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…

The School of Burlesque Will Be Online In May 2020!

This week we have Flirting With Burlesque on Thursday, a book proposal workshop on Saturday, and Essential Burlesque on Sunday! Join us at!

New Interview with Jo Weldon!

“In our very first class together, Jo introduced us to the rules of burlesque, then immediately told us all to do whatever the f*ck we want,” recalls Poison Ivory, NYBF alumni May 2012. “I took that advice and decided to do exactly that.” Jo’s reverence for the past coupled with an outlaw instinct to dismiss the rules make her a compelling teacher and accomplished writer. She is author of The Burlesque Handbook and Fierce: The History of Leopard Print as well as numerous articles on stripping and sex work.  She has been a member of the production team for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender as well as Co-Curator/Vice President of the Board for BurlyCon. She’s advocated for sex workers, burlesque, and a life of freedom, glamour, and self-love. But as it turns out in unwrapping the gorgeous gift to ecdysiast history that is Jo Weldon, burlesque is, well… just the tip. Her journey is as fascinating as the history she teaches. —from the article by Jessica Price Read more at https://21stc…


Photo of Jo Weldon by Ben Trivett

I’ve been trying to organize myself to make some how to videos. For some reason it’s the hardest thing for me to manage to do! But I had a few extra minutes before class and made this hairography tutorial based on my class at BurlyCon 2019.  I hope you enjoy!

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Let me know what other videos you'd like me to make! I'll be doing them quick and dirty, very lofi, in a few minutes before and after classes in the New York School of Burlesque studio.

Leopard Print Pasties

At the end of November 2019, my work bag was stolen. It contained the props I use to teach burlesque: boas, gloves, fans, and pasties, as well as the clothes I wear to teach, my speaker and cords, and the suitcase itself.
I needed to raise money fast so I could get the props and be able to work.
I put out a notice to the burlesque community on social media. I said I was available to fill in as a host and performer and offered to make custom leopard print pasties. The support was incredible. My former students hired me for their shows. People made enough cash donations to cover the cost of replacing boas and gloves and some of the other equipment. Tiger Bay donated a pair of beautiful fans. And people ordered leopard print pasties in droves, in a matter of days. I was crying with gratitude.

It took me almost two months to handle all the orders. Even though I've taught thousands of people to make basic pasties, I wasn't used to making pasties on demand, or to making spinners. I…