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With Jo Weldon, Author of The Burlesque Handbook and Fierce: The History of Leopard Print


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Shimmy LaRoux's Guide to Anti-Racism in Burlesque


Jo's upcoming classes in the next week:
July 7 6 pm EST: Music Selection for Burlesque Routines
July 7 7 pm EST: Costuming Basics
Scroll down for more information!
July 12 130 pm EST: Chair Dance/Stocking Peel

Special Event:
July 29, Illustrated Lecture:
Fierce! A History of Leopard Print


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The Burlesque Handbook turns 10 in 2020! It’s kicked off many an international performing career. It’s currently used all over the world by beginners and intermediates to build and improve burlesque routines. Many call it the Burlesque Bible.
To celebrate I've created a webinar series which comprises 20 sections based on the contents of The Burlesque Handbook. While not a strict reiteration of the book, discussions and classes will run parallel to it. There will be some lecture classes and some movement.
Most classes will include a followup email that may contain worksheets, further information, or links to articles or videos related to topics discussed in class. Two 55 minute workshops every Tuesday!
Coming up in July and August:
July 7 Music Selection For Burlesque Routines plus Burlesque Costuming Basics
July 14 Stage Names Plus Costume Embellishment
July 21 Creating a Character or Persona plus Makeup and Hair Stage Glam Essentials
July 28 Gimmicks and Props plus Standing Out From The Crowd
August 4 Online Presence plus Getting Gigs
August 11 Confidence Onstage and Off plus Student Meetup and QNA.
Details and Registration



We are learning to put classes online as we go, so let me know if there is any confusion!

ESSENTIAL BURLESQUE GOES ONLINE!

Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm EST, on Zoom.

The Essential Burlesque series of four theory and movement classes is online in July 2020! Make your selection from the dropdown menu below, or sign up for all 4 for a discount. $15 each or $50 for all four in July. You'll receive a Zoom invitation the day of the class.
If you haven't received your zoom invitation by half an hour before class time on the day of any class for which you are registered, let us know by emailing schoolofburlesque@gmail.com. Be sure to state the name of the class.

Sundays in July:

Essential Burlesque Online July 2020

Individual Class Descriptions
Striptease Expertise
A lecture on the theatrics and psychology of striptease, followed by exercises to get you into a seductive groove. This focuses on a sensual, mischievous style that feels both classic and modern.
We'll go over a 15-point toolbox for making your striptease effective! If you've never done a striptease before, this will put you at ease. If you're an experienced performer, it will refresh and renew you!
To have on hand: a hoodie that zips and open down the front or a button down shirt (two demos will be offered so you can use both).
Chair Dance And Stocking Peel
You'll be guided through a simple but sexy chair dance, using a basic folding chair. You can use any chair that doesn't have arms. You'll learn a full routine, plus stocking peel tips and a bit of hairography!
Props: a pair of stretch stockings. Wear shorts or a leotard so you have bare legs. More details about preparing for the class.
Fan Dance
We will learn a choreographed fan dance with small marabou fans, then demonstrate a series of signature moves with large ostrich fans.
To have on hand: small fans or other objects to use in place of fans, such as folders; if you have large ostrich fans, bring 'em! If you don't, just enjoy the demo.
Classic Moves
Learn a full burlesque routine with boa moves, glove peels, bumps n grinds, and tassel twirls!
Props: Six- foot boa or scarf, gloves (taught using strretch satin opera gloves, but any gloves will do), back-hooking bra, tasseled pasties.
Props used in the class

I just added a FREE five-minute (really!) pastie-making tutorial on our blog!
Check it out!

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If you are taking the series, you can watch the classes as demos or you can get props. See the individual class descriptions for needed supplies.

You'll receive a Zoom invitation and reminder the day of the class.
If you registered before the studio shutdown and you haven't heard from us yet, please contact us at schoolofburlesque@gmail.com.

More online classes to come soon!
Keep well, and take care of you and yours!

BE SURE TO NOTE TIME ZONES
These class times are for Eastern Standard Time.

You may want to have reading materials! You'll find the routines from Fan Dance and Classic Moves in the The Burlesque Handbook, as well as pastie-making instructions.






Past classes, join our email list to be notified when these are available again or send an email to request them.



Add-On class for April: Tassels, Assels, and Anarchy!
April 26, 2020, 330-430 pm EST
Learn to twirl tassels in every direction, on every part of your body! This workshop is best for those who have a pair of tasseled pasties, but if you just want to learn how it's done, you can watch! No nudity.

Jo Weldon does a fun boa mini-tutorial Monday April 13 on Instagram live! 6 pm EST. To attend follow Danielle Colby.

