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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

With Jo Weldon, Author of The Burlesque Handbook

This page lists classes currently available on the New York School of Burlesque calendar. Jo Weldon is also available for private one-on-one instruction, choreography, and consultation on an hourly basis, both in the studio and long distance. She is also available to travel to teach and lecture. See some of the other classes she offers. For rates and availability email headmistress@schoolofburlesque.com.

Classes with Jo Weldon

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.