Lola Frost

Saturday August 6th

11 – 12:15pm Introduction to Chair Dance

$25 in Advance / $30 Day of

$50 for both classes with Lola Frost on 8/6

$100 for the full day of classes on 8/6 with Lola Frost and Ray Gunn

Learn the sassy and classic technique of Chair Dancing in this comprehensive foundation class. We start at the base with discovering the physicality, strength and grace it takes to make this discipline look flawless! We cover safety, transition techniques, impactful poses, leg and arm work and foundation inversions. We also cover the exercises that complement the moves learned for  building the strength it takes enable you to execute this style with ease. This class also has a small choreography component to explore act building with chair dancing.
*Please wear dance/yoga gear including crops or leggings, no booty shorts sadly, as your bottom will stick to the chair.

Registration opens June 1st

12:30 – 1:45pm Slow Burn: Moving with Sensuality and Intention

Moving slowly on stage is challenging. It takes thought, confidence and a belief in the expression you are portraying to your audience. It starts with a though, is moved through action and then becomes bestowed to your audience. Whenever you are moving on stage you want your actions to radiate with strength and grace, with power and intention. This movement and theory based class will take you through a warm up, a diverse range of movements and the theory behind them, as well as exploring receptive and penetrative energies to bring the most diverse translations of your desires to the stage.

*Please wear yoga/dance clothes and bring water

$25 in Advance / $30 Day of

$50 for both classes with Lola Frost on 8/6

$100 for the full day of classes on 8/6 with Lola Frost and Ray Gunn

Registration opens June 1st

About Lola Frost:

Co-director of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre, member of Sweet Soul Burlesque and an internationally recognized, award winning performer – Lola has headlined festivals from Colorado to Stockholm, been voted into the Top 50 of Burlesque Figures 4 years running, and holds the title of 2nd runner up Miss Exotic World 2013. As a rock’n’roll flapper, Lola is best known for her intense slow burn and combining her anachronistic styles of vintage and modern, a 1920’s starlet with a kiss of Ramones grit.

Ray Gunn

Saturday August 6th

2 – 3:30pm – Steps: A Choreography Workshop

Steps is a 90-minute hands on movement invention class by Reigning King of Burlesque, Ray Gunn.  This practical and active workshop focuses on the creation and construction of choreography as it applies to burlesque concepts.  Dancers will learn to match movement with themes, design choreography that includes cohesive imagery, and practice techniques to create a legitimate tease factor for a successful act.

Students will need to come prepared with note-taking tools and dress comfortably to move.

$35 in Advance / $40 Day of

$60 for both classes with Ray Gunn on 8/6

$100 for the full day of classes on 8/6 with Lola Frost and Ray Gunn

Registration opens June 1st

3:45 – 5:15pm Nuts N’Bolts: Intermediate Act Creation Workshop

Nuts ‘n Bolts” is a 90-minute class that  covers the basic components of constructing and focusing a burlesque act for the established performer. Nuts and Bolts delves into the four essentials of any act – concept, costume, music, and movement. Ray will guide participants through the creation of an act – identifying and discussing the four elements as well as providing practical exercises geared to refine, polish, and give attention to details. Within the 90-minute period participants will create, perform and critique short one minute acts applying the techniques taught in class.

The class is geared towards performers already in the field.

$35 in Advance / $40 Day of

$60 for both classes with Ray Gunn on 8/6

$100 for the full day of classes on 8/6 with Lola Frost and Ray Gunn


Registration opens June 1st

Freaky Candy

Tuesday May 10th, 8:15 – 9:45pm

Balloon Dance

Looking for tips, tricks, and techniques for your balloon dance? In this 1.5 hour workshop we will learn how to construct a costume piece to adhere your balloons to as well as construction techniques for stripping out of the costume piece, balloon placement, and tips for saving time when attaching the balloons. We will also look at how to safely hide the needle in your costume using household items and at the end of the workshop we’ll have a balloon popping party!

Students are asked to wear tight fitted clothing during the construction section and to bring dance shoes or heels. Materials provided by the Academy.

