Who Are We and What is Burlesque?
The New Orleans School of Burlesque was started in 2008 with a simple one time workshop in a small studio on the Westbank of New Orleans. It has grown into New Orleans' only offering of regular burlesque classes that focus on all the aspects of burlesque from character development, costuming, history, and so much more. The school is lead by the Headmistress, Bella Blue, who has a lifetime of dance experience and has been performing burlesque since 2007. In addition to Bella's instruction, there are regularly scheduled workshops, local instructors, and guest teachers from all over the country.
Burlesque, quite simply put, is the art of the striptease. At the New Orleans School of Burlesque, we offer our teachings from an overall human empowerment approach that encourages each person to define what sensuality means to them as an individual. We encourage our students to become familiar with their bodies exactly how they are. We strive to create a studio space that is comfortable, fun, inclusive, and equitable. We help students tap into their seductive energy utilizing movement that is based in traditional and neo burlesque. Burlesque movement can work for everyone! It can be a healing, empowering, and sexy journey! We are here to guide you through any stage of your process.
On this calendar you can find all of our upcoming workshops and classes. Here you will also see when we have private classes scheduled. Please feel free to email us if you have questions about the schedule!
We are proud to offer a variety of specialty workshops that feature the teachings of some of the best burlesque industry figures in the world. Workshops are open to all levels and genders unless otherwise specified.
We are moving...again!
We are currently in the process of purchasing a permanent home for The New Orleans School of Burlesque!
After 10 years in business and 4 locations, it is time for us to take the leap and purchase a studio space for The NOSB. In the meantime, we will be operating classes out of a private location in Mid City. From now until the end of the year, we will only be taking private classes and one on one sessions. You can expect to see walk in classes and workshops return in early 2020! In the meantime, send us all the love while we hustle to make this permanent space a reality!
We offer a wide array of private class offerings. Burlesque classes make for a fun alternative to the usual festivities of birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and more. With classes starting at just $30 per person, there's a package that will fit your needs and interests. Email us today to see all of the packages that we offer!
Bachelorette and Birthday Parties
From boas to chair dancing to pasty making classes...we have you covered! All props and materials are provided by and your class is taught by Bella Blue or a member of The NOSB staff. All instructors are professional burlesque performers and are trained by Headmistress Bella Blue.
Private One on One Sessions
Bella Blue and all of the instructors are available for private one on one sessions so that you can work on specific skills in order to hone your craft. Private sessions are $50 per hour with a 50% deposit required at the time of booking.