.