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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

Classes for the
New York Burlesque Festival

Location for Saturday classes: 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette at Astor Place, Manhattan.

Go directly to the studio (see specific class description for the room your class is held in, as the studios vary. Arrive dressed for a movement class (leggings, t-shirt, etc.), bring a spare pair of heels if you like, and a bottle of water.

The New York School of Burlesque is the official provider of classes for the New York Burlesque Festival.

Instructors: Camille 2000, Dirty Martini, Poison Ivory, and Synchronized Swimming instructor Heather Whatever!

Special $10 discounts for NYBF attendees to the History of Leopard Print on October 3!
Tickets to HOLP

When you register, you are affirming that you have read and agree to our payment, cancellation, transfer, and refund policies. Read Here. There is no refund available with less than 48 hours notice.

Classes and schedule will continue to be updated! Some scheduling changes may occur. Registrants will be notified if they are affected.

Please note schedule is extremely tight due to show rehearsals for all instructors. Please be sure to be in class on time and ready to go.

Registration buttons: Click on the "Add to Cart" button below the name of the class you want to take. Scroll below the payment buttons for more class information.

Sunday October 2: Synchronized Swimming

Saturday October 1 classes
Email to ask to be put on the waitlist.

Burlesque With a Legend
Burlesque on the Wild Side with Camille 2000!
Saturday October 1, 11:45-12:45 pm
440 Lafayette, Room 3F on the 3rd floor
- Class description: Learn how to walk, move, and costume yourself to bring out the passion in your burlesque! Get the goods direct from Camille 2000, The Girl For Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow!
As Camille shows every time she walks the stage, every performance from the most elegant fan dance to the most over-the-top neoburlesque has more impact when you move with feline power and high energy. She will walk you through a few of her signature moves so you can feel the fire, and teach you about maintaining fierce attitude so you can develop your own signature moves.
Note: After the class ends students must vacate the room. Camille will not be able to sign photos during the scheduled class time but will able to do so afterward in the studio lobby.

With Poison Ivory, Miss Exotic World 2016:
Yes...But where is the sex? or, How to captivate your audience in ways that have nothing to do with fancy costumes or clever themes.
440 Lafayette, Studio 4D. 1-2 pm $20
Are you a shy performer who wants exude more confidence on stage? Do you find yourself only doing comedy acts because being “sexy” on stage makes you uncomfortable? Are you looking to take your act, and your audience to another level, but are not sure if you have what it takes? This class is here to help. Using the mock sex-ed class formant, Poison Ivory will teach her students tips and techniques on how to incorporate more sex appeal into any act.
-How to create a character from scratch using Archetypes
-How to transform into the sex kitten you want to portray by using the imagination -How to captivate your audience by making them the recipient of the ultimate sex act, your performance.
-How to give a proper blow job, if you take the class literally.

With Dirty Martini, Miss Exotic World 2004:
Dirty Moves
Saturday October 1 2-3 pm $20
Join Classically trained dancer Miss Dirty Martini as she breaks down the basics of burlesque dance for dancers of all levels. Perfect for those students who have not experienced a movement class before, Miss Martini introduces the classical dance class structure in a friendly and positive atmosphere to get anyone ready for their first or five hundredth turn around a stage. Class starts with a warm up emphasizing movement based in jazz, ballet and Middle Eastern dance techniques that strengthen the abdominal core and help to promote an economy of movement within the body. Proper alignment and coordination is the focus while students learn how to shake what they’ve got and carry it with pride. The class progresses with exercises developed to enhance proper deportment and stage presence enhancing each person’s individuality. The building blocks of burlesque choreography are emphasized while students learn a short routine to Miss Martini’s striptease music favorites.

Synchronized Swimming with Heather Whatever
Sunday October 2 1030 am - noon $25
SPECIAL UPTOWN LOCATION: 445 West 59th Street, NY, NY 10019
This class is a synchronized swimming workout geared towards the needs of a burlesque performer. Class will begin on dry land with extension drills, body awareness training, and facial expressions. Then, we hit the pool--expect to learn the basics of synchronized swimming and then learn a short routine to take home to teach your friends for your next pool party! This will be an amazing workout that is guaranteed to target muscles you didn’t even know you had. Most importantly, this class is meant to be 110% fun that is appropriate for all genders and body types. We will be in the pool, please bring a bathing suit and towel.
About the instructor: Heather Whatever is an amphibious performer, athlete, and professional do-gooder who is a masters-level synchronized swimmer currently training with Gotham Synchro, who will be competing at their national meet in Oro Valley, Arizona this fall. Gotham Synchro has performed at venues throughout the city, been featured in Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Daily News, and appear in music videos for Mac Miller and Chromeo. On land, Heather has performed in New York City at the Slipper Room, Webster Hall, the Stonewall Inn, and other venues both nationally and internationally.

The calendar below is constantly being updated.