The Burlesque Handbook [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Burlesque Handbook

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Lily Burana
“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.”
Leighton Meester
“That’s Jo Weldon – and she’s perfect!”
Catherine D'Lish
"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!"
Dirty Martini
“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.”
Immodesty Blaize
“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!”
James Habacker
“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.”
Jonny Porkpie
“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.”
Catherine D’Lish
“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!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061997006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 512,674
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Jo Weldon is the headmistress and founder of the award-winning New York School of Burlesque, and many of her graduates have gone on to become burlesque stars themselves. She is known as the premier educator and authority on burlesque, and is the coexecutive director at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, working with burlesque instructors around the world to develop curriculum and standards for teaching burlesque history and technique. She has published countless articles and photographs about stripping and burlesque, and has been interviewed for television, film, radio, print, and the Internet.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Everything you need to know!

    Weldon's handbook is written as she speaks, in the style of friendly advice and instruction. The handbook is subdivided, easy to read, and with plenty of illustration. From pasties to fan making to courtesies backstage, the founder of the NY School of Burlesque is adept at making you feel comfortable and letting you in to the burlesque world.

    If you need to know what to do to get started, this handbook is for you. I ordered it because I'm organizing a vaudeville-style variety show at my local theatre and we're incorporating some themes and styles of burlesque. I have found this manual extremely helpful and informative.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Informative. Entertaining.

    I wasn't sure what to expect out of this handbook, but I'm glad I made this purchase. I enjoyed learning about the history of the book, and of course, the cool fan dancing. This will be useful in the future when I get ready to execute a change in my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    pretty good

    jo weldon is an excellent write and performer. nothing bad to say about the book, just not quite what i was looking for\expecting. it's good to have around, i suppose.

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