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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

Past Shows

New York School of Burlesque Showcases

Click here to see video of one of our awesome showcases!

NYSB Presents: The NYSB Social!
March 6 from 8-9 pm
This is our first NYSB social!
Come mingle with NYSB instructors and NYC show producers! We'll talk about upcoming opportunities for students, plus NYC show producers will be there to let you know what they are seeking in new performers, stage kittens, and gogo dancers. Afterwards you can hang out and play pool or video games!
Free cupcakes!
at The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney
New York, NY 10002
Hosted by
Jo "Boobs" Weldon
The Timekeeper with The Hourglass Figure!
No cover.

March 16, 730-930 pm
Casa Mezcal 168 Orchard ST $8 at the door
You've seen the genius students of the New York School of Burlesque shimmy-shaking it as new performers in our student showcases. Now, for the first time, the NYSB is bringing you a show entirely composed of experienced alumni!
Join us this Friday night for FASCINATION, our first ever all-alumni showgirl showcase. This event is being curated by NYSB headmistress Jo Boobs and core instructor Miss Jezebel Express. We've asked some of NYC's sultriest showgirls to bring their best glamorous or neo-classic acts to our stage, and we'd love to invite you to revel in the glittery madness with us!
With performances by:
THE RHINESTONE FOLLIES
EVELYN VINYL
FRANCINE
JUBILEE DIAMOND
SATIRA SIN
CHEEKY CHEETAH
BUNNY BUXOM
AURORA BLACK
MISS JEZEBEL EXPRESS
and Headmistress JO BOOBS WELDON!

DONT MISS

New York School of Burlesque Showcases
Click here to see video of one of our awesome showcases!

NYSB Student Showcase
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon
Saturday, February 25, 8:00 pm
at the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker)
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
$7 at the door
For years, the New York School of Burlesque has been presenting the freshest burlesque around! Come see our students as they bump, grind, and twirl their way through sexy, saucy, and innovative routines. Plus learn some tricks of the trade from Headmistress Jo Boobs herself!
Featuring:
NYSB Debuts
Returning Favorites
Special Guest Star Alumna
Stage Kittens
Assels and GoGo

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February 15
DONT MISS
The First-Ever
NYSB Instructor Showcase!
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon
February 15, 8:00 pm-9.30 pm
at the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney
New York, NY 10002
$7 at the door; if you've ever taken a class at NYSB, email nysbinstructors@gmail.com for $5 tickets.
If you're a student, a prospective student, or just want to see some of the most acclaimed performers in New York, come to this showcase!
Featuring
Jezebel Express (Flirting with Burlesque, Fan Dance, Get Your Act Together)
Bettina May (Pinup Hair and Style)
Pinkie Special (Hula Hoop)
Gal Friday (Chair Dance, Bounce, and Stocking Peels)
Jonny Porkpie (The Arc of the Tease)
Jo Weldon (Essential Burlesque Series)
And a very, very rare burlesque performance by
World Famous *BOB*!

Friday, February 17th
BRAND SPANKIN' NEW: An NYSB Showcase
7pm-9:30pm
Casa Mezcal
88 Orchard St at Broome
The sexy students of the New York School of Burlesque have been working oh! so! hard! to come up with delicious acts that tantalize & tease. After a six-week Act Development workshop with Miss Jezebel Express, we're finally ready to reveal our brand spankin' new creations.
That's right, this is an ENTIRE SHOW of never-before-seen acts!
STARRING:
HEATHER WHATEVER
BOOM BOOM BOHEME
MOLLIE POP
BUNNY BUXOM
TEASY ROOSEVELT
BAD NEWS BABY
MOLLY MCBUTTER
SILVIA FOX
IVORY ASKEW
BANANA BARB
MISS JAMAICA ME CRAZY
ALIKATT
BONNIE FOREST
Hosted by MISS JEZEBEL EXPRESS
Don't miss this sizzling night of innovative performance! We'll start around 7:15, so show up at 7 to grab a drink and a seat.
$7 at the door gets you in and intimate.
We can't wait to show you our stuff (if you know what we mean...)
Love, The Get Your Act Together Girls

New York School of Burlesque Student Showcase
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon
Tuesday, January 10, 8:30 pm
at the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney
New York, NY 10002
$7 at the door
Presenting New York's newest burlesque performers for over half a decade, we've been helping students to find joy onstage since our first Student Showcase in 2004. Some of students enjoy having one night of fun with us, while others have gone on to develop careers in burlesque.
Click here to see video of one of our awesome showcases!

 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


Come see these fabulous daring women take it off on our stage for the very first time!

There will be door prizes, a free burlesque lesson, and more!

Stay tuned to find out who will make their burlesque debuts in this spectacular showcase!


NYSB Student Showcase
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon
Monday, December 12, 8pm
at the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney
New York, NY 10002
$7 at the door
For years, the New York School of Burlesque has been presenting the freshest burlesque around! Come see our students as they bump, grind, and twirl their way through sexy and innovative routines. Plus learn some tricks of the trade from Headmistress Jo Boobs herself!
With special guests who are celebrating the anniversary of their debut performances with the NY School of Burlesque at Coney Island!
With
Bunny Buxom
Cashel Campbell
Clara Coquette
Evelyn Vinyl
Franny Fluffer--Special Guest Alumna
Iris Explosion
Miss Moxie May
Sincerely Yours
Toodles
Special Guest
Jonny Porkpie
GoGo
Fraulein Feline
Kittens
Lily Libris
Stella James
And More!
Hosted by
Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon

NYSB Student Showcase
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon
Monday, January 10, 8:30pm
at the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney
New York, NY 10002
$7 at the door
For years, the New York School of Burlesque has been presenting the freshest burlesque around! Come see our students as they bump, grind, and twirl their way through sexy and innovative routines. Plus learn some tricks of the trade from Headmistress Jo Boobs herself!

