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All of our currently available classes are listed on this page. Scroll on down and get ready to bump n grind with the best!

Above: Students in our studio classes.
All of our currently available classes are live on Zoom, with the option to view a recording if you have paid and registered but can't make the live schedule.
We'll be back in the studio when it's safe to get together, but for now, you can take a class from anywhere in the world!

Every December, we feature classes that are taught only once a year, and our regular schedule of classes resumes in January. This year we are offering intensives and specialty classes available for the first time online!

Performance Fundamentals

December 6 and 13
What makes a burlesque performer excellent? Mastering fundamentals!
These five sessions will help you understand the building blocks of burlesque: persona, music, costume, choreography, and staging. In each class, we'll discuss coherence among these elements, as well as how to remember to connect to the audience when you're juggling all these logistics!
We will be continuously discussing self-confidence and audience connection.
Details and Registration

Specialty workshops!
By request, Jo Weldon is teaching three specialty workshops in December:
Hairography -- Learn to do hair flips, head swings, and more!
Mastering Corsets -- Learn how to choose the right corset, how to lace it for performance, and ways to remove it smoothly and sensually!
Burlesque Hair and Makeup -- Learn about false eyelashes, glitter lips, and more!
Details and Registration

Fan Dance Workshops with Perle Noire!

Perle Noire has performed her signature blend of sultry, athletic, and captivating fan dancing in numerous venues throughout the world. And now, she wants to share her techniques with you!
Details and Registration

Available now: January 2021 Essential Burlesque!
Learn striptease, chair dance, stocking peels, fan dance, tassel-twirling, and more!

On Youtube: Book Talk!
Brown Skin Showgirls (Burlesque History), with Author Leslie Cunningham and Guest Host, Historian Bebe Bardot
Recording coming soon!
NYSB Book Club

Flirting With Burlesque

Learn a fun and flirty group dance routine!
Bump n grind n shimmy choreography, designed for beginners who want to get moving.
Flirting with Burlesque will resume registration in January 2021. Registration for January classes will open in December.

If you are registered for a class that begins in less than an hour and you haven't yet received your zoom invitation, please email

Learn at home with

The Burlesque Handbook

Looking for a unique group experience during social distancing? You can arrange a private vintage-style burlesque workshop party for you and your friends on Zoom! Perfect for birthdays and bachlorette parties! It will be as interactive as you like, with tips on flirtation, seduction, and the psychology of striptease. You set the tone! All you need is a hoodie, cardigan, or button down shirt.
Email for more information.
If you want props involved and you can plan in advance, you can schedule classes like boa play, fan dance, and tassel twirling, with expert guidance to help you manage your online event.

Our classes are finally available worldwide online! We will offer intensives in early December, and our full schedule will resume in January 2021.

Classes will be added continuously! To get class announcements first, follow us on Instagram and Facebook:
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Instructors will be teaching from their homes on Zoom.

Above are all of our currently listed classes.
What classes would you like for us to offer? Email to let us know!

The NY School of Burlesque combines direct training from the most glamourous performers of the 1940s-1960s with the freshness, mischief and creativity of the most prolific neo-burlesque scene in the world! All of our instructors are working, internationally-known professional performers, and our environment is warm, supportive, and inclusive. We offer a wide range of classes for entertainment, exercise, or training to perform, depending on your level of interest. Plus, you can request a private class for you and your friends at any time!

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