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 Class • Details • Dress Code
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Weekly on Sundays:
January 5, 12, 19, 26
440 Lafayette Street NYC
Studio 4C *Please come straight to the studio; there is no receptionist.*
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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.
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About This Class
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.
Order of classes is subject to change when necessary, so please consult with your instructor if you need more information.
• 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
• 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.
• Fan Dance Basics
• High Heels are optional. Be sure to wear close-fitting sleeves or short sleeves so you can see arm movements.
• 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.
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!
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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