The Shimmy Shake school has a fabulous roster of bump’n’grind teachers offering a variety of burly skills and specialisations. All of our regular tutors are working burlesque industry professionals with a wealth of performance knowledge and a love for sharing their skills in the classroom. Whether you are looking to learn something classic and pretty, funny and freaky, dance fitness and movement based, or theatrical and dramatic, our teachers have you covered!
Currently we can offer classes in English, German, Russian or French.
Our teachers are available for performances and private bookings.
Simply email us an enquiry if you would like to book one of our teachers for an event, class or party.
La Viola Vixen (Australia) School Director
Specialisation: Choreography, Bump and Grind, Classic Burlesque, Performance Coaching.
Viola is known across the globe for her ground shaking shimmy and striking stage presence, said to be a vision of golden age burlesque brought to life before your very eyes.
Based in Berlin since 2012 Viola has hit the European tour circuit like crazy! Becoming a regular at fabulous events in exotic locations such as: Geneva, London, Barcelona, Stockholm, Vienna, Istanbul, Hamburg, Munich, Rome, Bolonga, Amsterdam, Paris etc. and of course her much loved cabaret capital, Berlin, where she now runs her second school Shimmy Shake – Berlin Burlesque School, and regular Berlin classic tease show in ‘The Sunday Soiree’.
Performing and teaching the tease for almost 8 years, Violas list of ‘Achievements’ are many! Most notably: The development of her burlesque school in Brisbane which is now the largest on Australias east coast The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy, her productions: VIXEN – Burlesque Dance Party, The Bombshell Ball, festival show The BIG Burlesque Show, and The Rock and Roll Revue (a troupe of dancers performing alongside a live band), and many national and international tours including North America, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. With her impeccable sense of theatricality and captivating command of old school burly-q and classic showgirl dance styles, she has carved herself quite the reputation as a unique strip-artiste.
Her Bumps’n’Grinds will blow your mind! Watch out as she boom booms her way to a stage near you!
Lotti Lieblich (Germany)
Lotti Lieblich knows how to mesmerize her audience with her incomparable charm, her glamorous charisma and her cheeky sense of humor. Inspired of performers of the roaring 20s to 40s, she´s going to take you into an intoxicating world of sensuality and dancing elegance and makes the golden era of Burlesque come to life again.
Lotti is a classic Burlesque beauty who wants to empower other women to become aware of their own beauty, strength and femininity. No matter what size or age you are, which background you have, or what else is making you feel like you can´t do it, every woman can be sexy and Lotti is going to help you, to find your inner (seductive) goddess.
Anja Pavlova (Russia)
Born in a Russian academic family in the very heart of Moscow, Anja Pavlova has gone a long way to become a gin-soaked jazz-dancing stocking-rolling traveling Flapper that she is now. Expelled both from Ballet and Musical school for her notorious behaviour she still managed to get a degree in Philosophy before she decided that she’d rather be pretty than smart and started her journey around the globe dancing vintage jazz and bringing her signature 1920s-inspired burlesque to the stages from Saint Petersburg to San Francisco, Stockholm to Beirut and beyond!
Having moved to Berlin in 2017 to live her dream as a full-time jazz dancer and burlesque star, she working non-stop to bring her style to stages around Europe. As a teacher, Anja Pavlova is bringing together 20th century authentic Jazz and Blues dance and classic Burlesque. Focusing mostly on the history of dance and music, she brings an approach that is both academic and fun, working to help her students develop their own vision and feeling of Burlesque.
Over the last 8 years Anja has traveled the world not only teaching, but never passing on an opportunity to take a class herself and to perfect the art of the dance and the understanding of the music.
Lolita Va Voom (USA)
Lolita Va Voom trained as a professional dancer for fifteen years, after which she decided to trade in her pointe shoes for pasties and hit the road! Originally from California by way of Seattle, Lolita calls Berlin home. She mixes her extensive dance training with pop, rock n’ roll, and lots of energy to create an exciting experience on stage. Lolita has been seen in England, Scotland, Malta, Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA, and more! Let Lolita entice, excite, and thrill you!
The Diamond Dahlia (Australia)
The Diamond Dahlia has 10 years experience working as an international Burlesque Performer. She has performed at some of the premier shows across the globe and is a yearly performer in the Semperoper production of Salome in Dresden, DE. She specialises in Bump and Grind, Go-Go, Costuming and Neo Burlesque. With a strong focus on creativity and loving the skin you’re in The Diamond Dahlia is available for private workshops and bachelorette parties.