Participation Programmer (Dance & Performance)
Jo King choreographed the opening routine for my critically acclaimed show ‘Immodesty Blaize and the Adventures of Walter’. An otherwise technically difficult performance to achieve was transformed into a sequence that appeared artful and effortless to the audience. Jo pushed me to achieve the absolute best out of the piece, with meticulous attention to detail. She really is a pleasure to work with.
IMMODESTY BLAIZE x – International showgirl
“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
“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.”
Actress, Comedienne and Burlesque performer.
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.
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 futures burlesque!
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– President Women’s Institute Finchley Branch