About Freaky Candy:

Freaky Candy is a Burlesque performer, producer and teacher based in Rimini, Italy. She performs widely in Europe and USA/Canada. She debuted in U.S. on June 2015 at the Windy City Burlesque Festival and recently won the “Most Beautiful” Award at the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston, in February 2016! Freaky Candy’s acts are a mixture of refined and graceful movements, joined with self-irony and humor. Freaky Candy is Italy’s sweetest and freakiest ass-et!

Exclusive Salon with Dr. Lucky

Friday March 25th

VIP reception 6:30 – 7:30pm

Lecture 7:30 – 8:30pm

Break-out discussion groups 8:30 – 9pm

In this very special event curated exclusively for Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, spend the night with Dr. Lucky in this salon-style lecture/demonstration about the history of American burlesque history and discussion about the multiple possibilities of its future.  Inspired by the exciting growth of burlesque in style and content around the globe, this evening will be a history lesson and a call to action to bring into being the burlesque world we want to live in.

Dr. Lucky will trace the history of burlesque as a literary form and a performance trope.  Coined in the 16th century as a literary form that inverts form and content, burlesque is a subset of parody that either elevates the mundane or vulgarizes the lofty.  When Lydia Thompson and the British Blondes invaded the United States in 1868, the public understanding of burlesque transformed from a literary form to a performance style, and the worlds of “leg shows” and burlesque became intertwined in the public imagination.  This history is well known, but we will pay particular attention to the “breeding ground” that existed prior to Thompson and her Blondes “coming on the scene,” so to speak, by examining other popular amusement and theatrical traditions of the time, and unpacking their relationship to burlesque.  This lecture will cover the influence of cultural forms such as blackface minstrel shows, feminized spectacles, antebellum theatre, vaudeville, concert saloons, and dime museums, to contextualize the reception around and popularization of burlesque in America.

We will use this lecture and the metaphor of a “breeding ground” to think through the convergence of ideas, events, and social trends that made neo-burlesque popular today.  In small “break out groups,” we will collaboratively discuss the future of burlesque, and literally “map out” plans for the future as a way to chart infinite possibilities.  The purpose is not to codify burlesque — and thereby imply through exclusion what’s “not” burlesque – but rather to have an open, honest, thoughtful discussion of what we imagine this world can be.

Lecture only – $10

VIP Reception and Lecture – $20


Register Here

About Dr. Lucky:

Dr. Lucky is a leading scholar on neo-burlesque. She has published articles and reviews in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals including the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Journal of Popular Culture, and Senses and Society. In 2014, she was commissioned to write a feature article for MICA’s catalogue and exhibit, “Workin’ the Tease,” and her newest article, “Teasing Theories: The Explicit Female Body as Palimpsest” is forthcoming from Popular Performance. Her award-winning popular writing on burlesque appear regularly in “21st Century Burlesque,” and she is often contacted by academics and popular press alike for her opinions on gender and culture, from reviewing manuscripts for Yale University Press and Dance Journal Research to speaking to reporters at NPR and the Los Angeles Times. She has been invited to lecture at Universities, academic conferences, and burlesque festivals around the globe, including the University of Manchester, Helsinki Burlesque Festival, Toronto Burlesque Festival, University of Philadelphia, Maryland Institute College of the Arts, City University of New York’s Graduate Center, Burlesque Hall of Fame, BurlyCon, and many others. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript about Dixie Evans, curator of the Exotic World Museum. Learn more at

Perle Noire

Monday March 21, 6 – 7:30pm

Perlesque: Healing through Seduction

The Healing Through Seduction Series introduces students to the art of seduction, connecting with your audience, and the beauty of self-love. The workshop will cover 3 fundamental basics of seduction through movement, and connection exercises. Students will learn the power of affirmations, a choreographed dance routine , and Perle’s signature choreography. Evoke the seductress within!


Students should wear dance class attire (leotard, stretch pants, or shorts). This workshop is open to all levels and genders. No nudity. Class format will include: Warm up/Stretching Connection Exercise Saunter Exercise Choreography Cool Down

Register Now!

About Perle Noire:

Perle Noire’s unique and dynamic style has earned her a spot with Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray Tour and numerous awards from the Burlesque Hall of Fame Miss Exotic World Competition which include, Best Debut Performer (2008), 2nd Runner-Up Overall Performance (2009) and Most Dazzling Performer (2012). Perle was honored yet again by performing her signature moves at the prestigious, Sydney Opera House with the 5 star production, Velvet. With a combination of glamour, seductive choreography, and stage presence, she is the most celebrated exotique woman in burlesque since Josephine Baker. She is, the Mahogany Queen of Burlesque!

