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Could Burlesque be about exploring a different part of yourself? – Perth Happenings

Posted 12th June by

Article published on the Perth Happenings website as part of their Special Guest Features on the 11th June 2020.

Could Burlesque be about exploring a different part of yourself?

By Melanie Piantoni


Finding new things in life to make us feel renewed and excited about, sometimes comes to us by surprise!

When I started doing Burlesque many moons ago, it was an art form that I stumbled upon and it quickly became a huge part of my life and a hugely creative outlet!

By running a Burlesque academy I regularly hear the same positive comments about their discovery of Burlesque from students and established performers alike!

“I’ve never danced before in my life, but now I’m covered in sparkles and performing in front of an audience”

Burlesque dance classes have been a life changer for so many people! Unlike some other types of dance, the basics of Burlesque dance is easy to learn! After one lesson, most students leave with a BUMP, GRIND, SHIMMY in their step!

Doing a course ending in a performance is a great way to develop some confidence in this style of dance and feel a huge sense of achievement at the end. Burlesque as an art form is not all about dance, it’s a performance art which weaves theatrical techniques, mime, costuming and the art of tease. Becoming your stage character is so much fun and liberating!



“My body confidence has skyrocketed!”

What I love about Burlesque is that it is an art form that is all about embracing the body you are in, no matter what size & shape you are! There is nothing more empowering than performing in Burlesque show, having audiences and fellow performers applauding and encouraging you with their hoots and hollers.

“I made some amazing friends”

Meeting like-minded people can be life changing! I’ve seen so many of our students making friends for life through Burlesque classes. The sense of comradery not only in classes, but also backstage at shows is beautiful. There is nothing like glitter, false lashes and pasties to bring people together!


“OMG I just created this costume and I’ve never even sewn before”

A huge attraction to not only watching Burlesque but as a performer is the glorious costumes!

Anything goes and more is more when it comes to Burlesque costuming! A lot of performers opt for the ‘DIY’ option to creating their sparkly costumes to save themselves money! It’s amazing how quickly you can learn how to glue on crystals on a pre-bought Ebay corset or hand sew fringing onto your Target bra and knicker set! Once you start, you will be addicted to the frill of sparkles!

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Established in 2007, Sugar Blue Burlesque is a Perth based academy which offers online dance, costuming and performance classes as well as in person studio dance classes around Perth and Mandurah with grad show opportunities (when Covid restrictions will allow it again).

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Unleashed – Live Burlesque Shows are Back!

Posted 9th June by

Sugar Blue Burlesque is ‘Unleashed’! We are back in the flesh and ready to perform with wild abandonment! Join a fabulously fierce and saucy cast of burlesque artists as they hit the stage once again. There are 3 Unleashed show dates: Friday 19th June Friday 3rd July Friday 17th July The 19th June show will be hosted by the fabulous MC Dee Dee Luscious. The... • read more •

Upcoming Sugar Blue Burlesque Adult Dance Classes

Posted 9th June by

Our studio classes are back next term! Check it out! Check out all our upcoming Sugar Blue Burlesque Academy in person studio adult dance classes around Perth & Mandurah. All courses must be pre-booked online. If you don’t have a credit card, please email us to find out other options of payment. All courses are 6 weeks unless advertised otherwise. Mon 29 June – Maylands... • read more •

Upcoming online academy classes!

Posted 15th May by

Sugar Blue Burlesque academy will remain online until at least end of June, stay tuned! We look forward to returning to the studio classes when we feel everyone are ready and safe to do so including being able to access to our venues for a physical grad show. Here is what we have coming up online this term! Veruca Sour by Chayla Taylor Weekly 45... • read more •

Let’s Get Dancing!

Posted 23rd April by

Sugar Blue Burlesque are offering you some very exciting online Dance classes and workshops throughout April & May. Here is what is coming up! Weekly 45 minute Drop in dance classes with Darla Harland & Lucy Lovegun Price: $15 per class Monday nights – 7.30pm (AWST) – Darla Harland, Book HERE! 4th May – 1960’s Gogo Dance 11th May – Bump n Grind Masterclass –... • read more •

Upcoming Sugar Blue Academy Courses – Adult Dance Classes Perth

Posted 4th March by

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the in-person studio courses which were scheduled run in the April/ May term have unfortunately had to be cancelled, however we have been working hard in the background to bring you Brand New Online courses, workshops and classes, which will run via Zoom from the comfort of your home. All courses must be pre-booked online. If you don’t have a credit... • read more •

Burlesque Hens Nights – New Website!

Posted 20th February by

Have you seen our new website for our Hens Night party packages? Check it out here! We have 4 themes to choose from: Burlesque, 1920’s Charleston, 1960’s Gogo & Vintage Cabaret. All available in Melbourne and Perth. Prices of package are located under each theme on the website. • read more •

Upcoming Sugar Blue Burlesque Academy Course – Adult Dance Classes Perth

Posted 20th January by

Check out all our upcoming Sugar Blue Burlesque Academy adult dance Perth courses around Perth & Mandurah. All courses must be pre-booked online. If you don’t have a credit card, please email us to find out other options of payment. All courses are 6 weeks unless advertised otherwise. Maylands – Mon 24th February 2020 (Penelope Pop) Beginner Burlesque Dance Level 1 (Bump & Grind Babes theme)... • read more •

Sugar Blue Xmas Treats!

Posted 10th December by

Looking for exciting and ‘out of the box’ Xmas gifts this year? Here are some fun Sugar Blue Burlesque gift ideas! Sugar Blue Burlesque Electronic Gift Voucher We have electronic gift vouchers available for that Sugar Blue loving person! Vouchers can be spent on all academy and online store purchases. Check them out here! Sugar Blue Burlesque 2020 FRINGE WORLD Festival shows! Well, Hello Sugar!... • read more •

Cocktail Hour (Haute Couture Edition) at Freo.Social – Friday 6th December 2019

Posted 14th November by

Join award winning neo cabaret troupe, Sugar Blue Burlesque and guest artists for a divine evening of Eleganza Extravaganza, Burlesque Beauties, Saucy Showgirls and Vaudevillian Variety! In this special ‘Haute Couture’ edition of Cocktail Hour, we are bringing you acts which will be a feast for your eyes! Think High Fashion and opulence with a bit of quirk in the mix! Hosted by the glamorous... • read more •
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