Miss Mina is Headmistress of The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (or B.A.B.E.), New England's only burlesque dance school. She is available for private and semi-private lessons and for speaking on burlesque topics. Besides classes at B.A.B.E., she has also taught at other venues including The Great Burlesque Exposition, BurlyCon, The Windy City Burlesque Festival, The Buckeye Burlesque Academy, RuffleCon, Mensa, Shake Fitness, Moxie in the City, and Center Stage Fitness.
Planning a bridal shower, bachelorette party, birthday bash, or girls' night out? Spice things up by adding a little burlesque lesson to your party! One of B.A.B.E.'s Burly-Q Parties will make for a unique and memorable celebration.
For the current class offerings, please see B.A.B.E's website. For private lessons and other classes, please contact Miss Mina.
Nothing can ruin a stripteaser's day faster than a closure which opens too soon...or won't open at all. Closures range from the simple to the esoteric, and each one has an ideal use. Master costumer Miss Mina Murray teaches you the advantages and disadvantages of different types of costume closures, from adhesive to zippers.
Below the Belt
Dance with your whole body! This 2-hour advanced workshop highlights your lovely legs and more! Learn the secrets of the sexiest stocking peels (and which stockings to use). Take your burlesque to a whole new level — literally — with floor- and chairwork. Please bring thigh high stockings (not pantyhose) or tall socks; a garter belt is optional. Kneepads are recommended for the floorwork section.
Caring for Your Costumes
Edge Beading for Subtle Sparkle!
Rhinestones aren’t the only way to make your costumes sparkle! Beautiful beadwork made many burlesque costumes of the past shimmer. Learn to add a hint of sparkle to any edge of your costume! Beautiful on its own, edge-beading can also be used as a base for more elaborate beading, including beaded fringe. In this workshop, award-winning costumer Miss Mina Murray will teach both the basic technique and more elaborate variations. Students should bring a pair of scissors. Materials kits available for $5 each. Auditors welcome.
Getting Tight: A Guide to Corsetry
Stalking the Stocking
The Teasing Touch
You hold the power to improve your burlesque routines in your hands – literally! The hand is one of the most expressive body parts. A strong and lively hand can frame your removes or draw every eye to subtle movements. This class increases student's awareness of their hands. Through a series of exercises we will demonstrate choreographed and improvised techniques to fully utilize the power of the hand. Bring energy to your glove peels and grace to your gestures! Please bring a pair of gloves.
Who's Who in Classic Burlesque
Who were the women who shaped the Golden Age of burlesque and inspired today's performers? Burlesque historian Miss Mina takes you on a lively trip through history, highlighting some of the influential performers in burlesque from the Victorian Era to the 1950's during this fun slideshow and talk.