Conscious Burlesque

Conscious Burlesque® Where The Profane is Sacred.

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Conscious Burlesque

Conscious Burlesque® is a dance therapy modality that helps women fire up their inner spark, evoke their sensual nature, and explore their hidden shadows.

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Conscious Burlesque® is a dance therapy modality that helps women fire up their inner spark, evoke their sensual nature, and explore their hidden shadows.

This practice allows women to find parts of themselves that have been hidden or missing for some time.

Through intimate, transformative processes, individualized attention from Madame Merci and sacred performance women discover what has been missing – their innate fire.


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Are you interested in exploring Conscious Burlesque®? Have you always wanted to dance but you’ve been a little afraid to jump in? Or are you finally ready to explore a new edge?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you!

The Online Conscious Burlesque® Class is a combination of burlesque technique and group choreography.  You can practice the art of Conscious Burlesque from the comfort of your own home!

All you need is a computer and wi-fi access and you can join Madame Merci from anywhere in the world!

Say Yes!

“If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not only ourselves but all existence. For nothing is self-sufficient, neither in us ourselves nor in things; and if our soul has trembled with happiness and sounded like a harp string just once, all eternity was... read more

Twerking The Great Wall

Inside I have an inner twerker- when I’m in situations that squish me, or make me feel small, I gaze at that little shaking Mama and she brings a smile to my lips. I’m traveling to China, and I will not be leading any burlesque there (yet!). My little... read more

Reverence To The Strip

“The art of the strip becomes a shedding of layers. We shed layers of doubt, of insecurity, and of cultural taboos that have held us and that so many are still held by. We dance for ourselves and we dance for others. We dance for a type of freedom that very few ever... read more

Emerging Blossoms

The emerging burlesque dancer is a bit like a blossom. At times burlesque is the most exhilarating exciting thing many women have ever experienced and at other times it is terrifying to imagine how on earth could reveal yourself, your body, and your heart to a group... read more

I took a burlesque workshop with Madame Merci over a year ago and haven’t missed one since! It has completely changed the way I feel about myself! I was always trying to hide who I was and was terrified of what others thought of me. Through therapy and burlesque I have completely changed the way I feel about myself. No amount of therapy could have done what conscious burlesque has done for me! I say with highest honor… thank you. You have helped transform my life.

Sinful Serenity

Workshop Attendee

By showing my body to others in a way that allows me to express those attributes I thought I should hide, I feel a new freedom. I am blooming.  I am showing my true colors, and it feels wonderful.  It’s about allowing myself to shine and giving others the permission to do the same. Thank you, Madame Merci, for the joyous gift you’ve allowed me to safely unwrap.

Bloomin' Bad

Workshop Attendee

The normalized approach in our society of either repressing or exploiting sexuality has created a relationship to sexuality that can often be experienced as taboo, dirty, unholy, and covered in veils. In my mind the mission of Conscious Burlesque is to bring all this and even more in to the light and embracing the sacred and profane while reclaiming our sexuality and sensuality for what it is.

Serenity Calipso


In the weeks after, I watched dozens of YouTube videos of “regular” burlesque, and attended a live show in Boulder.  Fun.  Interesting.  I get it.  “Regular” burlesque is a jocose risqué parody that revels in sexuality in the numerous places where our society is typically prudish.  As such, it does us a great service. Last night I attended my second show of conscious burlesque.  It sizzled.  I found it even more satisfying than “regular” burlesque.  It wasn’t just gorgeous booty.  It is a story of human psyche, of love gained and love lost.

Paul Paiva

M.Div., M.A., CoCreative Journeys