Welcome to the London Academy of Burlesque

Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Jo King and I am the founder and principal of the London Academy of Burlesque, the very first school of its kind in Europe.

My self-imposed mission is to help all women, who would like to experience something fun, sexy, and life-enhancing increase their confidence, let go of negative mind-sets, explore their sensuality, play with creativity, and rejoice in being who and how they are!

The therapeutic effect of joyful movement is beneficial both mentally and physically. Combined with reconnecting to your erotic senses, it improves your body image and teaches you unbelievably powerful skills for a healthier and sexier life.

I  have over 40 years experience in the glamorous arts of burlesque, striptease, and erotic dance, and over 20 years in personal develepment techniques. More than 15,000 women have attended classes with the London Academy of Burlesque and gained invaluable knowledge whilst liberating their bodies and minds from inhibitions.

I have mentored, taught and choreographed many types of  performers, actors, and dancers from all over the world including: Supermodel and actress – Agyness Deyn, writer and television presenter – Dawn O’Porter, actors with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the amazing blind and partially-sighted cast of Sheer, by Extant.  I have also appeared on numerous TV documentaries, teaching my craft.   Here are a few of the professional cabaret performers who have trained with me, over the years: Audacity Chutzpah, Bettsie Bon Bon, Cherry Shakewell, Evelyn Carnate, Diva Hollywood, Domino Barbeau, The Folly Mixtures, Immodesty Blaize, Ivy Paige, Kiki Kaboom, Legs Malone (USA), Exotic Luna Rosa, Miss Polly Rae, Rose Thorne, and Wonderful Ginger (Italy).

Triumphantly, 2008 marked my 30th year in the burlesque industry. In June 2008 I was invited to perform at the Legends” night for the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 52nd Annual Reunion Showcase in Las Vegas. I am the first British performer to ever be awarded this recognition and I cannot express how much it means to me. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my career to perform alongside and in front of my burlesque icons including the late greats, Dixie Evans, and Satan’s Angel.

At the London Academy of Burlesque we offer 1-2-1 classes, seminars, hen partiesbirthday parties, and workshops in; Kingesis Confidence Choreography – confidence through movement  (which is briliant for well-being and corporate team-building), Burlesque Dance – traditional burelsque moves (no nudity), Classic Striptease – the art of removing clothing with elegance and attitude (some nudity involved), PLUS we can arrange bespoke classes, cabaret shows and all manner of  inspirational, exciting private events (prices on application).

To enquire about any of the above, please email us at info@laob.co.uk

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I look forward to introducing you to a wealth of sparkling sensuality and glamorous delights!


Jo King