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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! 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!



Our next student showcase, hosted by Headmistress Jo Weldon, is September 22 at DROM!
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We have an incredible roster of classes waiting for you in September -- all listed on this page!

Many people take our classes just for fun and confidence-building! None of our classes require that you perform, but all offer performance opportunities if you’d like to join one of our student showcases. Click here for more information about taking classes with an interest in performing.
And don't miss our student showcases, which are essential viewing for prospective performers!

Special Workshop This Week Only!
EXPLORING MASCULINITY -- FOR ALL GENDERS

With Jett Adore

This workshop welcomes gentleman performers and potentially aspiring performers, as well as ladies and all genders who wish to explore masculine shades in their performance and/or process. How can a burlesque performer work to create a truly male counterpart to this historically feminine art form? How can we balance playfulness, elaborate theatricality, comedy, drama, and/or clever inventiveness, while invoking legitimate masculine sex appeal?
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CORE CLASSES
If you are a first timer or relatively new to burlesque, you will be comfortable in our core classes on Thursdays and Sundays. If you want to learn how to shimmy, bump, grind, fan dance, and twirl tassels, start with our core classes. If you want to create a solo routine to perform in a showcase, the Act Development series is listed below too! Plus special workshops by spectacular world-renowned performers!


MONTHLY: ESSENTIAL BURLESQUE!


This is the one! Many of your favorite burlesque performers got their introduction to burlesque in this very workshop. You'll handle quintessential burlesque props like boas, gloves, and feather fans, while you learn secrets of performance and seduction that you can use onstage and beyond.
Includes chair dance, fan dance, tassel-twirling, and more!
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EVERY WEEK: FLIRTING WITH BURLESQUE!
September registration open!

Learn a group burlesque routine! And if you want to dip a toe in our sparkly pool of performance, you'll have the option to participate in a showcase! Our "Flirting with Burlesque" class is a perfect introduction to NYSB.
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IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER: THE ACT DEVELOPMENT SERIES!
Go through all the steps of creating a burlesque routine!

You've got the moves, you've got the attitude... but do you have the skills it takes to create a truly spectacular act? This five-week intensive workshop will help you learn how you create while you're creating, and give you the tools and support you need to create a standout burlesque number. This class guides students through the process of developing an act from the first twinkle of an idea to a fully-staged showpiece in a supportive, constructive environment. This class culminates in a Student Showcase performance, so you'll have a chance to show off your hard work onstage!
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SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER


EXPLORING MASCULINITY -- FOR ALL GENDERS
With Jett Adore

This workshop welcomes gentleman performers and potentially aspiring performers, as well as ladies and all genders who wish to explore masculine shades in their performance and/or process. How can a burlesque performer work to create a truly male counterpart to this historically feminine art form? How can we balance playfulness, elaborate theatricality, comedy, drama, and/or clever inventiveness, while invoking legitimate masculine sex appeal?
Details and Registration


FAN DANCE! TWO WORKSHOPS FOR DIFFERENT LEVELS

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE
Whether you're new to the world of fan dancing or an experienced showgirl whose fans are gathering dust, this class will instill in you the confidence and knowledge you need to fan dance fantastically onstage!
ADVANCED
This advanced class is for burlesque artists who know how to hold ostrich fans and work with them, but don't feel confident or excited about performing with them onstage. Before you say "I'm not really the fan dancing type", try out this class and rethink your relationship with your fans!
Details and Registration


October 5, 4-5.30 pm
How to Tour & Get Booked
Are you a newer performer wanting to travel and get booked outside of your city? A seasoned performer who wants to make a mark in other countries? This is the workshop for you! Ariel Helvetica has toured and performed extensively in shows and festivals around the world and for the first time ever is sharing her secrets to success in burlesque.
A short list of what is covered:
-festivals, are they worth it?
-what are my rates?
-are contracts necessary?
-can I afford this?
-social media
-how to approach producers
-what do I pack?
-where do I stay?
-how to create a successful tour
-border crossings
-how to get asked back
Bring your notebooks and take in all of the info Ariel has worked years to acquire. Also includes a question and answer with Ariel to get all the info you've been waiting for!


PINUP PERFECTION WITH BETTINA MAY!


STRIKE A POSE!
Students will learn the art of pinup modeling and how to apply those skills in promo photos and onstage. During the class, students will have an opportunity to speak with Bettina May about her experience as both a published pin-up model and photographer in a Q & A setting, and then get hands-on experience trying out her poses, playing with different characters, and get individual assistance and correction with posing.
BOMBSHELL HAIR!
For pinup modelling or a glam night out! Discover how to curl any type of hair, create long-lasting Victory rolls, glamorous waves, sturdy up-dos, and how to create hairstyles to withstand hot studio and stage lights or vigorous dancing! Also learn how to incorporate accessories for quick vintage looks and how to troubleshoot mishaps. Bring your accessories, hair flowers, vintage hats, and all of your hair questions.
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FLOORWORK SEDUCTION WITH PERLE NOIRE IN AUGUST!

Perle Noire is our featured instructor in August! This class series is being offered one time only!

Floorwork is hot hot hot! Learn about it from a master in a series where each class builds on students' individual strengths over the course of three weeks. In addition to thrilling floorwork moves, the series will include warm up techniques for floorwork, lowering to the ground and rising up smoothly, and how to seduce in any position. Each student will discover their individual strengths as they work to develop their own signature choreography. A short piece of Perle's choreography will be repeated at the end of each class so that students can memorize it and have the opportunity to perform it in a show.
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SATURDAY SPECIALS

On designated Saturdays (and occasionally on other days of the week) we have specialty classes and events, often featuring traveling guest stars. These workshops vary, from suitable for every level including beginners, to suitable for working professionals. Read individual class descriptions for details. Since these may not be available in NYC again, don't miss out!

FLOORWORK SEDUCTION WITH PERLE NOIRE!
Studio 4D

Perle Noire is our featured instructor in August! This class series is being offered one time only!

Floorwork is hot hot hot! Learn about it from a master in a series where each class builds on students' individual strengths over the course of three weeks. In addition to thrilling floorwork moves, the series will include warm up techniques for floorwork, lowering to the ground and rising up smoothly, and how to seduce in any position. Each student will discover their individual strengths as they work to develop their own signature choreography. A short piece of Perle's choreography will be repeated at the end of each class so that students can memorize it and have the opportunity to perform it in a show.
Details and Registration


In September we have two featured instructors: Jezebel Express and Jett Adore! Jezebel will be teaching Intermediate Fan Dance and Jett will be teaching Exploring Masculinity. Registration will be opening soon!


Give 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! Private one-on-one classes are available, as are grouop classes for bachelorettes and birthdays. Email schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom.

Throughout the year, we will be adding both classic essentials and innovative workshops to the schedule, featuring some of the most renowned burlesque teachers in the world. You can stay up-to-date on our latest offerings by joining our email list or coming back to check the calendar at the end of this page.



CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

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 glitter@schoolofburlesque.com 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. We work 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 levels 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 for their first time 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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More classes are listed here!

See us in action on CBS Sunday Morning!


About Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Headmistress and Founder of the NY School of Burlesque

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.
Preview, purchase or download on amazon.com!
A Chat with Jo Boobs Weldon
Burlesque How-To Videos
< Follow Headmistress Jo on Instagram!

Follow us on Twitter: @SchoolOfBurlesk
or like us on Facebook!

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 ChristinaAguilera.com!


The calendar below is constantly being updated.