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

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!


The third week of September features fan dance, striptease, bump n grind, and floor work!

Saturdays: FLOORPLAY!
WITH HARTLESS MALONE AND PERLE NOIRE
You asked for it and it's back! Begins again September 19.

Floorplay is a workshop series dedicated to the art of sensual and seductive floorwork. You can take classes individually or get a discount when you sign up for all. This class is a unique combination of Liquid Motion® and Perle Noire's Floorwork Seduction.
This workshop can help you feel fit, strong, and graceful. Floorwork is hot hot hot and you can learn basic moves and flow to incorporate into your routines!
More details


Tuesdays, 7-8 pm EST
Striptease Expertise: The Series
This week's focus is on Feeling Yourself and Being Savored
This expansion of Jo Weldon's Essential Burlesque workshop takes attendees through an in-depth exploration of how to make striptease irresistible. Performative striptease requires being touch with sensuality, as well as an understanding of logistics and psychology, and Jo will be sharing all her insider secrets.
For all levels! Take classes one at a time, or take the entire series.
Details and Registration


Every Sunday in September at 1.30 pm EST:
All-Level Movement Workshops:
Choreography Designed for Soloists
With Tips on Confidence, Performance, and Costuming
Beginners welcome!
September 6: Striptease Expertise
September 13: Chair Dance and Stocking Peel
September 20: Feather Fans
September 27: Boas, Gloves, and Tassels
Details and Registration
October dates are also available.


Every Thursday:
Learn a fun and flirty group dance routine

Bump n grind in a flirtatious choreography, designed for beginners who want to get their shimmy going!
Details and Registration


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


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 schoolofburlesque@gmail.com.


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! Classes will be added continuously! To get class announcements first, follow us on Instagram and Facebook:
Instagram: @nyschoolofburlesque
Facebook: New York School of Burlesque

We just added a five-minute (really!) pastie-making tutorial on our blog!
Check it out here.


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ALL CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CLASSES ARE LISTED ABOVE.
Below is an expansion of the above. The best way to get more information is to use the links above, but below will give you a quick look at more information if you prefer to keep scrolling.



Times listed are eastern standard times. Be sure to convert to your time zone.
Instructors will be teaching from their homes on Zoom.


Check out our book club! We'll be meeting every Saturday! On June 6 Headmistress Jo will be talking to Coleen Scott about her book The Costumes of Burlesque.
Details and Sign Up
This will also be the launch of the first-ever series based on The Burlesque Handbook, featuring everything from history to act development to dance movements and confidence-building!
unk rock and strip joints contributed to the birth of a new burlesque.
June 9:
Developing Ideas for Numbers: Inspiration and Originality
Neo and Classic: Tradition and Innovation
June 16:
Boa Work, Beginning and Intermediate
Glove Peels: Techniques and Tease
And so much more!
More Details For This Series
This series and the book club will be recorded, and if you register you will have access to the recordings for 48 hours after the event!


FLIRTING WITH BURLESQUE WITH EDIE NIGHTCRAWLER!
ON ZOOM

Learn a fun and flirty group routine!
EVERY THURSDAY 8-9 pm EST
Choose your dates from the menu below. $10 each or 6 for $50.
Class dates
More Details and Registration


ESSENTIAL BURLESQUE WITH JO WELDON
ON ZOOM

SUNDAYS 130-3 PM est EST
June 7: Striptease Expertise
June 14: Chair Dance and Stocking Peel
June 21: Fan Dance
June 28: Classic Moves
The Essential Burlesque series of four theory and movement classes is online in June 2020! Each class focuses on a different burlesque specialty. Make your selection from the dropdown menu below. $15 each or $50 for all 4 Sundays in June. You'll receive a zoom invitation the day of the class.
No registrations will be accepted after 12 pm the day of the class.

Essential Burlesque Online June 2020
You'll receive a Zoom invitation and reminder the day of the class.
More Dates, Details and Class Descriptions



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Missed it? Check out the book!


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!










Below is further information and past classes.

Book Proposal Workshop! Special Event Saturday May 2 at 2 pm-330 pm EST
Will be conducted via Zoom.
If you've been thinking about writing a book, or you've written one, the next step is creating a book proposal! Jo Weldon, author of The Burlesque Handbook, has published two books with a big five publisher, and she'll take you through the process as she knows it. She'll also explain the differences between writing proposals for fiction and non-fiction. Come with your questions!
Price, Sliding Scale. Suggestions, but no judgement:
$20 gig economy worker out of gigs
$30 employed but making less while working at home
$40 working at home at regular pay
Use the button below to select and pay.
SOLD OUT
Registration closed. Please follow us on IG, FB, or join our email list to be notified when it is offered again.


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!


COMING ONLINE FOR APRIL! MONTHLY: ESSENTIAL BURLESQUE!