Special Class Saturday, April 11 2020, 4 pm:
Zoon link will be sent between 230 and 3 pm the day of the class.
If You Must Make a Mess $10
Interested in glitter pours, bath shows, fake blood, candle wax, or food acts?
Jo Weldon will discuss the pros and cons of making a mess onstage. She’ll give tips on how to prepare the stage and backstage for various pours, how to talk to producers and venues about them, and various approaches to cleaning up after them. Come with your questions and suggestions!
For years, Jo toured as a headlining feature dancer in strip joints, doing bath shows and using oil, fake blood, lotion, and body paint onstage in venues where she’d get her ass kicked if she left a smear on the stage. She'll also help you keep from ruining your floor and furniture if you're using messes in your home performances. She knows about tarps, towels, and kiddie pools. Get knowledge based on decades of experience from a performer who’s not afraid to sit on a cake. REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR IF YOU MUST MAKE A MESS

March 29: Jo is teaching costuming at 11 am EST and classic moves (boa moves, glvoe peels, bump n grind, and tassel-twirling) at 130 pm online! Email for details!


Online Friday, March 27, at 3 pm EST! (check your time zone!)
Jo Weldon and Indigo Blue offer this free & extremely DiY online arts & crafts fun hour. They will be drinking tea and making Burlesque pasties out of materials found around the house. Join in for this free & fun session. You might gain a few useful tips, if you're lucky. This is FREE but you must register to attend!
Sign Up


The History of Leopard Print March 24 1-2 pm EST
Special Online Event!
Leopard Print is burlesque's signature color!
Join us in a book show-and-tell brunch with Headmistress Jo March 24 at 1 pm. Requires the Zoom app. RSVPs must be received by noon.
Let’s all wear leopard print and hold a cocktail glass 😺 To attend, send your email address to historyofleopardprint@gmail.com with the words “Leopard Print History Brunch 3/24” in the subject line and you'll receive the zoom invite!
This is mostly a show and tell book discussion. with lots of luscious print. You'll learn the history of the print from Egypt to fast fashion. Attendees will have the option to turn on video and show off their leopard print outfits, if so inclined.
And yes, it's free! Jo is learning how to produce live events and this will help her out -- and hopefully be super fun for all our fierce friends!
See a video book preview on YouTube.


Hairography
This workshop is full of flips, swings, and swirls. Open to all bodies! Although Jo will be demonstrating moves for long hair, we will also be working on head choreography and eye contact, so this can be suitable for more than one style and type of hair. The goal is not just to imitate Jo's moves but to discover moves that work for you.
Jo will be teaching hairography in a chair, since chair dance class preceeds this. You can register for the chair dance class as well in the drop down menu. Dress for a workout and wear shoes in which you can balance easily!


Book proposal workshop! March 25 6-730 pm EST
Will be conducted via Zoom.
If you've been thinking about writing a book, or you've written one, the next step is creating a book proposal! I've published two books with a big five publisher, and I'll take you through the process as I know it. I'll tell you the pros and cons of working with agents, ways to find agents or approach publishers, and explain all the elements of a working book proposal. I'll also explain the differences between writing proposals for fiction and non-fiction. Come with your questions!
Price, Sliding Scale. Suggestions, but no judgement:
$20 gig economy worker out of gigs
$30 employed but making less while working at home
$40 working at home at regular pay
Use the button below to pay. No refunds unless I cancel, but class value credit will be given if you cancel.

Book Proposal Workshop Sliding Scale
A followup session will be held at the same price for those who want to work on one and have a group review and discussion.

I'm teaching Essential Burlesque online in April! Registration link TK. I am also preparing a 12-section online class based on the chapters in The Burlesque Handbook, as well as a 16-section online workshop on Striptease Obsession.


From Jo: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have lost all of my performing gigs. The studio in which I conduct in-person classes has closed. I have a tiny cushion, but I've lost most of my income from classes and performances for the foreseeable future. Let me know how I can serve you while I'm self-quarantined!

To support me without spending money, tell people about me! Link to joweldon.com and mention something interesting I'm doing. You can also help by giving one of my boks a glowing five-star review on any platform. And, I'm using this spare time to micro-blog some of my research on sex worker fashion history. Check it out!. Please follow, like, comment, and praise to others!

Professionally, I'll be available to give one on one online sessions. You can have me critique an act, or we can do a playful striptease session together that will lift your spirits, or you tell me what you'd like to do! I can offer a discount to those who are losing work due to the pandemic. In particular, let me know if you are a performer who relies on performing to pay bills.

I'm also offering a free skype or zoom tassel-twirling lesson when you buy a pair of leopard print pasties, till I run out of supplies. I have many pairs already made up! See my work at Leopard Print Pasties

You can buy a School Of Burlesque Gift Certificate. It's good for all classes, online and off, for two years. You can use it for anything I do, inlcuding buying one-on-one consultations, 8x10s ($25 pp), or pasties from me for as long as the post office is still letting me ship.

You can order a signed copy of The History of Leopard Print for $30, while supplies last.

If you just want to support, I can receive payments via my paypal link or Venmo at @joweldon.

Contact me at schoolofburlesque@gmail.com with any questions!

I have an https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3EEGKPM8LSWQA?ref_=wl_share.

