Burlesque Dancing

A hens day is about celebrating the bride, and all the fun times she’s had in her life prior to become a Mrs. The day should honour her single life and all the memorable times she’s had with her best friends in it. What better way to do that, than learning to master the art of seduction. Which, may or not prove to be useful in her upcoming marriage.

Spend 90 minutes with our professional burlesque instructors, learning the highly celebrated dance genre of burlesque. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling sexy, empowered and like you can take on the world, once seduction at a time.


Burlesque parties

are for ladies of any age, shape or fitness level


How often do you get the chance to be the sexiest most confident version of yourself? I know I and many other women I know are always itching to wear lingerie and feel sexy but somehow never feel like going to the effort or find the right time for it. So, our burlesque parties are the perfect opportunity!

What’s most important though, is not how you look, but how you feel! Burlesque is an inclusive art that promotes body positivity and female empowerment. Our teachers are professionals who know how to get you feeling sexy and glamorous. They teach you the signature moves of some of the sexiest women in the world, like Dita Von Tesse. After they’ve taught you some of the techniques that are a must-have in burlesque they’ll teach you a full choreographed routine that you’ll master with their help. The good thing is, you don’t need to have any experience, just a willingness to let loose and give it a go!

Package includes:

  • 90 minutes of private session
  • A professionally trained Burlesque choreographer and teacher to teach you
  • Feeling classy sensuality
  • Learning specific moves such as the ‘tassel twirl’ upon request
  • A bottle of sparkling for the ‘sassiest’ girl
  • A feather boa scarf

Optional bring along items to get into the mood:

  • A skirt that allows lots of movement
  • Comfortable high-heeled shoes or trainers
  • Long gloves
  • Hold up stockings or fishnets
  • Anything else your creative imagination may conjures up


Your venue -- $40 per person 

Our venue -- $45 per person

Prices are based on a minimum of 12 people.


You could enjoy your burlesque party at one of the Adelaide CBD venues we work with are: the Richmond Hotel, Rockford Hotel, The Prince Albert Hotel and The Cumberland Hotel (The Cumby).

We also have our own venue in Largs North, it’s a beautiful gallery space, close to the beach and with an outdoor garden area.

We’ve negotiated some special hen’s party packages with the Adelaide Rockford Hotel that offer accommodation, cocktails, appetisers, canapes, and fine dining as well as free use of their functions room for your party. Their hotel is perfectly located as well; a high-heel feasible walk (2minutes) away from Adelaide’s hot night life on Hindley Street.

For further information on the venues we work with get in contact with us, we’d love to help!

 To book:

call us: on  0410 767 869

email us: [email protected]



You’ll learn 

  • how to walk with confidence and elegance
  • how to tease. This is perfect for a naughty girly hen night. We teach you sexy techniques that will have guys on their knees. Ideal for some cheeky hen’s night fun in Adelaide. And best of all, the bride to be leaves with  some great techniques for her wedding night!
  • how to sensually drape and play with feather boa -- an essential part of burlesque tool kit.
  • How to  peel off a glove, perhaps even with your mouth

You can learn the art of removing your gloves with your teeth

Watch this video we took at  Burlesque hens party


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  • The especially daring could request learning how to tassle twirl.

What is the tassle twirl you may ask. A nipple tassle is a small piece of material worn by burlesque artists with sequins on one side and backing material on the other. It’s also known as a nipple pasty. The sequin side has fine strands of small beads or jewels sown to it, there can be coloured or crystal. The burlesque dancer applies body glue to the backing of the tassles and then sticks them to her nipples. Dita Van Teese has an immense array of nipple pasties. She even has one set which is made of strands of tiny pure white beads and from the distance that looks like she is jetting milk.


The History of Burlesque -- it’s fascinating

The word Burlesque actually comes from the Italian word ‘buria’ which is a joke or mockery. You can find this aspect of mockery in Burlesque literature (some of good old Shakespeare’s dramas) or in music (Richard Strauss’s Burleske for piano and orchestra) . It was only from the 1860’s onward that Burlesque began to refer to bawdy comedy , theatre or female striptease in cabarets and clubs. In around 1940 interest in this art form died out but in the 1990s , thank heavens, it was reawakened.

In Victorian times, Burlesque was also known as ‘Extravaganza’


and you could watch it in London theatres. It was a musical play that was risqué in style and it mocked theatrical and musical conventions. Gorgeous girls would dress up as men, wearing tights to show off their legs. They did saucy sketches that aimed at highlighting the divisive class system in the United Kingdom; they used Burlesque to poke fun at those that were not part of their class.

In those times there was no striptease, you might get to see a cheeky flash of an ankle or you could see the essential form of the leg through the tights or stark trousers, but that was it.

Clothes only started to come off at the beginning of the 20th century when Burlesque became popular in the United States. It was there that the artist striptease was born. The transition from Victorian Burlesque to striptease was gradual. At first girls with Sopranos voices, called soubrettes, showed off their figures while singing and dancing. They often flaunted elaborate stage costumes.


A Soubrette Stage Costume

Slowly but surely strippers began to supplant the singing and dancing Sopranos. Gypsy Rose Lee was one of the most celebrated star strippers. She was well known for her witty banter, her songs, and her casual striptease style. By the late 1930s Burlesque show would have up to 6 strippers were supported by comedians and a master of ceremonies.

The free flow of alcohol in Burlesque establishments contributed greatly to the uninhibited atmosphere in Burlesque theatres. Because when prohibition was enforced in the United States, the years during which alcohol consumption was illegal, the art of Burlesque saw its death.