Student Showcase November 26, 8 pm at the Bowery Poetry Club
$7 at the door
305 Bowery at Bleecker, NYC
In this edition we're featuring two guest students from the Coney Island Sideshow School. Burlesque! Go-Go! Hooping! Fire! Sideshow! It's alive on the inside!
Includes a free onstage burlesque lesson!
Featuring Bikini Thrill • Bitty Bamboo • Fawn Fatale • Jubilee Diamond • Pepper • Rachel Rottin • Raven Tresses • Sapphire Sultry • Toodles
Hosted by NYSB Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon

November 4, NYC
Duane Park
Brian Newman and his trio play live music behind an award-winning bevy of burlesque performers. Free show, excellent food, delicious drinks, and a gorgeous intimate atmosphere.
More information

November 5
The November edition of GOTHAM BURLESQUE, taking place on Saturday, November 5th at 9:30PM at the Triad Theater will be headlined by burlesque star JO WELDON as well as GAL FRIDAY & PEEKABOO POINTE who will both compete in a thrilling Tassle-Twirling Showdown. This edition of GOTHAM BURLESQUE will be hosted by New York City drag star SWEETIE. Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Jo-Weldon-to-Guest-Star-at-November-GOTHAM-BURLESQUE-115-20111013#ixzz1anGkR9sw
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NYSB STUDENT SHOWCASE: An Evening Of World Premieres!
Saturday, October 15th / 9:30pm SHARP! $7 at the door.
Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston Street, between Clinton and Attorney)
New York, NY 10002
The sexy students of the New York School of Burlesque have been working hard (oh! so! hard!) to come up with delicious new acts that tease and tantalize. After a five-week Act Development class, we're finally ready to reveal our newest creations!
That's right... this is an entire show of never-before-seen acts. An evening of World Premieres!
Join the delightful, delectable students of Jezebel Express's Get Your Act Together cl...ass as they bring the freshest, hottest burlesque in the city to the down-and-dirty back room of The Parkside Lounge.
Starring:
MISS MOXIE MAY
BLACK VELVETEEN
BIKINI THRILL
JUBILEE DIAMOND
AUTUMN EMBERS
MYRA TRIXX
SOPHIA STARLIGHT
...with a special guest performance by Headmistress Jo Weldon!
Hosted by Miss Jezebel Express.
Don't miss this sizzling night of innovative performance! We start at 9:30 sharp, so show up at 9 to grab a drink and a seat.
We can't wait to show you our stuff (if you know what we mean!)
-The Get Your Act Together Girls

October 29: The Candy Shop
Join Jo Weldon, Murray Hill, and the Fabulous Candy Shop Boys for a night of wildly glamourous and funny burlesque, featuring live music and gorgeous showgirls.
Excellent dinner and cocktails.
Duane Park

October 11 9 pm
Darlinda Just Darlinda, Miss Spoke, and Scary Ben Present:
BUSHWICK BURLESQUE!
This week we've got burlesque legend JO BOOBS and Miss Coney Island LEFTY LUCY and our burlesque debut SARAH SCREAMS! We'll be at The Morgan twice a month bringing you the BEST of Bushwick Burlesque!!
$5
THE MORGAN!
25 Bogart St
(between Rock St & Varet St)
Brooklyn, NY 11206

SCREENING: A Wink and a Smile

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On October 8 at 6 pm we will be screening "A Wink and A Smile," a documentary about students learning burlesque. Suggested $5 donation will support studio rental for the Pink Light Burlesque Project, which provides free classes for breast cancer survivors and patients.

A Wink and A Smile
at The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
(Between Houston and Bleecker)
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
mail@bowerypoetry.com
212-614-0505

Monday, October 10, 8 pm $7 at the door
New York School of Burlesque Showcase
For Awareness of Pink Light Burlesque
Pink Light Burlesque is a new program that provides free classes for breast cancer survivors and patients.
Come see NYSB students dance, shake, and shimmy for the cause!
Monday, October 10, 8 pm $7
at
The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston St bet. Avenues B and C (F train)
Pink Light Burlesque is sponsored by
The Burlesque Handbook
PlayMe Burlesque
Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque
For more information:
Pink Light Burlesque

September 29-October 2
The New York Burlesque Festival
http://www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com
New York Burlesque Festival
It was the first burlesque festival of its kind in the world, and people come from all over the world to be in it!
Thursday September 29th
THE TEASER PARTY
Hosted By: The World Famous *BOB*
The Bell House
149 7th Street (between 2nd & 3rd), Brooklyn
thebellhouseny.com
Doors 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
Friday September 30th
THE PREMIERE PARTY
Hosted By: Scotty the Blue Bunny
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
brooklynbowl.com
Doors 8:00 pm | Show 9:00pm
$10 at the door
Saturday October 1st
THE SATURDAY SPECTACULAR
Hosted By: Murray Hill
BB King's
237 West 42nd Street, Manhatten
www.bbkingblues.com
Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:30 pm
$25 advanced, $30 at the door
$65 VIP advanced
SATURDAY NIGHT OFFICIAL NYBF AFTER PARTY
Featuring DJ Bill Coleman, GOGOs, & More!
11pm - 1am @ Lucille's Bar
(Next door to BB King's and free for all Saturday ticket holders)
Sunday October 2nd
THE GOLDEN PASTIE AWARDS
Hosted By: Miss Astrid
Highline Ballroom
431 16th Street, Manhattan
highlineballroom.com
Doors 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
$20 advanced, $25 at the door
$30 VIP advanced, $35 VIP at the door
Sunday Night Official NYBF "All Stripped Out" After Party presented by BurlesqueBeat.com
DJs 2BTs, cocktail specials, mini-burgers and more!
11pm - 2am @ POP Burger
60 9th Avenue btw. 14/15th Streets
Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon will be debuting a never-before-seen spectacular number Oct 1.
For details on the festival visit
http://www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com
For details on the classes we're providing during the festival visit
http://www.schoolofburlesque.com/newyorkburlesquefestivalclasses2011.shtml

September 17, 8 pm
NYSB STUDENT SHOWCASE!
Featuring students and alumni of NYSB.
Come see all the naughty things these students have learned! You'll see first time performers and seasoned performers presenting debut acts.
Includes a tassel-twirling lesson for select audience members! Best Twirler gets to keep their pasties!
$7 at the door At
The Bowery Poetry Club
305 Bowery at Bleecker
Hosted by New York School of Burlesque Head Mistress
Jo Boobs Weldon
Guest Faculty Stripper Jezebel Express!
Fresh Faces and Rising Stars:
Autumn Embers
Bella Caramella
Bombazeen Bean
Dickie Dunn
Erianna Dovecote
Foxy Mandelbaum
Saffron Lace
Stage Kitten Sunny Flowers
And More!
http://www.bowerypoetry.com/

We have a special guest at this showcase! We've never seen anything like the makeup our sponsor is presenting at this show! We'd like to welcome Natasha Ray, Official Artist for GlitzyLips, the hottest new trend to hit the stage. GlitzyLips isn't a stick or gloss. It's an infallible lip foil that makes your performance pop. Best, it doesn't fade, flake or foul for up to eight hours. Stop by and say hello to Natasha and let her glitz up your night. Also, as a special online discount for our School, GlitzyLips is offering 20% off. Just enter code GLITZYWEEK, in all caps at GlitzyLips.com
http://www.bowerypoetry.com

September 22 David Lynch Burleque at Coney Island.
http://www.coneyisland.com/burlesque.shtml

