Burlesque
Can Change Your Life.

It changed mine!

In the last 15 years, over a thousand lives have been utterly transformed by Burlesque 101.

Now YOU can be the Hero of your own Adventure!

Confident

Proud

Sexy

Happy

Connected

Does this Sound Like You?

“I’m TOO old, TOO shy, TOO unfit, TOO insecure…”

“I need a creative outlet just for me”

“I have no idea where my Mojo went”

This could be you!

“My life has completely changed.”

“This is who I am”

”You’re worth that investment!”

You Can Do It.

Get your Degree in Tease!

Burlesque 101:

The Most Fun Class You’ll Ever Take.

Curious?

Have you ever seen a Burlesque show and thought, “I wish I could do that!”

Have you ever wondered if you would ever be “good enough…” to do Burlesque?

Sassy?

Do you wish you had a healthier relationship with your body?

Do you wonder where your mojo went?

Do you wish you had time just for you?

Bawdy?

How are you celebrating your next huge milestone in your life?

How are you expressing your creativity?

Get A Natural Confidence Boost

What if you could say:

ALL real quotes from real students!

  • “I’m unstoppable!”
  • “I realized that I’m beautiful!”
  • “I feel rejuvenated and inspired!”
  • “I feel so confident and sexy!”
  • “I love my body!”
  • “I now have the freedom to be my true self.”
  • “I am confident in my own skin.”
  • “I found my inner bad-ass!”
  • “I overcame my body issues.”
  • “I feel f*cking awesome! This experience shifted my perspective, broadened it, and spilled over into other areas of my life.”
  • “I feel so confident! Like, if I can do this, I can do just about anything.”

Transform Your Life With
Burlesque 101 Online

Burlesque 101 Course Schedule*

Video modules are released weekly according to the schedule below. Students work at their own pace. Weekly Coaching Calls with Indigo support your progress and keep you motivated!

*Schedule subject to change when Indigo wants to add something AWESOME to the course! 

Module 1: History

From Aristotle to Inga, we’ll trace Burlesque’s bawdy beginnings through it’s shady heyday, and bring you up to speed on the Neo-Burlesque Resurgence!

Module 2: Character & Music

Character makes the Performer! You’ll define your name and backstory, and create an alter-ego you can slip on like a rhinestoned glove.

Module 3: Act Development

Act, Scene, Burletta – no matter what you call it, this is the meat of the matter! You’ll craft your act in this action packed module complete with music, story, and scintillating conclusion!

Module 4: Moving and Removing

Strip Tease Techniques are tricky and tantalizing! In this module we’ll learn the bump, grind, shimmy & shake, as well as how to peel and reveal like an excellent ecdysiast!

Module 5: Costuming

Everyone’s favorite sparkly part! This is where the glitter meets the glue gun! But even more than sparkly bits, we’ll learn the tried and true techniques of quick-release costumery – the tricky tips that make bits go a flutter only when you want them to!

Module 6: Humor

Sexy is super serious. J/K!  It’s totally fun, and totally funny! The very definition of “Burlesque” is to make fun of something – and in this module we’ll learn to punch up with seriously funny humor.

Module 7: Stage Presence

Even the most gorgeous costume and exquisite performer can fall flat without sparkling stage presence!  We’ll perfect facial expressions, prime our energy for audience ecstasy, and learn how to project an aire of utter confidence (even when we’re terrified!)

Module 8: Performance Preparedness

Whether or not you’re performing at the end of this module, you’ll be ready to hit the stage! You’ll understand your artistic process, have an arsenal of info about how live theater works, AND you’ll be chock full of all the stage craft basics you need to confidently communicate to a tech team and come off like a true pro!

Bonus 1: Deluxe Coaching

Deluxe Students will receive 3 months of coaching, support, and guidance directly from Miss Indigo Blue in an intimate, select group! 

Bonus 2: Be a VIP and Perform with Indigo Blue!

