Thursday, September 1, 2011


Lately there´s been all sorts of cabaret strip aerobic classes sprouting up here and there, claiming to teach "burlesque". That, naturally, somewhat irks us, the performers and artists, who are at least attempting to make half a living out of this fabulous, glamorous art form of ours. ;) So we´re striking back! If you will. Or to be more accurate, we wish to give a more precise, a more burlesque education, because we´re the ones who actually go and do the job when all comes around, you know. ;)

Hence, may I present you: BurleskInstituutti!

BurleskInstituutti, in its (or our!) turn, is an umbrella organization for Finnish burlesque teaching and presents you high-quality and inspirational workshops and courses all around Finland. To you, who want to learn it, from us, who do it. Workshops, weekly classes, private courses, it´s all happening; it´s been happening for a long while now of course but we´re getting more organized about it now, and making it easier for YOU to know you have a guarantee for good education and not some two-penny aerobics with a top hat on.

The Headmistresses of our Institute are Bettie Blackheart (Helsinki Burlesque) and Kiki Hawaiji (Turku Burlesque); the teachers are Mimi de Frou Frou, Lafayette Lestrange & Marie la Mint (Finnish Blonde Burlesque Troupe), Olivia Rouge & Cherrie A. Dorable (Holy Curves), Cherry Bonbon, Lola Vanilla, Bent van der Bleu, Loulou D'vil and last but not least, yours truly: Cherry "Turrrbocherry" Dee and Tinker Bell of The Itty-Bitty Tease Cabaret.

During Helsinki Burlesque Festival and other grand scale events you can also participate in workshops by burlesque artists from abroad. These have so far incluced for example Satan's Angel (US), World Famous *BOB* (NY), Miss Indigo Blue (Miss Exotic World & Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011, headmistress, Burlesque Academy, Seattle, US), Cherry Typhoon (JPN), Princess Farhana of Hollywood, Trixie Little and The Evil Hate Monkey (NY), Little Brooklyn (NY), Diamond Daggers (US), The Amazing Knicker Kittens (SE), Major Suttle-Tease (UK), Leyla Rose & Missy Malone (UK).

So when you hear the name, or see this logo:

... you´ll know to expect nothing but the best. ♥

And hey ho all you Helsinki-people! There´s a FREE burlesque class next week´s Thursday 8th Sept. 16-16.45 at Helsingin Kansainvälinen Tanssikoulu by your resident pixie Tinker Bell! There´s some limit as to how many will fit the classroom, so make a reservation at the dance school reception tel: 044 563 6345 or
If the lesson gets good feedback then it will become a weekly class, so don´t miss your chance to weekly shimmy-and-shake!

You can find BurleskInstituutti on Facebook and get more info through their blog!

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