BurlyPod Lead, Co-Curator, and Board Vice President
Jo Weldon, aka Jo Boobs, is pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement. She’s been voted one of the Top 10 burlesque performers four years in a row in 21st Century Burlesque’s annual international poll. She’s been the Headmistress of the The New York School of Burlesquesince 2004. Since 1994, she’s published numerous articles on burlesque, striptease, stripping, and sex work in general in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. She is the author of “The Burlesque Handbook” (Harper Collins), the first book ever published on how to create burlesque routines, with a foreword by Margaret Cho, and has produced several acclaimed video programs for burlesque beginners with World Dance New York. As a sex workers’ rights advocate, she has attended and spoken at academic conferences, including The Socialist Scholar’s Conference, The American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, the International Congress on Prostitution, and the United Nations Beijing Plus Five Conference. She is a believer in burlesque as a means to introduce women to explore and enjoy the power of playful and/or confrontational exhibitionism, as well as creativity and self-expression through self-initiated theatrical performance. Jo Weldon is based in NYC and beyond.