VIP Students will join Miss Indigo Blue in Seattle for a special custom performance, complete with 5 private video lessons, 1:1 pre-show rehearsal in Seattle, group technical rehearsal, photos, videos, and so much more! ONLY 6 spots available! (Performance is in January 2020)

Bonus 3: Monthly Mentorship Mastermind (Deluxe & VIP)

This exclusive Monthly Mentorship Mastermind provides community, networking, and ongoing support for students ready to take their performance opportunities further.  Miss Indigo Blue provides monthly coaching calls with pre-professional training, guidance, and valuable tools along with a powerful accountability structure. This program is open to Deluxe and VIP Students or by application only.

More about Coaching Calls

**All Coaching sessions occur over Zoom and are recorded! No worries if you need to miss the Group calls, you can always see the recordings later! Private sessions are scheduled at the convenience of Indigo and the Student!

Weekly Beginning Sept 30: Group Coaching – Tuesdays Noon-1pm PDT – Zoom

Weekly Beginning Sept 30: Deluxe Coaching –  Thursdays 9am-Noon PDT – Zoom

VIP  Private Sessions with Indigo – As Scheduled M/T/W/Th

OMG! This is Exactly What I’ve Been Looking For!

Choose the Class Level that’s right for you!

Signature

Overview

The Signature Program includes weekly group coaching sessions with The Academy’s World Class staff, including Miss Indigo Blue herself! Signature is the most popular class level, providing a great community of like-minded students!

Included

  • Full Online Course
  • 8 modules released weekly.
  • HOURS of detailed lessons, helpful checklists, and downloadable worksheets
  • Live weekly online group coaching
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Direct access to Academy Staff in weekly video sessions!
  • Lifetime access to content *and* coaching class recordings!

$997 Single Pay Discount

Or 12 Payments of:

$97

Limited Quantities Available

Deluxe 

Overview

Personalized guidance in developing your first Burlesque Act! For those who thrive with more attention and a lower student:teacher ratio, the Deluxe level offers weekly Small Group Coaching with Indigo Blue!

Included

  • Everything in SIGNATURE… plus:
  • Small-group video coaching sessions with Indigo Blue to hone your act
  • Exclusive access to Indigo’s personal network of International Educators and Producers for performance and continuing education opportunities
  • BONUS: Access to Indigo’s Private Mentorship Mastermind for 3 months following class!

 

$1997 Single Pay Discount

Or 12 Payments of:

$197

ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE

VIP 

Overview

Be A Star! For those who are meant for the stage, this level will get you there! Personalized coaching, one-on-one mentorship, and a fully supported live performance experience IN SEATTLE! Take the stage just like the stars of “A Wink And A Smile!!” Includes video and images of your live performance Debut, hosted by Miss Indigo Blue herself!

Le Fine Print: The Performance date is TBD in early 2020. Date will be decided up on when the full Cohort is registered!

 Included

    • Everything in DELUXE plus:
    • 4 Hourlong Private 1:1 Private Coaching Sessions with Indigo Blue
    • …and LIVE Performance in early 2020 with Indigo Blue in Seattle!
    • Airfare/transportation to/from Seattle not included

 

    • 1:1 Pre-show Private Lesson
    • Technical/Dress Rehearsal 
    • Hangover Brunch
    • Fully supported Recital with all technical and support staff in amazing venue
    • Digital and Print images of your performance
    • Video of your performance
    • Post-Recital Viewing Party
    • Access to Post-Class Mentorship Mastermind for 6 months

$4997 Early Bird Discount

Or 12 Payments of:

$497

ONLY 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

But wait – who’s teaching this thing?

Miss Indigo Blue

Me! Hi!

I’m Indigo Blue, and I’m passionate about Burlesque and Transformation. For the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to teaching, performing, breathing, and thinking about Burlesque. And in that time, I have had the honor and opportunity to share the magic of Burlesque with thousands of people.

I’ve seen incredible transformations happen – and what stuns me again and again is how powerful Burlesque is. With a tiny nugget of an idea, a little time and some glitter, you can change your life!

I love working with beginners – folks who have little to no experience with Burlesque, some of whom have never been on a stage before… EVER.

I love that by learning how to take an idea and turn it into a real stage-worthy act, students learn a ton more about themselves than they ever imagined possible.

