- Learn from the best in Melbourne Burlesque!
Maison Burlesque is excited to be a hub for Melbourne Burlesque, featuring a carefully curated collective of professional burlesque performers, dance teachers and hair & makeup trainers teaching a range of Burlesque and Dance Classes, plus Vintage Hair & Makeup Styling Workshops in the lush surrounds of our Richmond parlour in Melbourne's inner east!
All teachers are also available for private and small group tuition, just ask!
Read on to find out more about our resident instructors...
Feather Fan Dance, Bump Grind & Tease
Maison Burlesque owner and school headmistress, Poppy has been a regular fixture on the Melbourne Burlesque scene both on and off the stage since 2009, and is known for her energetic, theatrical take on classic burlesque.
Poppy has also produced many successful Burlesque events, including "Stage Fright!" "Oktoberfest Burlesque", "Burlesque DeVine" and many more. Poppy has worked as the Entertainment Manager at Burlesque Bar & The Burlesque Showboat and the Stage Manager for the Australian Burlesque Festival National Tour.
Poppy has extensive experience running burlesque workshops and classes, and always creates a fun, warm learning environment. Poppy Cherry brings the spirit of burlesque to life in her classes with her vivacious nature and extensive experience as a performer. As a teacher she always encourages her students to grow, providing them with the support and patience they need to blossom. Her students can expect a great balance between fun and hard work to help them advance their skills.
Burlesque Essentials, Burlesque Vixens
Dolores Daiquiri has over 15 years experience as a burlesque performer, producer, mentor and teacher. She is a valuable resource of information and believes that ALL women should be able to put a little ‘tease’ into their lives.
Dolores is the director of The Australian Burlesque Festival and has produced hundreds of successful burlesque shows and events. She is an award winning burlesque star, a pioneer of the burlesque revival in Australia and has a huge amount of knowledge about the burlesque industry.
21st Century Magazine: Top 10 Australian Burlesque Performer 2014 & 2015
'Guinness World Record Holder 2014 - Burleskathon'
Honoured for her burlesque contribution in 'The Australian Burlesque Museum; ICONS Exhibition 2015.
Miss Jane Doe
1960's Go-Go, Soul Training, Latin Burlesque
Blending visual delicacies of vamp, sass, bitter and sweet, Miss Jane Doe is the exotic intoxicatingly sultry glamazon that will have your heart racing at break neck speed and send your blood pulsating through your veins.
Miss Jane Doe began performing with Perth's renowned Sugar Blue Burlesque where she first graced the stage at a graduation show in 2008 and knew than that burlesque was in her blood, being asked to continue working the sugar blue team Miss Jane now resides in Victoria, wowing the crowd with her sultry and exotic performances.
Miss Jane Doe 's passion for reggaeton, samba, gogo is embedded in her form of burlesque, a blend that has never been seen before!
This powerful woman is a force to be reckoned with!
Domino De Jour
Rock, Sweat & Rears, Burlesque Fundamentals, Cali-floor-nication
Lifted from Technicolour, Domino de Jour delivers the wit and charisma of mid century prime-time viewing combined with the raunch of the late night soundstage.
Having danced from a young age Domino has over 20 years of training in Ballet, and competitive Ballroom and Latin dance. After a short dancing hiatus she turned to Burlesque and knew she had found her place. Crediting burlesque for teaching her to love and accept herself, her stage presence is bold, fearless cheeky and unapologetic.
Whether it be glamorous classic numbers or comic neo parodies of society and pop culture her performances leave a lasting impression on the all who see them. Performing all across Australia she is the current Miss Burlesque Melbourne, Domino has also been awarded the awarded the title of Showgirl of the Year 2016 at Miss Burlesque Australia Grand final. "
Burly Flex, Showgirl Follies, Showgirl Technique
A classic burlesque artist from Melbourne, Velma Vouloir is the golden-age glamazon with a penchent for seduction and all things quintessentially showgirl! Taking the burlesque world by storm in 2017, she has already a string of accolades under her garter belt including Miss Burlesque Victoria 2018 & Miss Burlesque Australia - Miss Classic 2018.
An established dance & aerial arts instructor - Velma has trained & performed extensively in classical, commercial, lyrical & broadway jazz, pole, & aerial hoop. She has nearly ten years of teaching experience under her belt, teaching both in Australia and internationally. She believes everyone has the right to dance & move unapologetically and has a passion for creating nurturing, fun and challenging classes for her students.
