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Jo Weldon by Beau Allulli

Jo Weldon

Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque

photo of Jo "Boobs" Weldon by Beau Allulli

From New York, where American Burlesque Striptease was born...

...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! We offer a wide range of classes for entertainment, exercise, or training to perform, depending on your level of interest.

Gift the gift of burlesque classes with our Gift Certificates!
If you've received a gift certificate and you want some help choosing classes, get in touch! Email schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom.

Check out our full lineup of special guest classes for the annual New York Burlesque Festival!


Beyond the Bump N Grind with Dirty Martini
An advanced class for experienced dancers, Miss Martini uses her choreographic talents to teach a comprehensive warm up and challenging routine for dancers who need a little polishing for their moves, grounding in their technique or bravado in their onstage personality. This class works on fluidity of movement while introducing the vocabulary of the old burlesque to the modern eye of the classically trained performer. Focusing on musicality and stage presence, it's the next step for a performer who feels comfortable with movement and choreography, but would like to discover more about the moves that make burlesque dancers unique.

Floorwork with Sweetpea
Floorwork gets you gigs! Audiences love it! Fresh off her devastating performance at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in June, where Sweetpea brought the house down with a combination of perfectly executed high-energy moves and luscious slow burn, she is bringing a rockin' workshop to NYC! Students will do a warmup to loosen and free their limbs, then learn how to move smoothly to the floor, make graceful transitions, do impressive tricks, and return to standing with apparent ease.
Capes and Wings with Gabriella Maze
Gabriella will demonstrate and discuss moving fabric with ease, including techniques than can apply to wings, capes, and dusters She loves fabric, the more yards the better! It is a versatile tool, and every dancer can benefit from knowing how to work yards of fabric with effortless wonder and sensuality . She will discuss which fabrics work best and how these props are constructed (though this is not a costume construction class). Hear some stories, bring your questions, and let Gabriella Maze teach you how to create a spectacular sexy visual! Come dressed for movement and bring wings, a duster, cape, or any piece of fabric to try out her techniques for yourself. If you don't have a suitable cape to bring, you can still watch and learn! Born and raised in London, Gabriella began her dancing career in the early 1970s. Her unique, sultry style took her around the world and she was a featured performer in hotspots all over the globe, including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai. The story has it that she even shared a hookah with the Shah of Iran! One thing's for sure -- she wouldn't change a thing in her glamorous life!


Dynamic Choreography with Michelle Lamour
Ever feel like you have dancer's block? Not quite sure what to do or how? Michelle L'Amour is a master of choreography! Learn how to work with your particular skill set and gain tools to make your choreography more dynamic and entertaining. We will also talk about transitions and how to use your specialty moves. Wear dance clothes and heels.

Acting Burlesque with Tigger
Set the stage on fire! Go from talented to TNT! Build a larger-than-life Burlesque Persona with Tigger! and take your shows and your stage identity to the next level. Tigger! is a recognized pioneer of today's burlesque scene, but he has been an actor all his life -- "acting like a stripper" since 1992 years. Using his degree in theatre, his experience teaching college acting, and nearly 40 years on the stage (from Shakespeare to Shimmy), he employs his theatrical training & perspective to break down what makes a burlesque performer stand out from the herd. Whatever you do in front of any kind of an audience, You are an Actor. Learn techniques and tips to make the most of what you've got. Be prepared to take notes. ACTING BURLESQUE is a lecture with some acting/movement exercises.

Saturday, September 23, Studio 3F
1.30-2.30 Bump N Grind with Dirty Martini
2.45-3.45 Floorwork with Sweetpea
4-5 pm Capes and Wings with Gabriella Maze (Studio 4D)
Sunday September 24, Studio 4C
12.00-1.00 Dynamic Dance Choreography with Michelle Lamour
1.15-2.15 Acting for Burlesque with Tigger!

NYBF 2017

In October:

Come play with us! We will hand you a fabulous boa, put you in a pair of glamourous satin gloves, and teach you a classic burlesque routine on the very first day. Even with no experience or dance training, you can learn the basics of boa-flinging, glove-peeling, chair dance, fan dance, tassel-twirling, and more! Check out Essential Burlesque!

