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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

From New York, where American Burlesque Striptease was born...

...the NY School of Burlesque combines direct training from the most glamourous performers of the 1940s-1960s with the freshness, mischief and creativity of the most prolific neo-burlesque scene in the world! We offer a wide range of classes for entertainment, exercise, or training to perform, depending on your level of interest.

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If you've received a gift certificate and you want some help choosing classes, get in touch! Email schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom.

Special guest instructors for 2018 are being added every week!

Many people take our classes just for fun and confidence-building! None of our classes require that you perform, but all offer performance opportunities if you’d like to join one of our student showcases. Click here for more information about taking classes with an interest in performing.

If you are a first timer or relatively new to burlesque, you will be comfortable in most of our classes. The class description will note when a class is designed for students with more experience.


Many of your favorite burlesque performers got their introduction to burlesque in this very workshop.
You'll handle quintessential burlesque props like boas, gloves, and feather fans, while you learn secrets of performance and seduction that you can use onstage and beyond.
Includes chair dance, fan dance, tassel-twirling, and more!
Details and Registration


Bubble dancing is fancy, fun, sexy, and hilarious!
In this workshop you'll learn what kind of balloons to use in a bubble dance, how to inflate them quickly, and how you can reuse them. Then the fun begins, as you start handling them right away, discovering how to use every part of your body to move them around, how to conceal and reveal with them, and, most importantly, how to keep them from popping before you're ready. The class will close with a brief group choreography. Plus, you get to keep your balloon!
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We have four classes with Perle in May and we are thrilled to host her! If you've never had the experience of taking a class with her, this is a perfect opportunity to find out why she's one of the most celebrated burlesque instructors in the world.
Have you ever wanted to incorporate floor work into your burlesque routine, or for your lover at home? Now is your chance to learn from a master of seduction! Students will learn a choreographed floor routine and variations of smooth transitions on and off the floor. You will also learn Perle's healing and empowerment techniques.
Details and Registration


Want to dip a toe in our sparkly pool of performance? Our "Flirting with Burlesque" class features a group burlesque routine for every level.
Details and Registration


Want your photos to turn out better? Learn all about how to be the perfect pinup in Bettina May's workshops for posing and styling. No need to be a performer--these classes are great for everyone who wants to get the best possible pictures, or to get that retro look.
Details and Registration


Akynos combines African dance and burlesque in the debut of this exciting new workshop! For all levels.
Details Coming Soon!

Check out our next student showcase!

See our students bump, grind, and twirl their way through inventive and sexy routines!
If you're thinking about performing, it's the best way to get to know what we do. If you just want to have a good time, it's the freshest show in town!
Details and Ticketing

Throughout the year, we will be adding both classic essentials and innovative workshops to the schedule, featuring some of the most renowned burlesque teachers in the world. You can stay up-to-date on our latest offerings by joining our email list or coming back to check the calendar at the end of this page.

If you're interested in individual one-on-one professional instruction and choreography, we offer private instruction on an hourly basis. If you're interested in private group instruction for you and your friends, we can do that too! You can use our props (boas, gloves, pasties, fans, etc.), or with enough advance notice, we can provide props you and your friends can keep! We can also recommend performers, shows, and costumers. Email for more information.

Class size is limited to ensure each student gets a quality experience, and classes often sell out. Sign up as soon as you decide you want to take the classes to make sure you get in.

Our goal is to provide a space in which students feel supported, though individual class assignments may be challenging, and the business end of burlesque can be demanding. We work to make these spaces inclusive, diverse, and free of harassment. Because of the sexy nature of burlesque, it is important to us to help maintain our students' boundaries and comfort levels when they need our help or authority to do so. Please let us know if you ever feel uncomfortable due to the speech or actions of any of our instructors, students, or venues. Further, we will do our best to ensure that you do not experience discrimination due to your body type, age, gender, race, level of ability, or other factors that may concern you.

Check out our Headmistress on Instagram here

Bachelorette & Birthday PartiesAbout the NYSB
NYSB Original Classes and Shows
About Headmistress Jo Weldon

Bachelorette, Birthday, and Other Events
Videos and Online Burlesque Instruction
We are the original burlesque party providers, operating since 2003! We love to make everyone, from the shyest to the most outrageous folks in your party, feel like the hottest burlesque stars on center stage. Trust your memorable event to our experience and expertise, and treat yourself and your friends to a fabulous, sexy, and entertaining class!
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About the
New York School of Burlesque

The New York School of Burlesque is the original source for learning the art of the bump, grind, and shimmy, teaching students across the country and around the world since 2003! Headmistress Jo "Boobs" Weldon wrote the book on burlesque—literally—The Burlesque Handbook, and we have produced how-to DVDs that many other instructors learn from. We know that one person alone doesn't make a school, so we have a wide variety of instructors with different approaches at the NYSB. The New York School of Burlesque will give you access to amazing and experienced teachers with a real commitment to joyous, dazzling burlesque and a love of performance. Our instructors work for The New York Burlesque Festival, The Burlesque Hall of Fame, Coney Island USA, and BurlyCon, so whether you just want to have fun or own the stage, you're in the right place!

We've produced numbers for Christina Aguilera, Gossip Girl, What Not to Wear, Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of NY, and more, plus we've been featured on dozens of news shows, including CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show. Now we want to play with YOU!

We have plenty of classes just for fun, and also offer classes to hone your skills if you decide to perform. The NYSB gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced, fun-loving, and successful people in burlesque no matter your background. Plus, all students of the School are welcome to perform in our Student Showcases, and we have put more people on stage than any other school or show producer in the world! More of our students have gone on to win awards and to perform in festivals and events than we can count.

 Jo Weldon and Students by Norman Blake
New York School of Burlesque Alumni peform with Headmistress Jo Weldon at a benefit for Coney Island USA. Photo by Norman Blake

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Bachelorette, Birthday, and Other Events
We have been providing burlesque bachelorette parties for over ten years. Trust your event to our experience and expertise, and treat yourself and your friends to a fabulous class!
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See us in action on CBS Sunday Morning!

About Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Headmistress and Founder of the NY School of Burlesque

New York School of Burlesque, Storybook Burlesque, The Burlesque Handbook
Headmistress Jo Weldon performing with Storybook Burlesque in The Burlesque Handbook show

Headmistress and Founder Jo Weldon wrote the first-ever book on performing burlesque! For the price of a burlesque class, you can have a handbook that includes dance moves, costuming and makeup tips, and complete pastie-making and tassel-twirling instructions! The Burlesque Handbook, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, from HarperCollins/ItBooks.
Preview, purchase or download on!
Jo Boobs Teaches the Va Va Voom!
A Chat with Jo Boobs Weldon
Burlesque How-To Videos
Read Jo's Blog
Follow Jo on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter: @SchoolOfBurlesk
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Burlesque Brings Babes Together
Ten Tips for Trying Burlesque
Five Tips for Giving a Sexy Striptease

Private events are our specialty. We can bring a class or performers to your bachelorette, birthday, or corporate event! Contact us for more details.

Gift certificates are available upon request. More information here.

Love the movie Burlesque?
Check out our "Show Me How You Burlesque" webisode series on!

The calendar below is constantly being updated.