You Learn More at Seattle’s Academy of Burlesque Than the Art of Taking It All Off—Although You Learn That, Too.

Matt Baume from the Stranger spent time at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque to learn about the experience from students as well as Headmistress Indigo Blue.

The story that comes from Matt’s time at the academy strips away the common ideas around what motivates people to take a big step into the unknown and the impacts it has on their life’s.

“I am excited and terrified and everything at the same time,” Gino said as he prepared to strip down to his underwear before strangers, friends, and his boss.
With the weather getting nicer, Sabrina is looking forward to applying her classroom experience to real life—though not necessarily in the context of a performance.
“We always go camping, and we go to this one spot on a river,” she said. “And this year, I know I’m not going to be like, ‘I’m not going in.’ I’m just going to strip and get in there. I’m not getting any younger. Why not enjoy what I have now? I’m alive.”
“I was never gonna take it,” Sabrina said of the class. “I’m kind of a chickenshit. I probably would’ve made excuses.”
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