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Jo Weldon, aka Jo Boobs, is a pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement, and has been voted one of the Top burlesque performers every year on 21st Century Burlesque's annual international poll. She has been the Headmistress of the The New York School of Burlesque since 2004. She is a believer in burlesque as a means to introduce women who are shy about their bodies to enjoy the power of playful and/or confrontational exhibitionism, as well as creativity and self-expression through self-initiated theatrical performance. She has published numerous articles on burlesque, striptease, stripping, and sex work in general in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies since 1994. She is the author of "The Burlesque Handbook" (Harper Collins), the first book ever published on how to create burlesque routines, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, and has produced several acclaimed video programs for burlesque beginners with World Dance New York (http://worlddancenewyork.com/).




PAST EVENTS

Saturday May 2 at 2 pm-330 pm EST: Book proposal workshop!
Will be conducted via Zoom.
If you've been thinking about writing a book, or you've written one, the next step is creating a book proposal! I've published two books with a big five publisher, and I'll take you through the process as I know it. I'll tell you the pros and cons of working with agents, ways to find agents or approach publishers, and explain all the elements of a working book proposal. I'll also explain the differences between writing proposals for fiction and non-fiction. Come with your questions!
Price, Sliding Scale. Suggestions, but no judgement:
$20 gig economy worker out of gigs
$30 employed but making less while working at home
$40 working at home at regular pay
Use the button below to select and pay.
Registration closed. Please follow us on IG, FB, or join our email list to be notified when it is offered again.


sorry, the part of the page below is a bit of mess! I'll be tidying up my website in 2020.

December 9 Jo will be reading from Fierce: The History of Leopard Print in NYC.
Free event!
Details

December 22 2019 Jo will be performing at Bathtub Gin.

January 10 2020 Jo will be performing at Mr. French , NYC.

January 15 2020 Jo will be performing at White Elephant Burlesque , NYC.

Sunday, October 27, 4-530 pm:
440 Lafayette, 4th floor, studio 4c
Corsets: How To Buy, Wear, And Strip Out Of Them.
Join Jo for a discussion and demo on one of the world's most fascinating pieces of clothing! You'll get a brief history, learn the differences between a bustier, a corsellette, and a true corset, and what style suits you best. You'll also learn how to artfully and gracefully strip out of them. Jo will bring corsets from her collection for students to examine, and students may bring their own to discuss. She will also discuss ornamentation techniques and lacing. Students should bring a notebook and pen.



More from Jo:

I've pared down my performance schedule for the rest of the year so I can focus on my presentation at Lim College and finish writing my one-woman show.

November 2 NYC
My presentation at Lim College will be on Saturday, November 2, as part of this panel:
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Madeline Luckel After the Wedding: What Marriage (and Newlywed) Portraiture Communicates Through Fashion
Emily Anna Smith Whatever Lola Wants: Billy Porter, Gender Norms, and Social Media on the Oscars Red Carpet
Jo Weldon Sex Worker Style: What Does it Mean to "Dress Like a Whore?"
https://lim.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/fnt/

November 4-10 Portland and BURLYCON Seattle WA
On November 4 and 5 I'll be touring strip joints in Portland with my partner Jonny and my good friend Mystic, who won the Miss Nasty Burlesque Award when we were all in Treviso, Italy. From Portland we'll travel to Seattle for BurlyCon, the annual burlesque education and social conference of which I'm a founding member and current Vice-President. While I'm there I'll be teaching Hairography, per my strip joint origins; my personal history in neo-burlesque, which I'll start by describing my work as a feature dancer in strip joints in the early 1990s; and finally, I'll be presenting my illustrated lecture on The History of Leopard Print, which, as everyone knows, is stripper neutral.
http://www.burlycon.com

November 20-24 Boise ID
I'm doing a series of book events and performances at Subversive Dreams in Boise -- more to come on this event!Details and Tickets



Jo will be performing burlesque with an out of this world cast of legendary performers at the Milton Fringe Festival in Milton, PA October 10, 11, and 12.

September 1st-22nd Jo will be teaching the Essential Burlesque Series and September 28 she will performing at the The New York Burlesque Festival!

September 7 Jo will be performing her signature International Lover act at Hustler's Paradise in NYC, a benefit for sex workers affected by discrimination.
Details and Tickets

September 15 Jo will be performing a classic routine at Burlesk at Birdland in NYC.
Details and Tickets

Jo is performing, hosting, and producing workshops at the New York Burlesque Festival September 26-20
Details and Tickets

Don't miss BurlyCon in Seattle November 7-10; and in Boise in later November, details TK.

In December Jo will be teaching a two-day weekend burlesque intensive in NYC, details TK.

TESTIMONIALS

For over a decade Jo has been consistently voted one of the most influential burlesque performers in the world in international polls. Her book The Burlesque Handbook has been the gold standard for beginning and intermediate burlesque performers since 2010. She has helped develop the highest-level burlesque organizations in the world, working with the Burlesque Hall of Fame team for 15 years and Coney Island USA for 20 years, and is a co-founder of BurlyCon. Her former students have achieved the most desirable gigs available to burlesque performers, not only in NYC but internationally as well. People all over the world have been quietly learning from her blog at burlesquedaily.blogspot.com for well over a decade. A few people who have worked with her directly offer their testimonials below!

