I recently needed a critical and experienced eye to refresh and rejuvenate a favourite routine of mine and set it to new music.

Jo was the perfect choice as her many years in the industry mean she understands the nuances and details that give a stage act a slick and professional polish.

She is always a pleasure to work with!

Immodesty Blaize – International Burlesque Superstar

(photograph by Clive Arrowsmith)

“I think that it makes perfect sense to go and be reminded of what you are and what you are capable of. In the same way that people go to law school to learn the skills associated with being a lawyer, or medical school to be a doctor or even to the beach to be a surfer, one can go to Jo King and learn how to be a woman. And in these days when so much focus is placed on succeeding, the gentle grace of womanliness gets pushed aside in the race to go the top. Jo takes you to the top, a place reached by simply reconnecting to your true self. She is a great teacher. And paying for one of her classes is the best present I have ever given myself.” Laura F.

“Hi Jo, Just to let you know that the striptease for my husband went wonderfully – you were right, he was totally bowled over! All he managed to say was “again”, and so I did…Thank you so much, it is something we will both enjoy indefinitely! ” Sarah (40-something lawyer)

“I spent the better part of the last 5 years either pregnant, breastfeeding, running around after kids, or all of the above! I wanted to do something to ‘reclaim’ my body back for myself as I had not felt in the slightest bit sexy in years. Not only did Jo’s teachings, inspiration, laughs and mentor-ship make me feel like the sexiest woman alive, but she has given me that body confidence and self-esteem boost I was craving, and it has completely changed my opinion about myself. In short, Jo has utterly changed my life, the way I walk, talk, move and feel about myself and the world!”  Sachaa – London

I met Jo in 2006 when I attended an open day burlesque class of hers. One hour with ‘Mama Jojo’ and I was hooked; hooked on burlesque and hooked on her!! Her energy, charm, and charisma absolutely blew me away. She has a wonderful way of teaching which is informative, fun and really helps you let go of your inhibitions. It was then and there that I decided to make burlesque my career.

Jo worked very closely with me on my Hurly Burly show consulting, guiding, and choreographing our routines. Jo played a massive hand in formulating my career but not only that; she has been a huge influence on me, as a person. That is what makes her special. Not only is she a gifted teacher but she is also a mentor. Jo can bring out the confidence in a person with the lowest self-esteem, can turn a negative body image into a positive one, and can bring out the sex kitten in anyone willing to try! And that is why she deserves the title ‘LEGEND’! Thank you for changing my life, Mama, I would not be here without you.” xx

Miss Polly Rae – Award-winning Burlesque Showgirl & Cabaret Star

“Jo, What a great, lovely time I had last Friday! I can’t begin to tell you how good it felt to start working on an act and what fun I had going through steps and ideas with you. You are just so lovely and supportive! I was on a complete high after I left and the feeling has stayed with me for the whole weekend. I wish I could do this EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!!!!! You are brilliant and I love you!!! Yours sexily” Gabriella

Jo King is a delight to work with. She ran the UK’s largest Burlesque Jam for us in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall where she taught a combination of basic burlesque dance moves and confidence building techniques to over 200 women. Jo’s passion, enthusiasm and professionalism mean that every event is a success.

Tamsin Ace -Participation Programmer (Dance and Performance) Southbank Centre

“My self-confidence, as a woman and as a disabled woman, has soared since attending Jo’s courses. I feel so much more comfortable about my body, how I move and how sexy I can be. Jo makes every woman feel like a goddess! Her enthusiasm is infectious, her words so wise, and her laugh so wicked! She works hard to make her classes accessible for every woman – whoever they are. She’s taught me that whatever you look like, whatever size or shape you are, you have the ability to be sexy.  Every woman should have the chance to work with Jo King! Having done two courses with her, I’m now evangelical about what she does and how she does it.” Liz Carr – Actress (Silent Witness), Comedienne and cabaret performer.

