The Burlesque Handbook, Hardback Book
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"Jo Weldon is the gold-standard for New Burlesque. 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 From one of the stars of the New Burlesque scene, Jo Weldon, comes a definitive, easy-to-use, and indispensable guide to the art form, with a foreword by superstar comedian and burlesque enthusiast Margaret Cho.

Fans of Dita Von Teese-as well as performers of every stripe-will love the helpful advice and feisty attitude of The Burlesque Handbook.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • 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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