Jacqueline Boxx:

Body Language for Burlesque Performance and Beyond

Saturday March 19th, 2 – 4pm

Class held at Velocity Dance Center‘s Kawasaki Studio*

1621 12th Ave, Seattle

*Kawasaki studio is wheelchair accessible through the main Founders Studio entrance

Class description:

This class is in two sections. In the first half of the class (lecture/discussion section), I guide participants through how the physical language of injury and disability can increase anyone’s ability to communicate in a more positive and mutually beneficial way with their body. I use the links between chronic pain and the mind-body connection, as well as my experiences in physical therapy for fifteen years, to outline potential new patterns that work through feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt and discomfort to find a healthy place where each person’s own limits are known and respected. As a transition, participants then engage in two “warm up” exercises: first a guided visualization that increases sensory awareness of all body parts, and then a trauma-release stretching routine. I’ll then (movement/dance section) guide participants through movements which honor various kinds of limits which their bodies may have communicated to them (and that I have experienced and now make a part of my repertoire), such as floor work which avoids knee stress, chair work which is hip-friendly, and hand motions for carpal tunnel issues. I end with a brief demonstration of how even subtle movements can evoke confidence and power. These are both achievable while respecting the boundaries which our bodies communicate.

$20 – Register Now

About Jacqueline Boxx:

Jacqueline Boxx is the only Tucson burlesque performer who brings her wheelchair, her canes, and her leg braces on stage and makes them both visible and enticing. Her acts are expressive of her experience with chronic pain and limited mobility, and she strives to bring attention through glamour and spectacle to disability.  Her extended tagline expresses this intention: Miss Disa-burly-TEASE.

Dirty Martini


Tuesday January 26th, 2016


Private Lessons with


Miss Exotic World 2004 Dirty Martini!


Limited Availability!

Slots at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm  $125/hour Use Dirty Martini’s years of performance experience to guide you through the process of developing your individuality and importance as a performer that will make you stand out from the crowd. Contact us to book a lesson:

Saturday January 30th, 2016


Dirty Martini


12 – 1:30pm Powerful Grace

SOLD OUT! Epaulement and other naughty foreign words a burlesque queen should know… This class teaches the essential studies of ballet as applied to burlesque movement.  Perfect for adult beginner dancers, Powerful Grace explores the structure of a classical ballet class but breaks free of the traditional applying ballet principals to basic burlesque dance movement.  The class focuses on economy of movement and corporeal awareness for stage performers.  Ballet barre warm up leads to bump and grind center.  Tailor made for any level of expertise, students can learn the building blocks of choreography, mastering them for use on the stage. Class Size limited to 20 participants.


2 – 3:30pm Fan Dancing with Anything… Except Feather Fans!


Dirty Martini’s ultimate guide to graceful fan dancing… with anything! Learn tricks of the trade from the one and only Sally Rand Award winner. You bring it…Dirty Martini will teach you to dance with it!  This class will teach you the basics of classic fan dancing and new movement ideas for unusual props.  Bring your NON-feather fan prop, concept and some clothing to move comfortably in.  The class starts with a warm up designed especially for burlesque performers to experiment with new ways of moving on the stage and promotes proper stage deportment.   Following the warm up, students will put on their high heels to dig in and learn secret moves developed from Miss Martini’s many years spent researching vintage burlesque while establishing her New Burlesque movement vocabulary. Participants MUST bring their own props, nothing will be provided.  Any hand held prop will do, but preferably a light object that has enough surface space to catch air and cover the body. Due to space limitations, Items must be less than a 24” span. Class size limited to 12 participants.

