Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon, commonly known as Jo Boobs or Jo Boobs Weldon, is a performer, photographer, author, activist, educator, and essayist based in New York City. Weldon’s body of work centers around stripping and striptease. She established and runs the New York School of Burlesque and wrote The Burlesque Handbook, the first manual ever published on how to create classical and neo-burlesque routines. Weldon is active in the burlesque community, contributing her knowledge and experience to projects and collaborations. Though she now works in the theatrical world of burlesque Weldon has never lost the influence of, and inspiration from lap dancing and strip clubs. She continues to work as an advocate for sex worker rights and freedom of sexual expression.

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Satan's Angel, by John Paul Bichard
Fire and Grit: The life of Satan’s Angel

Beloved burlesque legend Satan’s Angel has passed away after receiving critical care in hospital. To…

Burlesque dancer Perle Noire with her new troupe, House of Noire. Photo by David L. Byrd
Perle Noire Builds Her House

To see Perle Noire is to be instantly dazzled. You can tell she’s a rock…

Bella Blue, Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque
Inspirational Instructors: Bella Blue, New Orleans School of Burlesque

As burlesque has grown, so has its educational base. The teachers of burlesque make a…

12 Tips on Supporting Friends in Burlesque Competitions
12 Tips on Supporting Friends in Burlesque Competitions

12 Tips on Supporting Friends in Burlesque Competitions, by Jo Weldon. In the world of…

Interview: Christina Manuge of Manuge Et Toi (Burlesque Costume)
Interview: Christina Manuge of Manuge Et Toi (Burlesque Costume)

Opening a series on burlesque costume, legendary performer, author and instructor Jo Weldon interviews noted…

A Brief History of the Exotic World Pageant
A Brief History of the Miss Exotic World Pageant

Jo Weldon describes the history and judging process of the Miss Exotic World Pageant at…

Jo Weldon: BurlyCon 2013
Jo Weldon’s BurlyCon 2013 Diary.

A fantastic report from BurlyCon 2013, by BurlyCon Board Member and Vice President Jo ‘Boobs’…

Gowning Around with Catherine D'Lish
Gowning Around with Catherine D’Lish

Interview with Catherine D’Lish by Jo Weldon. Catherine D’Lish is known for inventive, hyperglam, spectacular…

Jo Weldon: 10 of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling
Jo Weldon: 10 of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling

Ten of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling: A Thought for Every Year I’ve Been…

Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans
Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans

I visited with Dixie Evans in June of this year. It was the first time…

New York Burlesque, by Jo Weldon

Burlesque in New York: A Brief Overview of Our Scene By Jo Weldon If you’re…