The Burlesque Handbook is the no-holds-barred, totally feisty, pocket-sized manual for the aspiring, the practising, and the admiring burlesque fan, written by Professor Jo Boobs, founder of the New York School of Burlesque.
With a foreword by feminist comedian (and bona fide burlesque enthusiast) Margaret Cho, this paperback guidebook runs through the basic philosophies of burlesque performance, provides step-by-step instruction on basic moves, and gives hand-me-down wisdom from one of the most established voices on the burlesque scene.
The book also includes hands-on exercises for developing stage-worthy confidence, sexiness, and presence, as well as advice on how to bring together the fabulous makeup, costumes, pasties, moves, grooves, and attitudes of burlesque.
The Burlesque Handbook is the one-stop, must-have guide for everyone interested in this newly-and wildly-popular performance art and provides inspiration and advice that readers can take straight from the page to the stage!
Jo Weldon, a.k.a. Jo Boobs, began performing retro striptease while still in high school in the late 1970s, later did readings and performance art throughout the 1980s while working in strip clubs, and finally became a feature dancer doing burlesque, fetish, and rock ‘n roll themed numbers in the early 1990s.
In addition to performing and headlining regional and national numbers, she has been regularly photographing neo-burlesque since 2002 and producing burlesque classes and workshops since 2003. As a well-connected, highly visible performer with experience in every type of burlesque, Jo has published several articles about stripping and burlesque and been interviewed dozens of times. Today, she is the headmistress and founder of the award-winning New York School of Burlesque.