Beginners Burlesque!


World renowned burlesque performer Bella Besame, is launching a new burlesque class at the Ape and Apple on Deansgate next month, in what is billed as a ‘Beginner’s Guide to Burlesque’.

Having run the hugely popular classes for years for private clients and hen parties, Bella – who is one of the UK’s most well-respected names in the burlesque world, is opening up the classes to individuals and smaller groups who are interested learning the basics of burlesque.

The course, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Burlesque’ is made up of 5 x 1 hour classes, involves NO nudity and is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes. It will cover the basic moves of burlesque, how to move on stage, glove striptease, posing and how to create your unique burlesque stage name!

Bella’s students reap huge rewards from taking part in the classes – some have had massive boosts in their body confidence levels and self-esteem, while others have gone on to having careers in performance outside of burlesque and many have become fully fledged performers.

No previous experience is needed to take part in the classes nor is participation restricted by height, weight or age. You simply need to be healthy enough to take part in low impact movement, make all the class dates and be ready to have some fun! And if that wasn’t enough, the intermediate and advanced courses are then open to all who attend the beginner’s course, should you find yourself hooked on the mid-week sassy glamour and giggles!

Bella, who is also the producer of the popular ‘Slippery Belle’ burlesque theatre shows in Manchester and Leeds, said: “Burlesque injects fun, personality and a sprinkling of glamour into everyday life, with a tonne of body positivity thrown in for good measure!

“It goes without saying that it’s a difficult time to be a woman; the constant barrage of ‘picture perfect’ models and the pressure to airbrush our so-called ‘imperfections’. Not to mention we are expected to do and juggle so much, but these classes are a great way to have fun, get your sassy back, feel gorgeous and tap into your self-expression.

The classes are being held at the Ape and Apple on John Dalton Street, Manchester, from 6-7pm every Tuesday from 3 to 31 October. Each class costs £7.50 with a £20 deposit to secure your place on the 5-week course.

Please note pre booking is essential as places are strictly limited. Private tuition also available. For more information head to


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