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The word “burlesque” comes originally from Italy, where it was first used in the 1500s to make mockery of high society. Burlesque moved away from opera parodies and began to be more associated with the variety show format we see today in the late 1800s. Since the resurgence of the art of the striptease in the 1990s, it has evolved to encompass many different styles of dance.

Classic burlesque is associated with glitz, glamor, bumps & grinds, but the artform is only limited by your imagination. Whether you are looking for costuming tips, ways to bring audience connection to your aerial performance, or a couple of moves to take home, our burlesque lessons can be tailored to your interests.

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