NYSB Book Club Event with Guest Host Bebe Barbot and Author Leslie Cunningham!

August 5, 2020, 6 pm EST on Zoom
Burlesque Historian Bebe Bardot will guest host, interviewing author Leslie Cunningham about her book Brown Skin Showgirls.

There are many art and entertainment resources that reference the contributions and important role women of color played in shaping the art of dance in North America. However, it is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque of the early to mid 20th century. BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of burlesque, exotic, shake, salsa and chorus line dancers, strippers and cross-dressers from Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967.
To register:

Limited to 100 registrants, so register soon!

Researching Burlesque

BHoF #MuseumAtHome: Discover Your Local Burlesque History from Burlesque Hall of Fame on Vimeo.

During the lockdown, many performers have started creating new media projects, and many burlesque historians have been working on new projects.

It's obviously the perfect time to support those and other initiatives, so I'm developing a list of resources for researchers, from library collections to blogs to podcasts!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'll keep adding to and editing this post.

In addition to providing other resources, The Burlesque Hall of Fame has been producing videos and articles:

There are archives of old Yahoo groups related to burlesque, such as The Miss Exotic World Group:

There's an online exhibition at Ohio State University:

Lucas Bensle…

It's the Best Boa Class Ever!

Sunday, July 12, 330-430 pm EST
Online on Zoom Big Bad Boa - 1 hour $10
The feathers go flying in this fun review of classic boa technique with a twist. Learn to wear your boa with pride and become a boa wielding pro. Coco also teaches basic dance steps, turns, and struts to accompany boa technique. The class includes a short dance combination. Bring your boa and wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch in. Shoes optional.
Coco Lectric hails from Austin, Texas and is founder of the Austin Burlesque Alliance, co-producer of the Texas Burlesque Festival, the Headmistress of The Austin Academy of Burlesque, and President of the Board for BurlyCon Burlesque Education Convention.

Register now: New York School of Burlesque

Boa Talk Mini Tutorial

This is a rough draft video I made in the studio a few months ago. I thought it might be helpful to some followers who’ve taken my boa class, found this concept worked for them, and want a refresher!

Sensual Glove Peel Tutorial

I love playing with gloves so much! I could do a new class on it every day for a month and never run out of material. This is a three-minute glimpse into some of my favorite techniques for a slow, teasing peel.

I'm using stretch satin opera gloves here, which are inexpensive and readily available. However, you can do glove peels with any kind of glove, from mittens to nitrile safety gloves.

I'm teaching a full class on glove peeling, from erotic to comic, on June 16 2020 on Zoom. For more details and registration, visit:

Feel free to post about your favorite gloves or your own glove peels in the comments below!

Five-Minute Pasties

This video is for beginners who may not be very crafty! It's also designed to reduce purchases and waste during the pandemic. My idea is to massively simplify the process of shopping for and making pasties that are usable for beginner practice. I want students to have to spend the least amount of money for the quickest results, since this is more about learning the twirling technique than the crafting technique. When you're just getting started, you want to just get started! Get these made, sign up for a class, and let's have a twirling party at the New York School of Burlesque! You can join scheduled group classes online now at, book a private lesson, or you can schedule a zoom party for you and your friends. Ingredients:Glitter foam craft paperRayon chainette tassels (3 inches with a 1 inch loop, in this case)Tacky glue (MagnaTac or FabriTac, for instance) Large bobby pins Compass with pencil

I cover my crafting area with wax paper, held down…

Jo Weldon is Adding a New Series and A Book Club at the School of Burlesque! Begins May 30 2020

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.

The School of Burlesque Book Club is free on Zoom. Email with the words "School Of Burlesque Book Club" in your subject line for this week's invitation. Every week she'll talk about a different book. On special occasions she'll interview the author, or have a guest come on to talk about one of their favorite books.
Saturday, May 30 2020 Saturday, 4 pm EST (free, but registration required): Re-Introducing The Burlesque Handbook
Jo will discuss how she came to create and publish The Burlesque Handbook, and will talk about Dixie Evans and Jennie Lee, the founders of The Burlesque Hall of Fame, to whom the book is dedicated. Interactive, with QNA (only for questions related to her talk).
This will also kick of…