August 31: Coney Island Burlesque and Sideshow Student Showcase!
Coney Island USA is proud to unleash the newest crop of talent into the world!
See the stars of tomorrow!
In a collaboration of the Burlesque Master Class, Sideshow Skills and Banner Painting, Professa's Boobs, RealMan and Roberts present a showcase of their recent students.
It's three shows in one-
First, former Sideshow School students will take the stage presenting some of the dangerous and deadly feats that they have mastered!
Then the students of the Burlesque Master Class will twitch it and twatch it while you get to watch it!
And finally, the stage will be adorned all through out the evening with the colorful banners painted by students in the Banner Painting session.
It's all real, it's all alive and it's only at Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Ave, (Corner of 12th St)
Show is at 9:00
Tickets just $12 for all this entertainment!!!
The longest running neo-burlesque show in the world is Burlesque at the beach, presented by The Great Fredini & Bambi The Mermaid, It's a revival of the most glorious and notorious of the "girlie revues" in Coney Island history. The sumptuous decor, fabulous bubble machine and swell girls make burlesque one of Coney's hottest attractions! Every week brings all new shows with outrageous acts in Teaser's Wine Baths. A blend of old style burlesque, sideshow freaks, strange women, new vaudeville and toe tappin' music... its fireworks after the fireworks!
Find out more about Burlesque at the Beach and this show!

September 8 in Coney Island.
http://www.coneyisland.com/burlesque.shtml

September 13 for PlayMe Burlesque.
http://playmeburlesque.com/Launch-Party.html

HEAT WAVE BURLESQUE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO MTA SHUTDOWNS. IT WILL NOT BE HAPPENING ON AUGUST 27

AUGUST 27, doors at 6, show at 7 (EARLY SHOW, WILL START AT 7, really!): HEAT WAVE BURLESQUE
$15-30.
HEAT WAVE BURLESQUE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO MTA SHUTDOWNS. IT WILL NOT BE HAPPENING ON AUGUST 27

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Email schoolofburlesque@gmail.com to get the code for $5 off of $25 tickets.
With an amazing cast of the best-known headlining burlesque performers in the world!
Prepare yourself for record heat when sizzling West Coat Burlesque joins forces with the hottest Burlesque performers of the East Coast for a show that can't be missed! It's a rare opportunity to see a cast of New York's biggest stars with some of Los Angeles' most spectacular talent. It's all about the clothes--and about taking them off!
Pinup Girl Clothing, the most popular retro and alternative clothing company in the US, joins forces with Jo Boobs Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, to present an irresistible show of sexy striptease, amazing acrobatics, and fabulous fashion at the gorgeous Highline Ballroom.
Watch 'em dress. Watch 'em undress. It's a hell of a show!
Featuring your host from the West Coast, the inimitable Lucky Day; Miss Viva Las Vegas, La Cholita, known for her relentless shimmies and Latin fire; Laura Byrnes, famous pinup star and clothing designer; Jo Boobs Weldon, award-winning performer and author of The Burlesque Handbook; Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, acrobatic burlesque super heroes; Julie Atlas Muz, international art star; and Dirty Martini, worldwide headliner, voted number 1 Burlesque performer in the world. Plus, a fashion show from Pinup Girl Clothing, featuring their exclusive lines of clothing and accessories.
Sponsored by Pinup Girl Clothing, Lucky 13 Clothing, and The New York School of Burlesque.

AUGUST @): IN THE BUSH: KATE BUSH BURLESQUE
STARRING:
Jo Boobs
St. Eve
Velocity Chyaldd
Hattie Hathaway
Kat Mon Dieu
The Puppetry of Zazoo & Satori!
and MORE!
PLUS a hot duet by Poison Eve and Darlinda Just Darlinda
At The Wild Project.

Revealed Burlesque!
FINAL FAREWELL SHOW!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 @ 10PM
UNDER ST. MARKS $25
REVEALED is a burlesque show unlike any other. It's a seduction, a tease, an epiphany, a dare, a conspiracy of pleasure. Since 2008 this unique show has called UNDER St. Marks Theater home and has played host to some of the city's most beloved performers and renowned international burlesque stars. On Wednesday, August 17 Revealed Burlesque will take its final bow at UNDER St. Marks Theater. Producer GiGi La Femme had this to say "Producing and performing in Revealed has been the highlight of my burlesque career to date and while I am sad to see it end it's monthly run in NYC, I am proud that we can go out on top. I would personally like to thank our staff from stage kittens to sexy door mavens in addition to each and every performer that has graced our stages.... Without your hearts and helping hands, we wouldn't exist and for that, I am eternally grateful."
The farewell show on Wednesday, August 17 will feature performances by The Girl Dreams are Made of GiGi La Femme, Professional Sensationalist Amber Ray, The Girl Who Puts the Laughter in Slaughter Creamy Stevens, The Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque Jo Boobs, The Borg Queen of Burlesque Kobayashi Maru, The Tempestuous Temptress of Tease Nikki le Villain, and The Alabaster Beauty Ruby Valentine. Hosted as always by the intoxicatingly charming Bastard Keith and his double trouble team of stage kitten sidekicks, Madame Rosebud and Victoria Privates!
Revealed Burlesque, The Farewell Show will be on Wednesday, August 17 at 10pm at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets ($25) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info.

Fashion, Music Variety Burlesque Spectacular!

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Tickets and more information

August 27, 2011
Heatwave Burlesque Featuring.
Viva Las Vegas favorites, The Diamond Bettys
Miss Viva Las Vegas, La Cholita
International Burlesque Superstar Dirty Martini
Pinup Girl Supermodel, Laura Byrnes
Burlesque Super Heroes Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey
Burlesque Art Star Julie Atlas Muz
Headmistress of the NY School of Burlesque, Jo Weldon

And featuring the instructors of the New York School of Burlesque as Models
Concert starts @ 7PM
Doors open @ 6PM
Tickets $15-30.00

Special Event:
July 27
It's a criptastic criptacular of literary genius!
In November of of 2010, referred by disability activists and performers Mat Fraser and Diva Hollywood, Jo Weldon conducted a burlesque workshop culminating in a performance showcase at the Deaf and Disabled Performing Arts Festival (DadaFest) in Liverpool. The workshop included everything from coming up with burlesque stage names to learning to make pasties and twirl tassels (ably taught by Jonny Porkpie). Constantly inspired by the ability burlesque has to bring out the sexiest and funniest performances, and to bring the fabulousness of a wide range of bodies to audience attention, she has persisted in her campaign to bring these workshops to New York. Until they happen here, you can get an earful and an eyeful at Crip Lit!
Find out more about Crip Lit!

