Sideshow School, Banner Painting Workshop and Burlesque Master Class

Learn from the Best - 2015 Classes

Learn Ancient Skills from the Very Best in the Business! Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Did anyone ever call you a freak? Well, now's your chance to become one! At Coney Island USA's Sideshow School, you can learn how to hammer a 20-penny nail right into your skull and then paint a banner trumpeting your new career! 

Burlesque Master Class - This class (by the New York School of Burlesque) features a team of burlesque's finest performers and Coney Island legends helping you craft your burlesque routine from day one! Plus, you'll conclude your series with a performance on the legendary Coney Island USA Sideshows by the Seashore stage on August 13th! 2015 classes July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 6:30-9:30 pm. Tuition $295. Click here to register. Details on the class here. For further inquiries about the class, email headmistress(at)

Sideshow Skills - You'll work with Professa Adam Realman to learn the ins and outs of the working acts of the sideshow - Fire Eating, Snake Charming, The Human Blockhead, Sword Swallowing and More!! 2015 classes - August 17, 18, 19. 9am - 2pm. Tuition $1000. Click here to register. For inquiries about the class, email adam(at)

Banner Painting - you'll work with our artist-in-residence Marie Roberts, Coney Island Legacy and the only traditional banner painter working in Coney Island today, and discuss in the history and theory of Sideshow banners, while designing and executing your own. 2015 classes, TBA. Tuition $700. 

All students must sign a "hold harmless" agreement to be distributed at the start of the first session. Please see each course description for details.

Watch a video about Sideshow School, from Seen in NY, below!

Sideshow Skills Testimonials:

"I have been so void and sick without your class, and ever since I left, my Tuesday life has no purpose. The sideshow by far and forward will be the most interesting thing I will do with my life! So somewhere you can find it in your heart to know, you’re responsible for giving me such the cool outlook, and what a time we had. I’m also thinking of taking the class again. I’ve been doing the human blockhead amazingly; it’s the most progressive act I’ve gotten into. For a brief period in my life, you've shown me the best, most interesting way I could be a hell of a lot powerful by being all-knowing of a craft. And people, people like me, do not forget that!!" Ariel K.

"Big thanks to you, Adam for being an amazing teacher! My only complaint about the class is that it has to end." Holly N.

"The class was so awesome. I had a great time; I pushed my limits, stretched my boundaries and really was inspired. You are a really terrific teacher. If I were your boss I would give you a raise. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us all." Maxinne L.