While we’re working together, you’ll gain confidence, have soooo much fun, and learn to love and appreciate the parts of your body you haven’t even looked at since 2008!

I’m so excited to get to know you, work with you, and support you on your Burlesque journey.

Current Roles

Founder and Headmistress – Academy of Burlesque
Founder and Board Member – BurlyCon Burlesque Educational Convention
Education Advisor – Burlesque Hall of Fame
Visionatrix – Amelia Casals Retreats

Awards & Accolades

2018 Sassy Lassy  – Burlesque Hall of Fame
2018 Most Influential Burlesque Artists of the Decade – 21’st Century Burlesque
2016 Master of Erotic Art  – Seattle Erotic Arts Festival
2011 Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque  – Burlesque Hall of Fame
2005 Young Jews to Look Out For – Heeb 100
2005 Sexiest Eyes/Best Pasties – New York Burlesque Festival
2002-2005 Little Miss Aftershock, Best Legs, and 1st Runner Up Tassel Twirling – BHoF

Miss Indigo Blue has been named in the Top 50 Burlesque performers by 21’st Century Burlesque each year since the inception of the rankings.

In This Course You’ll Learn

  • The step-by-step techniques honed after 15 years of successful Burlesque 101 Classes, as seen in the film A Wink And A Smile
  • Proven, repeatable process to create sexy, funny, cohesive Burlesque Acts
    How to start from NOTHING and create Something Awesome!

….PLUS these amazing things!!!

 

  • How To make Burlesque Breakfast
  • Why Silly is Sexy
  • Ten Top Tips to Make Your Audience Love You
  • Kick Procrastination to the Curb and Make An Act In 8 Weeks
  • The Most Important Trick To Look Sexy (even if you don’t feel sexy at all!)
  • Three Biggest Mistakes about Getting The Burlesque Look

PLUS Bonus resources, handouts, checklists, and worksheets to keep all your creative ideas flowing and moving forward!

Don’t take our word for it… listen to the Grads!

Carson St. Clair

I was looking for something that made me feel strong and powerful and beautiful, and made me feel glamorous.

Burlesque offered me a way to do something that really made me feel good about myself.

It’s really wonderful to see an art form that is mostly women driven. It’s mostly women that produce, perform, and consume burlesque as the audience. And so it’s a very safe space as a woman to explore your sexuality and your body and things that make you feel beautiful.

It made me feel empowered as a woman, learning to love my body as it changes as I get older.

I really love it! I got bit by the bug and I’m not going to stop.

If you’re thinking about doing 101 but you’re hesitant, I recommend you just take that leap. It will change your life in an amazing way. You will feel so confident and so empowered and you will find a wonderful community that will uplift you.

Don’t hesitate.

Do it and take the plunge.

Sign up for Burlesque 101. It will change your life.

I was looking for something that made me feel strong and powerful and beautiful, and made me feel glamorous.

Burlesque offered me a way to do something that really made me feel good about myself.

It’s really wonderful to see an art form that is mostly women driven. It’s mostly women that produce, perform, and consume burlesque as the audience. And so it’s a very safe space as a woman to explore your sexuality and your body and things that make you feel beautiful.

It made me feel empowered as a woman, learning to love my body as it changes as I get older.

I really love it! I got bit by the bug and I’m not going to stop.

If you’re thinking about doing 101 but you’re hesitant, I recommend you just take that leap. It will change your life in an amazing way. You will feel so confident and so empowered and you will find a wonderful community that will uplift you.

Don’t hesitate.

Do it and take the plunge.

Sign up for Burlesque 101. It will change your life.

Iva Handful

I’ve always been a ham, but I didn’t know where to exert that energy.

A friend and I went to the burlesque show and you could tell that everything those performers were doing onstage was what they wanted to do, and they did it in their own way. I went up to the door person and asked her, “How do I get into this? What do I do?” and she told me about the academy. By the following spring, I was in class.

It was a little scary to not know whether I was entertaining to audiences, but I also knew that I was going to do my best and my act was so fun that I was okay with it.