In recent decades we’ve seen a revival of Burlesque; sometimes this new form of Burlesque is called Neo Burlesque. Dita Von Teese is a well-known Neo Burlesque performer.  She also  incorporates political satire and performance art into her Burlesque show. She has giant props, extravagant sets and of glamorous and opulent  costumes.

Another lady called Tempest Storm had a career in Burlesque that lasted over 60 years. She was famous for her stunning curves.


A poster announcing Tempest Storm

And of course there was a tabloid favourite, Lili St Cyr, whose life was tumultuous, both on stage and off stage. She had many a feud with other performers and the paparazzi is of the times reported faithfully about the ups and downs of her private life. She shocked her contemporaries with her gilded see-through bath tub. She fulfilled the American dream in that she started her career as a chorus girl and worked her way up to become one of Burlesque’s biggest stars.


Lili St Cyr

So throughout history, Burlesque has been many things. It has evolved from witty parody via saucy striptease to what we know it to be today, with its focus on the dazzling visual aspect and the sensuality of its dance and gestures.

Here at Hens Party Ideas Adelaide we view Burlesque as an art form that is constantly evolving thanks to the creativity of those who enjoy and practice it.


Our teacher Aurora performing

Nowadays, burlesque performers are exciting women who have a real sense of practising a form of dance and a way of being that is connected to an entertainment tradition stretching back hundreds of years. They see it as: ““a theatrical art that pulls together eroticism and sensuality, sometimes striptease, parody, comedy, dance, theatrical spectacle – costuming and presentation are a large part of burlesque – and then unique specialist skills because it can bring together circus and fire-eating and storytelling and point work in ballet and singing.” (Tempest Rose).

Even if they have cellulite and spots, they know their power to perform and bewitch.

Our Burlesque parties are for girls of any age, shape or fitness level.


Bedazzled Burlesque


Just in case you’re wondering, here’s some fun history on Burlesque Pasties

I was recently in London and these nipple pasties, as a decorative body accessory are quite the thing. They’ve also been seen on Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus-nipple-tassle

Miley Cyrus wearing nipple tassles

and on Rhianna.


Rhianna wearing a pastie

There was an article in the Sydney morning Herald recently titled: “Are nipple pasties the new earrings?” The article was inspired by designer Tom Ford’s Spring summer 2015 collection which

featured the nipple tassle is a key element. Here is a photo of one; he’s added a 70s rock inspired metallic mini dress to it. But nipple tassles are nothing new, they’ve been around for a long time and have a history intertwined with art, moral outrage, censorship and fascinating paradigms shifts.

It’s hard to say exactly when the pasty became stand a standard part of the burlesque costume. In the nightly in the late 19th century you can find photographs of burlesque dancers wearing exotic clothing and something that resembles today’s smaller pasty.


Victorian pasties

At that time people were fascinated by the study of Orientalism. Orientalism was how they viewed the history, the mysteries, and the secrets of the funds still of the still then unknown Eastern world to be. Today we realised that their views were fairly racist, sexist and colonialist: there were titillating tails of the harem girls, the concubines and the courtesans that gripped the imagination of a society that was characterised by sexual constraint.

As you may have read before on our introduction about burlesque, Burlesque wasn’t always about the art of striptease. Its roots lie in satire, literature, comedy, theatre, music and song. During the Victorian era Burlesque was often performed by attractive young women wearing costumes that were then considered revealing (in our times we would think they were tame). They would tell saucy jokes and speak of things that were somewhat sexual in nature. This gave the shows an exciting edge during the otherwise repressed Victorian era. Some enterprising men caught on to the fact that sex sells and exploited the Victorian fascination for the exotic with a series of exhibitions at world affairs. Exotic looking women danced at these fairs, and their show of eroticism was presented as an educational exhibit. The most famous dancer at that time was Marta Hari.


Marta Hari

She was also known as a courtesan and a spy. She wore risqué costumes and removed bits of clothing but was never fully nude. She preserved her modesty by wearing bodysuits, elaborate the jawed bikinis and metal discs that covered her breasts. Burlesque transitioned to focusing on the striptease element much later; it is said it all began with one performer who ‘absentmindedly’ began to change out of her costume in full view of the audience after she had finished her gig. In America, Burlesque clubs were often raided and dancers would be arrested if they showed too much skin. The pasty then became a weapon in the fight against censoring. It allowed dancers to perform nearly nude; they

also wore a G string. The different states in America had different laws, and burlesque performers were quite talented at getting around them. They would attach a piece of string to the pasties in halter neck style, and that allowed them to be classified as bikinis.

But getting back to the tassle twirl, the performer Carrie Finnell is said to have invented the nipple tassle. She had big boobs and she shook them so as to spin her tassles up and down and round and round.


Carrie Finell – inventor of the nipple tassl

Today burlesque dancers wear tassles not just to circumvent licensing legislation, but because there are a symbol of the rich history and tradition of burlesque.

But back to the burlesque hens party : of course you will learn a Burlesque dance routine, especially choreographed by our teacher. Our teacher transports you into an alluring world of glamour, sensuality and humour which your alter egos will not be able to resist.

Our Burlesque hens parties last one and a half hours. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, because you’ll be moving a lot. If you have something Burlesque to wear, this is very welcome to. Also bring along comfortable high heels because by the end of your class you will be slinking like the Burlesque femme fatale.

As you learn the art of seduction via poses, sexy movements and walks, your inhibitions will slip away and your cheeky side will dominate. The sexy tongue-in cheek-dance routine brings many laughs. Of course the hen will have the starring role.



Have you seen the film


with Christina Aguilera and Cher ?


Christina Aguilera - Express (Burlesque)

That’s what most friends think of when they hear me talk of Burlesque. But if you asked a group of Burlesque performers or fans what Burlesque is for them they would tell you something totally different.




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