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Live In Studio Classes in NYC


VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES AND EVENTS.


Above: Students in our studio classes.


Currently listed on this page:
Crafting Classes
Flirting With Burlesque
Fan Dance
Act Development


More classes are added every other week. Join our email list and follow us on on Instagram to keep updated as classes are added.



Fantastic Fans!

Live in-studio in-person in NYC.
Prepayment required to attend.
Playwrights Horizons, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor
Sunday, September 12, 1-2.30 pm
Have you ever wanted to hold a pair of those big feather fans? Now's your chance!
Learn to shop for fans, how to hold them, how to pose with them, and how to move them! Headmistress Jo Weldon will put them right into your hands, showing you the professional tips and tricks that have put her on stages around the world.
This class will be kept small so students get to spend individual time with Jo's personal fans, which have appeared on many of the most famous burlesque stages around, as well as on the front page of the New York Times!
Wear something cute so you can take what may be your favorite selfie ever.
Prepayment required.
Location:440 Lafayette St, Greenwich Village NYC, 4th Floor, Studio 4C
Masks and proof of vaccination required to attend.

September 12, 1-2.30 pm



BURLESQUE CRAFTING CLASSES!
Live In-Person in NYC.
Thursdays in September at 6-7.15 pm.
Only $40 each, supplies included.
Location: Club Cumming at 505 E 6th St, NYC 10009
Instructor: Tallulah Talons, Producer of Pandemic Burlesque.
All are welcome--no prior experience needed
Scheduled Topics: 9/2 - rip-away fringed shimmy belt making
9/9 - custom pastie making
9/16 - pinup hair flower making
9/23 - fancy facemasks for performances
9/30 - panel skirt making

Space is VERY limited and advance reservations are required. You must use PayPal button to pay to register to reserve a spot.

Available Workshops
What to bring: Bring proof of vaccination and ID showing that you are 21+, and a facemask. Your fee includes the basic materials needed to complete each project such as fabric, thread, needles, glue, fasteners, fringe, tassels, sequins, and resin rhinestones. If you would like to use specific materials or need to match the colors of a specific costume, you may also bring additional things from home like custom trims or rhinestones.

About the Location: Club Cumming at 505 E 6th St, NYC 10009. The cross street is Avenue A. The venue is easy to miss. It has a plain black facade and only a small paper sign in one of the side windows.
Questions about these costuming classes? Feel free to email Tallulah Talons at burlesquegiantess@gmail.com


FLIRTING WITH BURLESQUE ONLINE
Thursdays at 8-9 pm Eastern Time
Resumes September 9 with Instructor Edie Nightcrawler
Are you Burlesque-Curious?
Get acquainted with our fancy performing art in this fun and friendly class, featuring simple moves that will get you into the burlesque groove!

Class dates


FANTASTIC FANS!

Live In-Person in NYC.
Playwrights Horizons, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor
Sunday, September 12, 1-2.30 pm
Have you ever wanted to hold a pair of those big feather fans? Now's your chance!
Learn to shop for fans, how to hold them, how to pose with them, and how to move them! Headmistress Jo Weldon will put them right into your hands, showing you the professional tips and tricks that have put her on stages around the world.
This class will be kept small so students get to spend individual time with Jo's personal fans, which have appeared on many of the most famous burlesque stages around, as well as on the front page of the New York Times!
Wear something cute so you can take what may be your favorite selfie ever.
Prepayment required.
Location:440 Lafayette St, Greenwich Village NYC, 4th Floor, Studio 4C
Masks and proof of vaccination required to attend.

September 12, 1 pm



GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!
Live in-person in NYC.
Sundays in October 2-4 pm
October 3, 10, 17, 24
Must pay in advance to attend
150 West 150th St
Create your own burlesque routine, from music selection, costume design and construction, makeup techniques, all the way through movement and choreography! You'll dig deep, laugh hard, feel incredibly sexy, and discover a fresh perspective for appreciating your personal genius!
Burlesque allows performers total authority to set the tone, style, and theme of each individual presentation. Each number has the potential to be a one-woman (or man) show, with absolute freedom of self-expression. It is a perfect medium for performers, whether they are interested specifically in burlesque, or looking to add new tools to their repertoires.
No prerequisites are required. Don't wait to register! The Essential Burlesque Series (see calendar) can be a companion for this class, but you will be able to create your fully developed fabulous routine with dance and theme using the techniques you'll learn in this series.
Finishing with a showcase at gorgeous DROM on November 7 at 8 pm!
LIMITED REGISTRATION $195



