NYSB Headmistress and Founder Jo Weldon wrote the first-ever book on performing burlesque!
Check it out on Amazon.com!
For less than the price of a burlesque workshop, you can get a handbook that teaches you classic moves, basic principles of fan dancing, concepts in costuming and makeup, how to make and twirl tasseled pasties, and how to get started performing! The book is fun for performers and non-performers, packed with quotes from burlesque legends of the 1940s and 1950s as well as neo-burlesque stars. Sourced from both original research and available literature, the book is also based on the author's decades backstage, where performers give each other the most useful tips and secrets!
"I love Jo because not only is she absolutely gorgeous, she is incredibly smart. She is a burlesque performer, teacher, historian, and photographer. She shows us our present while preserving our past."
"Jo has been a fantastic entertainer at Exotic World and a great inspiration to everyone at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. It's an honor to have her working with us and a thrill to have her on our stage!"
Dixie Evans, Founder of the Burlesque Hall of Fame
"Jo is a generous teacher whose enthusiasm and dedication to the art form shine through her every word and movement. She's also a burlesque force of nature, a performer who unapologetically embodies the classic tease alongside the edgiest neo-burlesque without a hint of
Michelle Baldwin, Author of Burlesque and the New Bump N Grind
Table of Contents
Foreword by Margaret Cho
Introduction:A Lifetime of Discovering Burlesque and a Brief History of Bold Women
1 Inspiration: Opening the Curtain on Your Internal Theatre
2 Classic Moves: The Old School Way
3 Pasties: They're Revolutionary [includes instructions on how to make and twirl tasseled pasties]
4 Fans: Your Fine Feathered Friends
5 Music: The Basis of Every Successful Seduction
6 Costuming: Constructing Outfits for Deconstruction
7 Character: Getting Into It
8 Makeup and Hair: You're Never Nude Up There
9 The Big Reveal: How to Get a Gimmick
10 Etiquette: How to Win Naked Friends and Influence Nude People
Take a Bow
11 Identity: What Makes You So Special
Appendices and Resources [includes a burlesque history timeline, reading recommendations, film recommendations, website recommendations, and worksheets]
The book is also scheduled to be available as a raffle prize during the Dangerous Curves Tour.
Check it out on Amazon.com!
We have compiled a huge amount of resources on our blog, including detailed interviews, tips and techniques, book and film reviews, and more! and we're adding to it all the time. Check it out!
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Jo Weldon Tour Dates:
Book Expo America
Autograph Session by Jo Weldon
Accompanied by Star Graduates of the New York School of Burlesque
Thursday, May 27, 2010
12:00PM - 12:30PM
Location: Table 16
Will sign: The Burlesque Handbook
Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street 10001
Palace of Wonders
1210 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
JONNY PORKPIE PRESENTS: JO BOOBS' BOOK PARTY & SHOW!!
DOORS 6PM, SHOW 10PM
Jonny Porkpie - the Burlesque Mayor of NY - proudly presents "The Burlesque Handbook" Book Party and Show - starring author and Headmistress of the award-winning New York School of Burlesque JO BOOBS!
This show is a rare opportunity and NOT to be missed!!!
Book Release Party
Book available for sale and signing
Sales by Bluestockings Radical Bookstore
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St at Stanton, 10002
Informal, Cash bar
Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender
Reigning Queen of Burlesque Pageant
Book Sales and Signing in BHOF Bazaar
Plus, With Indigo Blue:
Directing Classes with the Legends of Burlesque
Performing June 4
June 8, Los Angeles, Guest at Striptease Symposium
Lecture and Book Sales and Signing
See stripteasesymposium.com for details
Book sales and signing
Limited number of books available; feel free to bring books purchased elsewhere for signing
Upper Manhattan Lounge
3600 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
No Cover, Drink Specials, and Half off Appetizers
5-6pm Live Demo Burlesque Makeup - Eyelash & Glitter Lipstick
6-7pm Meet & Greet & Book Signing 7-8pm Live Demo Striptease
8-9pm Demo Tassel Twirling
Performing 3 numbers at Blue Moon Cabaret
A night of extravagance, elegance and glamour with a twist of humor and tease. Blue Moon Cabaret will titillate and tantalize you - with a world-class rotating cast of performers such as host Miss Indigo Blue, Lily Verlaine, Inga Ingenue, The Swedish Housewife and Author Jo "Boobs" Weldon, as well as other local burlesque celebrities. You won't find a show quite like this anywhere in the world.
