Welcome to Bottoms Up!
Australia’s Most Fierce School of Burlesque and Pole Dancing!
Established in 2008 Bottoms Up! provides Melbourne with the most comprehensive courses, classes and workshops in Burlesque and Pole Dancing. We have two Victorian locations, Bottoms Up! HQ is our Brunswick studio and we have a second studio now open in Gisborne!
The burlesque classes, designed by Melbourne based performer and actor Miss Willow J Conway, covers Burlesque, Fan Dancing, Classic Burlesque Tease, Neo Burlesque, Chair Dancing and Solo Performance Development.
Co-founder, Jacquie Thomas (aka Sparkarella), has meticulously created the Pole Dancing classes to suit all levels of fitness and ability, ranging from beginners through to professional performance level.
You can also join us for classes, courses and workshops in Stretch & Flex, Technique, Handstands, Fly Gym, Conditioning, Burlexercise, Floorwork, Hula Hooping.
You can also see our students and teachers perform at Burlesque and Pole events across Melbourne. For details on all upcoming performances please visit our events page.
Bottoms Up! is a vibrant and creative studio where every lady’s femme fatale can celebrate and come out to play! We are also open to Males in our Pole and Burlesque classes, and encourage you to come along too.
Want to hear what other students have said about Bottoms Up? Check out our customer reviews!
We look forward to seeing YOU at Bottoms Up! #GetYourBottomsUp!
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE!
Brand new casual class starting in Term Two.
This is an awesome new one-hour CASUAL class. What type of dance you ask? It could be anything, anything at all! Pole, Burlesque, Chair, Bellydance, Disco, Lyrical, Floorwork, Heels, Sexytimes, Movement…… The only catch is…. you wont know until you turn up for class! Even your teacher will be kept secret until you walk through the doors.
The focus on Friday’s is pure fun. These classes are designed for enjoyment and laughter, not as training, strength, or conditioning regimes. Be sure to pack your essentials in your bag every Friday (just in case), shorts, longs, kneepads, legwarmers, bare feet, heels. And because it’s Friday we can celebrate with champagne afterwards!
So no matter how your week has been – Friday night dance will take care of it all and get you ready and rearing to go for what your weekend has planned.
NEW!! SEXY FLEXY FLOOR CHOREOGRAPHY CASUAL CLASS
Time to get grounded! This class combines stretching and strengthening with sexy floor moves both around and off the pole.
Learn how to get down to the floor, ways to roll and move, all whilst improving those splits and back bends. Learn a new choreo in every class to see your new moves in action.
This class will cater for Intermediate and up and all levels of flexibility are welcome. Make sure you cover up for this one, your skin will thank you. Heels are a must and knee pads are recommended.
BRUNSWICK FRIDAYS 6.30pm
NEW TECHNIQUE CASUAL CLASS
Technique is not just about pointing your toes! And this class is not just for pole dancers! This casual class is based on ballet technique using the pole as your barre. Focussing on posture, turn out, alignment, ballon, leg work & arms. You will become stronger throughout your entire body. Learn how to use your body in correct positions, and take that to your dancing. This will greatly benefit any dancer wanting to take their dancing & performance to another level.
BRUNSWICK MONDAYS 5.30pm
BURLEXERCISE is an hour of high energy fitness and fun. Bump n’ Grind, shimmy and shake your way through this dynamic class that incorporates cardio fitness with Burlesque moves and disco grooves. Bottoms Up! BURLEXERCISE is designed to condition and tone your body and burn those calories away. Improve your fitness level with an enjoyable workout, filled with fun Burly moves!
AVAILABLE AT BRUNSWICK AND GISBORNE!
In Recent News
Better late than never!……. Bottoms Up! would like to congratulate both Shirley Strumpet and Laydee Bombay on winning the 2016 Burlesque Idol Australia state titles in Melbourne and Hobart respectively. Shirley and Laydee have been part of the Bottoms Up! family for many years and it is a testament to their hard work, talent and all round awesomeness that they find themselves state title winners! The Burlesque Idol Australia 2016 Grand Finale will be held in our nations capital Canberra this September so keep your eyes peeled for all the up-coming details!
Bottoms Up represent in Victorian Pole Championships!
Huge congratulations go out to these seven amazing ladies all accepted into the Victorian Pole Championships. In the Professional Division- XOR, Sarah McCormick, Carmen Paech. Amateur Division Julia Mei & Hayley Kuchmar. And representing Bottoms Up! for the first time ever in the Doubles Division, Altered! So proud! You can come support BU on Saturday 4th June at Deaken Edge, Federation Square. Jacquie Thomas will also be on the judging panel.
LISA D ANNOUNCED X-POLE AMBASSADOR!
