Think Dita von Teese, Gypsy Rose Lee and Bettie Page – we will take you through peeling, posing and teasing! Slip on your seamed stockings and opera gloves, as Charm School’s burlesque party leads you through the glamorous world of retro burlesque-striptease, introducing you to the art of tease, tassel twirling and the inimitable bump ‘n’ grind.

Gypsy Charms & Viva Misadventure - Two of Charm School's Burlesque Class Leaders
Charm School Burlesque Classes at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh

Our burlesque parties are enjoyed by ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Groups can be made up of as many or as few as you like as we will work to your group’s needs.

All Charm School teachers are fully insured, professionally dance trained and have years of performance and teaching experience. Trained in our exclusive syllabus and brimming with personality, they will guide you through a whirlwind tour of burlesque-striptease in a secure, fun environment. Our burlesque class is guaranteed to make you feel sassy and confident, whisking you away into a world of glamour and humour. Be prepared to realise your alter-ego – and take her partying afterwards!

You don’t have to have any prior dance training as our sessions will start with the basics and take it at everyone’s pace, with the emphasis on fun. You will soon find yourself posing like a pin-up, peeling like a professional and uncovering secrets of your personality that burlesque will bring out in you. Regardless of your shape, size or age, burlesque is for you!

A Charm School party lasts two hours and includes making up your burlesque character and name for the day, learning the art of posing (you’ll never pose for a holiday snap the same again!), glove peeling technique, shimmying and of course, nipple-tassel twirling (tassels can be affixed over clothing if preferred). We teach technique and then incorporate it all into impressive and memorable dance routines.

Charm School Burlesque Classes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes as this is a movement-based class; however, dressing up is part of the fun, so do feel free to dress in the style of the lesson if you’re comfortable doing so. You might like to bring high heels which you are comfortable and confident in because by the end of our time with us you will be slinking and strutting like a vintage movie star. You may also like to bring your own pairs of gloves and tassels if you happen to have them, but we will supply everything that is needed – just bring yourselves and prepare to discover your alter-ego!

Charm School Burlesque Classes are run on demand (pre-booking is required) in The Ballroom and costs £300 for a two hour session with props and insurance. (NB. This package price is available to Hen groups only, other groups can be accomodated at full Charm School rates). Attendees qualify for a 10% discount on food (before or after classes).

We have a pdf pack available to download here here.

Please contact our events teams by email on or phone at 0131 556 7060 to discuss a booking, or for further information.