About Dirty Martini:

The “definition of burlesque” Miss Dirty Martini is one of the most famous and celebrated Burlesque performers in the world and for good reason! This voluptuous vixen is a thrill to watch on stage for her high-energy, extravagant, and over-the-top performance acts incorporating classic burlesque styles and contemporary themes. She has spearheaded the new burlesque revolution in New York City and all over the world with her over the top physique and classical dance training, bringing vintage glamour into the 21st century. She has been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, starred in the film Tournee, co-stars in Dita Von Teese’s touring show Strip Strip Hooray, and has bee voted the number one burlesque performer in the year by her fans for 4 consecutive years. A favorite of original burlesque performers of the 1940’s and 1950’s, Miss Martini has become an underground celebrity and favorite headliner nationally and all over the world. The Academy of Burlesque is delighted to present Dirty Martini’s classes and is grateful to Iva Fiero’s Block Rockin Tease for bringing Dirty back to Seattle!

Bazuka Joe


January 16, 2016


1 – 2:30pm Movement and Musicality

Movement and Musicality is a dance-based, hands-on movement class that focuses on music theory as a driver to create sophisticated, thoughtful choreography. One part lecture, three parts movement, the class delves into stage crafting, the use of direction to impact mood and intention, playing with the audience’s focus, and manipulating rhythms and accents. Movement and Musicality is designed for all levels of performance from the novice to the career performer. Students need a notepad, pen, and comfortable clothes to move in. $35 Register for Movement&Musicality

2:30 – 4pm Jazz Dance 101

Jazz 101 is a 90 minute straight up dance class presented by Bazuka Joe of The Stage Door Johnnies. Dancers will actively participate in stretching exercises, a choreographed warm-up, strength and core work, and learn a combination that includes elements of basic jazz and Fosse techniques. Jazz 101 is open to performers of all levels, and is a gender-neutral aesthetic. Dancers should come prepared to move, wearing dance appropriate clothing and flexible footwear. $35 Register for Jazz Dance


Bettina May’s Pin-Up Class

ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT! Since 2006 Bettina May has been helping women around the world speak the universal language of good hair, showing them how to skillfully apply makeup, and giving them the confidence to pull it all off and feel great. She teaches women how simple it is to re-create vintage style using techniques culled from stylists and the original experts in all things vintage, grandmothers! In her full-day class, you’ll learn how to curl and style your hair, apply perfect pin-up makeup, and pose for photos with confidence. You’ll get your very own classic pin-up photoshoot, hi-res images, and a group of new friends who share your love of vintage culture. Her class takes place in a safe, supportive environment, and she guarantees you will leave feeling more confident and glamorous than when you came in.


Chair Acro with Mr. Gorgeous

This class explores various ways to maneuver around and pose on the chair. This 60 minute class begins with a warm-up and stretch, headstand, shoulder stand, and rolling section, followed by exploring tricks and shapes on the chair. This class is good for students who are new to acrobatics and those who are looking to explore core techniques that allow the body to maneuver on chairs and other sturdy props.


Arc of the Tease: Applied 

with Jonny Porkpie

Join us for a 90 minute burlesque workshop for Seattle’s seasoned performers  by Jonny Porkpie.

This advanced version of the celebrated class will help you get through some of the blocks that can plague an experienced performer, and rethink numbers in ways that will get you out of your head and back onto the stage.
Amazing costume — check! Brilliant concept — check! Incredible moves — check!  So why isn’t the damn act working?
Some numbers roll out of our minds and onto the stage with ease, others we struggle with and struggle with and they still just don’t click. So how do we take these troublesome acts to the next level? The answer: a closer examination of Arc, the rising tension from lights up to dress down.
Whether story number or classic tease, comedy bit or slow seduction, character exploration, acrobatic extravaganza, or all at once, a good arc can be the difference between an act that sits on the shelf… and an act the audience is screaming for.


Perlesque with PERLE NOIRE

Visiting from New York! See her website


Samba-Lesque with LOLA LOVE

Learn the basic samba step and other popular moves seen in samba while learning a sexy piece of choreography. Bump, grind and samba in this aerobic class aimed to offer technique, build confidence and be a ton of fun.

Visiting from Hawaii! See her website


Jazz-Lesque with COCO LECTRIC

Award-winning burlesque performer and producer, Coco Lectric, brings you a slinky, sultry jazz class celebrating the sensual style of Bob Fosse in Jazzlesque! Learn the foundation of traditional Jack Cole jazz techniques of stage and screen to the sexed-up, statuesque style Fosse brought to audiences all over the world.

Visiting from Texas! See her website

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