Alluring, sophisticated & full of curves, you had better watch out for this ‘grand belle’…they say the sweetest smile can be the deadliest.
Boylesque, Dirty Jazz
Egson Ham, crowned Mr Boylesque Australia 2015, lights up the stage as one of Australia’s most sought after boylesque performers!
Specialising in a mix of dance, comedy and burlesque, he is known for his dynamic versatility, creative mind and large chin. Since being crowned, he has toured Australia, performing at Falls Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, The 86 Bar, Speakeasy HQ and was resident dancer with the Greyhound’s Boylesque. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or professional wanting to further your training, students in his classes can expect wild fun, hard work and always treated as professionals.
Fan Dance, Roaring 20s Burlesque, Sewing for Burlesque
Miss Maple Rose, Australia's classiest piece of bacon, combines her professional expertise in costume and set design with her foundation in dance to guide budding performance artists in the art of tease! Winner of the the 1st Runner Up crown at Miss Burlesque Australia 2018, Maple has shown Australia she's one tornado with her feather fans and glittery costumes!
For 7 years Maple designed sets and costumes for the independent theatre scene in Sydney, having to result to making a majority of the work herself due to the lack of funding. After too many minimalist productions, Maple branched into Burlesque and never looked back. With a background in Architecture and a Masters in Performance Art, Maple approaches teaching through theory and practice in both her costume and dance based courses. She believes every girl really wants to wear sequins, feathers and rhinestones, and is excited to share her knowledge.
Strip Hop, Neo Burlesque
The rising star on the burlesque scene, but no stranger to the stage, Iva Grande is a feisty dance-school outcast and she is ready to please. A lifetime devoted to dance but shunned for her love of gyrating, Iva found herself at the doors of Maison Burlesque begging for acceptance. Time has passed in a flurry of sparkle and derriere grinding while her love for burlesque became strong. Following her debut of TEETH in 2017 Iva is dancing up a storm around Melbourne - a Burlesque Showboat regular, Australian Burlesque Festival, Velvet Grind, The Menagerie and multiple Red Light Confidential shows. Her biggest achievement to date is winning first place at the New Follies show as part of the Australian Burlesque Festival this year.
Iva also has an extensive teaching background in dance, with 10+ years under her belt. She holds a diploma in Dance Teaching and Performance with her favourite styles being jazz, hip hop, lyrical and music theatre. Seeing dancers grow while bringing choreography to life is her biggest passion (besides performing of course) and if you had to describe her teaching style, she is the birth child of Abby Lee and Mr G...
Classes Taught: Chair Dance, Ballet for Burlesque, Low & Limber
Qualified dance, yoga, fitness and pilates instructor Juniper Fox is bringing her unique brand of dynamic tease to Maison Burlesque in 2019! From an early age Juniper was surrounded by the tutus of classical ballet and the glitz of technical jazz – and has been dancing and performing her entire life! It seemed inevitable though that the obsession with perfect lines, technique and taking her clothes off would eventually land her into a pit of feather & glitter – the world of Burlesque!
After beginning her burlesque journey in Melbourne, for the past few years Juniper has been living and working in the UK as a dance yoga & pilates instructor, performing regularly with a circus/burlesque troupe and award-winning commercial street dance crew. Juniper was also the creative director of Bristol’s CAME TO SLAY, a Beyonce inspired, burlesque event.
With her mad dance skills, and supportive, knowledgeable teaching style, Juniper’s students can expect to challenge themselves, get flexy, fit, and most of all – have fun!
Classes Taught: Lyrical Flow Burlesque, Strut & Tease, Cabaret Jazz
Like a good malt, Whisky will warm the cockles of your heart with her unique blend of fire and finesse. Her blend of dance techniques, dramatics andstyling will keep audiences' palates wanting more than just on wee dram.
After training in dance from the tender age of three, Scottish born Whisky found her way to
London, England to study Dance and Musical Theatre at one of the UK's leading performing arts institutes. After working with various dance companies, Whisky found herself drawn into the ever curious and evolving world of cabaret.
Whisky is also a professional dance teacher; After teaching at Bird College (UK) for 7 years, Whisky has developed signature teaching methods that she has transferred into burlesque, and mentors fellow performers via workshops, classes and one-to-one online.