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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

The Essential Burlesque Dance Series

with headmistress of the NYSB,
Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Other Instructors include:
Gal Friday, Darlinda Just Darlinda, and Jezebel Express!

About This ClassDetailsDress Code
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Series repeats every month except December
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Weekly on Sundays:
May 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-3 pm
$95

440 Lafayette Street NYC
Studio 4C *Please come directly to the studio; there is no receptionist.*

Reister for May 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-3 pm
Preregistration required for all NYSB classes. By paying to register you agree to comply with our payment, refund, and class transfer policies.
Registration is strictly limited to ensure the quality of the class. If you are registering with a friend, please register together to ensure that you both get in. Email us at schoolofburlesque at gmail dot com if you receive a notice that the class is sold out; we may be able to fit you in if there is a cancellation.
We recommend registering immediately if you are interested. Once you sign up for the class, please bookmark this page for reference.


About This Class

Get in touch with the history of sensual, magnetic, powerful women, and become part of that history yourself in the the series that started the the NYSB! Enjoy the sparkle of rhinestones, the flash of fringe, the feathery dreamy drop of a boa...

You do not need to be a performer or planning to perform to take these classes, though performance theory will be discussed in class. This series is suitable for beginners, as well as for experienced dancers or other types of performers curious about the language of burlesque.

You'll learn the AUTHENTIC burlesque moves that make burlesque so much fun: the tantalizing glove peel, the sexy shimmy, the devastating bump n grind, the dazzling tassel-twirl and more! You'll be shimmying, peeling, and rocking it, performing an entire burlesque striptease routine in the very first class. You'll get the basics of the history of burlesque and striptease as an artform, plus you'll hear plenty of stories of how Jo learned each move from each amazing performer. There will be information on costuming, getting gigs, the history of the Burlesque Hall of Fame and burlesque in Coney Island, where to see burlesque shows in NYC, and more!

New York School of Burlesque Headmistress Jo Weldon has learned directly from the fierce and fabulous ladies who performed during the magical golden age of twentieth century striptease, and has taught these movements, principles and styles to NYSB instructors. Although it has been honed over time, this is the same series that has helped produce some of burlesque's most popular new performers over the past five years!

This class series is for women only.
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Dress Code

Wear clothes you would work out in or take dance class in. Skirts are not recommended, nor are flowy sleeves or pantlegs. Yoga or dance class clothes are great. Bring two pairs of shoes if you like, one with high heels and one without. See class schedule below for specific classwear requirements. We also recommend you wear layers as the venue temperature fluctuates—bars and dance studios are notorious for this. Boas, gloves, and pasties will be provided for use during class.

Class Details

The classes below are part of this series and are not available for individual registration on these dates.

Order of classes is subject to change when necessary, so please consult with your instructor if you need more information.

Week One
• Classic Moves of Burlesque with Tassel-Twirling
• Learn an entire burlesque routine in this class! Think you can't do it? You'll be amazed!
Bring a standard back-hooking bra, preferably not anything lacey, padded, or racerback. Firm cups are the best but not required

Week Two
• Chair Dance
• Stalking the Stocking
Bring a pair of smooth, stretch, non-fishnet stockings, any brand is fine. Expensive stockings are not recommended as they may get damaged in the class.
Wear shorts or leggings: You will need bare legs to learn the stocking peels
Click here for Jo's article about stockings and how to buy them, and bring a pair to class. Be sure to read this a few days before the class.

Week Three
• Isolations
• Fan Dance Basics
• High Heels are optional. Be sure to wear close-fitting sleeves or short sleeves so you can see arm movements.
Week Four
• Showgirl Strutting and Striptease Expertise
• You'll want to wear heels for this one!
Bring a hoodie (ideally), or a cardigan or button down shirt.

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We highly recommend you purchase The Burlesque Handbook to accompany this class. This is the first-ever book on how to create a burlesque routine written by NYSB Headmistress and Founder Jo Weldon. Includes pastie-making instructions, information about how to choose music, how to put together a costume, and more! Purchase now on Amazon.com!

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Students on Stage!

New York School of Burlesque Student Showcase!
The New York School of Burlesque offers every student the opportunity to perform in front of a live and supportive New York audience on a regular basis. Presenting New York's newest burlesque performers for over half a decade, we've been helping students to find joy onstage since our first Student Showcase in 2004. Some students decide to have one night of fun with it, and others have gone on to develop careers in burlesque.

Click here and come see these fabulous daring women take it off on our stage for the very first time!

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