About us

Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret is run by Gypsy Charms and Viva Misadventure, both of whom have a wealth of experience in  performing and teaching, and draw upon their joint strengths in burlesque and cabaret to provide high-quality instruction and performance in both. They bring glamour, style and a naughty sense of humour to their work. Gypsy, based in Edinburgh, Scotland is a specialist in burlesque striptease, and Viva, a former international showgirl now based in Cardiff, Wales, brings her expertise in show-stopping cabaret dance styles to the partnership.

Gypsy and Viva. Photo by Paul Watt

They’re teachers…

They teach various styles of performance art that herald from the cabaret and variety theatres, including burlesque in its many and varied forms.  They feel burlesque is as much about acting as it is about movement; escaping for a while to become a 40s femme fatale, a wartime pin-up or a modern-day Pussycat Doll.

They’re performers…

Gypsy and Viva are also a force to be reckoned with as performers, and can be seen at many of the UK’s finest burlesque events, club nights and have a strong presence on the corporate circuit. They are leaders of professional showdance troupe French Fling, which comprises professional dancers and gymnastic champions, which is based in central Scotland.

PhD in Striptease?!

Gypsy and Viva have judged on panels of international burlesque competitions, have appeared as mentors in TV shows such as ‘How to Look Good Naked’, have starred in one of the world’s leading burlesque instructional DVDs (Ministry of Burlesque’s ‘Burlesque for Beginners’), and Gypsy has completed a sociology PhD on striptease, entitled “The Private, The Public and The Pubic: Striptease and Naked Power in Scotland”.

The dynamic duo see teaching as a performance; their enthusiasm and energy can be seen in the routines they create.