I will give you a taste of the underground world of burlesque! Burlesque is a sensual, comedic and retro art form for which Montreal is historically infamous. Our evening will be a lineup of activities that reflect my every day as a full-time professional burlesque instructor and performer. We start with a 1hr private burlesque lesson in Canada’s only burlesque cabaret, The Wiggle Room. We learn some basic movements and fundamentals of the tease to inspire us for the rest of the night. Option to add an extra hour of costume crafting where we can make ourselves flapper feather headbands! Then we visit two of the city’s best boutiques for retro looks and showgirl treasures. Continuing with a cocktail at our most celebrated 1920s-style speakeasy bar where I can introduce you to the bartenders and and tell you about the history of burlesque. Finally, a live burlesque spectacle where I can bring you backstage and introduce you to the artists (venue depends on the night). You leave at the end of the night with a pair of sparkly nipple pasties and glittery memories you won’t soon forget. Women AND men welcome! Burlesque is for everybody.
The Lady Josephine is an award-winning burlesque performer, teacher and entrepreneur who has been working in this unique domain since 2009. She was chosen to compete for Miss Exotic World at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and voted in Canada's top ten burlesque performers. She is the co-founder and director of Montreal's Academie Arabesque Burlesque at Canada's only burlesque cabaret: The Wiggle Room. Every day she teaches burlesque, makes her own costumes and continues exploring burlesque history. I want to share our community's vintage, speakeasy, burlesque world with everyone.
I will purchase a ticket in advance for the burlesque show for each guest.
I will give you a pair of sparkly burlesque pasties to take home.
All activities are in the Plateau/ Latin Quarter. The Wiggle Room is where we will have our burlesque lesson. It is a parisian-style cabaret venue. Then, to a retro boutique where they sell rockabilly clothes, trinkets and taxidermy animals. A hidden mixology bar themed on the Roaring 20s is where we can chat about burlesque past and present. We'll see a show at either The Wiggle or another of our cabaret venues. All within walking distance!
Shoes and clothes comfortable for walking up to 15mins
You don't need to be good at dancing to take my burlesque class. Men and women of all ages (18+) are invited to discover this art form. It is about embracing your sensual and silly qualities!
Spend a night immersed in Burlesque