The Burlesque Handbook, Hardback Book
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"The Pocket Book of Burlesque" is the no-holds-barred, totally feisty, pocket-sized manual for the aspiring, the practicing, 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 Pocket Book of Burlesque" 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!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrated throughout
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Other performing arts
  • ISBN: 9780061782190

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Jo "Boobs" Weldon is certainly the nurturing mother diva of the NY burlesque scene. An strangely beautiful creature in person, and well, the author of this unique book. I must say, with the re-birth of the art form, well, first as art and not some cheap thrill, and as neo-burlesque, this book is a must have. Jo indulges the reader in the the research she did (by interviewing some of the old burlesque legends) to learn the techniques and classic maneuvers of the art of teasing on stage. Some notorious and hot burlesque talents of today are within the pages of the Handbook, such as Julie Atlas Muz, Julie's now-husband Matt Fraser, Dirty Martini, Nasty Canasta (of Naked Girls Reading fame!), Johnny Porkpie, and many many more. The Handbook is as practical as it is valuable historically, with careful detail applied to each and every aspect of the burlesque act, from designing costume to picking soundtrack to negotiating with venues. Jo details some of the classic components of burlesque, like the fan dance and twirling with helpful step-by-step images. There are even cut-outs for making your own tassels and step-by-step instructions on how to make them along with some interesting models used by burlesque dancers. A must have for those who want to learn about burlesque and those who are embarking on the scene!

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