Welcome to a heart-centered burlesque academy, professional event production team and dance school founded by Sapphira who overcame bipolar to share joy.
We offer in person and online dance classes with World Burlesque Academy, the World Burlesque Academy App (available in the App Store and Google Play) where you can learn online, Boost Your Burlesque business development courses for performers and our principles are based on mindfulness coaching methods. The world's a stage, step into the spotlight.
Established in 2006 as a part time hobby and being launched a full time business in 2009, Sapphira's Showtime has blossomed into a fully established event production company and dance academy operating worldwide with focus teams in Melbourne, London and Ibiza, Spain. The butterfly is our mascot, the symbol of transformation that we identify with as we transform on stage with costume and dress ups. Our mission is to liberate people from fear and we do this by hosting inclusive World Record attempts, online dance challenges and pouring our heart into our classes and festivals, be they physical or virtual events.
Meet the Business Owner
Introducing Sapphira. A burlesque artist, teacher and mentor, Sapphira who has 25 years of performance experience to her name and is proud to include Sir Richard Branson and Dita Von Teese among her acquaintances.
The founder of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival and World Burlesque Day, Sapphira’s interest in the media saw her commence work experience at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC Radio and at the local Leader newspaper, the Progress Press age 16. Here she would accompany leading journalists and photographers out on their daily scoops from attending politician’s press conferences to local event launches.
A digital native, her first media sales positions were selling websites in their earliest inception which embedded her love of technology from an early age. As her burgeoning corporate career in advertising, international higher education and media sales blossomed, she invested her spare time in developing as a performer and artist and soon the lights of London would call her. It was in London she had her epiphany. She found true release, transformation and healing in the craft of burlesque.
Further healing took place as she enrolled herself on many personal development courses with organisations such as More To Life, Heath Myers Agent of Change, deepening her knowledge of ways to battle negative core beliefs that hold many people back. It was in 2009 when the Re-Creation chain of gyms contacted her to put her classes into 6 of their locations across Melbourne that she took the leap to start the business full time and has never looked back.
Today she is respected in both the arts and corporate worlds as a dynamic business woman, keynote speaker and multi-disciplinary artist, poet, author and performer.
Her memoir Burlesque or Bust was published with Trigger in 2018 and has achieved 5 star reviews on Amazon. Her music discography boasts her collaborations with some of the world’s best music producers
- Audiofly – Circles feat. Priscilla
- Tonestepa – Dark Angel, Mindtalk, Facing My Demons
- Ways & Means - Twisted
- Doc Moody – Boots Are Made for Walkin’
Today Sapphira’s Showtime has been supported by some of the world’s biggest companies including
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Active
- Benefit Cosmetics
- Macmillan Publishers
- Crazy Horse Paris
We hope you will join us at a show or class soon. We’re virtual so you can connect with us from anywhere on Zoom.
The world's a stage, step into the spotlight.