Can Change Your Life.
It changed mine!
17 Years of Creativity, Expression, and Confidence through Burlesque
Because You Already Know You’re A Star
You’ve got creativity in your veins
You’ve got a voice that needs expressing
And somewhere, deep down, you’ve got a fantasy to put an ostrich feather fan to work…
Get your Degree in Tease!
The Most Fun Class You’ll Ever Take.
Create and Celebrate
Just like you, the Burlesque world is always growing and changing. It expresses our cultural shifts, and your personal evolutions.
At the Academy of Burlesque, we encourage you to create what feels right to you: the music, the moves, the outfit, the persona.
You get to decide what feels good, and what feels fun for YOU.
Express your Power
Be whomever you want. A sassy temptress. A perky pussycat. A cowpoke with a penchant for rope play.
You can be sexy and wild and defiant and fierce. You can be coy, sassy, comic, or wierd (we love wierd).
Because owning your show is owning yourself.
Play and Experiment
All Bodies are Burlesque Bodies. So stop apologizing for what you were born with and start celebrating!
Imagine being in front of an audience, adrenaline pumping through your veins…
(Don’t worry, boo, it’s just for three fleeting minutes!)
The crowd is yours. They cherish every inch of your flesh, and relish in every drop of your creativity.
Get Confidence That Sparkles
Darling, it’s time to come explore in the playground of possibilities
You should feel good about YOU.
And I know (for a fact) experiencing Burlesque will have you feeling just as sexy as Beyonce.
Because you get to call the shots.
The costume, the hair, the story, the entire act is yours.
And there’s nothing sexier than your creativity and your confidence, just waiting to burst out.
Transform Your Life With
Burlesque 101 Online
Burlesque 101 Course Schedule*
Video modules are released upon registration so that students can work at their own pace. Regular Coaching Calls with the Academy’s staff support your progress and keep you motivated!
*Schedule subject to change when Indigo wants to add something AWESOME to the course!
Module 1: History
Module 2: Character & Music
Module 3: Act Development
Module 4: Moving and Removing
Module 5: Costuming
Module 6: Humor
Module 7: Stage Presence
Module 8: Performance Preparedness
All Students Become Sparkle Bunnies!
Deluxe Live Group Coaching!
Want 1:1 Coaching?
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**SPRING 2021 12 WEEK INTENSIVE** Deluxe & VIP Weekly Coaching, Sundays February 7 – April 18 11am-1pm PDT
OMG! This is Exactly What I’ve Been Looking For!
Choose the Class Level that’s right for you!
But wait – who’s teaching this thing?
Miss Indigo Blue
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.
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 was named in the Top 50 Burlesque performers by 21’st Century Burlesque for 10 years.
Who are the Academy Legacy Staff?
Moscato Extatique “The Them Fatale of Burlesque” is the 2020 Duchess of the Noire Pageant! They are a classically trained dancer and award winning choreographer based out of Seattle, WA. Moscato is one fourth of the “Best Troupe” award-winning Mod Carousel, and a dancer for House of Verlaine and BenDeLaCreme. They are the first nonbinary person to be accepted to compete as Miss Exotic World at the Burlesque Hall of Fame! Basically, they are THE CAT’S PAJAMAS.
INGA is Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018. Since joining the Seattle burlesque community in 2005, Inga has performed in worldwide and is currently a cast member of The Atomic Bombshells and a dancer for BenDeLaCreme. In addition to her 2018 Miss Exotic World title, INGA was crowned Miss Viva Las Vegas 2011 at Viva Las Vegas. She continues to tour and perform nationally and internationally.
You’re in the Right Place
That little voice in your head? The one telling you that you just need to try? That you want to do something fun, for yourself? That you want joy, confidence, and yes, applause?
That voice has a space. It’s right here.
Here, you get to dance to your own beat (even if you think you can’t dance).
You get to call the shots.
At the Academy of Burlesque, we believe Fun is Sexy. And we know the world is waiting for you.
So if part of you is thinking “someday, I’ll have the chance to break free.. and really be myself,”
Someday is today.
There’s no better time, my Darling.
Whatever you think you’re waiting for is just holding you back from being the star inside.
Claim your crowd and get ready to shine, Love. Because for 17 years we’ve expertly supported hundreds of budding burlesquers. And now, we’re here for YOU.
Don’t take our word for it… listen to our Alums!
It will change your life in an amazing way. You will feel so confident and so empowered!
I’ve learned a lot from being in burlesque. It’s opened my mind… I don’t know how a six-week course did that, but it did. (So thank you!)
You don’t have to be perfect! It made such a difference to be as who I am and be accepted for it. It was a huge transformation!
When I finally went to class, it was exciting! It made me feel more confident. I just wish I had started sooner because I love it so much!
I took Burlesque 101 three years ago and it completely changed my life.
The class was so loving, and supportive, and really held my hand and walked me through the beginning steps of creating my first Burlesque Act.
I’m not sure if this is right for me!
Wait, what does this include?
Everything you need to know to create your first Burlesque Routine – and create as many more as you want.
8 modules of content-rich video lessons
All content delivered immediately for your BINGING pleasure!
Unforgettable transformative confidence-building experience
Guidance and support from Expert, Award-Winning, Heart-Centered teachers.
When does this class start & end? What’s the schedule?
SIGNATURE + ABOVE
Small Group Coaching Sessions with Academy Staff & Alumni are held monthly via Zoom.
All sessions are broadcast into the Sparkle Bunnies Private Facebook Group, and accessible for later viewing.
DELUXE + ABOVE
Small Group Coaching Sessions with INDIGO are held monthly via Zoom.
All sessions are broadcast into the Burlesque 101 Private Facebook Group, and accessible for later viewing.
Private 1:1 Sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the student and teacher.
I’ve never taken an online class before, how does this work?
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 sessions! Each session you’ll log in with your Instructor and your class mates to get an overview of the week’s lessons, valuable in-class exercises, and support on the journey. Can’t make a Coaching session or a Q&A? No worries. All Zoom sessions are recorded 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 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?
AND we offer 2 additional Pay What You Can – First Come First Serve spots for BIPOC folks at the SIGNATURE level for each session.
APPLY NOW for RA and PWYC Spots!
Do you have payment plans?
What's your refund policy?
*completed private sessions and group calls are not refundable, as the instructors are paid for the services rendered at the time.