Welcome to the London Academy of Burlesque

Jo King on stage

Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Jo King aka Goodtime Mama Jojo 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 attend my academy to lose their inhibitions, let go of negativity, explore their creativity and rejoice in the sheer joy of being female!

I am the only British burlesque performer and teacher with over 35 years experience in this exciting and provocative art-form.  At the academy, we don’t just teach women the elegant and glamorous arts of burlesque and striptease, we teach MUCH more than that, including how to reconnect with your sensuality and improve your body image.

In the last 14 years alone, more than 10,000 women have attended the London Academy of Burlesque and gained invaluable confidence along with the joy of liberating their inner showgirls.

I have personally taught and choreographed over 30 percent of Europe’s  professional burlesque and cabaret performers including some of the UK’s, USA’s and Australia’s finest.  Here are a few of the international performers who have trained with me; Agent Lynch, Audacity Chutzpah, Bella Besame, Bettsie Bon Bon, Cherry Shakewell, Crimson Skye, Emerald Fontaine, Diva Hollywood, Domino Barbeau, Felixy Splits, The Folly Mixtures, Ginger Blush, Honey Lulu, Immodesty Blaize, Ivy Paige, Kiki Kaboom, Legs Malone, Liberty Sweet, Exotic Luna Rosa, Polly Rae, Rose Thorne, Ooh La Lou, Rosie Cheeks, Sapphira, Siren Stiletto, Sophia St. Villier and Trixee Sparkle. I’m incredibly proud of them all!

Triumphantly, 2008 marked my 30th year in the burlesque industry. In June 2008, as Goodtime Mama Jojo, I performed 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 burlesque icons Satan’s Angel and the late, great Dixie Evans.

I am also really honoured to have received the Unsung Hero Award at the London Cabaret Awards 2014 in February. Thus was all the more special as I was nominated  and voted for by my peers and colleagues in the cabaret industry.

At the London Academy of Burlesque we teach the true artistry of “the tease” on a private and corporate basis, in the UK and around the world.

My wonderful  team of highly skilled London Academy of Burlesque trained and approved  teachers, teach our  incomparable methods with enthusiasm and humour.  They are all professional burlesque performers  and are available to teach and/or perform at private events including hen parties and birthday parties .

We can also arrange bespoke classes, cabaret shows and all manner of burlesque inspired events (prices on application).

I am personally available for seminars, parties, corporate/team-building events, private functions and 1-to-1 classes.

To enquire about YOUR party or bespoke event, please email us at info@laob.co.uk.

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


Jo King x