Floorwork with Perle Noire
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Every Week: Flirting with Burlesque
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Semi-Monthly: The Essential Burlesque Series
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If you're interested in individual one-on-one professional instruction and choreography, we offer private instruction on an hourly basis. If you're interested in private group instruction for you and your friends, we can do that too! You can use our props (boas, gloves, pasties, fans, etc.), or with enough advance notice, we can provide props you and your friends can keep! We can also recommend performers, shows, and costumers. Email for more information.

Class size is limited to ensure each student gets a quality experience, and classes often sell out. Sign up as soon as you decide you want to take the classes to make sure you get in.

Our goal is to provide a space in which students feel supported, though individual class assignments may be challenging, and the business end of burlesque can be demanding. Our goal is to make these spaces inclusive, diverse, and free of harassment. Because of the sexy nature of burlesque, it is important to us to help maintain our students' boundaries and comfort when they need our help or authority to do so. Please let us know if you ever feel uncomfortable due to the speech or actions of any of our instructors, students, or venues. Further, we will do our best to ensure that you do not experience discrimination due to your body type, age, gender, race, level of ability, or other factors that may concern you.

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Bachelorette & Birthday PartiesAbout the NYSB
NYSB Original Classes and Shows
About Headmistress Jo Weldon

Bachelorette, Birthday, and Other Events
Videos and Online Burlesque Instruction
We are the original burlesque party providers, operating since 2003! We love to make everyone, from the shyest to the most outrageous folks in your party, feel like the hottest burlesque stars on center stage. Trust your memorable event to our experience and expertise, and treat yourself and your friends to a fabulous, sexy, and entertaining class!
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About the
New York School of Burlesque

The New York School of Burlesque is the original source for learning the art of the bump, grind, and shimmy, teaching students across the country and around the world since 2003! Headmistress Jo "Boobs" Weldon wrote the book on burlesque—literally—The Burlesque Handbook, and we have produced how-to DVDs that many other instructors learn from. We know that one person alone doesn't make a school, so we have a wide variety of instructors with different approaches at the NYSB. The New York School of Burlesque will give you access to amazing and experienced teachers with a real commitment to joyous, dazzling burlesque and a love of performance. Our instructors work for The New York Burlesque Festival, The Burlesque Hall of Fame, Coney Island USA, and BurlyCon, so whether you just want to have fun or own the stage, you're in the right place!

We've produced numbers for Christina Aguilera, Gossip Girl, What Not to Wear, Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of NY, and more, plus we've been featured on dozens of news shows, including CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show. Now we want to play with YOU!

We have plenty of classes just for fun, and also offer classes to hone your skills if you decide to perform. The NYSB gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced, fun-loving, and successful people in burlesque no matter your background. Plus, all students of the School are welcome to perform in our Student Showcases, and we have put more people on stage than any other school or show producer in the world! More of our students have gone on to win awards and to perform in festivals and events than we can count.

 Jo Weldon and Students by Norman Blake
New York School of Burlesque Alumni peform with Headmistress Jo Weldon at a benefit for Coney Island USA. Photo by Norman Blake

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Bachelorette, Birthday, and Other Events
We have been providing burlesque bachelorette parties for over ten years. Trust your event to our experience and expertise, and treat yourself and your friends to a fabulous class!
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See us in action on CBS Sunday Morning!

About Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Headmistress and Founder of the NY School of Burlesque

New York School of Burlesque, Storybook Burlesque, The Burlesque Handbook
Headmistress Jo Weldon performing with Storybook Burlesque in The Burlesque Handbook show

Headmistress and Founder Jo Weldon wrote the first-ever book on performing burlesque! For the price of a burlesque class, you can have a handbook that includes dance moves, costuming and makeup tips, and complete pastie-making and tassel-twirling instructions! The Burlesque Handbook, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, from HarperCollins/ItBooks.
Preview, purchase or download on!
Jo Boobs Teaches the Va Va Voom!
A Chat with Jo Boobs Weldon
Burlesque How-To Videos
Read Jo's Blog
Follow Jo on Twitter!

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Burlesque Brings Babes Together
Ten Tips for Trying Burlesque
Five Tips for Giving a Sexy Striptease

Private events are our specialty. We can bring a class or performers to your bachelorette, birthday, or corporate event! Contact us for more details.

Gift certificates are available upon request. More information here.

Love the movie Burlesque?
Check out our "Show Me How You Burlesque" webisode series on!

The calendar below is constantly being updated.