Taking Off!
Striptease Choreo and Improv
Live in-person in NYC.
Playing with new topics every week while developing choreography skills.
Mondays, 6-7 pm.
Please arrive with vaccination card or pass and ID.
Location: In NYC's fabulous Garment District at Aerial Arts, 150 West 30th St. in Manhattan
August 30: Zip It!
We'll be talking about zippers as we discuss the basics of burlesque choreography! Bring at least one item that zips -- hoodies, dresses, boots, jeans, etc. -- and we will develop choreography for you during the class! Important note: bring items that remove easily once unzipped.
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A NEW IN-PERSON CLASS ABOUT STRIPTEASE AND SENSUALITY, CALLED "FEELING YOURSELF."
Watch your instructor do a world-class zipper tease on IGTV!
Preregistration required.
Arrive 10 minutes early to check in.
For any class, dress as you would for a yoga or dance class and bring shoes you’d like to dance in and that you can move easily in.
No food in the studio, but water is allowed!



In-Person and Online classes are added every few weeks.
Bookmark this page, join the email list linked in the sidebar, and follow us on NYSB Instagram to get class announcements. We feature classes in movement, act development, glamour, and professionalism. Email us if there's a class you'd like us to add!



LIVE IN-PERSON IN-STUDIO
Check out our in-studio classes in New York City in July!



All classes above this line are live in-studio in NYC.

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All classes below this line are online, both live and recorded.

Burlesque: Air, Water, Earth, Fire
Online in September 2021
Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, is debuting a new online series at Morbid Anatomy.
The series guides students into exploration of seductive dance movement through literal and mystical interpretations of the four elements of air, water, earth, and fire. Air dancing will incorporate inspiration, stillness, and lightness. Water movement will address undulating, smooth, shimmering dance, exploring both water’s surface and depths. Earth movement will focus on balance, grounding, and floor moves. Fire movement will incorporate passion, speed, seduction, and brightness. Throughout, students will discover which elements they wish to embody, and essential burlesque details about music, costuming, and props will be part of the discussions.
More Details and Registration for Elemental Burlesque

All of our online 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.
You can take our online classes from anywhere in the world!


Flirting With Burlesque in July and August
With Jezebel Express!!


Every Thursday!
Learn a fun and flirty group dance routine!
Bump n grind n shimmy choreography, designed for beginners who want to get moving.
Get More Details or Buy Now:
Choose your dates: Flirting with Burlesque is paused for August and will resume in September! More Details







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Liquid Motion with Hartless Malone!

Saturdays beginning April 17, 3.30 pm EST
Get ready for slinky sensual floor action!
Liquid Motion® is a method and style of dance and movement education that is brought to the public through safe, fun, and educational classes. Learn how to move sensually and intentionally through conditioning exercises, basic dance theory and movement exploration.
Details and Registration


Goal-Setting Brunchtime -- Free! Live on Zoom
Saturday Jun 26 1-2 pm US Eastern Time
Registration limited to 15 attendees.
To attend, email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com with the words "Goal-Setting Workshop" in the subject line of your email.
About this meetup with Headmistress Jo Weldon:
As we come out of the pandemic, we have a chance to evolve burlesque into what we want it to be, and figure out where we want to be in it. What are your passions? What are your goals? The better you understand what opportunities exist, what you want, and what motivates you to want it, the better your chances of achieving any goal -- and being happy when you get what you want.
Includes a worksheet you can re-use for any project, burlesque or otherwise.
Bring a cocktail (or mocktail), wear your fanciest caftan, and join Jo Weldon for a discussion about goal-setting in burlesque. All levels are welcome.