August 3: Coney Island Master Class Student Showcase in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.
It's the 7th annual Follies Fromage in Coney Island! Come see what students have learned in the Coney Master Class as they bump, grind, grate, and cream, doing their dairy best!
The longest running neo-burlesque show in the worl is Burlesque at the beach, presented by The Great Fredini & Bambi The Mermaid, It's a revival of the most glorious and notorious of the "girlie revues" in Coney Island history. The sumptuous decor, fabulous bubble machine and swell girls make burlesque one of Coney's hottest attractions! Every week brings all new shows with outrageous acts in Teaser's Wine Baths. A blend of old style burlesque, sideshow freaks, strange women, new vaudeville and toe tappin' music... its fireworks after the fireworks!
Find out more about Burlesque at the Beach and this show!

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August 5: How to Strip Out of a Wedding Dress: The Marriage Equality Edition.
On July 24, marriage equality finally becomes reality in The Empire State. And now that New York has joined the ranks of nuptial non-discrimination, New York Burlesque can finally celebrate the institution. Join the wedding party at Coney Island USA, when Jo "Boobs" Weldon, headmistress of the New York School of burlesque, teaches brides of all genders HOW TO STRIP OUT OF A WEDDING DRESS.
"You spent so much time getting into that gown, but have you ever considered how you're going to get out of it?" asks Ms Weldon.
Starring the Headmistress Herself as Aunt Jo, The World Famous *Bob* as the Officiant, Peekaboo Pointe as the Blushing Bride, Glenn Marla as the Grrroom, Machine Dazzle as the Wedding Singer, Miss Tickle as the Ringbearer, Evelyn Vinyl as The Flower Girl, and Jonny Porkpie as The Maid of Honor.
Find out more about Burlesque at the Beach and this show!

June 18 8-9.30 pm NYC
NYSB STUDENT SHOWCASE! $7
Featuring students and alumni of NYSB.
Come see all the amazing things these students have learned!
You'll see first time performers and seasoned performers presenting debut acts.
Includes a tassel-twirling lesson for select audience members!
Best Twirler gets to keep their sequinned pasties!
At
The Bowery Poetry Club
305 Bowery at Bleecker
Over 21 to Enter
Hosted by New York School of Burlesque Head Mistress
Jo Boobs Weldon
Starring Guest Alumna:
Rosabelle Selavy
Fresh Faces and Rising Stars:
Dixie Rising
Dottie Dynamo
Fleur De Lys
Lady Dare
Lady Liza
Lucy Cannon
Ms. Peril S. Curves
Stage Kittens:
Jacki Lope
K. T.
Gogo and Hoop:
Raven Tresses
Sticky Knickers
And, you'll get a demonstration of the amazing booty-bouncing and tail-tassel-twirling that is happening in our Shimmy and Bounce classes!
Get in on the fun!
More Information

June 23 7.30 pm NYC $12
Grab My Junk! At
The Bowery Poetry Club
305 Bowery at Bleecker
It's a gameshow... and a burlesque show... in one!
Watch in awe as world-renowned burlesque performers bump and grind, tease and titillate, sway and strip. Then, get to know them even more intimately. Learn their deepest, darkest secrets as you compete for the chance to win terrible prizes!
hosted by Jonny Porkpie
featuring Jo "Boobs" Weldon and announcer Scott Rayow with special guest stars Gal Friday, Pinkie Special, Peekaboo Pointe, and stage kitten Evelyn Vinyl!

Thursday, June 30 NYC
Skullduggery & Skin Show presents:
A FISTFUL OF PASTIES!
The Wild West gets undressed when Sheriff Cadabra & Deputy Donny try to tame the notorious outlaw Gal Friday and her Boobie Bandits! Miss Friday leads an all-girl gang that’s dead set against pasties interfering with the natural beauty of their breasts, but Sheriff Cadabra will keep their boobs undercover until things bust out in an eyeball-bulging, pastie-twirling shootout of bodies and bullets! It’s a Fistful of Pasties that shows exactly How the West was Done!
featuring:
The Boobie Bandits
Gal Friday
Tansy
Nasty Canasta
Jo Boobs
Little Brooklyn
with
Albert Cadabra as the Sheriff
Donny Vomit as the Deputy
Blaine Kneece as the Old Coot!
& Ruby the Wonder Dog!!!
Sideshow by the Seashore’s
Burlesque at the Beach
1208 Surf Ave. – Coney Island USA
Thursday, June 30th
9pm – $12

July 2 9.30 pm NYC
Gotham Burlesque!
Jo "Boobs" Weldon, burlesque star and the founder of the New York School of Burlesque headline the July edition of GOTHAM BURLESQUE. Beginning in July, GOTHAM BURLESQUE will also welcome WORLD FAMOUS *BOB* as its new emcee.
Presented by award-winning filmmaker, artist, and producer Gary Beeber, GOTHAM BURLESQUE is an exciting evening of song, dance, tricks and visual treats that plays the first Saturday of each month with a different cast at the intimate Upper West Side venue, offering audiences a taste of a wide range of live entertainments from both established and up and coming performers and acts.
Joining Jo "Boobs" Weldon and emcee World Famous *BOB* for the July 2nd show will be the fastest tassel-twirler from East to West Peekaboo Pointe, Gal Friday, Little Brooklyn, Jonny Porkpie, and Stage Kitten Dangrrr Doll. The evening will also feature a tassel-twirling showdown between Peekaboo Pointe and Gal Friday.
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Thursday, May 5 Š 8:30pm - 11:30pm
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
New York, NY
WHAT DOES LETA LENOIR WANT MOST FOR HER BIRTHDAY? A SHOW FULL OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE STRIPPING FOR HER!!! and you too of course!
THURSDAY, MAY 5TH at THE DELANCEY LOUNGE. doors at 8:30 and show at 9.
Bad Bunny Burlesque is bringing you some of the greatest burlesque performers in New York, no, THE WORLD!
Veronica Varlow
Amber Ray
Princess Sunshine
B.B. Heart
Justina Flash
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Miss Em
Birthday Girl Leta Lenoir
And special awsome host Sverige (Hey, Great!)
with special stage kitten It's a Little Stormy
DJ Mysterioso (oooooooooo!)
and Spartacus Jonez on the door.
also performing:
Lefty Lucy
The Flying Fox
And the Head Mistress of the New York School of Burlesque herself:
Jo Boobs!!!!!!!!!
If you miss it you will cry because like Leta, this show is 30 years in the making!
IT WILL BE SOFA KING AWESOME THAT YOU WILL SMITE YOURSELF IN FURIOUS ANGER IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE UNFORTUNATE SAPPS WHO GETS SHUT OUT OF THIS BOOB AND PASTIE EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!!
You can drink a bucket of Coronas under a plastic palm tree any old time!
Only 10 bucks!!!! cheap!

