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Visiting Instructors

The Academy of Burlesque is thrilled to offer guest instructors.  Past guest instructors have included Miss Astrid/Kate Valentine, Michelle L’amour, CoCo Lectric, Catherine D’Lish, Jo Boobs, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Pyra Sutra, Peekaboo Pointe, Tigger!, and more.  If you know of someone who you would like brought to Seattle for a class, then please contact Polly with their contact information.

All classes are held at Oddfellows Building unless otherwise stated
For schedule of all classes, see “Calendar

Jo “Boobs” Weldon comes to the Academy for a 4 week residency!

The legendary Jo Boobs of The New York School of Burlesque brings her special brand of burlesque to Seattle for a 4 week residency! She will offer 2 series classes: Essential Burlesque and Making a Burlesque Act

joweldonbyscottshusterESSENTIAL BURLESQUE

This course is comprised of 4 segments:
- Classic Moves
- Peeling and Chair Dance
- Isolations and Fan Dancing
- Striptease Expertise

This is a FABULOUS way to learn burlesque movement vocabulary and style without the pressure of creating a routine or performing!

Sundays Jan. 19th – Feb. 9th from 12:30 – 2
$175 for the 4 week workshop
West Hall of the Oddfellows Bldg, 2nd Floor, 915 E Pine St.



This course has 4 segments, in which you will create a burlesque routine using her book “The Burlesque Handbook”. The course will include:
- Ideation: coming up with your music, act concept, etc.
- Music and Musicality
- Costuming for removal
- Workshopping your routine, and giving and receiving feedback with your classmates

Build your burlesque routine! Bring your persona to life!

Please note, this course does not include a performance.

Sundays Jan. 19th – Feb. 9th from 2:15 – 3:45
$195 for the 4 week workshop
West Hall of the Oddfellows Bldg, 2nd Floor, 915 E Pine St.


Jo Weldon is the Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque, and is one of the most recognized burlesque instructors in the world. She is a recipient of the coveted Burlesque Hall of Fame award for Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Burlesque. She has been interviewed for or mentioned in countless major press articles, films, documentaries, news items, and television shows.

Jo is the winner of such exotic titles as Best Bump N Grinder, Best Teacher and Mentor, and Biggest Cougar in Burlesque! She has worked with performers from Leonard Cohen to Spinal Tap, and has been featured on television shows from CBS Sunday Morning to Gossip Girl. She’s taken it off in the grimiest strip clubs and at the most esteemed venues, including being the first burlesquer to ever strip down at The New York Public Library, and has performed and headlined at dozens of festivals all over the world, including The Vancouver Burlesque Festival, the Toronto Burlesque Festival, and the New Zealand Burlesque Festival. She is Co-Director of Education at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Co-Curator of Burlycon, and conducts the Master Class in Burlesque at Coney Island USA.

In addition to teaching and performing, Jo has released three ground-breaking how-to burlesque DVDs (via World Dance New York), and her critically acclaimed book The Burlesque Handbook, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, (HarperCollins) is the first book ever published on how to create burlesque routines. She is also the founder of Pink Light Burlesque, a program that produces free burlesque classes for breast cancer survivors and patients.

photo by Scott Schuster




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