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The Burlesque Handbook Perfect Paperback – June 1, 2010
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“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)
“That’s Jo Weldon – and she’s perfect!” (Leighton Meester, star of Gossip Girl)
“Jo is one of the true champions of the burlesque world….Hearing her speak, seeing her teach, and marveling at the way she has been the driving force behind successful events is a real pleasure for me!” (Catherine D’Lish, Two-Time Miss Exotic World, Creative Director for Dita Von Teese)
“When you need an academic diatribe about the importance of burlesque in a gorgeous package served with sex appeal, intelligence and love, that’s Jo! This woman is passionate about burlesque and can recreate the sex appeal of the genre lost long ago.” (Dirty Martini, Muse to Karl Lagerfeld, Voted #1 Burlesque Performer in the World 2010)
“When Jo performed at Exotic World, I’d never been so mesmerized by a woman sitting on a chair. That’s the mark of a true performance!” (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)
From the Back Cover
The Burlesque Handbook is the essential manual to understanding and performing both classic and neo-burlesque. Written by Jo Weldon, award-winning founder of the New York School of Burlesque, this book features easy-to-follow suggestions and exercises for developing stage-worthy confidence, presence, and sexiness. You'll learn about the fabulous makeup, costumes—including pasties!—moves, grooves, and attitudes of burlesque. The Burlesque Handbook is the must-have guide for everyone interested in this vibrant and wildly popular performance art, providing inspiration and practical information that readers can take straight from the page to the stage!
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With a page turning combination of history, humor, sophistication and sensuality, The Burlesque Handbook is an inviting adventure, making Burlesque accessible to everyone from students to soccer moms and a few superstars along the way.
Photos and quotes from a myriad of well known Burlesque performers, famous photographers and celebrity makeup artists inspire grace, glamour, individual style and confidence for all types, shapes and sizes to celebrate their gorgeous, flirtatious and alluring selves.
As the founder and Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, Jo Weldon has a longstanding following of devoted students and performers who admire the fun, intelligence and approachability she presents through sincere interaction with her students. The instructions learned from her expertise are unforgettable.
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The Burlesque Handbook is the ideal addition to the bookshelf for any self assured woman or well-read man. After purchasing 5 copies to share with friends (who are keeping this book to read again and again!), I also plan to give more as gifts for "Back-to-College Care Packages", Bachelorette Celebrations or "Just Because".
I am literally reading it again for the thrid time because I simply don't want to put it down! Jo covers the basics and beyond and if you've ever considered putting on a pair of pasties and giving them a whirl, she can help with that as well! Great resource and I really enjoy Jo's style of explaining with humor and her clarity combined with her years of experience "in the biz" makes her someone I sure what to learn from!
I think this book ranks as quite possible the most definitive and "best" guide to everything anyone might need/want to know to get started in any of the various styles of Burlesque or if you simply might enjoy a "crash course" on the history and some of the finer-points of this amazing performance-art and again, it's written by someone who has seen and done it all so you cannot go wrong!