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Hey Babe! Bees Knees Burlesque Academy might be just what you're looking for ...



♡  You want to try burlesque, but believed that you can’t dance, or are too old/overweight/uncoordinated/ wasn't born to be sexy.

♡ You want a fun, challenging way to tone up and boost your fitness.

♡  You’re burlesque-curious, ready to unleash the secret showgirl inside of you 

♡ Or maybe you’re a seasoned performer ready to build up your community and add some spectacular new moves to your repertoire


Well babe we’ve got you. Welcome to the ride of your life!


your head mistress

and all time hype girl

Tessa TrueHeart

Tessa TrueHeart! Yes that's right, this buxom babe's curves won't lie. She's glamour, grace and pussy in your dance and her evocative ways are sure to leave her audience arrested in the moment. 

After graduating with a B.A. in arts and Education and a Minor in Dance from William Smith College in 2007, Tessa uprooted and moved across the country to San Francisco, CA. An immense love for dance and her adventurous and determined spirit quickly took her through the ranks, first performing with Damage Control Dance directed by Cera Byer and then teaming up with Jill Parker the mama of the fusion belly dance phenomena, working as assistant director to her company the Foxglove Sweethearts.

Tessa is now proud Head Mistress of Bees Knees Burlesque Academy in Cortland NY where she teaches both eager young diamonds hungry for polish or seasoned performers who just want a little taste of her glitter! Known for fer evocative style that combines the languid lushness of belly dance with burlesque sensibility and sass.  Tessa strives for technical proficiency, artistic integrity and emotional strength. She is an inspirational, dynamic, gentle teacher. 


the minister of fun 


Jo got on the dance train in 2005, but it wasn't until the Lunachix formed in 2013 that it kicked into high gear. Livin' and lovin' with the Chix has been her greatest source of creative inspiration. From murder mysteries to off the chain burlesque events, just try to stop their shenanigans. Ya can't.
Teaching movement to beginners is another great love. As an adult who wondered if she had any business in dance class - she learned that she did! And you do too! There is no BODY that doesn't deserve to take up glorious space in a dance class. She knows it's a little nerve inducing to start  - so she promises to always make it silly and fun.
When she isn't dancing she's scheming, making movies, being mom to the world's most righteous pre-teen, or helping students at the local high school.




WE'VE GOT A CLASS SCHEDULE TO KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! And all classes can be taken in studio, virtually or on demand!

Isn't it the Bees Knees?


We believe people's lives can change when they have permission to honor, cherish and express themselves through movement. It's time to shake off that self doubt and shimmy your way to bliss. 

You deserve to feel sexy just as you are! 

Sexy is a state of mind, not a state of body, and we're here to meet you wherever you are along your journey! Whether you are ready to dip your toe into the sensuality of belly dance, get fierce on the chair or peel it all off.

We offer Virtual Live, In Studio and ON Demand classes! Need the ability to dance whenever or wherever you want, then maybe our On Demand classes are for you. Or perhaps you do better knowing that the teacher is right there with you at a scheduled time - try our Virtual Live or In Person classes.

But maybe you'd like a little of both?!?! Ok #showtiger we've still got you covered!