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It's the 10th anniversary of Jo Weldon's beloved instructional guide, The Burlesque Handbook!

In June Jo will be producing the first-ever series based on the entire book.


Tuesdays 6-8 pm EST beginning in June (note times and zones in your region)
These webinars will be taking place on Zoom. They will be recorded to give registrants 24 hour access.



The Burlesque Handbook turns 10 in 2020! It’s kicked off many an international performing career. It’s currently used all over the world by beginners and intermediates to build and improve burlesque routines. Many call it the Burlesque Bible.

This webinar series comprises 20 sections based on the contents of The Burlesque Handbook. While not a strict reiteration of the book, discussions and classes will run parallel to it. There will be some lecture classes and some movement. Classes will be recorded, so if the time doesn't work for you, you'll have access to the videos for a limited time. Most classes will include a followup email that may contain worksheets, further information, or links to articles or videos related to topics discussed in class.

Curious? We love questions! Address them all to headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com.
Put the name and date of the class you are asking about in the subject line of your email.

Tuesdays, two sections each session. Note May 30 class is on a Saturday at 4 pm EST.
Classes will take place on Zoom and each class section will have its own invitation.
Invitations will be received the day of the class.
Students will have access to a recorded version of the class for a limited time afterward.
Registration for both classes closes at 5 pm EST each Tuesday.
First class will run 6 pm EST to 6.50 pm
Second class will 7.10 pm EST to 8 pm
Each class is $10, $15 for both on the same day.
$150 for access to all 20 classes plus unlimited access to view recorded versions as they are posted and for a month after the end of the series.
If for any reason a class is cancelled, all classes will be moved up. If this causes you to miss a class you’ll be able to view a recorded session or you can get a refund or class credit.


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Re-Introducing The Burlesque Handbook
Saturday, May 30 Saturday, 4 pm EST (free, but registration required):
Jo will discuss how she came to create and publish The Burlesque Handbook, and will talk about Dixie Evans and Jennie Lee, the founders of The Burlesque Hall of Fame, to whom the book is dedicated. Interactive, with QNA (only for questions related to her talk).
This will also kick off the School of Burlesque Book Club, where a different burlesque book will be discussed every Saturday at 4 pm.
To register, email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com with the words “Registering for May 30, 4 pm EST” in the subject line and the code RITBH in the body of your email.


The Burlesque Handbook Series 2020

To register for the full 20 sessions, use the button below:


Registration Buttons are broken into sections to make registering more accessible.
For individual dates, select from drop-down menus.

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement Jo Weldon is pausing her classes on Tuesday June 2. The music and dance communities are observing an industry-wide #blackoutTuesday and engaging in a program called #theshowmustbepaused, created by Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang. To learn more about this initiative, please see The Show Must Be Paused, or check the hashtag #theshowmustbepaused on social media.

If you are registered or planned to register for these classes, please send an email to schoolofburlesque@gmail.com.

June 2
Illustrated lectures
6 pm EST History of American Burlesque Striptease 1880s-1980s
Learn how burlesque evolved from a satirical theatrical form into a fabulous striptease bonanza.
7.10 pm EST History of Neo-Burlesque 1990s-2020
Learn how punk rock and strip joints contributed to the birth of a new burlesque.

June 9:
Lectures with worksheets
Developing Ideas for Numbers: Inspiration and Originality
Neo and Classic: Tradition and Innovation

June 16:
Movement with demo and choreography
Boa Work, Beginning and Intermediate
Glove Peels: Techniques and Tease
The Burlesque Handbook Series 2020 June
June 23
Movement with demo and choreography
Bump N Grind N Shimmy
Demos of construction and decoration, with shopping guide
Pastie Construction, Basic to Advanced, and adhesive options for applying them to your body

June 30:
Movement with demo and choreography
Fan Dance: Ostrich Feather Fans, includes shopping and construction tips
Movement with demo and choreography
Tassels, Assels, and Anarchy: Learn how to twirl tassels in every direction on any part of your body!

The Burlesque Handbook Series 2020 June

July 7:
Choosing Music, Choreography Tips
Costume Ideation: What Makes A Costume?

July 14:
Stage Names
Costume Elements: Fringe, Rhinestones, and Breakaways

July 21:
Character and Persona
Makeup and Hair Stage Glam Essentials

The Burlesque Handbook Series 2020 July

July 28:
Gimmicks and Props
Standing Out From The Crowd

August 4:
Online Presence
Getting Gigs

The Burlesque Handbook Series 2020 July

August 11 (free to all who have paid for classes in this series, use button to purchase if you have not taken any classes in this series)
Zoom link will be sent to all students who've taken any of the series classes. 6 pm Crash Course in Confidence for Onstage and Off
7.10 pm All-student meetup and qna
Invitation will be sent to all students who have paid for any of the classes above.
For students’ privacy, video of August 11 classes will not be added to recorded sessions available for purchase, but an audio recording will be made for archival purposes.