Ursula Undress' kitchen and she's about to explode with excitement. For a few months she had told me that she'd been working for a new client, what I didn't know was that the client was going to change the face of Atlanta burlesque. She had been approached by a gentleman that wanted to start the first all burlesque studio in Atlanta and she had many meetings and had become the Artistic Director of what would end up being Studio Burlesque Atlanta.
She said she was a little nervous about talking to me as I've been running the ABCs and 123s of Burlesque Classes through Syrens of the South for years and have trained a great majority of the Atlanta Burlesque scene at this point. However, we no longer had our own dance space and relied on other studios to allow us rental time in order to be able to have the classes. I spent a great deal of time working on classes schedules, wrangling teachers, press, and having to try to wrangle up students. I love teaching, I really do, but I got paid just like all the other teachers, any additional money went to studio rental or in the kitty to make sure that we had money in case a class came up short. It was very stressful. The idea of just getting to show up somewhere and teach was wonderful. So I closed up shop and threw my hat in with Ursula and hoped for the best as she began collecting additional teachers. (I do still offer private one on one classes and group classes for parties and stuff, I'm just sayin')
One of the things that Ursula and I have been pushing for is a greater sense of community in the Atlanta burlesque scene. That was one of the reasons we've worked so hard over the years to get the Southern Fried Burlesque Fest up and running and now she had the opportunity to bring in performers from all over Atlanta and give them a home in which they could teach their individual styles of burlesque and give students and opportunity to find the teacher that suits them best since not every teacher and every student are going to be that perfect mesh. People teach differently and people learn differently and you need all types to get everyone in the game. I think this is going to be an amazing opportunity for not only the students, but for the more experienced burlesque performers in town to share their love and knowledge and to give out of town guests a place to teach when they pass through.
The studio opened on January 7, there is currently a Living Social deal for 5 classes for only $29 (saving you $46 or 61%) if you get it before Tuesday, January 22nd. Some take some classes for cheap and find your burlesque style! Wednesdays I teach Beginning Burlesque at 6:30pm and Fun and Flirty at 8:30 (Sadie Hawkins' GoGo class is sandwiched between) and Saturday at 11am I teach GoGo Shimmy Shimmy (I tend to go more Shimmy and Sadie's more GoGo) which is sandwiched between Ursula's Fun and Flirty at 10am and Beginning Burlesque at noon, so you can come take from me or one of the other amazing teachers at the Studio. Personally, I'm addicted to Fonda Lingue's Ballesque class at 6:30pm on Mondays.