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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

Act Development
Master Class with

Headmistress Jo "Boobs" Weldon!

Get Your Act Together
Sundays: June 9, 16, 23, 30, &
July 7; optional guided rehearsal July 14;
3–5 pm:
Showcase Performance July 15 8 pm
Only two slots remain!
Please read our payment policies before registering.
Pay In Full or in Two Payments

If you're yearning to find a way to get onstage but don't want to audition for someone else's vision, now you can develop your own works of self-expression!

Burlesque is a performance art form that combines dance, character development, and acting with sexy and playful movement. It's a rare opportunity to be in charge of every aspect of your routine, from theme and style to music choice and costume selection to message and narrative. Experience what it's like to be an independent creative force!

You'll have fun, make friends, and discover your burlesque alter-ego as we guide you through all the elements that make up a burlesque number: stage names, character, music choice, how to purchase or make costumes, the Choreography of Events, theatrics, identity, and undress rehearsal! We'll also give you information about where to go to see shows and how to get gigs.

Please note that while this is NOT a dance class, every class will begin and end with some basic burlesque movement! It's always good to get a little bump n grind in your day.

Showcase will be held at the Legendary Slipper Room!

Immerse yourself in burlesque classes by taking this act development series with our other Sunday series, Essential Burlesque. We will cover some movement and musicality in the act development class, but the Essential Burlesque Series will help you master your moves!

Get Your Act Together
Sundays: June 9, 16, 23, 30, &
July 7
3–5 pm:
Please read our payment policies before registering.

About Jo Boobs Weldon:

The Burlesque Handbook
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"I love Jo because not only is she absolutely gorgeous, she is incredibly smart. She is a burlesque performer, teacher, historian, and photographer. She shows us our present while preserving our past." -Margaret Cho

Headmistress Jo Weldon is the author of The Burlesque Handbook, the first-ever book on how to perform burlesque. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the Today Show, Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives, Gossip Girl, and more! Her burlesque projects and classes have been covered in TIME, BUST, and The New York Times. She has received awards from The New York Burlesque Festival and the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and has headlined and taught classes in venues from strip clubs to ivy league universities, from Coney Island to Sydney Harbour. she's worked with thousands of students, from serious performers to playful bachelorettes. You won't find a more entertaining, more experienced, or more insightful instructor anywhere!

She has graced stages all over the world, but more importantly for your education, she has spent more time in the audience of more shows than any burlesque instructor on the planet. She's seen it all! Her views encompass not only the burlesque community that is centered on The Burlesque Hall of Fame and Teaseorama, but burlesque performances in Las Vegas shows, strip joint feature dancers, fetish events, current dance-based troupes, and historical recreations.

The calendar below is constantly being updated.