The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s School of Striptease offers burlesque classes for the hobbyist, the novice, and established performers of all levels. Our classes are guided by the principle that “All bodies are burlesque bodies”, with a commitment to the comfort and empowerment of our students. Furthermore, we welcome all ages (over 18), ethnicities, body types, levels of physical ability, and levels of personal comfort. Learn the art of burlesque from the industry’s top performers of today and yesteryear!
Currently, BHOF’s School of Striptease is accepting reservations for private group burlesque classes and one-on-one lessons. Check back soon for an updated Fall 2021 class schedule.
Burlesque for Beginners absolutely changed my life! I’m now confident, joyful, and self-accepting, and I want everyone to find their best selves in this amazingly liberating art form!Noelle No Goode, Student
Private Group Burlesque Classes
Learn the art of burlesque from professional burlesque performers. Contact us to reserve today.
- Burlesque 101
This class is geared towards first timers and those wishing to touch up on burlesque basics. Learn a brief history of burlesque and practice classic striptease moves such as working with a boa, glove removal, the “bump & grind” and the shimmy! Gloves and boas provided for use in class.
Cost – $300 (for up to 10 students, plus $35, per each additional student over 10)
Duration – 1 hour
- Sally Rand Feather Fan Experience
Learn everything in the “Burlesque 101” class plus lessons on a very popular burlesque gimmick: the feather fan dance! Feather fans will be provided for use in class.
Cost – $400 (for up to 10 students, plus $40, per each additional student over 10)
Duration – 1.5 hour
- Bachelorette Party
Book a bachelorette or hen party with the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Learn burlesque basics while celebrating you or your loved one’s upcoming nuptials! Complimentary gift for the bride or guest of honor. To book a bachelorette party, contact us.
Check back soon for an updated Fall 2021 class schedule.
- Burlesque for Beginners
Designed for anyone who would like to try their hand at this true American artform! Whether you just started performing or have yet to set foot onstage – This 8 week course is for you! Tap into the empowerment that can come from stripping away all inhibitions and taking control of your own autonomy. Class is moderated and taught by professional burlesque performers. Students will learn the history, the classic gimmicks, costuming, makeup, how to engage their audience and will also participate in a group performance in the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s benefit show, Tease: A Burlesque Revue!
- Get Your Act Together
This 8 week course is designed for new or established performers who would like to create a unique burlesque act. Established burlesque professionals will guide you through honing your gimmick, character development, creating cohesive and functioning costumes & props, as well as, producing a comprehensive and entertaining routine that can be adapted to many stages and shows! Course will culminate with a student showcase. Please note: This is an intermediate course. If you have never performed burlesque, we recommend taking our “Burlesque for Beginners“ course first.
Schedule of Burlesque Classes
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Meet the Instructors
Bettina May is a Las Vegas-based, Canadian-born burlesque performer, photographer, pin-up model, musician and author and is the first international performer to get an American green card based on her outstanding ability in burlesque. She started her career in 2003, performing and teaching around the world, and went full-time in 2009 when she immigrated to NYC. She’s been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS, FOX News and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Jude Law and many more. An expert in vintage style, Bettina wrote the how-to book Everyday Bombshell and released two DVDs.
Darby has been performing as a stripteaser and emcee on burlesque stages since 2011. Drawing from her studies as a trained historian, Darby integrates the naughty playfulness and comedy, that has historically always been a part of burlesque, into her acts. A native to the City of Sin, Darby is also a model specializing in pin-up, bellydancing, and is a life-long yogi. She has been a pose and performance coach since 2013. Using her years of yoga and modeling experience, Darby breaks down body movements for any mobility level, so that anyone can create beautiful shapes with their body on stage or in front of a camera. Darby is currently the collection assistant at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Buttercup is a burlesque performer, instructor, and costumer in Las Vegas, Nevada. She hails from New York City where she studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Along with her skilled voice and movement, Buttercup incorporates traditional burlesque elements into her routines. Her fan-dance, bump and grind and tassel and assel twirling create unforgettable acts which embody beauty and eroticism with light-hearted flair. Buttercup has been a featured entertainer in burlesque, comedy and variety shows in Las Vegas and across the country. She is currently the Program Coordinator at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Molly Boom Boom
Molly Boom Boom is delighted to be teaching for the Burlesque Hall of Fame and promoting their mission. She is a veteran entertainer teaching Barre fitness in some of Las Vegas’ most exclusive gyms by day, and performing all over Las Vegas and California by night. In 2018 Molly Boom Boom was awarded the Nevada Burlypicks Champion and went on to win “Most Raunchy” at Burlypicks International. She is a diverse performer with acts ranging from silly to downright smoking.
Fascinated with the golden era of glamour and classic Las Vegas showgirl productions, Aya Fontaine fell in love with the art of burlesque shortly after moving to Las Vegas. Modeling her performance style after the vintage vixens of the 1950s, she has graced stages all over the United States billed as “The Buxom Beauty of Burlesque” for her ample assets. You can catch her strip-teasing all over Las Vegas.