I always knew I was sort of androgynous—still a femme, but definitely more androgynous. Burlesque helped me pull that out. That’s part of my rockstar persona. Being allowed to bring that androgyny forward while still being feminine is really cool.

I’ve learned a lot from being in burlesque. It’s opened my mind. I had never experienced other types of sexuality and love and relationships. I love that I’ve been welcomed in to this LGBTQ community and have been able to learn so much that I probably wouldn’t have learned outside of burlesque.

Burlesque helped me let go of the guilt over all the little things. I don’t pine over “sorry’s” anymore. I just tell myself not to do that again. Lesson learned, move on. I now look forward instead of hanging onto the past. 

Before burlesque, I’d be jealous of people if they got to do cool things. Now I’m honestly, genuinely happy for people. I don’t know how a six-week course did that, but it did. (So thank you!)

You don’t have to perform after you go through the academy but you will transform, whether it’s a small shift or a full philosophical one like mine.

Going through the academy is a great life learning experience, regardless of whether you take the stage or not.

Anyone should do it at any age.

I don’t know of any other classes you can take that are this fun, and also this life-changing.

Amara Strutt

I had a lot of body image issues. I got older and I gained weight, and I had been apologizing for that for 20 years.

A hurdle was that I wasn’t sure if I could trust the Academy. It was a big investment and I didn’t know if I was going to get value out of it. And I didn’t know if I’m worth that investment.

Indigo was so patient and so good at breaking down the movement and making it fun, and engaging with the students. There was such an honesty there. So I knew I could trust her, and I could trust this.

I told myself, “Just do it. Your 40th birthday is coming up. This is your birthday present. It’s a little extravagant but I’m going to do this for myself.”

I opened up to learning a completely different thing, and it opened me up to go in a direction I never would have gone.

Before learning burlesque, I was always apologizing for what I wasn’t. Suddenly I wasn’t apologizing for myself or hiding. I never wanted to draw attention to myself or try to be the center of anything. All of these things I had been quiet about, all of the sudden I was proud of.

You don’t have to be perfect. There is no perfect. There’s a range of bodies and they’re all sexy.

Seeing burlesque performed made me go, “Wait, look at all these different bodies. And these performers are all in their own bodies, and celebrating their bodies.” And there’s such a range of bodies in the class! Everyone was scared, but everyone stepped up and did it. Once you’re in a room and see all those bodies, you relax. We’re not all models in a magazine, and we don’t need to be.

It made such a difference to be as who I am and be accepted for it.

It was a huge transformation.

And it was the beginning of finding community, and finding my tribe. 

I found the art form that I had been looking for.

This is what I had been looking for.

Tiffany Diamond

 

When my mother passed away I was really sad. I realized I needed a change in my life, and I was trying to figure out what my next step was.

When I watched people perform burlesque, I wanted to express myself like that again. You put a smile on people’s faces. I can do art and move my body in a way people enjoy and leave happy.

It was a “now or never” moment. If I didn’t suck it up and try it, I might have never done it and I would have always wondered if it would have been something I could have enjoyed.

When I finally got to go to the classes, it was exciting! I was a nerve wracking thing to do — being sexy in front of people and learning things like removing your clothes.  But everyone there was so supportive of each other and it was a fun community to meet every week. We were going through it at the same time on a journey, and had a final thing we were working toward.

I’ve always had body image issues from my dance background, being in front of a mirror all the time. But the way the material is taught and the way we approach it is about celebrating our bodies, and celebrating the things we don’t love YET and learning how to be beautiful.

It helped me feel like I could flower and grow as a performer, rather than be nervous about if anyone’s going to think it’s any good. It made me feel more confident. It’s okay to love your body. It’s okay to have curves, or not have curves…your body is beautiful if you embrace it.

Just the experience of working with a group of people—you’re going through a process and you’re building something with an end goal, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end is very rewarding.

Knowing you spent time and effort to do something is really valuable. You discover things about yourself you didn’t know, and talents you didn’t know you had.

You might find out you’re funnier than you thought you were, or more sexy, or more glamorous.

