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, ABurlyQ Burlesque and Sideshow Spectacular, Winnipeg International 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.
“Thank you for teaching such a fun, fantastic Burlesque for Beginners class! You teach with humor, compassion and I really enjoyed the class.”
— Linda (B.A.B.E student)
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. There will be hands-on examples of closure for students to test out.
Length: 1 hour
Below the Belt
Dance with your whole body! This 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. A yoga mat is recommended for the floorwork section.
Length: 2 hours
Caring for Your Costumes
Give your beloved costumes the care they deserve! You lavish so much time, effort, and money on them before they go on stage, so learn to take care of your costume after you come off stage! Miss Mina, The Martha Stewart of Burlesque, teaches you the methods theatrical costumers and museum professionals use to clean, store, transport, and maintain costumes (and vintage clothes) so that they last and last. Save money and look better!
Length: 90 minutes (can be shortened to 1 hour)