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! We offer a wide range of classes for entertainment, exercise, or training to perform, depending on your level of interest.
Gift the gift of burlesque with our Gift Certificates!
If you've received a gift certificate and you want some help choosing classes, get in touch! Email schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom.
Our next student showcase is at the world-famous Slipper Room on December 19! Come see the newest performers and the freshest burlesque in New York!
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Ready to get your boa on? Start your new year by learning the basics of boa-handling, glove-peeling, chair dance, fan dance, tassel-twirling, and more! Check out Essential Burlesque!
Our Beginning Act Development Series takes place twice in the winter! In January Headmistress Jo Weldon will lead you through all the steps of creating your own burlesque routine, just as you like it, with an opportunity to perform in a student showcase. Details and Tickets For our February series, star instructor Jezebel Express will be leading the Act Development Series. You can even take both series for a thoroughly creative winter!
Class size is limited to ensure each student gets a quality experience, and often sell out. Sign up as soon as you decide you want to take the classes to make sure you get in.
Our special guests for January will be Miss Poison Ivory, teaching "Dare to be Sexy," and Calamity Chang, teaching "Fan Dancing Calamity's Way."
See the calendar for links to more classes, or join our email list to be notified first when new classes become available.
More classes to be announced when details are confirmed, including workshops with Peekaboo Pointe and Miss Dirty Martini!
Check out our Headmistress on Instagram here
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!
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 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.
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!
More classes are listed here!
See us in action on CBS Sunday Morning!
About Jo "Boobs" WeldonHeadmistress and Founder of the NY School of Burlesque
Headmistress Jo Weldon performing with Storybook Burlesque in The Burlesque Handbook show
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/ItBooks.
Preview, purchase or download on amazon.com!
Jo Boobs Teaches the Va Va Voom!
A Chat with Jo Boobs Weldon
Jo Weldon Burlesque How-To App on iTunes
Read Jo's Blog
Follow Jo on Twitter!
Burlesque Brings Babes Together
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.