Burlesque makes use of many props: boas for sultry dances, hoops for twirling, and chairs to retrieve more boas from the top shelf. Reach for the stars with this Groupon.
- $59 for 10 burlesque bikini boot-camp classes (up to $125 value)
During the one-hour classes, teachers emphasize self-confidence and a lighthearted sense of humor as they teach burlesque-style moves that encourage body appreciation. Students learn a sultry dance routine before ending with ballet-based strengthening exercises and yogic stretching. Students may wear traditional workout clothes, but also have the option to wear lingerie and high heels to help them embody the spirit of a sassy burlesque dancer or a super confident firefighter.
Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp
Sally Blenkey-Tchassova (alias Lady Chardonnay) had a singular vision when she founded Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp: empower women and free them from being overly critical of their bodies. "The essence of burlesque dancing is to have fun, to play a character, and to … express yourself in a different way," she explained in a segment on the Today Show. Her innovative burlesque dancing is grounded in the rigorous technicality of ballet, largely due to her partner Teresa Kliokis (alias Pink Champagne), an acclaimed ballerina, as well as her collection of spinning tops. The two teach sultry moves to female students, blending the duo's diverse backgrounds into a new burlesque dance. The classes are suitable for dancers of all skill levels, and they often end with yogic stretching to relax muscles post workout.