May 5 at 9:00pm - Friday at 2:00am
Casa Mezcal 86 Orchard Street at Broome
This week, its a celebration of Cinco De Mayo, and Mr. Choade himself has threatened to make an appearance as Master of Ceremonies.
With a line-up of performers like we've got its going to be a romp!
Leggy Beauty: Legs Malone
Master of Balance: Rudi Macaggii
Lucious Madame: Jo Boobs
Mistress of Danger: Velocity Chyaldd
Cutie Newbie: Airin Disguise
Fierce Kitten: Rosabelle Selavy
Warm-up Host: Mel Frye
Musical Moodmaker: DJ Ness
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Choade
There will be antics a-plenty!
Mr. Choade's Upstairs/Downstairs
serving up the best in Burlesque & Variety since 1999
Doors at 9 Shows all night long
$10, half price for artists

May 6
http://ravenous.journurl.com/
An evening of steamy erotica and erotic romance
8-10 pm
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St, NYC
In the old days, we would’ve barked, “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
That’s because May’s Ravenous Nights celebrates the daring dazzle of burlesque and stripping, and it’s shaping up to be a great night. Joining host Lori Perkins: authors Logan Belle, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Aimee DeLong, all of whom will share risque tales with us.
And we’re fortunate that head mistress of NY School of Burlesque, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, will join us. She authored The Burlesque Handbook and has teasingly offered to give us a lesson or two!
So help us extol the thrill of stripping, give away door prizes galore — and maybe expose a secret or two in the bump and grind!
May 7
The Sweets Shop at Duane Park
Two shows! 8 pm and 10.30 pm
Murray Hill Hosts!
http://www.duaneparknyc.com/

May 11
Sex Worker Literati
Headmistress Jo Weldon performs burlesque!
http://www.bowerypoetryclub.com

May 12
Shimmying the Spoken Word
Burlesque and Literature!
Headmistress Jo Weldon reads and performs
http://inspiredwordnyc.blogspot.com/

burlesque, rhinestone follies

May 14
The Sweets Shop
Amber Ray, Jo Weldon, and Murray Hill!
http://www.duaneparknyc.com

APRIL:

March 31, 8 pm, NYC
The Nudie Artist
Art Opening featuring performances from many of New York's most celebrated performers!
The Museum of Sex will showcase select works from two contemporary artists along with historical items related to the art and performance of burlesque. The exhibit, entitled The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived, will feature select artifacts from the 1880s to the 1950s, modern works of art from burlesque photographer Leland Bobbé and artist Luma Rouge and footage from Behind the Burly Q, a film by Leslie Zemeckis. The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived allows visitors to peek inside the world of burlesque and see the performance art from a personal angle. Inspiring artwork, personal photos and rare footage of the time, as well as costuming will be on display to provide a glimpse into the past life of an art form that is resurging in today’s modern world.
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April 1, NYC
Duane Park
Brian Newman and his trio play live music behind an award-winning bevy of burlesque performers. Free show, excellent food, delicious drinks, and a gorgeous intimate atmosphere.
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April 2, NYC
Gotham Burlesque
Presented by award-winning filmmaker, artist, and producer Gary Beeber, Gotham Burlesque is an exciting evening of song, dance, tricks and visual treats and will feature a different cast at each performance, offering a wide range of live entertainments from around the globe.
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April 3, NYC 9-10 pm $5
Kitty Nights @ Bar On A
FEM APPEAL welcomes Special Guest Host:
SHELLY THE SINGING SIREN
for an evening of CAT-TASTIC Music, Comedy & BurlyQ!
***STARRING***
MAIA MOON
FEM APPEAL
MIRA STROIKA (Accordionist/Singer)
JONNY PORKPIE (Happy Birthday Mr. Mayor)
BAMBI GALORE

April 8, Brooklyn
The Congress of Curious Peoples
Coney Island USA

April 13, Brooklyn
At The Congress of Curious Peoples
Coney Island USA
Come see legends of burlesque perform! Bambi and Bambi: Classic Burley-q meets the New Burlesque, 4/13
SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE, 8:30 pm - $5
Featuring a lecture and Q and A emceed by Jo Boobs!
Performances by LEGENDARY Burlesque Superstar: Bambi Jones "The Garter Girl", Bambi The Mermaid, Bambi Galore, Bunny Love, Miss CI Lefty Lucy, Kita St. Cyr, and MORE!
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April 14, 8 pm-2 am NYC
The Slipper Room in Exile
Mr. Choade's Upstairs/Downstairs, pushing the envelope since 1999
The Slipper Room's infamous burlesque and variety show, the one that started it all!
This event boasts an amazing line-up of talent:
Gal Friday, RunAround Sue, Ekaterina, Rosabelle Selavy, and your host GoGoatboy, with DJ Camillicious.
All for only $10 (1/2 price for artists)
Housed at CASA MEZCAL
86 Orchard Street at Broome

April 16 8-9.30 pm
NYSB STUDENT SHOWCASE! $7
Featuring students and alumni of NYSB.
Come see all the amazing things these students have learned!
You'll see first time performers and seasoned performers presenting debut acts.
Includes a tassel-twirling lesson for select audience members!
Best Twirler gets to keep their sequinned pasties!
At
The Bowery Poetry Club
305 Bowery at Bleecker
Saturday, April 16, 8-930 pm $7
Over 21 to Enter
Hosted by New York School of Burlesque Head Mistress
Jo Boobs Weldon
Starring Guest Alumni
Bambi Galore!
Debuting a New Act and
Showing what Satan's Angel taught her!
And Featuring Returning Star Alumni:
BB Heart
Fresh Faces and Rising Stars:
Dot Mitzvah
Corvette LaFace
Marinara Stardust
With First Timers:
Dickie Dunn
Lula Rouge D'Amour
Morning Glory
Vada James
Stage Kitten:
Raven Twin
Get in on the fun!
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April 20 NYC @ 10PM UNDER ST. MARKS $25
Revealed Burlesque
MORE BURLESQUE THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE!
REVEALED is a burlesque show unlike any other. It's a seduction, a tease, an epiphany, a dare, a conspiracy of pleasure. Hosted by devilishly charming master of ceremonies Bastard Keith, each show stars a rotating ensemble of the most beloved burlesque performers in New York. Fresh editions of Revealed feature new performer debuts, surprise guests from around the world and innovative performances representing the state of the art in risqué entertainment. Come out and experience an evening of salacious striptease and skin, where the climax of each number leaves everything...Revealed.
Wednesday, April 20th will feature smokin’ hot performances by:
Miss Exotic World 2004 Dirty Martini
The Five Alarm Fire of Burlesque Gal Friday
Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque Jo Boobs
The Alabaster Beauty Ruby Valentine
The Original King of Boylesque Tigger!
and in her Revealed debut, The Vintage Vixen of Tease, Tansy Tandora!
Hosted as always by the charmingly inebriated Bastard Keith and his Sensational Stage Kitten Sidekick, Victoria Privates!