Jo has helped me tremendously with quite a few but very different subjects of Burlesque. Her experienced eye found the exact things I needed help with. She offers kind and clear solutions. I followed her advice and felt my progress immediately. I also deeply treasure the confidence gained through her help. I would recommend her video act consultation!
--Missa Blue, Voted #1 Performer in Europe 2018

Jo Weldon is an incredible performer, mentor, and educator. She was my first burlesque teacher, and she approaches teaching with an easygoing, candid, and fun-loving manner, while also being deeply knowledgeable about the art and its history. Throughout my burlesque career, she has remained interested and supportive of me and all of her students, and I can guarantee I wouldn't be where I am without her!
-Hazel Honeysuckle, lead performer in Absinthe, one of the most popular shows on the Las Vegas strip.

Jo Weldon is an extremely knowledgeable expert in the history of burlesque. She has been both a teacher and mentor in my performance career. Her rich knowledge of the business of show business and her articulate insight into performance art have been invaluable assets for all her students. I can always count on Jo's opinion and expertise to provide the best direction!
-Calamity Chang, internationally renowned producer, headliner and instructor

Just over five years ago, my life was forever changed when I walked into Jo Weldon’s Burlesque Essentials Class, at the New York School of Burlesque. At the time, I was in a very broken place in my life, and was not sure if taking these classes would help me to reconnect the pieces, but I was hopeful. So much more than learning the art of the tease, Jo not only helped me find myself again, but gave me permission to find my passion, and be unapologetic about it.
In our very first class together, Jo introduced us to the rules of burlesque, then immediately told us all to do whatever the fuck we want. I took that advice and decided to do exactly that. I am forever grateful to her because of it.
-Poison Ivory, Miss Exotic World 2016, NYBF class May 2012

Jo Weldon literally changed my life. She opened the doors to a world of glitter, rhinestones, and self confidence that I didn’t even know I needed. When I first learned of the New York School of Burlesque, I was intrigued, but skeptical. I immediately got to googling and learning all I could about it and it’s Headmistress. I was pleased to find tons of articles she had written and articles that had been written about her. I devoured everything for the information, but was most impressed by the respect shown to all in her work — to her reader, to her burlesque audience, to the legends who came before her, to the students who dream of following in their footsteps, and to the folks who are just stopping in to have a little splash of fun. Before I ever stepped foot into her classroom, I knew I was in good hands. Soon, I was spending a month of Sundays shimmying her tutelage. Since then, Jo has taught me many things. But the most important lesson that continues to fuel my heart and buoy my soul is from our very first class: Do whatever the fuck you want. Up until then, I thought I always had. Up until then, I didn’t know that some part of me still needed permission. Jo Weldon taps into her students to help them give themselves the permission to be whoever the fuck they are, and better yet, whoever the fuck they choose to be.
-Amuse Bouche, NYC performer

Jo Weldon combines her years of stage performance and expertise in years of teaching both practical and discussion-based classes to create a fun and comfortable learning environment. Her New York School of Burlesque is the original and home to New York’s center for burlesque learning. Whether you’re brand new to and never heard of burlesque or a seasoned professional performer, there’s a class for you at NYSB. The array of guest teachers at school is a fantastic spectrum of today’s stars of the burlesque stage. They are dedicated to preserving furthering the art form. --Dirty Martini, Miss Exotic World 2004, International Burlesque Sensation, Touring Regularly with Dita Von Teese

What class would you like Jo to teach next in NYC? If you're not in NYC, would you like her to emcee your event, teach in your city, or perform at your festival? EMail headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com to book her!

Jo's rates for professional consultation, choreography, act development, and review are quite reasonable. She has decades of experience, as well as having the pulse of the current scene, and can speed up your learning curve so that you can express yourself, find your perfect audience, and get the gigs you want. She is also a twice published author with a major publisher and can help you with writing, creating a book proposal, and more.
Pricing and Details, Local and Worldwide.





PAST EVENTS

Tease If You Please!
August 18, 2019, 1-4 pm, 440 Lafayette St NYC 10003
No Drop-ins, advance online registration required.
This special workshop, offered only in August, is a primer on what goes into a burlesque act. With lessons in choosing music, stage names, musicality, glove peeling, and other elements that will make you feel like a star! No previous experience or classes necessary. This is a perfect dip into the friendly and supportive waters of burlesque performance, especially if you're considering taking Essential Burlesque or Act Development series in September. Your instructor will be legendary Headmistress Jo Weldon, the author of The Burlesque Handbook! SOLD OUT


Jo Weldon hosts the annual Follies Fromage student showcase at Coney Island USA!
If you're thinking of performing, you'll be inspired! And if you love burlesque, you'll be outrageously entertained!
Show starts at 9.30 pm sharp!
Featuring two award-winning guest performers, Miss Coney Islands Tiger Bay and Pearls Daily.
Details and Tickets

Saturday AUGUST 3
Save the Date!
Cathouse 2: The Metal Years
Jo Weldon's Birthday Show and Celebration at Coney Island USA!
Come party with Jo and friends at Burlesque at the Beach!
Details and Tickets

Every week that Jo is in New York she teaches at the New York School of Burlesque Essential Burlesque Series.