Dancing in High Heels
June 1, 7-8.00 pm EST

With Special Guest Instructor Whiskey Jules! One Time Only!
This class is all about wearing heels, specifically as a burlesque performer. Whiskey Jules will share her tips on how to buy heels for your particular feet, foot and ankle care, and most importantly, how to WERK them on stage. Walk, strut, turn, twirl, find those sexy leg lines! This class will be part lecture (and Q + As) and part movement, and is open to anyone wanting to feel more confident heels. Whiskey will talk about the "anatomy" of a heel (and your foot in it), and teach techniques taken from Latin ballroom dancing, as can be applied to burlesque performance. Wear something comfortable and have one or two pairs of heels, that you may want to use for burlesque, ready for play. A Theraband (or some other iteration of a fitness band) will also be useful. But don't worry if you don't have supplies, all of the techniques can be practiced without them.
Details and Registration



FIERCE: The History Of Leopard Print

Live Online Illustrated Lecture
Thursday, September 2, at New York Adventure Club
Get to know more about the burlesque community's favorite neutral!
The leopard is an apex predator: powerful, adaptable, and impossible to domesticate. Leopard print is an apex fashion statement: powerful, fluid in meaning, and impossible to ignore. From being the most prized insignia of kings and warriors, to a pop culture fashion staple that is so common we now take it for granted, this is the story of leopard print, and how a pattern adapted by nature has never lost its bite.
Get Details and Tickets!

Essential Burlesque ONLINE!

Select Sundays 1.30 pm EST
May 2: Striptease Expertise
May 9: Chair Dance and Stocking Peel
May 16: Feather Fan Dance
May 23: Classic Moves: Boas, Gloves, and Tassels
Questions? See More Details
You can register individually or sign up for all four classes in May to get a 20% discount.

Essential Burlesque Online May 2021





RECENT PAST CLASSES
Email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com to request these classes to happen again in the future!


Book Proposal Workshop!
May 30, 2021, 1 pm - 3 pm Eastern Time
LIVE ON ZOOM
If you've been thinking about writing a book, or you've written one, the next step is creating a book proposal! Presenter Jo Weldon, author of The Burlesque Handbook, has published two books with a big five publisher, and she'll take you through the process that worked for her. She'll tell you the pros and cons of working with agents, ways to find agents or approach publishers, and explain all the elements of a working book proposal. She'll also explain the differences between writing proposals for fiction and non-fiction. Please note, although she will discuss self-publishing very briefly, this is not a class on self-publishing, it is a class on how to write a book proposal to sell to a traditional publisher. Bring a notebook and all your questions!
Details and Registration


Fierce: The History of Leopard Print!

Monday, April 26, 9.30 PM
Dress up in your fiercest and join us for Jo Weldon's internationally celebrated lecture on the history of this powerful pattern!
Online at New York Adventure Club.
Details and Registration


Shake It Up: Shake Dancing in History & Practice
with Bebe Bardot!


March 27, 6 pm EST
Explore the history and choreography of retro shake dancing, a style of movement popularized during the 1930s-1970s. While definitions vary, shake dancing has always been marked by wild displays of sexual freedom, abandon, and unbridled sensuality. Participants will learn the socio-historical background of shake dancing in theory and practice, and will also learn how to spice up bump-and-grind acts by incorporating aspects of shake dancing into their performance style. Details and Registration


BurlyCon Online April 23-25
The spring BurlyCon BurlyPod is coming soon!
Learn about dance, costuming, makeup, and professionalism on a global scale from the comfort of your home!
This BurlyCon BurlyPod is the only event of its kind, featuring headlining burlesque instructors from all over the world. No other burlesque learning experience compares to it! There are only 3 in 2021.
Details and Registration


All classes are listed in Eastern Standard Time. When you register for a class, be sure to add it to your calendar in your own time zone. You will receive your Zoom invitation the day of the class. If you did not receive your Zoom invitation, please let us know (by emailing schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom) BEFORE the class begins, rather than emailing us afterward to let us know you did not get it.


ANYTIME!
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 glitter@schoolofburlesque.com 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:
Instagram: @nyschoolofburlesque
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We just added a five-minute (really!) pastie-making tutorial on our blog!
Check it out here.


BLACK LIVES MATTER!
We stand in solidarity with protesters in the US and around the world and are committed to a lifetime practice of dismantling oppression.




ALL CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CLASSES ARE LISTED ABOVE.



Times listed are eastern standard times. Be sure to convert to your time zone.
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 glitter@schoolofburlesque.com 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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