April 22, 23 and 24, Boston
The Boston Burlesque Expo



Darlinda just Darlinda will be hosting The Performance Art Student Showcase on March 27 at The Wild Project!
Students who've taken Darlinda's four-week workshop on performance art will be performing numbers created just for this showcase!
Starring New York School of Burlesque Head Mistress Jo Boobs and Students Anja Keister, Charlie Gunn, Cora The Cougar, Grace Gotham, Iris Explosion, Josephine Nudini, JZ Bich, Kat Mon Dieu, Rosabelle Selavy and Victoria Privates!
Come see NYSB at its most outrageous!
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Fri, December 10, 9pm
Coney Island USA 1208 Surf Ave.
Tickets are $15 at the door.
Part of Coney Island's Legendary Burlesque at the Beach Series, the longest running series in Burlesque!
Get directions and details by clicking here.

Featuring six performers who are taking off in burlesque for the very first time!
Charlie Gun
Evelyn Vinyl
Iris Explosion
Raven Twin
Sincerely Yours
Tina Tassels

Plus performances and contests from Jo Boobs Weldon and Jonny Porkpie! You can to win prizes from The New York School of Burlesque including The Burlesque Handbook, a Fan Dance DVD, and gift certificate for classes at NYSB!

Student Showcase at the Slipper Room, Winter 2005
Above: Student Showcase at the Slipper Room, Winter 2005
Back Row:
Blackie Deuce, Clams Casino, Fem Appeal, Cherokee, Jo Boobs, Lady Rigel, Tangerine Jones, Cherry Bomb, The Frisky Contessa
Front Row:
Cat, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gigi LaFemme, Remy Vicious
Photo by Ed Barnas

Read below for details about previous student showcase performers:

Performers: November 5, 2010

Guest Teacher Performer: Jezebel Express!

Stage Kitten
Val Vertigo

Anja Keister
Which classes have you taken? Flirting with Burlesque, The Essentials Series, Music & Movement Choreography, World Famous Bob's Makeup class, Strutting with Dirty Martini (NYBF class), World Famous Bob's Ultimate Self Confidence (NYBF class)
Do you have any performance experience, and if so, what? I used to do musical theater and was the student choreographer for the showchoir in high school. In college I studied jazz vocal but focused more on art, eventually creating a performance art group with some fellow students were we would do monthly shows in the college areas and performed once in NY at the Brick Theater. During graduate school and up until starting burlesque I had hit a dry spot in performing but am excited to now be back in front of an audience! I even got to do a music video for the song 'She Has a Funny Walk" by the Electric Mess recently that was so much fun.
What is your burlesque performance experience? My debut was at the last student showcase at the Slipper Room in March. Since then I have performed burlesque with One Night Stand Burlesque at the Parkside Lounge, with Wasabassco at Union Hall, Karaoke Burlesque at The Pulse Karaoke Lounge, and at a release party for the book High Before Homeroom at Sunday Love in Williamsburg. I've also done kittening, go-go dancing or stage managing for assorted shows for the Rhinestone Follies, Wasabassco Burlesque at City Winery, Siren Song Burlesque and Drive-Thru Burlesque. I'm also very excited for my upcoming Kitty Nights Debut on November 21st!
What inspired you to become interested in burlesque? I grew up a tomboy on a farm in Pennsylvania but lived vicariously through movies like Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. In college I had a retro fabulous room mate but I my view of myself was so negative I didn't believe that I could be glamorous. It wasn't until I started doing performance art that I gained some confidence in my own creativity so by the time I attended the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival last year I was ripe for the burlesque picking!

Miss Ivy League
Experience: I have taken Ballet with Dirty Martini, and Burlesque Essentials with Jo Weldon and Gal Friday, and the Self Confidence Workshop with World Famous *B*O*B* at the NYSB. I also studied Ballet at the NY School of Ballet, Modern & African Dance at Alvin Ailey, as well as Jazz & Modern dance with independent teachers.
This will be my debut performance in Burlesque.
Inspiration: I love all kinds of dance and I am fascinated by burlesque's roots and history in the USA, and how it occupies this place of being both outside mainstream society but also as a place of freedom for women by being outside. Burlesque offers an opportunity for self expression - gender play, sexuality, sensuality, glamour, and most of all - a real sense of FUN that is often lost in the oh-so-serious daylight world! And of course: fabulous costumes!

Lucille Ti Amore
Classes: Advanced Spellbinding
Performance experience: I am a performer, choreographer, and director for theatre, dance, and physical theatre.
Burlesque experience: I performed a burlesque routine at the Orchard Project, which is a theatre residency located in the Catskills. I have also performed as a go-go dancer at a benefit parties.
Burlesque inspiration: I started going to burlesque shows when I moved to the city at the wee age of eighteen. With my fake ID in hand I entered a world where performers bring raw sensuality to the stage. The burlesque performers who grace the New York stages have been a huge inspiration for me. I also look to the punk cabaret music scene, Lydia Thompson, Mae West, and Marilyn Monroe for inspiration.

Luna Liprari
I've taken the Essential Burlesque Series with Jo Boobs and Gal Friday and, Flirting with Burlesque (several times) with Gal Friday. I have performed in acting and with poetry-performance with a great deal with literary journals. I also perform as a poet/pin-up girl with the New York Poetry Brothel, which is performance-based, character poetry. I have only performance experience in very informal settings -- with parties, bands and other poetry reading/burlesque shows where I danced burlesque. I am the editor of literary journal and the founder of the new NY Pin-Up Poetry Salon, which will both have burlesque dance performances -- with me included! Burlesque is possibly one of the most inspiring things I've ever come across. As a teenager, I saw Bettie Page for the first time. Falling in love with her facial expressions, beauty and confidence, I later found that Burlesque was a community of people accepting of everything: gender, race, size, idea. I am a writer, so burlesque allows me to come out of this wallflowered shell and be a physical thinker, creator. I love it. Other things that inspire me are: Cabaret, Marie Antoinette, Tom Waits, Sludgy classic rock, flappers, vampirisim, Dia de los Muertos, Feminism, literature, Bettie Page, Pasty Cline, poetry.

Raven
Which classes have you taken? I have taken the essential series and classic showgirl
Do you have any performance experience, and if so, what? I have been on stage as a dancer during live music performances
What is your burlesque performance experience? I have less than 1 year of burlesque experience and have performed approximately 8 times
What inspired you to become interested in burlesque? I became interested in burlesque from attending shows and becoming intrigued by the energy and sensuality that the performers bring to the stage. I wanted to at least try it so that years from now I don't look back and regret that I didn't follow my heart.