New York School of Burlesque Student Showcase!
Friday, 730 pm, July 19 2019
Drom, 85 Avenue A, East Village NYC
New York School of Burlesque Student Showcase!
Headmistress Jo Weldon hosts a bevy of the freshest burlesque performers in town! Students have created their own routines, choosing their own music, designing their own costumes, and developing their own choreographies. A must-see for potential performers, and a helluvah good time for everyone! Details and Tickets


Hairography/Chairography
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 4-5 $20
440 Lafayette St, 10003, Fourth Floor Studio 4D
Jo is famous for her hair moves, but your hair doesn't have to resemble hers for you to sassy and glamourous! Learn a chair dance featuring lots of hair flings and whips to sexy rock music, plus techniques for warmups and discovering the advantages of your own hair texture. Suitable for any length of hair, including a shaved head, but not suitable for hairstyles that don't move or can't be messed up. May not be suitable for those with neck or back issues, so check with your doctor if you're not sure. Recommended for students who have already taken Essential Burlesque or have done a chair dance elsewhere. Wear clothes you'd wear for a dance or yoga class and bring a bottle of water. Don't eat a heavy meal beforehand. If enough people sign up, we can put this number in my August 3 birthday show at Coney Island!
SOLD OUT


Bartending and Book Signing!
Sunday, 6-8 pm, July 21 2019, NYC
Let's Get Wild!
Jo will be going old school on June 30, bartending at Lucky on Avenue B in NYC!. Afterward she will be selling and signing her book Fierce: The History of Leopard Print. Bartending 6-7, book signing 7-8. Books available for purchase. Leopard print clothing is highly encouraged!


Bubble Dance
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4-530 pm, $30 plus $5 cash in class for materials
440 Lafayette St, 10003, Fourth Floor Studio 4C
Class size is small and strictly limited because of the size of the balloons, which means this class may sell out quickly. Only two slots remain as of July 19.
Bubble dancing is fancy, fun, sexy, and hilarious!
We will be using 36" balloons.
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 playing with them, 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! Inspired by Rand the Vampire’s bubble class at BurlyCon, and with his blessing and guidance, this class introduces bubbledancing to a brand new audience. Let your spirit rise!
Jo Weldon's Bubble Dance students, known as the Titillations, have performed at The House of Yes, The Slipper Room, Coney Island USA, and the New York Burlesque Festival.
SOLD OUT


Thursday, 630 pm, July 25 2019, Hudson Valley, NY
Desmond Fish Library Jo will be presenting her illustrated lecture on The History of Leopard Print, followed by a book signing. Books available for purchase. Come as you are, or wear your fiercest animal prints!


Cathouse 2: The Metal Years
Jo Weldon's Birthday Celebration!

Saturday, 10 pm, August 3, 2019
Do you like to rock? Do you like to roll? Do you like cats? Do you like to get weird?
Get ready to bang heads with Jo and her friends as she celebrates a heavy metal birthday!
Featuring:
Fem Appeal
Cheeky Lane
Jonny Porkpie
Boo Bess
Kristin Korvette
Gal Friday
Twatley Crue
Veronica Viper
and surprises galore!
Fireworks: 9.30 pm on the Boardwalk
Show: 10.00 pm at Sideshows by the Seashore
More Info and Tickets


The workshops in July are all being offered in response to requests from students! You can make a request by email at headmistressjo@schoolofburlesque.com. A minimum of six students are necessary for group classes to be viable, but you can request private one-to-one instruction or coaching at any time.


Jo is looking for support and funding to restart the Pink Light Burlesque program she founded in 2012, hosting workshops to empower breast cancer survivors, and training those who would like to do so to teach other survivors.
More About Pink Light Burlesque


Dressed Like a Whore
Jo Weldon: Sex Work and Spandex is creating Essays & An Autobiographical Show About Sex Work & History!
Read More on Patreon


Stay tuned for Jo's Ultimate Striptease Online Class Series!
This 16-week series will feature segments on the logistics and psychology of striptease, which Jo believes is a study in overcoming our daily systemic barriers to human connection and authenticity.
She's spent four decades studying striptease in strip joints and burlesque, learning from both the most popular current performers and the legends of yesteryear, including one on one coaching from Sherry Britton.
She was voted one of the top ten most influential figures of the past decade in burlesque on the world's only international poll, in due part because she is the author of The Burlesque Handbook, the first book ever published on how to create neo-burlesque routines.