June 12 The Pink Door Performing 2 numbers
Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque
The Official New York School of Burlesque Routine, as seen in The Burlesque Handbook!
Stripping Out of Street Clothes: Where Your Clothing is Your Choreography! Learn to tease with a hoodie, a ballgown, or even just sunglasses!
http://www.academy of burlesque.com
Naked Girls Reading Seattle
West Hall, Oddfellows Building
10th and E Pine
Seattle, WA 98122
June 15, return to NYC, NYC for 4 weeks
Selection of performances and events:
Getting It Off
A unique class in striptease for play and pleasure
Includes champagne, snacks, atmosphere
And a 15% discount on Coco De Mer Merchandise
Class and Salon
Coco De Mer
July 1 NYC Storybook Burlesque Presents
The Burlesque Handbook
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NYC, 10 pm
A troupe formed by Jo's students produce an entire show based on the techniques in the book. Jo hosts and signs books.
Book Salon and Cocktails
Coco De Mer
July 10 and July 17
The Last Burlesque Show
Women of Experience Read Downtown
A Reading Series Co-Produced
By Jo Weldon and Heather Litteer
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
Reading, books available
In the Flesh Reading Series
Performances, Classes, and Book Signing
An Evening of Explicit Teabagging and Infusions
July 26-39 Las Vegas Desiree Alliance Conference
August 14-30 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Book Fair
September 17-19 New Orleans Burlesque Festival
October 1-3 New York Burlesque Festival
October 8 NewYork Comic Con
October 12 New York Public Library, 67th Street, NYC
October 14-17 BurlyCon http://www.burlyconseattle.com
November UK International Disability Festival
December 3 Dallas TX
Classes at the New York School of Burlesque continue every week!
Publisher's Guide with Excerpts
"Jo is a legend in our time. She has equal parts passion for performance, dedication to teaching and a strong drive for preserving the history of burlesque and enriching its future. I love this gal on stage and off!"
"Jo Weldon is the gold-standard for New Burlesque. A learned burly-q historian, a skilled and gracious teacher, and a breathtaking, world-class performer, she’s everything you could want in a shimmy queen. I am proud to call her my friend, and unashamed to admit she’s my idol."
Lily Burana, author of Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America and head bombshell of Operation Bombshell: The Burlesque School for Military Wives
"When Jo performed at Exotic World, I’d never been so mesmerized by a woman simply sitting on a chair. That’s the mark of a true performer!"
Immodesty Blaize, Miss Exotic World 2007 and the UK’s Premier Burlesque Performer
"Jo is not only one of the most classically elegant dancers ever to grace the Slipper Room Stage, but in my humble opinion, she is also one of the sexiest performers I’ve ever known."
James Habacker, Artistic Director, The Slipper Room NYC
"Why she’s willing to make the secrets of her fantastic skills available to the public is beyond me, but if I were you, I’d buy this book quick, before she changes her mind."
Jonny Porkpie, author of The Corpse Wore Pasties, creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque
"I have a book on the way from HarperCollins/ItBooks called The Burlesque Handbook. It’s a book about how to perform burlesque as we do in the burlesque community of which I’m a part. Margaret Cho wrote the foreword, and I know her from working with her at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant and later being in her variety and burlesque show The Sensuous Woman. She’s a wonderful, unapologetic, undomesticated, Renaissance woman, and a great example for women who need to take chances. She’s a *just do it!* kind of person, a very positive light in the world."
Jo Weldon, in an interview on CarnalNation.
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