Carole Climax
Which classes have you taken? Essential Burlesque Dance Series, Flirting with Burlesque and World Famous *BOB*'s self-confidence workshop
Do you have any performance experience, and if so, what? Singing, Performance Art and Theatre for years... Trained in Musical Theatre and Multicultural Performance Styles... Notable St Louis Performances: PRIDE St Louis, Ragged Blade Players, The Royal Dumpe, The Venice Cafe, Beale on Broadway In NY: Iridium Girls Gone Wild Broadway After Dark, Iridium Jazz Vocalist Festival, Sidewalk Cafe Valentines Cabaret, Ellens Stardust Diner, sang with Les Paul before he died...
What is your burlesque performance experience? Though I've used burlesque in many of my singing performances, the last NYSB Student Showcase was actually my debut as Carole Climax. I will be performing at Hard Candy Burlesque Nov 9 @ The Delancey & will be mounting the Caburlesque Production of "Drink, F@#k, Pray: part deux" Nov 22 at 9:30pm @ The Beechman.
What inspired you to become interested in burlesque? I think I consciously observed bits and pieces of Burlesque probably first notably some years ago when looking at body image celebrations - I was a big girl, a Feminist, a Queer activist and fascinated with expressing politics or social agendas through performance. Benchpress Burlesque in St Louis (http://www.kelleymeister.com/bpb.htm l) was a favorite first foray as I was involved in the Radical/Anarchist community there - very neo burlesque... and I think I was mostly an observer at that point and excited about wrapping my brain around the possibility of contributing- But I know I felt the beauty of it and envisioned myself fitting in the scene as Lola van Ella's work grew (I had done a musical with her before she got into Burlesque so followed her work as she got her stuff going there in St Louis... And also knew Katie and Michelle from Gravity Plays Favorites) If I had stayed in St Louis, I likely would be performing there - She actually was the one who noted to me first she thought it would serve me well to be a part of the scene and perform and had a lot of kudos to give me in that regard.

Boots LaMae
Which classes have you taken?: Essential Burlesque Series and Dr. Lucky's Act Development Do you have any performance experience, and if so, what?: I'd never had any before I started doing burlesque. What is your burlesque performance experience?: I have performed at Shaken and Stirred, Original Cyn, Wham Slam Bam, Left Hip Burlesque, and The Gene Frankel Theater Vaudville Festival What inspired you to become interested in burlesque?: I went to my first show at Corio a couple of years ago, and immediately fell in love with it. It was so inspiring to see so many beautiful women with such diverse body types doing something so empowering and creative. They all looked like they were having so much fun, and it was something I knew I wanted to try for myself. I'll also take any excuse I can get to cover myself in glitter.

Performers in the August 2010 Showcase

Anita Fox
list of which classes you have taken
Hula Hooping with Miss Saturn Essential Burlesque series with you

list of any performance experience Professional actor/dancer/director/performance artist. Recent credits: Acting in Gormanzee & Other Stories at The Flea Theater (July 2010) Dancing in Sit, Stand, Walk, Lie Down... (dir. Phil Soltanoff) on Governors Island - LMCC Sitelines series (July 2010) Solo Performance - The Backroad Homeshow - workshop at The Kitchen, performance at Lost Horizon Night Market (May 2010)

list of any burlesque experience Former performer with the Southern Jezebelles in the Shim Sham Revue in New Orleans, LA
What inspired you to become interested in burlesque
My college dance professor asked me to audition to be her understudy in the Southern Jezebelles when I was still a teenager. I fell in love with it immediately.

Audrey Bloom
classes: Flirting With Burlesque, Classic Beauty Showgirl Act Development, Fan Dance, Choreography of Events
experience: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, swing Indonesian dance, CalArts Dance major; play bass and sing in the band El Jezel shows: Classic Burlesque Showcase and Pin Up Club Classic Show- Slipper Room, Luvely Rae's One Night Stand- Sapphire Lounge, Ixion's Weimar Burlesque- Sideshows by the Seashore, Jalopy Theatre, and Public Assembly, kitten & gogo girl for Rhinestone Follies- R Bar
inspiration: the sheer class that exudes from classic film stars and dancers of the 20s-60s is a big inspiration, and demure, charming dolls like Audrey Hepburn & Audrey Tautou inspired my name. I love being playful and coy and playing a character!

Carole Climax

list of which classes you have taken: This August's Essential Burlesque Series, 3 Flirting with Burlesque classes

list of any performance experience:
Singing, Performance Art and Theatre for years... Trained in Musical Theatre and Multicultural Performance Styles... Notable St Louis Performances: PRIDE St Louis, Ragged Blade Players, The Royal Dumpe, The Venice Cafe, Beale on Broadway In NY: Iridium Girls Gone Wild Broadway After Dark, Iridium Jazz Vocalist Festival, Sidewalk Cafe Valentines Cabaret, Ellens Stardust Diner, sang with Les Paul before he died...

list of any burlesque experience:
Mostly really only hints at Burlesque thrown into other pieces I've done while singing as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPlVtxVfSy0 and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nhSAaYfsVg I haven't actually performed a complete Burlesque number as Carole Climax yet. Tho I am ripe with ideas :-)

What inspired you to become interested in burlesque:
Though my first big show was actually Gypsy when I was 13 (I was Agnes and learned "meet ya round the corner in a half-hour" from Tessy Tura), I think I definitely consciously observed bits and pieces of Burlesque probably first notably some years ago when looking at body image celebrations - I was a big girl, a Feminist, a Queer activist and fascinated with expressing politics or social agendas through performance. Benchpress Burlesque in St Louis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6mpC2CnUVA) was a favorite first foray as I was involved in the Radical/Anarchist community there - very neo burlesque... and I think I was mostly an observer at that point and excited about wrapping my brain around the possibility of contributing- But I know I felt the beauty of it and envisioned myself fitting in the scene as Lola van Ella's work grew (I had done a musical with her before she got into Burlesque so followed her work as she got her stuff going there in St Louis... And also knew Katie and Michelle from Gravity Plays Favorites) If I had stayed in St Louis, I likely would be performing there - She actually was the one who noted to me first she thought it would serve me well to be a part of the scene and perform and had a lot of kudos to give me in that regard.

Cheeky Lane

list of which classes you have taken:
The Essential Burlesque Dance Series, Ballet With Miss Dirty Martini, Flirting with Burlesque, Music and Choreography with Jezebel, and a pin-up workshop with Dale Rio.

list of any performance/burlesque experience:
My only experience with both performance and burlesque is stage kittening for Gal Friday's Fistful of Pasties at Coney Island and Calamity Chang's Drunken Dragon Nights at Macao's.

