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.
Queen of the Quiver! 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. Performing sassy stripteases in the world’s most notorious festivals and cabaret cities since 2006; notably headlining the Australian Burlesque Festival tour in 2017!
Viola is also renowned for her productions and teaching of the tease!
She is co-producer of Berlin’s ‘Sunday Soiree, The Shimmy Shake Show and co-producer of Berlin Burlesque Week. She is the owner and founder of The Shimmy Shake Berlin Burlesque School, The co-founder of Berlin Burlesque Academy and the previous owner of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy in Brisbane, Australia.
She has carved herself quite the reputation as a unique strip-artiste. Viola’s impeccable sense of theatricality and captivating command of old school burly-q and classic showgirl dance styles sees her at the forefront of the international burlesque comeback.
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.
Fifi Fantôme (Canada)
Specialisation: Aerial Hoop for Burlesque
Fifi Fantôme is internationally recognized as Canada’s Queen of the dark circus. Fifi has performed all over Europe, Canada and the United States in circus, theatre and burlesque shows including Stockholm Burlesque Festival, The Chicago Art Institute, Copenhagen Opera Festival and Festival Montréal Complètement Cirque. She has trained at AFUK in the circus program, Francine Cote’s Clown and Comedy school, Harbour Dance School and is now currently enrolled in the three year circus bachelor at Die Etage in Berlin. Fifi’s specialities include Aerial Hoop, Hat Juggling, Clown and Burlesque. Enter the world of Fifi Fantôme; it’s like letting your dreams seep into reality.
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.
La Loba Lucia (Germany)
Specialisation: Beginner Burlesque
She was raised by wolves and has adrenaline running through her veins: La Loba Lucia unleashes a wild cocktail of classic Bump’n’Grind and passionate Rock’n’Roll! Awarded „Burlesque Entertainer of the Year“ at the Newcomer competition of the Berlin Burlesque Week 2018, this sensual powerhouse is now whirling across international stages.
In her classes she aims to encourage women to dare to be fierce and discover their own true confidence and power!
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.