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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!

Want to get started as a burlesque professional? Ask about our consultations! You'll get fast track info to suit your individual situation and resources, plus insider tips, and you can even book your own private one-on-one lessons.

Want to get started in group classes? Read on!

Our next student showcase, hosted by International Burlesque Star Jezebel Express, is November 3 at DROM!
Details and Tickets

We have an incredible roster of classes waiting for you in Fall 2019 -- 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!

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!

In December we offer intensives and specialty classes rather than core classes. Core classes resume in January.


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!
Details and Registration

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.
Details and Registration

These classes are not part of our regular curriculum and are taught by visiting instructors. Students often ask if they should take them before they have decided if they want to perform or not -- we always advise them not to miss the opportunity to get inspired in these unique workshops!

Saturday, October 19

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.
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.

Class Options

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Saturday,October 26 , 2:30-4pm $30
Playwrights Horizons Studios, 440 Lafayette, 10003
Third Floor, Whitebox Studio

Calling all dancers in burlesque! Are you ready to flirt with classic burlesque moves and channel your inner diva? Sign up for Empowering Seduction today!
Empowering Seduction is a fast-paced dance class for intermediate and advanced burlesque dancers.
During this class, Perle will teach a neo-burlesque dance combination, fused with high kicks, drama, and a lot of sass. It's all about the attitude and self-love. Dance to the sounds of R&B queens in this high energy, 90-minute dance class.
Use button below to register. Prepayment is required.

Sunday, October 27, 4-530 pm:
How To Buy, Wear, And Strip Out Of Them.
Join Jo Weldon for a discussion and demo on one of the world's most fascinating pieces of clothing! You'll get a brief history, learn the differences between a bustier, a corsellette, and a true corset, and what style suits you best. You'll also learn how to artfully and gracefully strip out of them. Jo will bring corsets from her collection for students to examine, and students may bring their own to discuss. She will also discuss ornamentation techniques and lacing. Students should bring a notebook and pen.

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.


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. 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.

Check out our Headmistress on Instagram here

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 are currently popular world-traveling performers who also 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 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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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!
A Chat with Jo Boobs Weldon
Burlesque How-To Videos
< Follow Headmistress Jo on Instagram!

Follow us on Twitter: @SchoolOfBurlesk
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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.