Established in 2010 by international performer La Viola Vixen as The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy, burlesque powerhouse Lila Luxx took the reins in May 2012.
After teaching, choreographing, producing, and performing in a number of performance disciplines including burlesque, contemporary dance, commercial dance, American style cheerleading, as well as studying Fine Arts in Acting and Arts Management, Lila dreamed of passing on her vast knowledge and experience to a new generation of burlesque bombshells. With a focus on vintage beauty, glamour, technique and presentation, The Bombshell Burlesque Academy is the realisation of this dream.
Starting with just two classes in 2010, The Bombshell Burlesque Academy opened it’s first dedicated studio in 2021 with facilities designed with burlesque students in mind. Classes now run 6 days per week, including Classic and Neo Burlesque, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Courses, Vintage Styling and Professional Development.
The Bombshell Burlesque Academy is an artist collective comprised of highly skilled tutors, with every tutor being a professional performer in their own right. Workshops held by visiting professionals are a regular occurrence.
At the end of each term, the students are invited to perform at The Bombshell’s Ball, a showcase featuring students and tutors with high quality production values, or in Performance on Film sessions, resulting in professional quality video and photography, perfect for social media. Our students have access to the most performance outcomes for burlesque students in Brisbane per year, however performance is always optional.
For those who can’t make it to the Brisbane studio, The Virtual Bombshell Burlesque Academy was launched in 2022 to allow aspiring burlesquers to join in from the comfort of their own home, and as a supplement for those already bump & grinding!
The Academy compliments its sister events company Bombshell Burlesque which offers full scale productions, pinup makeovers and photoshoots and corporate entertainment.
What Is Burlesque?
Bombshell Burlesque specialises in authentic burlesque - vintage striptease- in the style made famous by Gypsy Rose Lee and, more recently, Dita Von Teese. The performance involves peeling numerous layers of extravagant costume to reveal pasties & a g-string, where desired, and an expert execution of the art of tease.
In addition to tease, elements of dance, narrative, circus, comedy and parody fuse to create a very entertaining performance!
About Our Founder
La Viola Vixen has recently unveiled a sister school in Germany, The Shimmy Shake Berlin Burlesque School, where she will share her skills with a whole new world of European burlesque babes!
La Viola Vixen’s impeccable sense of theatricality and captivating command of old school burly-q and classic showgirl dance styles sees her at the forefront of Australia’s burlesque comeback.
Viola has a strong background in circus, theatre and dance so when she began her burlesque training in 2006 with Lola the Vamp’s school La Lola Salon her tutor quickly recognised her talent and instated her as a head teacher of the school.
Since then Viola has travelled the 7 seas becoming a headline performer at festivals and burlesque houses in London, New York, Berlin and Auckland just to name a few. She has also become something of a tabloid regular, gracing the pages of high profile media publications Australia wide.
Her performances have been reviewed as ‘Hypnotising’, ‘Captivating’, and ‘Iconic’.