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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

Contact Information

PLEASE NOTE: Email before calling.

Be sure to read through this page before emailing questions. This will often save you time.

Our general email address is Jo Weldon can be reached at For information related to our Thursday class Flirting with Burlesque, email

Most classes are held at Playwrights Horizons Studios at 440 Lafayette Street in New York City. The 167 Orchard St address on Yelp is incorrect; it is the address of The Slipper Room, where we most often have student showcases. The studios we use are professional and have a glamourously gritty feel like the studios in the movie Fame. They are wonderful places where many magical things happen; they are not dedicated only to burlesque but also many kinds of theater and dance. You can see pictures of them in many of our photographs.

General Class Information:
For information on class content, see the calendar and click on the class in which you're interested in the calendar. For information on price, what to wear, and other details, follow the link in the class description on the calendar.

All shows on the calendar are open to students and the general public unless otherwise stated.

Information about class times, locations, what to wear, and which classes are appropriate for beginner or experienced are on the individual pages for each class. When asking for more details about a given class, please include either the URL for the class or the title, date, and time of the class or we will not know to which class you're referring. "I'm interested in tonight's class" is not enough information when we have more than one class that night, so please be specific. Read all information on this page for general questions.

For information about bachelorette and other private parties, click here.

The New York School of Burlesque is a collective of many independent instructors and your payment may go directly to the instructor who is running the class. If you've already sent a payment, the best contact for questions about a class for which you have already registered is the email address to which your PayPal payment was sent. You will see it in the receipt you receive from PayPal when you pay.

Preferred email for all questions related to both classes on the calendar and private parties for which you have not yet paid:
Name the class (and its date if applicable) in the subject line of your email.
Include your phone number if you prefer to speak on the phone.

We are no longer using the email address Use instead.

If you do not receive an email reply immediately, feel free to send your email again after 24 hours. Technology can be unreliable and we want to make sure we don't miss your message!

Gift certificate recipients may not drop in; no students may ever drop in for any class as we have to limit class size to prevent overcrowding and to make sure we have enough supplies on hand. Any registrations or questions may be addressed to schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom.

Over the holidays, it may take us a day or two to respond, but feel free to contact us anyway!

PLEASE DO: note your name and the date and time of the class you want to attend or the event you want to plan in every single piece of correspondence in order to help us to avoid any errors. We receive inquiries about multiple classes every day and we want to make sure we are discussing the correct class with you!

Information about what kinds of classes are available and what they are like and the schedule and cost for each one is available on the calendar and on the classes pages of the site. Only the classes on the calendar are available for registration; every time a class is confirmed, it is listed on the calendar, so if it isn't there, it's not confirmed to be happening, though it may be in the process of being confirmed. Most classes are suitable for beginners and mixed levels unless otherwise stated. Please review the listed classes rather than email to ask us about available classes and prices, as all of that information is already available in detail on the site.

If you are contacting us about missing a class and wanting a refund or transfer to another date, please read our Payment Policies first.

If you register for any classes, it is in your best interests to join our email list for the duration of your attendance, as emergency notices will often be sent out there.

Although cancellations are extremely rare, if we cancel any class or event, for any reason, you will receive a full refund for any payment you have made. Please keep up to date on the page of this site featuring the class you want to take, where any changes will be posted. Please be sure to give us an email address at which you can receive information in the event of a cancellation or venue change.

PLEASE DO NOT: contact us with business questions via social media (such as twitter direct messages, facebook messages, formspring questions, etc.) Our business is wonderful but demanding and the only way we can keep track of our correspondence with you is by old-fashioned email.

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Sign up for our email list in the sidebar to receive notifications of new listings a day before they are made available to all--a great help to get you into those classes that sell out in a matter of days! Please join this list if you are signed up for any classes, as cancellations will also be announced here.

Class Locations

440 Lafayette, NYC. This is a multi-level studio. The number of the studio in which a given class is held is on the page of this site from which you register for that given class.