Learn Burlesque | Chicago Classes

Start here if you’re new to Chicago and/or burlesque! Meet new friends and learn fun, flirty introductory dance techniques in my Chicago burlesque classes.  

(all genders/bodies welcome.)

8-Week Burlesque Classes

Nov 4 – Jan 2

No class Dec 26


Sway Dance

3317 W Irving Park


Burlesque Classes Chicago

Taking Centerstage: Creating a Burlesque Solo

Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm

Sway Dance, 3317 W Irving Park

Make provocative art and put it on stage.  Inside this 8-week studio class, you’ll create and present your own, one-of-a-kind burlesque act and cultivate the resources necessary to get it booked. Share community while stepping outside of your comfort zone and learn something new about your unique brand of sexy!

Attune to your natural abundance through speaking and performance exercises that will help you share yourself more freely, while opening to receive the accolades and attention you deserve – onstage and off!

Plus you’ll be invited to perform your polished burlesque act as part of the next Sacred Tassels.

All levels of experience welcome.

Bump & Grind: Burlesque Essentials

Tuesdays, 8-9:30pm

Sway Dance, 3317 W Irving Park

If you’re brand new to Chicago burlesque classes, this is the best place to start, but even life-long dancers appreciate this intro to the art of tease.

In this class, you’ll be encouraged to learn and remember flirty choreography from week to week, while becoming familiar with basic burlesque moves: bump & grind, struts, shimmies, and more. 

Build a solid foundation for creating any style of burlesque – sexy, cheeky, funny, or weird! 

No dance or theatre background is necessary.

All levels of experience welcome.

Joy of Burlesque! Weekly Dance Fitness Class

Join Anytime – try one class, or get a class pass. This class takes place WEEKLY!

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Experience the joy of burlesque! Embark on a thrilling journey as you follow the leader, immersing yourself in a world of electrifying bumps, mesmerizing grinds, tantalizing shimmies, and captivating struts.

Embrace the power of femininity and celebrate the beauty of your unique shape. Bring your performance to life by seamlessly incorporating choreography into your acts.

Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats and embrace your body’s movements in this exhilarating dance fitness class that will get your heart pumping!

Wear clothes you can dance in.

Sway Dance

3317 W Irving Park Rd


Magnetique! Feminine Energy Secrets

Chicago Burlesque Workshops

check back in October!

Private Coaching

Work one-on-one with me to take your burlesque and feminine energy practice to the next level. Learn more about private coaching with me here.

Burlesque Classes Chicago Waitlist:

Be first to know about the next session of classes:

Pay What You Can / Scholarships

A limited number of “pay what you can” scholarships are available each session for Chicago burlesque classes.

QTBIPOC+ artists are encouraged to apply.

Apply for a scholarship here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I am GNC/cis/trans masculine. Are your classes for me?

Although my burlesque practice focuses on feminine energy and the exercises and language I use unapologetically center femininity and womanhood, my workshops and classes are open to all bodies – just as they have been for 13+ years!

What do I wear for burlesque class? What kind of shoes should I wear?

Wear clothing you feel comfortable moving in. For Floorwork, we dance barefoot. For other Chicago burlesque classes, explore heels you’d like to wear confidently.

Is there a performance at the end of the 8-week session?

Yes, at the end of each 8-week session, we hold a student showcase where everyone is invited to perform at a local Chicago theatre.

What level of experience do I need to join your burlesque classes in Chicago?

No experience is needed. Burlesque is unlike any other dance genre in that it’s a free and open-movement style. Whether you’re brand new to moving your body or an expert dancer, you’ll feel comfortable in my classes.

How’s parking?

There’s plenty of metered parking outside the studio and plenty of free parking on the side streets.

Do you accept other forms of payment?

Yes, I accept cash, Venmo, Paypal and other forms of payment. If you wish to pay this way, please contact me in advance to reserve your spot in class.

Diversity Incident Reporting Form

burlesque Chicago classes costumes
burlesque Chicago classes costumes