Sunday Afternoons
This is the one! Many of your favorite performers got their introduction to burlesque in this very series. 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!
Sunday April 19: Fan Dance
Sunday April 26: Classic Moves
Details and Registration

ONLINE THIS WEEK AND EVERY WEEK: FLIRTING WITH BURLESQUE!
Thursday nights
Registration is open now!

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.
Details and Registration

Go Above for currently available classes.


ONLINE SATURDAY APRIL 11 230 PM EST: MAKING A BETTER APPLICATION VIDEO -- FREE CLASS!
You'll get insight into what adjudicators do (and don't) want to see in application footage, as well as concepts and best practices for strutting your stuff off on video. Filled with tips and pointers for putting your best foot (and other body parts) forward, the class includes a step-by-step demonstration of simple yet effective filming and editing. (Note: This is not an on-depth software tutorial, but a best-practices overview.)
Details and Registration

ONLINE SATURDAY APRIL 11 4 PM EST: IF YOU MUST MAKE A MESS
Jo Weldon will discuss the pros and cons of making a mess onstage. She’ll give tips on how to prepare the stage and backstage for various pours, how to talk to producers and venues about them, and various approaches to cleaning up after them. Come with your questions and suggestions!
Details and Registration


ONLINE SUNDAY APRIL 12 4 PM EST: HAIROGRAPHY
This workshop is full of flips, swings, and swirls. Open to all bodies! Although Jo will be demonstrating moves for long hair, we will also be working on head choreography and eye contact, so this can be suitable for more than one style and type of hair. The goal is not just to imitate Jo's moves but to discover moves that work for you.
Details and Registration

ONLINE SATURDAY APRIL 11 230 PM EST: MAKING A BETTER APPLICATION VIDEO -- FREE CLASS!
You'll get insight into what adjudicators do (and don't) want to see in application footage, as well as concepts and best practices for strutting your stuff off on video. Filled with tips and techniques for putting your best foot (and other body parts) forward, the class includes a step-by-step demonstration of simple yet effective filming and editing. (Note: This is not an on-depth software tutorial, but a best-practices overview.)
Details and Registration



INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION ONLINE
Have you always wanted to learn burlesque but were too shy to be part of a group class?
Email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com for online individual consultation and classes.

Website text and calendar below is still being edited, please refer above this line for current availability.



ONLINE SATURDAY APRIL 11 4 PM EST: IF YOU MUST MAKE A MESS
Jo Weldon will discuss the pros and cons of making a mess onstage. She’ll give tips on how to prepare the stage and backstage for various pours, how to talk to producers and venues about them, and various approaches to cleaning up after them. Come with your questions and suggestions!
Details and Registration

ONLINE SUNDAY APRIL 12 4 PM EST: HAIROGRAPHY
This workshop is full of flips, swings, and swirls. Open to all bodies! Although Jo will be demonstrating moves for long hair, we will also be working on head choreography and eye contact, so this can be suitable for more than one style and type of hair. The goal is not just to imitate Jo's moves but to discover moves that work for you.
Details and Registration

Registration for online classes closes an hour before the class.
If you have not received your zoom or FB invitation to the online forum 45 minutes or less before the class for which you are registered begins, please email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com OR the respective teacher (for instance, for April 18, DO NOT email schoolofburlesque but email the respective teacher). We will be unable to add with less than 15 minutes to go as we will be setting up at that time.

Online Friday, March 27, at 3 pm EST! (check your time zone!)
Jo Weldon and Indigo Blue offer this free & extremely DiY online arts & crafts fun hour. They will be drinking tea and making Burlesque pasties out of materials found around the house. Join in for this free & fun session. You might gain a few useful tips, if you're lucky. This is FREE but you must register to attend!
Sign Up

Special Online Event!
Leopard Print is burlesque's signature color!
Join us in a book show-and-tell brunch with Headmistress Jo March 24 at 1 pm. Requires the Zoom app. RSVPs must be received by noon.
Let’s all wear leopard print and hold a cocktail glass 😺 To attend, send your email address to historyofleopardprint@gmail.com with the words “Leopard Print History Brunch 3/24” in the subject line and you'll receive the zoom invite!
This is mostly a show and tell book discussion. with lots of luscious print. You'll learn the history of the print from Egypt to fast fashion. Attendees will have the option to turn on video and show off their leopard print outfits, if so inclined.
And yes, it's free! Jo is learning how to produce live events and this will help her out -- and hopefully be super fun for all our fierce friends!
See a video book preview on YouTube.


ONLINE MARCH 25!
Book Proposal Workshop
Registration is open now!
Thinking about writing a book? Got a book you'd like to sell to a publisher? Curious about how it works? Headmistress Jo is the author of The Burlesque Handbook and The History of Leopard Print, both available now from HarperCollins, and she'll show you the ropes. Details and Registration


CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

If you're interested in individual one-on-one professional instruction, choreography, or consultation, we offer private classes 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.


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 group 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.





 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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