Bawdy Shop brought FIVE world-renowned burlesque performers to Charm City--just for YOU!


This five-week series sold out MONTHS in advance!


Bawdy Shop Burlesque wants to help EVERYBAWDY learn to be their most audacious, bold, confident and authentic selves! Burlesque builds self-assurance and empowers you to EMBAWDY glamour, poise, purpose and oomph—whether on-stage, in the bedroom, or in the boardroom!


Classes are appropriate for participants at all levels, from burly-curious to pro. All adult ages and gender identifications are welcomed. 

Congratulations to the 2017 
Be SomeBawdy Scholarship recipient, Tivoli de Paris!

Check out our 2018 BAWDY POSITIVE Burlesque class!

Not sure if you're ready? Check out these student testimonials and BmoreArt review!

Visiting Fabulous Faculty & Class Descriptions:

STRIPTEASE EXPERTISE with Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque, author of The Burlesque Handbook    (#10 Top 50 Burlesque Performers 2016)

While both dance and theater are excellent background for burlesque, the element of striptease is what makes burlesque unique. If you are looking for a better understanding of how to heat things up and create reveals that thrill over and over, explore striptease with a mistress of the form!

Learn how to make everything from slipping out of a button-down shirt to removing your earrings into a devastating act of theater. We'll start with what you already know (and you may not even know you know it) and incorporate it into innovative and effective ways to handle any article of clothing. Though not a dance class, there are walking and movement components, so wear shoes in which you would like to perform. We recommend you bring a hoodie that unzips all the way down the front; if not, then a cardigan or button-down shirt.

Jo is Vice President of BurlyCon and Co-Executive Director of Education at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and has been voted among 21st Century Burlesque's Top Ten International Burlesque Figures six years in a row. She has been a burlesque performer for over twenty years and has headlined across the U.S. and internationally. She is the Founder and Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, has been awarded the title of "Best Teacher" in Arts and Entertainment by the Village Voice, and is the author of The Burlesque Handbook, a definitive, easy-to-use, and indispensable guide to the art form.


F*ck Em in the Heart! ACTING for BURLESQUE with Tigger!, the Original Mr. Exotic World (Burlesque Hall of Fame 2006) and the Godfather of Neo-Boylesque (#8 Top 50 Burlesque Performers 2016)

Build a larger-than-life Burlesque Persona with Tigger! and take your stage identity to the next level. Tigger! is a recognized pioneer of the current burlesque scene and has been an actor all his life, "acting like a stripper" for 20 years. Using his degree in theatre, his experience teaching college acting, and over 30 years on the stage (both Shakespeare & Shimmy), he employs his theatrical training and perspective to break down what makes a burlesque performer stand out from the herd. Whatever you do in front of ANY kind of an audience, You are an Actor. Learn techniques and tips to make the most of what you've got. This class involves lecture and movement, so be prepared to take notes and to move!

Actor/Dancer/Stripperformance artist Tigger! has been "acting like a stripper" since 1992 and remains a leading influence in the world burlesque scene. He won the first ever "King of Boylesque" title at Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Called, "hysterical and acrobatic" and "wickedly arch" by The New York Times, he has acted in Shakespeare, Apollinaire, Wedekind, Horváth, and Tennessee Williams and has performed in Italy, Denmark, Cyprus, England, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, France, Mexico, Canada, and all around the U.S.


YES, BUT WHERE IS THE SEX? with POISON IVORY, Miss Exotic World, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, 2016 (Burlesque Hall of Fame(#5 Top 50 Burlesque Performers 2016)

Are you shy and want to exude more confidence? Are you looking to take yourself, and your audience—whether one or one hundred—to another level? Miss Exotic World 2016, Poison Ivory, has the tips and techniques you need to incorporate more sex appeal into any act—public or personal. You’ll leave this class with information on:

  • How to create a character using Archetypes 

  • How to transform into the sex kitten you want to portray by using the imagination

  • How to captivate your audience by making them the recipient of the ultimate sex act: Your performance.

Part lecture, part movement and dance, this class will help you tap into a new, sexy persona for the stage—or for the bedroom, or wherever YOU want.


Goddess, femme fatale, hedonist, and the reigning Miss Exotic World, Queen of Burlesque, Poison Ivory is a force to be seen. With multiple burlesque titles under her garter belt and a background in theater and dance, Poison Ivory combines thoughtful musicality with sultry and sensual movements that always leave her audience wanting more.


CONNECTING WITH THE AUDIENCE with Darlinda Just Darlinda, “Top 10 Badass Burlesque Babe” (The Sundance Channel) and Top 50 International Burlesque, 2011-2014

“Oh how I love you!” There is hardly ever a fourth wall in burlesque; our fourth wall is “the tease.” The Latin root of Entertain is “to hold” and as entertainers, we must hold the audience and by doing that, we love them! In order to do what we do, we need the audience! In this class, you’ll learn all the vital skills of loving and connecting to your audience, body language, internal dialogue and eye contact! Bring clothing you can move in and an open heart!

The Village Voice calls Darlinda Just Darlinda a "Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza!" She has been working as a Burlesque Performer and Producer for more than a decade across the U.S. and internationally (Australia, China, Finland, Germany, France, England, Canada), and has performed multiple times at the Movers, Shakers & Innovators, Legends Night, and Tournament of Tease showcases at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.

FABULOUS IS A STATE OF MIND with “The Boss of Burlesque,” Foxy Tann, Top 20 Burlesque Performers to Watch (Huffington Post); leader of Best Troupe, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2006

Sometimes you have GOT to be fabulous! Whether it be on stage, in the boardroom, or at a podium, there are times when you’ve gotta be larger than life. The Fox is offering an exciting and fun way to get in touch with a truthful inner confidence using burlesque as a framework. You will create and use pathways and methodologies that will help you forge a more sexy and confident you in an authentic and organic way – allowing you to tap into show stopping energy whenever you need it. Work with what you have and love what you work with! It’s a physical class with guided discussions and critiques in a safe, supportive environment. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move!

Foxy Tann is serious about passing on her craft, teaching nationally and locally, lending her unique brand of wisdom to the next generation of peelers! She has been hailed as one of the Top 20 burlesque performers to watch by the Huffington Post, has been among the Top 50 Burlesque Performers, and was named “Most Vegas” at The Burlesque Hall of Fame. She and Professor HoneyBunny are the creators of HardCore Pasties: sparkly, space-age, gorgeous and versatile!


Friday, May 12, 2017 8pm: EVERYBAWDY STRIPS! A Burlesque Showcase!

We’re pleased to offer our students the chance to perform on-stage at The Creative Alliance! All students who participated in the full series (and who wish to) will be featured in the show! Your classmates will be right there with you, as will Bawdy Shop Burlesque and the supportive audience at The Creative Alliance! Whether it’s your first time on stage or a step along your burlesque path, you’ll get to have fun and be the living EMBAWDIMENT of the axiom: EVERYBAWDY STRIPS!

*Performance in the showcase requires participation in the full series. Full series participants are not required to perform in the showcase—you do you! Students will be paid for their performance in the showcase.


Bawdy Shop Burlesque is also available for private group or one-on-one lessons based on any of the classes outlined in our curriculum


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