Contact Us
Which classes are right for you?
NYSB Blog -- Free Tips and Professional Guidance
Gift Certificates
About the School
Meet Headmistress Jo Weldon

We Love This Guide to Anti-Racism in Burlesque:
Shedding Layers with Shimmy LaRoux

To be notified of
new class offerings and events
Join The NYSB Mailing List

Act Development!

Sign up now for Act Development with Jezebel Express!
Sundays 4-6 pm EST, February 28 - March 21, with a student showcase March 28!
ZOOM Act Development w/ Jezebel Express -Sundays 2/28-3/28

VIRTUAL Get Your Act Together!

Act Development
with Jezebel Express

Create Your Own Burlesque Routine!
You've got the moves, you've got the attitude... but do you have the skills it takes to create a truly spectacular act? This four-week intensive workshop will provide the support you need to create a standout burlesque number.

This class guides students through the process of developing an idea of an act into a fully-staged showpiece in a supportive, constructive environment. The series culminates in a virtual Student Showcase performance, so you'll have a chance to show off your hard work.

Students will be supported in making their best creative decisions, including:
• how to make creative costuming decisions that don't break the bank
• how to build and maintain a strong character and tell a clear story
• how to perform with grace and poise, even if you're not a trained dancer
• how to anticipate performance disasters (and use them to win your audience over!)
• how to create a striking beginning and an ending with pow!

This class will involve "homework", so students should be prepared to apply each week's lessons at home and return to the following week's workshop with new material.
This class is suitable for both burlesque performers creating their first acts and those with more experience seeking continued growth and improvement.

About Jezebel Express

Miss Jezebel Express holds a BA in Dance Choreography, and has been performing and teaching burlesque for the better part of a decade. In addition to having competed for the title of Miss Exotic World, she has performed at festivals all over North America, including Tease-O-Rama, The New York Burlesque Festival, and The Toronto Burlesque Festival. She has been awarded grants for her artistic work by the US Fulbright Association, The State of Iowa and The Newfoundland Arts Council, but she thinks her best work is evident in the smiles and shimmies of the genius students at the New York School of Burlesque.

Jezebel Express performs a fan dance

There is no way to make up or transfer a missed class but you have the option to schedule a personalized one-on-one session with your instructor for an additional fee if you miss one.
Please note, classes are 18+, but you must be 21+ to perform in our showcases.

We strongly recommend you purchase The Burlesque Handbook, available on or on loan from yoru library, to accompany this class. The book includes information about burlesque dance, history, costuming, and makeup, illustrated step by step pastie-making instructions, and more. It is the first and only book on how to create burlesque routines.
Click here to purchase or download from!

You may also purchase a copy from our stockists at the amazing Bluestockings Radical Bookstore, (212) 777-6028, located at 172 Allen Street 10002,
or Call your favorite bookstore in advance to make sure it's in stock.

The calendar below is in the process of being updated.