OUR TEACHERS

 
 
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THE LADY JOSEPHINE

Josephine grew up a trained dancer and studied in mime and theatre before diving into burlesque. She toured North America to learn from her burlesque idols and taught her first workshops alongside her mentor, BonBon Bombay, in 2012. She is founder and director of the Academie Arabesque Burlesque. Josephine's passion is to dissect the art of the tease in a way that is systematic and easy to understand. Her students are her greatest inspiration.

Josephine teaches Burlesk Fitness, Tease 101, Burlesque Dance 201 and Class B

Photo by Mary Elam

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FRENCHY JONES

The blossoming career of Frenchy Jones began unexpectedly in 2008 after she accidentally tumbled headlong into a barrel of sparkles. Ever since, she has been bumping and grinding her way into the hearts and trousers of Montreal’s burlesque affectionados. Improvisation, joie de vivre, quirkiness and sometimes just plain silliness are all hallmarks of Miss Jones’ performances. 

Frenchy teaches Class B with Lady Josephine

Photo by Frank Lam

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ELLE DIABLOE

Elle Diabloe has been a fixture in the Montreal burlesque scene since 2005. She has been a performer, a producer, a choreographer. Elle is a triple threat performer, but her first love is dance. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and latin. She has taught dance for the City of Westmount and McGill University. She is an accomplished choreographer, most recently having worked with Mainline Theatre and The Segal Centre.

Elle teaches Danse Burlesque 201

Photo by Andrea Hausmann

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HONEY LUSTRE

 

Honey Lustre is known for her high-energy antics and sticky sweet smile. Since graduating from Class B in Fall 2016, she has been one busy bee showcasing her talents internationally while completing her masters degree in kinesiology. She is a trained dancer,  fitness instructor, and personal trainer with enough optimism to give you a toothache. Classes will be primarily taught in English. Thankfully body language is universal. 

Honey occasionally teaches Burlesk Fitness

Photo by Marisa Parisella

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SUGAR VIXEN

A music aficionado, feminist activist and fierce rock ’n’ roll queen, meet the rockstar of Montreal burlesque! Sugar Vixen began her artistic journey as a professionally trained hip hop dancer and also trained in jazz ballet and salsa. Her burlesque journey paralleled with feminism and thus she enjoys elements of creative self-expression and sexual freedom within this art form. She is known for her saucy bump and grind and punk rock attitude. 

Photo by Marisa Parisella

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SCARLETT JAMES

Founder of the Montreal Burlesque Festival , Ambassador of Burlesque glam all around the world, from Paris to Shanghai, London, Brazil, Japan, Las Vegas and everywhere in between! Scarlett James has shared the spotlight with the biggest names of the industry. She creates all of her costumes, acts and props, with the loving help of her Mom. Moms are the best! She has a Book: Burlesque, The True Art of Seduction.

Scarlett teaches specialized workshops each session

Photo by Andrea Hausmann

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Célesta O'Lee

Accomplished artist and choreographer, Célesta has been teaching dance for years. She has taught many different dance styles in Cambodia for 7 years before coming to Montreal. A fusion of hip-hop, oriental dances and burlesque. She is also teaching belly dancing in different studios around the city. She will teach you had to adapt mouvements to your character. 

Célesta will teach Tease 101. 

Photo by Jean-François Grégoire

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Rosie Bourgeoisie/Genderfuck

Rosie Bourgeoisie is a Montreal born and bred superstar, loving all things shiny and sparkly since the day they first performed on stage at the tender age of five. Their experience on the stage has included dance, burlesque, drag, musical theatre and clown, centering their practice on reclaiming space in the performing arts for bigger and differently-abled bodies. Bringing their enthusiastic energy and imaginative presence to the stage, Rosie combines femininity with queer sensuality to inspire people of all genders and body types to embrace their power and beauty.

Rosie will teach Tease 101.

Photo by Marisa Parisella

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Tristan Ginger

I have been involved in fitness for over a decades, from weightlifting, to Judo, and marathons. I have also been putting together specialized workout routines for friends and by request for the last 8 years. As model and a burlesque performer, I am attuned to the human body, and can taylor fitness regimes for every personal goal. Now I'm beginning to teach my own class, come get sweaty with me, and I will share all the experience I have learned over the years. My workouts will bring you the confidence to shake it loose on stage! 

Tristan teaches Booty Fitness.