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Jo Weldon

Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque

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Fan Dance March 25

Act Development Series begins April 16

Fan Dance! March 25, 4 pm
440 Lafayette St Studio 4D
This class is recommended for those who have already had the Essentials series or other fan dance experience, but it is an all-levels class and all are welcome. Bring fans if you have them, or use ours!

Get Your Act Together!

Act Development
with Jezebel Express

Create Your Own Burlesque Routine!

Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2017
Showcase date April 10 at The Slipper Room.
440 Lafayette Street, NYC
Studio 4C *Please come directly to the studio; there is no receptionist.*

Preregistration required for all NYSB classes. By paying to register you agree to comply with our payment, refund, and class transfer policies.

This series regularly sells out and has a waitlist, so don't delay! Click "add to cart" below to register and reserve your spot.

You can register in advance for her fan dance class March 25 below. More info to come.

About The Get Your Act Together Series

Go through all the steps of creating a burlesque routine with Jezebel Express!

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 five-week intensive workshop will help you learn how you create while you're creating, and give you the tools and support you need to create a standout burlesque number. This class guides students through the process of developing an act from the first twinkle of an idea to a fully-staged showpiece in a supportive, constructive environment. This class culminates in a Student Showcase performance, so you'll have a chance to show off your hard work onstage!

Students will learn practical skills and invaluable lessons, including:
• how to select the best music to frame and enhance your act
• how to pace movement using choreographic principles for maximum excitement and tease
• 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.

Class Structure:

subject to necessary changes
• Week One - Act Concept & Music Choice
• Week Two - Act Structure & Costuming
• Week Three - Musicality & Choreography
• Week Four - Character Development
• Week Five - Polishing For Performance Plus • Detailing and Rehearsal
• Performance Showcase

We recommend you purchase The Burlesque Handbook to accompany this class. The book includes information about burlesque dance, history, costuming, 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,
from Enz's at 125 2nd Ave. NY
or from Exit 9 Gift Emporium located at 64 Ave A 10009 (212)228-0145
For a 10% discount on an in-store purchase, tell them you are a New York School of Burlesque Student.

Call your favorite bookstore in advance to make sure it's in stock.

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

The calendar below is in the process of being updated.