What inspired you to become interested in burlesque:
The week before I signed up for my very first class, I was really depressed. As in, couldn't get out of bed and couldn't stop cyring in public depressed. I was so miserable from being miserable, that I had to stop and ask myself, "okay, what will make you feel better?" And this sounds so cheese, but my genuine answer was "to dance." Someone had mentioned taking burlesque classes a long long time ago, so I think at some strange hour of the night I started researching on the web burlesque dance classes in NYC. I found the NYSB, signed up for the immediate next class (I think it was Ballet with Dirty Martini and Flirting with Burlesque), and I've been fine ever since!

Franny Fluffer
A list of which classes you have taken: Classic Moves & Dr. Lucky's Act Development.

list of any performance experience:
singing, dancing, improv comedy

list of any burlesque experience:
I have done shows at Nurse Bettie, Kitty Nights, Hard Candy, Left Hip Burlesque, Drive Thru as well as go-go at The Slipper Room, Shaken & Stirred & many other places.

What inspired you to become interested in burlesque:
It all started with a pasty-making workshop at a female-owned sex shop in Boston and a burlesque troupe that I became involved with there but it really blossomed in NYC where I was inspired by some of the best performers at Corio. Now so much continues to inspire me: music, comedy, dance, music videos, film, Solid Gold, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, David Lynch, Bettie Page as well as the many talented performers that I have had the luck to see and meet.

Josephine Nudini

NYSB classes taken:
Flirting With Burlesque, Jo's Girlboygirl Gender Burlesque Class; Classic Beauty Showgirl.

Experience:
Show performance: Classic Burlesque Showcase and GirlboyGirlboy Showcase- both at The Slipper Room; Luvely Rae's One Night Stand- at Sapphire Lounge; Ixion's Weimar Burlesque- at Sideshows by the Seashore, Jalopy Theatre and Public Assembly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pikFiVojVL4
Inspiration: Drag; playing with gender, challenging viewers' perception of what they believe to be ''beautiful." And I love to dress up & adhere to the rules that 1. You can never have "too much" fringe 2. More (sparkle) is always better!

Kitty Cavalier
A list of which classes you have taken Flirting with Burlesque, Burlesque Ballet with Dirty Martini, World Famous Bob's Self Confidence, Spellbinding Burlesque with Veronica Varlow, Private Lessons with Jo and Jezebel Express

list of any burlesque experience:
Nurse Bettie, Mo Pitkin's, The Blue Owl, Vicar's Vice, The National Hotel, The School of Womanly Arts

What inspired you to become interested in burlesque - What most inspires me about Burlesque that a performer's success is not dependant on costume, dance moves or body type. What makes a performer most irresistable is the amount of fun she is having onstage

Minx Arcana

list of which classes you have taken:
The Essential Burlesque Dance Series

list of any performance experience:
This will be my big burlesque debut! Having danced for most of my life, I have training and performance experience in ballet, jazz, Chinese dance, and modern dance. Most recently, I performed as part of a student showcase for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre's summer intensive program.

list of any burlesque experience:
I have always loved burlesque but have mostly been an observer and audience member. Some of the shows that I have recently attended include Kitty Nights in Vancouver, CripTease (NYC), Sex & Taboo (NYC), and Beatles Burlesque (NYC). I am now taking The Essential Burlesque Dance Series and practicing my moves with The Burlesque Handbook in hand!

What inspired you to become interested in burlesque:
Burlesque involves a combination of so many things that I love and am passionate about - sex-positivity, body empowerment, dance, costume design, performance art, sharp comedy, and a very healthy dose of sass. I have been dying to perform and the combination of all these aspects of burlesque makes me think that it is the perfect art form for expressing myself. I also like to think that earning my Women's Studies degree in a building that formerly housed a brothel and lesbian bar has something to do with it.

Kara Melle
List of which classes taken: Classic Moves of Burlesque
List of any performance experience: None.
List of any burlesque experience: None.
Inspiration to become interested in burlesque: Creativity, feminine expression, confidence in one's own being and empowerment when an entertainer shares this talent amongst their participants/audience! Performances attended: NY Burlesque Festival; Revealed; Le Scandal; Queens of Burlesque at Le Poisson Rouge; Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque at Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT.

Lola Briuse
Classes:
Essential burlesque movement series W/ Jo Boobs, Character development W/ Dr.Lucky.
Performance Experience:
Stilt Walker for Sticks and Bones Collective, Fire performer/ribbon dancer for Bread and Puppet Theater.
Burlesque Experience:
NYSB Student Showcase, Kitty nights, Geek Girl Burlesque, Inbred Hybrid Collective Book Club Burlesque.
What Inspired me to become interested in Burlesque:
The descriptions of the world of burlesque given by Characters such as Henry Miller, Allan Ginsberg and Tom waits; definitely had a huge impact on my life. Places where a woman could be as sensual, outspoken (on the stage specially), rough as she wanted (and not criticized but encouraged); where wine and jazz music inundated the attendees, places where a woman could be a woman or a man and vise-versa. Reading about this places was like reading about heaven, and I really wanted to go to heaven.

Madame D'Lux
Classes taken: Essential burlesque series, Dr Lucky's Beginner and Intermediate Character and Act Development Workshops, Self-Confidence Workshop with World Famous Bob, workshop with Michelle L'Amour.
Burlesque experience: I've performed in two student showcases (Dr. Lucky's Workshops), and I've been a stage kitten in the following shows: Beatles Burlesque, Drunken Dragon Nights, Spreading the Curtains at Coco de Mer (Calamity Chang), and Brian Newman's After Dark at Duane Park. I'll be the stage kitten for Rhinestone Follies in September/October, and I'm performing at Fem Appeal's Kitty Nights October 17.
What inspired me: The first burlesque show I ever saw was a holiday-themed NYSB student showcase at the Slipper Room, and I sat right in the front! Kismet? Maybe. Watching these amazing women bump and grind on stage rubbed off on me in the right way, and all I wanted to do was bottle up all that confidence, creativity, sexiness and glamour and give it a shot, too (And yeah, I kind of have a not-so-secret love of glittery things, too, so that didn't hurt.) Started taking classes and the rest is history.
Added bonus: everyone involved in the burlesque community is amazing and unafraid to be exactly who they are. Special thanks to Calamity Chang, who's been my biggest, sexiest cheerleader-- she is a constant inspiration to me.

Tess Truehart
list of which classes you have taken: Catherine D'Lish and Jo Boob's infamous lap dance class! The Classic Burlesque Showcase, Veronica Varlow's Spell Binding Burlesque, Costuming with Catherine D'Lish, Gal Friday's Flirting with Burlesque, etc
list of any burlesque experience: Jo Boob's Classic Burlesque showcase in March, Ixion's Weimar Burlesque, and Luvely Rae's One Night Stand.
What inspired you to become interested in burlesque: I was inspired by strong female performers- Dirty Martini, Little Brooklyn, World Famous Bob, Margaret Cho to name some and the thought that I too, could completely encrust underwear in Swarovski crystals. ;)