PAST EVENTS

Often imitated, never duplicated! Jo Weldon inspires not only other performers, but other teachers as well. She has been the Co-Executive Director at The Burlesque Hall of Fame for 12 years, helping legends of burlesque who have never taught before to develop their classes, and the Vice President of BurlyCon, the world's only burlesque learning convention, for 11 years. If you are interested in teaching burlesque, reach out to her for personalized and professional guidance and support.
She has been publishing free material online for fifteen years, with the intention of improving the burlesque scene and providing guidelines for curriculum and research. Her influence, whether engaged or resisted, is unmistakable.
Jo's range and experience as an instructor is unparalelled. She has helped mentor some of the world's most popular burlesque performers and instructors. Her desire to give students inspiration, independence, and individuality in their personal performance style is documented in her eagerness to foster other instructors as well, which she has been doing since the creation of The New York School of Burlesque in 2004.



Below is just a messy cut and past of past events.

Wormwood Takeover at Switch n Play
Saturday July 13 2019 9 pm
Headmistress Jo performs her infamous Cathouse routine!
Details and Tickets


How to Write a Book Proposal
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 4-5.30 pm, $30
440 Lafayette in Manhattan. Fourth Floor, Studio 4C.
Have you ever thought about writing a book? Already written one but not sure what to do with it? Get clarity and insight on the possibilities of your book idea or project! This workshop is suitable for any level of book idea development, from fleeting thought to completed project.
This workshop will take you through the essentials of creating a book proposal agents and editors will be pleased to read. You’ll learn the basic format of a proposal, how to describe your work, how to present your platform, and how to approach a literary agent. Differences between fiction and non-fiction proposals will be addressed. Publishing myths and misinformation will be discussed. Most importantly, you’ll be able to ask questions of an industry insider who has two book deals with a major publisher. The goal is to give you tools and boost your confidence so you can take the next steps toward publishing success. Remember: ANY topic or idea can sell, but it takes a great proposal to make it happen!
Note, this is not about self-publishing, which is a topic that requires its own workshops, but self-publishing will be touched upon. Even if self-publishing is your primary interest, you will still benefit from this class.
Bring a notebook and pen. You will be asked to write your questions on notecards when you arrive, so if you already know what your questions are, please arrive with them composed into one-sentence queries. If you aren’t yet sure what your questions are, you’ll definitely benefit from hearing the questions of others.
This class is past, but you can email for private coaching and consultation at reasonable rates.


Keep Easy Sundays
Sunday July 14 2019 1030 pm
The Keep, 205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens 11385
Jo will be performing to live music with the Keep Cats!


May 15, 2019 Hosting the New York School of Burlesque Student Showcase


Nasty Burlesque Festival
May 24, 2019, Treviso Italy


Berlin Burlesque Week
June 2, 2019, Berlin Germany
June 3, 2019 Berlin Germany


Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender
June 9, 2019, Las Vegas
Performing in the Icons and All-Stars Showcase

Details of Jo Weldon's first ever one-woman autobiographical show will be announced June 15, 2019 on Patreon
More information

June 17, 2019, NYC
Jo will be talking about her history as a sex workers' rights activist at Bluestockings Anarchist Bookstore.

June 23, 2019, NYC
Jo will be making an appearance at Jezebel Express's student showcase at DROM NYC. Join her and catch the freshest burlesque in the city!

April 5: SuperBoob!, NYC
April 6: Jo teaches a bachelelorette party (Private Event)
April 7: Jo teaches the Essential Burlesque Series, NYC
April 13: Jo presents a book signing and lecture about The History of Leopard Print at the Nerdlesque Festival! In Coney Island, NY
April 21: Jo Performs at the GLITS Fundraiser, Details TK

IN MAY: THE IMPURE CONFERENCE!

Panel: Sensuality + Sexuality: Belly Dance + Burlesque w Willy Barrett, Jo Weldon, Antonina Canal + Myra Krien
Owning the Forbidden Gaze w Willy Barrett (Joe Williams)
Hairography w Jo Weldon
AND MORE
Details and Registration

SPECIAL EVENT MARCH 8 2019 IN NYC:
THE HISTORY OF LEOPARD PRINT
WITH HEADMISTRESS JO WELDON!


If you love leopard print, or know someone who does, you don't want to miss this! At an exquisite and exclusive venue, Jo will trace the history of fashion's most controversial neutral from warriors and kings to first ladies and fashion influencers. Featuring a mini-exhibition of Jo's leopard print collection, and a unique performance by Perle Noire. Feel free to wear your wildest animal print!
Limited attendance available
Event Details and RSVP

February 15, NYC: Jo Performs at Hot Face at Bizarre Bushwick
February 17, NYC: Jo Hosts the NY School of Burlesque Student Showcase
February 23, Baltimore: Jo Teaches Hairography
February 23, Baltimore: Jo Presents an Illustrated Lecture on The History of Leopard Print, With Book Signing
February 24, Baltimore: Jo Hosts Essential Tease: A Transformative Burlesque Series.
February 23, Baltimore: Jo Presents an Illustrated Lecture on The History of Leopard Print, With Book Signing
March 3, NYC: Jo Teaches Striptease Expertise
March 8, NYC, National Arts Club: Jo Presents an Illustrated Lecture on The History of Leopard Print, With Book Signing March 10, NYC:
Jo Teaches Chair Dance and Stocking Peel
March 17, NYC:
Jo Teaches Classic Moves, Featuring Boa Choreography, Glove Peels, Bumps N Grinds, and Tassel Twirling
March 19, NYC: Jo performs at The FuckYou Revue

Details to come:
March 19, NYC: Jo performs at The FuckYou Revue

See some of the other classes she offers.