“Hello Jo, A huge thank you for our one to one class. Almost a week later and I am still walking around with the same feeling that I had after having sex for the first time. (You know, the feeling that everyone else can somehow tell what you’ve been up to.) What a thrill! I honestly think every woman owes it to herself to meet you. It was extremely empowering. If I had to list the top 5 most influential women in my life you would be right up there. Good luck with all that you do and thank you again for what you have given me.” Clare x

I had the incredible pleasure of working with Jo King when I directed a BBC3 programme that dealt with people who suffered from confidence issues. Jo taught five nurses, in a ludicrously small amount of time, to do a burlesque striptease show in front of a live audience in Soho.

Jo King was, simply put, an inspiration. Not only the contributors I was filming but also the entire TV crew were soon under her spell and generally feeling better about their bodies and their attitudes towards their ‘imperfections’ within minutes. Jo is clearly a woman who oozes confidence and sex appeal but the real talent she has is to make you believe that you too can be like this. To teach well, very few can do. To teach a group of women with confidence issues is truly an art!

Jo is a consummate professional and is one of the funniest, wittiest and warmest women I have had the joy of working with. If you need someone to shake things up, make you laugh, make you like yourself and learn how to perform a burlesque striptease at the same time, then Jo King is unrivalled. Zoe Page – Director

I met Jo when I went to one of her classes, after reading a story in New Woman magazine about a woman whose confidence increased after attending a burlesque class with her. I had recently lost my brother who had committed suicide and as it was me that had found him, it was like a double tragedy. What I had seen made me feel ugly. I literally felt like I had lost myself completely. When I contacted Jo and explained my situation, she had the ability in one phone call to make me feel comfortable and safe with her. I went to the first class with zero confidence but Jo has a natural ability to help others see the best in themselves using straight talking and compassion with a lovely element of humour. If only our doctors etc. were as supportive as Jo in her classes. I achieved more in those 6 classes than in 12 counselling sessions. I felt alive again, I realised what happened did not define me, I did that. With my renewed confidence and two other courses with Jo under my belt, I attacked the world, going on to get married, have two children and recently achieving a BSc and MSc in Psychology. Jo not only helps improve body image and self-confidence but effortlessly empowers the women she works with and is an amazing lifelong friend. I love her dearly!!!!! Sharon xxxxx

Jo King is the most delicious lady on the planet! I entered her Burlesque Buzz course unsure of myself, my body and my direction. I left transformed, my head held high and with tears of laughter streaming down my face. What she had achieved with all her pupils in just two hours was remarkable and showed what an extraordinary lady she is.  Her infectious laughter and superior teaching skills had allowed us to find our smiles again, both inside and out. Fourteen months later and the world has never been sparklier! I perform as Ginger Blush and was crowned Best UK Burlesque Newcomer 2010.  Jo is a wonderful person, an amazing teacher, and a true inspiration. Thank you, Jo.   You have changed my life! Thanks to you, my future’s bright, my future’s burlesque! Emma Cooper aka Ginger Blush

When I booked Jo to appear at our W.I. meeting it was with slight trepidation. I needn’t had worried – when she walked through the door she was greeted with huge applause and I knew then it was going to be a great night. For many of the women at the meeting, they knew nothing of her, yet she was greeted with such rapture. Why? Because Jo has what many people aspire to and some mistakenly think they have; she has charisma and old-fashioned star quality – in bucket loads. Jo could talk about anything and have her audience transfixed. She is a natural comic and has that rare ability to find humour in some of life’s most difficult situations. But the strongest message that comes across when you hear Jo speak is that she loves people, especially womankind, and she loves life. Her passionate belief in women is infectious and for that short time in her gaze, you really start to believe that you are the strong, beautiful, sexy and confident creature that she makes you feel. I looked around the room in amusement. Women who had barely uttered a word throughout our previous meetings were laughing out loud as they ‘bumped’ and gyrated with the rest, not a trace of self-consciousness evident. Through Jo, Finchley W.I. had discovered its personality – we all wanted to have fun, to rediscover our self-belief lost through years of motherhood and corporate life, and to support each other without passing judgement. The downside to booking Jo? She’s a tough act to follow! Sara Hitner– Women’s Institute