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July and August 2021
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Location: In Person at 440 Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC.

Please arrive with vaccination card or pass and ID.

Due to pandemic restrictions, class size and registration will be extremely limited and we expect these to sell out. All of our in-person instructors are vaccinated. We will ask to see proof of vaccination since the venue we are using may require it; if you have a condition that does not permit vaccination, let us know. The pandemic is unpredictable and we cannot guarantee anything, but we will refund in full if there are unforeseen pandemic-related circumstances.

Taking Off!
Striptease Choreo and Improv
Mondays, July 12, 19, and 26, plus August 2 6-7 pm.
At Aerial Arts, 150 West 30th St. in Manhattan
July 12: Sunglasses! Bring a pair and learn a quick and easy spy routine.
July 19: Hands, Head, and Shoulders! Burlesque is form of communication with your audience! As much as shimmies, tassel twirls, and bumps n grinds are part of our choreography, using upper body movement to entice and amuse them are essential too. We’ll use upper-body and face choreography to be expressive, seductive, and playful! Feel yourself, and make them feel your presence.
July 26: Walking the Walk! The way you walk tells the audience as much as about your intentions as the way you strip. Learn to walk the walk, how to pause for power, and how to use stages of every size to the best dramatic effect.
August 2: Zip It! We'll be talking about zippers! Bring some items that zip -- jeans, hoodies, dresses, boots, etc. -- and we will develop choreography for you during the class! Important note: bring items that remove easily once unzipped.
August 9: Expressions! How can you be more expressive without over-exaggerating? Jo will discuss expressions and teach techniques using internal dialogue to convey meaning and mood.
Bring shoes you’d like to dance in, as we will also be discussing the differences between walking on bare feet and in heels.
Come dressed for movement and comfort.

Taking Off July 2021

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August 2021:

Pre registration required as class will sell out!
Sundays August 8, 15, 22, 29, 1 -2.45 pm
440 Lafayette St



Get Your Act Together!
Act Development Series $195
July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2-4 pm
Optional online chat August 8. While the classic moves workshops can be taken individually, this can be taken only as a series.
You'll develop an entire routine in four sessions, and have the opportunity to perform in a student showcase on August 15 at gorgeous DROM on Avenue A!
We'll cover:
Stage Names
Music Selection
Costuming Basics
Choreography for Burlesque
and so much more!
Includes access to your choice of 5 selections from our video library and a 64-page guide on how to get gigs. July is sold out, but you can register for August!
You will need to have an ebook or hardcopy of The Burlesque Handbook for homework readings, which is available or can be ordered wherever books are sold, and an also be borrowed from most New York libraries.

Jo's online classes will continue as well, including a one-of-a-kind series based on the elements of air, water, earth, and fire! More to be announced soon.

Goal-Setting Brunchtime -- Free! Live on Zoom
Saturday Jun 26 1-2 pm US Eastern Time
Registration limited to 15 attendees.
To attend, email with the words ¡ÈGoal-Setting Workshop¡É in the subject line of your email.
About this meetup with Headmistress Jo Weldon:
As we come out of the pandemic, we have a chance to evolve burlesque into what we want it to be, and figure out where we want to be in it. What are your passions? What are your goals? The better you understand what opportunities exist, what you want, and what motivates you to want it, the better your chances of achieving any goal -- and being happy when you get what you want.
Includes a worksheet you can re-use for any project, burlesque or otherwise.
Bring a cocktail (or mocktail), wear your fanciest caftan, and join Jo Weldon for a discussion about goal-setting in burlesque. All levels are welcome.

AUGUST 2021:

Essential Burlesque August 2021
Sundays August 8, 15, 22, 29 1-2:40 pm
Location: 440 Lafayette St, Greenwich Village NYC 10003
Must pay in advance using the button below to attend
Learn burlesque techniques of movement with props including striptease psychology, chair dance, fan dance basics, glove-peeling, and tassel-twirling!

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Get Your Act Together! Sundays August 8, 15, 22, 29 3:00-5:00 pm

Create your own solo burlesque routine! Includes how to choose music, assemble a costume, create choreography, and more! With a student showcase at DROM NYC on September 12.

About Your Instructor
Jo Weldon is the founder and Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, and the author of The Burlesque Handbook. She has been a volunteer on the production team at the Burlesque Hall of Fame since 2004, and is a founding member and board Vice-President at BurlyCon. A pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement, her contribution to the current art form was recognized when she arrived at number 3 in 21st Century Burlesque's international poll to determine the top ten most influential burlesque figures 2010-2020. To learn from Jo is to learn from an original. Her approach emphasizes theory, context, and history to get you started with a firm grasp of the values and culture of the world burlesque community. All of her movement and performance techniques emphasize audience connection, to help you develop their abilities to mesmerize whether live on stage or through a computer screen. As a beginner, you couldn't be in better or more supportive hands; as an experienced performer, you won't find a more insightful and discerning peer. Join her classes and find out why she's recognized throughout the world as one of the premier instructors of neo-burlesque.

The calendar below is in the process of being updated.