I’ve always been nervous to state an opinion. Now I’m vocalizing my needs and desires and knowing that what I want to do or say is valuable. I’m more assertive.

If you’re on the fence, you should do it! 

Even if you don’t want to pursue performing afterward or you’ve never performed.

I kind of wish I had started sooner just because I love it so much!

FAQs

Wait, what does this include?

ALL LEVELS include:
Everything you need to know to create your first Burlesque Routine – and create as many more as you want.
8 weeks of content-rich video lessons
New material released each week
Lifetime access to recorded lessons
Payment plan options
Bonus resources
Unforgettable transformative confidence-building experience
Guidance and support from an Expert, Award-Winning, Heart-Centered teacher.

When does this class start & end? What’s the schedule?

The following is the Fall 2019 class schedule. This schedule is a good example for future classes.

ALL LEVELS

The course officially begins on Tuesday, October 8

The final module will be released on Sunday, December 1.

Each week a new module is released, students may work at their own pace.

SIGNATURE + ABOVE:

Group Coaching Sessions are Tuesdays 12 Noon PDT via Zoom and in a Closed Facebook Group.

All Sessions are recorded and accessible for later viewing

DELUXE + ABOVE

Small Group Coaching Sessions are Fridays, 9am PDT via Zoom and in  Private Facebook Group.

VIP:

Private One-on-One sessions are scheduled at times that work for both Indigo and the student.

Technical Rehearsal TBD.

Student Graduation Recital, TBD early 2020 (two shows 7 & 9:30, call time at 4pm).

Lazy Hangover Celebration Brunch, TBD

I’ve never taken an online class before, how does this work?

VIRTUAL SYLLABUS: After you’ve registered, you’ll have access to the Academy Of Burlesque School on Teachable.com – an online learning platform. This is where you’ll go to view all your weekly lessons, and download all your handouts, and get your “DO IT!” assignments. Each week a brand new lesson will be unlocked, giving you a whole new bunch of videos for you to view on your own timeline. Although the lessons are released weekly, you can take as long as you want to finish the course!

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM: At the SIGNATURE and above levels, you will also have access to the private ZOOM Video Conference Room for the Academy of Burlesque, where we will meet for Group Coaching and Weekly Q&A live sessions! Each week, you’ll log in to the Coaching session with Indigo and your class mates to get an overview of the week’s lessons, valuable in-class exercises, and support on the journey. Each Thursday, Indigo hosts an optional Q&A session where you can get additional feedback and support LIVE in the moment! Can’t make a Coaching session or a Q&A? No worries. All Zoom sessions are recorded and stored in a special area of Teachable for you to access whenever you want.

VIRTUAL STUDY HALL: And, you’ll have access to the private Facebook group, where Indigo and her assistant teachers will be engaging with you between sessions, answering questions, offering hints and links, and connecting you with the resources you most crave.

PRIVATE VIDEO COACHING: Those receiving Private 1:1 Coaching with Indigo will set up a weekly time to meet in a special Zoom room for personalized sessions to develop your act. So, no matter where you are in the world, you can create the act of your dreams!

Do you have scholarships?

YES!  We offer one 50% off scholarship for EACH level for QPOC folks (People of Color, with preference to Queer).

AND we offer 2 additional Pay What You Can – First Come First Serve spots for QPOC folks at the SIGNATURE level for each session.

APPLY NOW for Scholarship and PWYC Spots!

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, at each level we have payment plans! Check the pricing tables above!

What's your refund policy?

We want you to be 100% satisfied with the quality of our instruction.  When you take the course and complete all the homework exercises within the 8 week class duration, we KNOW you’re going to have an Amazing Experience! If you are dissatisfied with what we have offered, and feel we did not provide all that we promised, we want to make it right! Just complete the course modules and submit all your completed homework by the end of week 8. If you still aren’t satisfied we will fully refund the basic cost of the online course* ($497) and un-enroll you.  But remember, as long as you are enrolled, you’ve got LIFETIME access to all the content and all the future added bonuses!

*completed private sessions and group calls are not refundable, as the instructors are paid for the services rendered at the time.

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