Teaching the Art of Burlesque Since 2005    


Learn the art of burlesque! Tantalize, shimmy, and strut! Whether you want to try burlesque just for fun, begin a path to the stage, or take your performance to the next level, The Playful Peacock is the highest caliber school for your artistic journey and glamorous shenanigans. Our liberating and exhilarating classes show you how to let your inner light shine. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome! Email: info@playfulpeacock.com.


Founders Ophelia Flame and Gina Louise are pioneers in the new burlesque movement and have been teaching since 2005. As the Twin Cities’ first burlesque instructors, they've built a solid curriculum and cultivated a dedicated following of students. This dynamic pair boasts a combined total of 50 years of theatrical training and stage experience. Ophelia and Gina share their glittery wisdom and generous instruction as they welcome you on your burlesque journey.

NICOLLETTE MOLL, Studio Administrator & Co-Producer

Nicollette Moll, "The Darling Dame of Downtown," is the Academy's beloved and invaluable Studio Administrator, making operations run smoothly since 2014. This Playful Peacock alumni is also Co-Producer of our annual Student Showcase featuring graduates and special guests. Nicollette co-produces Pretty Birds Cabaret and performs regularly as a solo singer and dancer, in duets with Smokey Throbinson, and with her troupe, The Birds of Paradise. 



MARANDA WRIGHT, Studio Administrator

We’re thrilled to welcome Maranda Wright as the newest member of our team! A longtime student and graduate of the Playful Peacock, Maranda will assist with registration and studio administration. After many decades of sordid affairs with other dance forms, Maranda sashayed her way into the Playful Peacock Academy and found herself seduced by burlesque. She is co-producer of the monthly Palace Burlesque show in downtown St. Paul and a member of the Birds of Paradise burlesque troupe. Maranda performs around the Twin Cities sharing her infectious smile and sparkle wherever she goes. We’re so grateful to have Maranda on board!



At the Playful Peacock, we teach burlesque technique, performance, and history while encouraging self-­expression, personal transformation, and body confidence. We offer a joyful, supportive environment and welcome students of all levels and backgrounds. We celebrate burlesque as a non-­traditional, feminist performance art championed by women and supportive entities. We are part of the global burlesque community, keeping the art of burlesque alive through education and performance.