Congratulations Lisa D!! This is an amazing and deserved achievement. Lisa D has worked tirelessly over the years to bring her unique style of movement and pole to the fore of the worldwide pole community. She is known for her creativity, her strength & grace, her expression of ideas, the way she tells a story on stage and how she takes you on a whole journey. What a legend!
You can watch Lisa D live onstage here: https://vimeo.com/lisadpoledancer
TERM THREE OPEN FOR ENROLMENT!
MONDAY 6TH JUNE – MONDAY 1st AUGUST
Term Three enrolments are now open! Join us for the Winter Term where you’ll be kept cosy and warm and having a grand time. If you are wanting to dance before Term begins then please drop in and join us for one of our fun & exciting Casual Classes.
If you need some advice on where to begin or what course to do next, just Contact Us!
AWESOME NEW CLASSES & COURSES IN TERM TWO!
We have an absolute feast of new casual classes and 8-week courses coming in Term Two. There is something for everyone, whether it be stretchy flexy goodness, dance, strength, conditioning, cardio or just plain fun. Introducing Friday Night Dance, Handstands, Flygym, Handspring Clinic, Pole Jam and so much more. MORE ON NEW CLASSES TERM TWO
CASUAL CLASSES EVERY WEEK
Drop in for one of our weekly Bottoms Up! casual classes, no bookings required! We have a range of casual classes running every week throughout the term. Casual classes are great to compliment your weekly workout, by adding conditioning, stretching or dancing. Perfect for those unable to commit to 8-week courses, those wanting a fun workout or stretch, or those wanting to add an extra class to their dance and fitness régime. MORE ON CASUAL CLASSES
Bottoms Up! Gift Vouchers
GIVE THE GIFT OF BURLESQUE AND POLE DANCE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!
In a hurry? You can purchase our GIFT VOUCHERS quickly and easily online and receive your email voucher in minutes! Need something a bit more special? We also have pretty printed vouchers that can be tailored to your needs! Just CONTACT US and we’ll help you out.
BURLESQUE FOR BEGINNERS
Want to try Burlesque for the first time? You’ve come to the right place! We warmly welcome new beginner students to Bottoms Up! every term. This term, commencing APRIL THE 4TH, we have four fantastic beginner burlesque courses on our program – Beginner Burlesque (the foundations to burlesque dancing), Classic Burlesque Tease (celebrating the Golden era of burlesque strip tease), Fan Dance (made famous by burlesque star Sally Rand) and Chair Dancing (inspired by the cabaret chair dance of the 20’s). Each class focusses on a different element of burlesque and there is a style to tickle everyone’s fancy!
Or you may like to enrol in two or more 8-week BURLESQUE BEGINNER level courses and receive each course for $170! (+ GST = $187 per course).
This special offer is valid for Beginner Burlesque, Beginner Chair Dancing, Beginner Fan Dance and Classic Tease Level 1.
To claim your offer please email Justine at email@example.com which courses you’d like to enrol in and she’ll book you in!
BEGINNER POLE DANCE
Designed for ALL women: all ages (adult), all genres, all shapes & sizes and all walks of life. Beginner Pole Dance introduces you to your new love affair with the pole! Combining basic pole moves, sassy spins, poses & burlesque dance moves. By the end of 8-weeks you’ll be spinning, climbing and be Bottoms Up! on the pole. MORE ON POLE DANCE
GISBORNE POLE CLASSES
In Recent News
WILLOW J IN MISS BURLESQUE VICTORIA COMPETITION!
Known for her innovative and provocative acts, Willow J entered the world of burlesque in 2002 as a member of the notorious, award winning neo-burlesque troupe Voodoo Trash Dolls. With passion and commitment to exploring the art of eroticism, Willow J has been bumpin’ her butt off and sharing her bawdy, comical and sometimes dark and twisted tales with audiences around the globe ever since!
As a story teller with a background in acting, and training in many different dance and movement forms including tango, bouffon, clowning, butoh, and martial arts, Willow J combines these skills to create highly physicalised, unique, and larger-than-life characters driven by strong narrative.
A “mover, shaker and innovator” Willow J has performed in prestigious productions including Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender (BHoF), The London Burlesque Festival, Green Room Award Winning production, DasSHOKU SHAKE! (Australia, Tokyo and Osaka), The Aussie Flim Flam Japanese Burlesque Revue, The Australian Burlesque Festival.
Shiny New Poles!
If you’ve been in the Burlesque Studio recently you may have seen our lovely brand new shiny brass poles safely stored on the ceiling. This amazing X-Pole ‘pole away’ system will turn the Burlesque studio to Pole Studio within minutes. New ‘not just for pole dancers’ pole classes coming your way soon.