Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret

What is the most difficult aspect of being a part of the Burlesque industry?

As part of the creative industries Burlesque faces a variety of challenges. The production values in burlesque revues can be high and the return on investment is not immediate; the Burlesque industry involves financial risk.

What advice would you give to anybody wanting to join the industry?

Within the burlesque industry there are a number of avenues they can choose to pursue. We would advise those seeking to work within this sector to research burlesque thoroughly by going to as many different types of shows as possible, taking workshops to assist with act creation and talk to people already working within the industry. This will allow you to make an informed decision as to the type of role you want to pursue. It might be that after lengthy research you decide that your strengths lie in production or promotion of burlesque events rather than performance.

Why do you think people enjoy Burlesque shows?

Burlesque’s popularity, we believe, derives from the shows offering the audience ‘a little bit of everything’. From comedy, dance, chanson and skills-based (circus, sideshow) performances with some added sensuality and allure these shows cater to a wide variety of tastes.

What is the best thing about being a part of the Burlesque industry?

Entertaining audiences together with meeting and working with incredible performers.

What is the best aspect of a Burlesque show?

Aside from a multitude of (largely) sparkly costumes, the audiences’ reactions to the wild and wonderful world of burlesque.