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Burlesque Act Development Intensive

Movement Intensive:

Showgirl Intensive:

$85 each, $150 for both (only 6 of this combination option available).
Beginners Welcome!
440 Studios, Studio 4D. 440 Lafayette St, Manhattan.

Come directly to the studio for the class.
Do not drop in--preregistration is required. Class size is limited.

Satin gloves included!

Thinking about performing? Get a crash course in Burlesque Act Development! You'll learn about coming up with an effective stage name, generating ideas, getting into character, choosing music, developing choreography, incorporating theatrical striptease, and basic costuming techniques and concerns.

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This is a 6-hour intensive on how to put together a burlesque routine. We'll talk about coming up with your stage name, finding inspiration, choosing music, putting together a costume, and choreographing a routine! We'll workshop your ideas and offer extensive resources to help you get your number together quickly.

If you have ideas for acts, this workshop is for you! Bring whatever you've got--from an idea and a bit of music to a full routine you want to workshop. You will need to bring music you like and/or have considered performing to, a notebook, and a copy of The Burlesque Handbook. You can buy it online through In NYC, you can purchase the book at Enz's, Exit 9, or Bluestockings bookstore. It will not be available for sale in the class.We also recommend bringing any costume pieces you may be considering.

Although you can learn from this workshop if you have no idea at all what you'd like to do, you should bring one to three pieces of music you like. If you are planning to do a classic striptease routine, please bring some of the music and costume you are considering if you have them. To learn classic burlesque movement, showgirl strutting, tassel twirling, and the moves of chair dance and fan dance, take the Movement Intensive.

Wear close-fitting clothes that you can move in, as you would to take a dance or yoga class. Although we take our shoes off to enter the space, you can bring shoes you plan to use in performance with you. We recommend wearing cute socks!

You may bring a snack but not a meal. We will take a late lunch break midday. You may bring beverages but you must take all your garbage out with you.

Performance is not required but you will have the option to perform in a student showcase on a later date, TBD.We have about 15 student showcases a year.

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Includes handouts for our Shopping Guide and Striptease Expertise.

Before you register, please review our payment policies on cancellations, refunds, and credit transfers:
NYSB Cancellation Policies

If you want a full crash course in one weekend, we recommend also taking the crash course in Burlesque Dance on December 2. Details here.

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If the class sells out, please notify us at to be notified of any cancellations.

Before you register, please review our payment policies:
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Registration is strictly limited to 10 students, to prevent overcrowding.

You will receive an email statement from paypal that your payment went through; this is your ticket. Print this and bring it to class as your ticket, and give it to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

If you plan to attend with a friend, PLEASE register both of you at once!!!

If you search for "Jo Weldon" on you will also find her three burlesque movement how-to DVDs.


Burlesque Movement Intensive
December 2 2012, noon-6 pm

You do not need to be a performer or planning to perform to take these classes. This intensive is suitable for beginners, as well as for experienced dancers or other types of performers curious about the language of burlesque.