Academy

Burlesque Classes and Photoshoots in Auckland
Photo of our graduates, headliner Chris OH! and MC/Tutor Lilly Loca at one of our graduate shows. Photo by Reality Dysfunction.

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly… very slowly.”

Gypsy Rose Lee, Burlesque Legend

Va-Va-Voom Academy

Burlesque Classes and Photoshoots in Auckland.

Get ready to shimmy and shake, bump n’ grind with our Va-Va-Voom Academy classes!

Have you wanted to learn the art of burlesque,  the ba-da-boom of comic timing, or the knack of characterization? Have you dreamed of getting up on stage, surrounded by feather fans and rhinestones while sashaying your way to burlesque stardom? Or have you just wanted to learn how to move and accentuate your best bits in a fun and frivolous environment?

Va-Va-Voom Academy is directed and taught by Lilly Loca, one of New Zealand’s prolific burlesque and drag personas. Crowned Supreme Grand Tease 2017, as well as holding many other awards and accolades under her sparkly suspender belt,  she’s best known for being a consummate mistress of disguise.

Lilly is a qualified teacher of drama, as well as the Auckland licensee of the officially licensed Corps de Burlesque Syllabus, which has been created with a view to set a standard of burlesque education in New Zealand. Click here for more information on the syllabus.

We also have our brand new Burlesque Photoshoot Package available! New dates have just been released – be sure to scroll down and confirm your place quickly as these will sell out.


Term Classes

We offer term courses of the Corps de Burlesque Syllabus, as well as short courses in acting and burlesque, taught by our director Lilly Loca.

See below for the classes we teach and enrolment information.

Corps de Burlesque Syllabus Classes

We currently offer three of the available six garters as part of the Corps de Burlesque Syllabus. We will add to our repertoire as the academy expands.

See below the current garters on offer, times and how you can enroll.

Class Venue

Our classes are taught out of Cityside Dance Studio, located at 111A May Road in Mt Roskill. Cityside is only 15 minutes from the CBD and with it’s centralized location, is the perfect position for anyone from anywhere in Auckland to get to.

Available Term Classes
No term classes are available at the moment. Check back later.

Short Courses

We offer these courses intermittently throughout the year. If one of our courses is active, you’ll see an Eventbrite Checkout option in the course descriptor. Otherwise, be sure to sign up to our exclusive email newsletter to be the first in the know when they go live!

Acting Technique and Characterisation

This class is dedicated to helping you learn about the techniques of drama (voice, body, movement and space), character & movement, and how you can apply them to any style of performance!

One of Lilly’s most attended short courses, This workshop is fabulous for anyone regardless of experience. So long as you have an open mind and are eager to participate, there’s a space for you!

Fluttery, Flirty Feathers!

A Beginners Guide to Fan Dancing.

Have you purchased yourself some indulgent, fluffy feather fans, but are at a bit of a loss on how to make them look effortless and glamorous like Sally Rand? This is the course for you!

Let Lilly Loca teach you the basics of how to wrangle your fans (and limbs) to ensure beautiful, fluid movement from one pose to the next.


Burlesque Photoshoot Package

Bring your beauteous burlesque boudoir fantasy to life by booking yourself (or a loved one) in for an indulgent photoshoot as part of our Burlesque Photoshoot Packages.
What do we get as part of the package?

☆ A glass of bubbles on arrival.

☆ Full burlesque-styled hair and makeup provided by the colorful pin-up glamour queen Fran Robertson from The Beauty School Dropouts.

☆ Use of the gorgeous décor and rooms at Alberton House (our venue for the photo shoots).

☆ 4 high resolution, professionally edited shots by acclaimed photographer Bruce Jenkins, with the option to pay for additional photos.

☆ Up to two outfit changes.

☆ Styling and posing guidance by burlesque star, Lilly Loca.

☆ The use of props and costume pieces from Lilly Loca’s personal collection.

Who is Involved?

Hair and makeup professionals The Beauty School Dropouts, acclaimed photographer Bruce Jenkins, the wonderful venue that is Alberton House and Va-Va-Voom director Lilly Loca have joined forces to bring you this bespoke, glamorous burlesque styled photoshoot.

Do we need to provide our own outfits?

Yes, however you will be able to use some of Lilly’s costumes and props, including a pair of stunning emerald green feather fans, a black, full-length faux fur boa and so much more.

NOTE: We will work with you so you feel as comfortable as possible. If you wish to err on the more conservative side and dress in a gown rather than lingerie, that is absolutely fine. You can have up to two outfit changes, so feel free to don a gown for one set of photos and lingerie for the next – it’s 100% up to you.

How long is the shoot?

From start to finish, it will take 2.5 hours. 1.5 hours will be spent in hair and makeup with The Beauty School Dropouts, then 1 hour shooting with Bruce Jenkins with guidance from Lilly Loca. However, we may go a little over time or might get delayed, so we suggest to block out 3 hours in your schedule.

Can I do my own hair and makeup?

For this package, we do not have that option. Fran and her team are experts at what they do and we trust them wholeheartedly with being able to transform you into the burlesque glamourpuss of your dreams. We recommend saving some makeup looks that inspire you via Pinterest and bring them as references on the day to discuss with Fran and her team.

How do we book? and what is the price?

Email Lilly at vavavoomp@gmail.com for package pricing and inquiries.

Only five spots available, so be in quick!

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