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We are currently rebuilding and updating our website
and reconfiguring it to include both online and in-studio classes.
Scroll down for classes that are available in July and August 2021!
More classes will be added every other week.

Live In Studio Classes in NYC


Above: Students in our studio classes.
See our in-person classes for July in New York City here.

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!

Check out our in-studio classes in New York City in July!

Taking Off!
Striptease Choreo and Improv
Mondays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 6-7 pm.
Please arrive with vaccination card or pass and ID.
At Aerial Arts, 150 West 30th St. in Manhattan
July 12: Sunglasses! Bring a pair and learn a quick and easy spy routine.
July 19: Hands, Head, and Shoulders! Burlesque is form of communication with your audience! As much as shimmies, tassel twirls, and bumps n grinds are part of our choreography, using upper body movement to entice and amuse them are essential too. WeˇÇll use upper-body and face choreography to be expressive, seductive, and playful! Feel yourself, and make them feel your presence.
July 26: Walking the Walk! The way you walk tells the audience as much as about your intentions as the way you strip. Learn to walk the walk, how to pause for power, and how to use stages of every size to the best dramatic effect.
August 2: Zip It! We'll be talking about zippers! Bring some items that zip -- jeans, hoodies, dresses, boots, etc. -- and we will develop choreography for you during the class! Important note: bring items that remove easily once unzipped.
Bring shoes you’d like to dance in, as we will also be discussing the differences between walking on bare feet and in heels.

Taking Off July 2021

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


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

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.
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FLIRTING WITH BURLESQUE (June 24-July 29, Thurs 8-9pm)
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Coming in September:
Elemental Burlesque
Jo Weldon will teach techniques related to air, water, earth, and fire in this new series developed with Morbid Anatomy.


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 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

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

Email to request these classes to happen again in the future!

Book Proposal Workshop!
May 30, 2021, 1 pm - 3 pm Eastern Time
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.

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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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 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!