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Jo Weldon by Beau Allulli

Jo Weldon

Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque



photo of Jo "Boobs" Weldon by Beau Allulli

Meet the Teachers of the
New York School of Burlesque

Headmistress Jo WeldonNYSB Core Instructors
NYSB Guest Instructors

Headmistress Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Jo Weldon by Scott Shuster
Photograph of Jo Weldon by Scott Shuster

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.


Internationally renowned as burlesque personality Jo Boobs, she's rounded her heels on stages from Coney Island to Sydney Harbour. Garo Sparo named her one of the Top Ten Badass Burlesque Babes, and she was recently voted one of the Top 3 Burlesque Performers in the World. She's taught thousands of women (and men!) to twirl tassels, and has conducted performance workshops producing some of the most respected new performers in burlesque. She recently taught burlesque to disabled performers at DaDaFest in Liverpool.


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.

Ask Jo any question about burlesque on Formspring
Jo on Facebook
Jo on Twitter
Jo on Blogspot
'The Burlesque Handbook Fan Page
Jo's Author Page on Amazon.com
Jo's Instructional DVDs
Read an interview with Jo on Coilhouse

Jo Teaching at Tease-O-Rama in San Francisco


Jo performng at the Toronto Burlesque Festival

NYSB Core Instructors

Amber Ray


Get to know Amber at amberray.net

Calamity Chang


Get to know Calamity at foxfatale.com/calamitychang/

Darlinda Just Darlinda


Get to know Darlinda at darlindajustdarlinda.com

Doctor Lucky


Get to know Doctor Lucky at Lukki.com

Gal Friday


Get to know Gal at galfridayburlesque.tumblr.com/

Jezebel Express


Get to know Jezebel on jezebelexpress.com

Miss Saturn

Get to know Saturn at MissSaturn.com

Peekaboo Pointe


Get to know Peekaboo on peekaboopointe.com

Perle Noire


Get to know Perle on perlenoireburlesque.biz/

Pinkie Special


Get to know Pinkie at pinkiespecial.com

Veronica Varlow


Get to know Varonica at Dangerdame.com

Weirdee Girl


Get to know Weirdee on Facebook

World Famous *BOB*

Get to know *BOB* on her website

Guest Instructors

• Angie Pontani (NYC)
• Bettina May (NYC)
• Dale Rio (Philadelphia)
• Dirty Martini (NYC)
• Miss Indigo Blue (Seattle)
• Jonny Porkpie (NYC)
• Julie Atlas Muz (NYC)
• Kellita (San Fransisco)
• Lefty Lucy (NYC)
• Lux LaCroix (Los Angeles)
• Michelle L'Amour (Chicago)
• Pearle Noire (New Orleans)
• Tigger! (NYC)
• Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey (Coney Island and NYC)

The calendar below is in the process of being updated.