On February 16, Jo is going it alone to present two classes!
440 Lafayette St, Manhattan, Fourth Floor, Studio 4d
3-4 pm, check out her steamy and internationally celebrated class, Pleasure And The Art of The EyeFuck. Flirt. Seduce. Connect. Devastate. Talk dirty with your eyes. Learn how to convey deep sexual confidence through eye contact, body language, and breathing exercises. Discover the power of being motivated by your own pleasure and joy. This is a playful, erotic, and penetrating class. Not for the faint of heart! Not a dance class, but wear clothes that feel good and in which you can move. Jo Weldon has travelled the world teaching this class, designed to help both performers and nonperformers access their innate knowledge of seduction and sensuality. Come prepared to break past your comfort zones into a challenging, intimate, and sometimes hilarious session of self-discovery and improved connections. $25

4.30-6 pm, Jo will debut a much-requested class. She's launching her hairography workshop, full of flips, swings, and swirls. Open to all bodies and suitable for every length and type of hair, including wig-wearers and those with no hair at all! Students will practice kneeling, sitting, floorwork (bring towel or kneepads if so inclined), and standing hair moves, and Jo will help each class member find their own signature hairography.
$30

Both classes $50.

SOLD OUT
Please email headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com to be put on the waitlist, or to let us know that you have a gift certificate you intend to apply to this class.

On February 9, Jo Weldon is teaming up with Peekaboo Pointe for a sensual, sexy, hilarious, full-body-contact lap dance class just in time to help you steam up your Valentine's Day! You'll learn the set up, the styling, and best of all, the sensual moves that thrill your recipient. $35.

SOLD OUT
Email headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com to be put on the waitlist.




PAST CLASSES

Get Your Act Together!
SOLD OUT
Sundays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3 and 10, 2019, 3.30-5.30 pm
Student Showcase: Sunday, February 17, 8 pm.
440 Lafayette St NYC 10003, Studio 3C, Third Floor.
$195 for the five week series.
It happens at NYSB only once a year:
Jo Weldon, Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook, will take you through all the steps of creating your own solo burlesque routine!
You'll learn how to choose music, assemble a costume, and map choreography for your own number, then have the opportunity to perform that number in our student showcase!
Perfect for beginners and intermediates.
Making a payment is an agreement to comply with our payment policies. $195.00.
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT.
Please join our email list to be notified about upcoming classes.

Bubble Dance
May 12, 2018, 1.30- 3 pm, $25 plus $5 cash in class for materials
440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4D


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! Inspired by Rand the Vampire's bubble class at BurlyCon, and with his blessing and guidance, this class introduces bubbledancing to a brand new audience. Jo Weldon's Bubble Dance students, known at the Titillations, have performed at NYSB student showcases and the New York Burlesque Festival. If we have enough interest from students in the class, we'll put together a routine for the next showcase!





PAST CLASS LISTED BELOW

Jo Weldon is teaching Act Development in NYC for the first time in over a year! This is an opportunity to learn directly from the Headmistress herself.

January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 2018 3.30-5.30 pm.
440 Lafayette St, Studio 3G (Third Floor).
Showcase is February 18 at DROM, 85 Avenue A, 10002, at 8 pm.
Preregistration required. See purchase button below for price options. No refunds for this series after January 1. If you have any trouble registering from the button below, please let us know at schoolofburlesque@gmail.com.

Create your own burlesque routine, from music selection, costume design and construction, makeup techniques, all the way through movement and choreography! You'll dig deep, laugh hard, feel incredibly sexy, and discover a fresh perspective for appreciating your personal genius!

Burlesque allows performers total authority to set the tone, style, and theme of each individual presentation. Each number has the potential to be a one-woman (or man) show, with absolute freedom of self-expression. It is a perfect medium for performers, whether they are interested specifically in burlesque, or looking to add new tools to their repertoires.

No prerequisites are required. Don't wait to register! The Essential Burlesque Series (see calendar) can be a companion for this class, but you will be able to create your fully developed fabulous routine with dance and theme using the techniques you'll learn in this series.

Finishing with a showcase at gorgeous DROM on February 18!

By registering below, you confirm that you have read and agree to our policies on refunds, transfers, and class credits.

$195 Paid In Full, $225 with Split Payment Deposit Option
Paying a deposit ensures you will get in, as Act Development Series often sell out quickly; an administrative charge of $30 is added to the regular price of $195 due to extra fees and handling that occur on our end. The balance must be paid by December 20 and if you do not pay the balance you forfeit the deposit.

Immerse yourself in burlesque by also registering for the Essential Burlesque Dance Series.

Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon, aka Jo Boobs, is a pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement, and has been voted one of the Top 10 burlesque performers four years in a row in 21st Century Burlesque's annual international poll. She has been the Headmistress of the The New York School of Burlesque since 2004. She is a believer in burlesque as a means to introduce women who are shy about their bodies to enjoy the power of playful and/or confrontational exhibitionism, as well as creativity and self-expression through self-initiated theatrical performance. She has published numerous articles on burlesque, striptease, stripping, and sex work in general in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies since 1994. She is the author of "The Burlesque Handbook" (Harper Collins), the first book ever published on how to create burlesque routines, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, and has produced several acclaimed video programs for burlesque beginners with World Dance New York (http://worlddancenewyork.com/).





PAST EVENTS

How To Choose Music For a Burlesque Routine
This is the first run of this class, which is being developed for BurlyCon. Come dressed to move and bring shoes you want to dance in!
We will discuss what burlesque standards are and how to use them, as well as how to use other kinds of music, from classical to top 40.
We will discuss theme, tone, timing, musicality, and identification. You'll learn how to make it seem as if you are making the music with your body, how to exploit the choreography of events, and how to break tradition without sacrificing connection to the audience.

Perfecting The Twirl
This class is a wild party of skill-building!
Tassel-twirling is one of the most unique elements of burlesque. Are you making the most of it? Avoiding it because you're afraid you can't do it, or because it seems trite? Trying to figure out how to put your own twist on it? Wondering why it seems so easy for some and not for others?
We will refresh your understanding of basic tassel-twirling techniques in class, so if you're a brand new twirler, you can still get a lot from this. If you're an experienced twirler who still has a few issues, you'll get even more benefits! Come in and learn how to do your best twirl, how to choose and make pasties that make twirling easier, which shoes can make a difference, how to incorporate tassel twirling into musicality, and why sometimes your twirl just won't go.
Be prepared to put tassels on your bare chest and behind.
Bring tassels if you've got 'em! Pasties will be available to borrow and to purchase (bring cash for those! in class, but if you already have pasties, definitely bring them, and if you can, bring more than one pair.

Striptease Expertise


The woman who wrote the book on burlesque is coming to DC Bier Baron to teach her signature class!
You'll learn how to make everything from slipping out of a button-down shirt to removing your earrings into a devastating act of theater. We'll start with what you already know (and you may not even know you know it) and incorporate it into innovative and effective ways to handle any article of clothing. Though not a dance class, there are walking and movement components, so wear shoes in which you would like to perform. We recommend you bring a hoodie that unzips all the way down the front, or if you do not have a hoodie bring a cardigan or button-down shirt to class.
Classes are open to men and women, beginners and professionals. Learn a whole new skill or hone the ones you've got. Class size is limited so follow this page for updates so you can register as soon as possible.


March 9, 3.30-4 pm, New York City, 440 Lafayette, Studio 4C
Community Class:
No registration or class fee, $5 cash-in-hand materials fee, to cover operating costs
Includes handout
Bring a notebook
In Your Own Image
How to Be Prepared for Press, Producers, and Festival Applications This class is invaluable for both new and established performers. In this class you'll learn what to keep on hand so that you can respond quickly when you see a show in which you want to participate, a festival or pageant you want to apply to enter, a producer you want to approach, or a press opportunity you want to maximize. We'll describe how to organize the information you'll need to store and in what formats.
Most importantly, we'll discuss how to frame your bio and photographs so that you get the gigs you want, and the producers get the performer they want. Learn how to evaluate which examples to follow and which to ignore. Understand how to present yourself as a developed performer.
An international headlining performer and instructor, Jo Weldon has frequently served as a class coordinator, judging coordinator, and consultant for the Burlesque Hall of Fame and as a judge at The New Orleans Burlesque Festival. She has had a unique opportunity to observe how the bar has been raised in burlesque and what high-level producers are seeking.

Email schoolofburlesqueatgmaildotcom with any questions. When we are at capacity, we CANNOT allow other registrants, as it will affect the quality of the class. Please register as soon as you are sure you want to attend. Our payment policies permit cancellations and refunds up to February 25th for this class.No refunds or transfers after February 25th.

Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon, aka Jo Boobs, is pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement, and has been voted one of the Top 10 burlesque performers four years in a row in 21st Century Burlesque's annual international poll. She has been the Headmistress of the The New York School of Burlesque since 2004. She is a believer in burlesque as a means to introduce women who are shy about their bodies to enjoy the power of playful and/or confrontational exhibitionism, as well as creativity and self-expression through self-initiated theatrical performance. She has published numerous articles on burlesque, striptease, stripping, and sex work in general in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies since 1994. She is the author of "The Burlesque Handbook" (Harper Collins), the first book ever published on how to create burlesque routines, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, and has produced several acclaimed video programs for burlesque beginners with World Dance New York (http://worlddancenewyork.com/).



See Jo teaching in Milan in the video below!


More School of Burlesque Classes

The calendar below is constantly being updated.