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Diplomacy in Burlesque - Creative Intent

  • From 5 US dollars
  • 1259 Metropolitan Ave SE

Class Description

Instructor: Ada Manzhart 12/16 10:00 AM -12:00 PM Practical & Artistic Application: Creative Intentionality for the Burlesquer • Identifying artistic values: Now that we are learning more about ourselves as individuals – now we address what matters to us as artists and why. Discussions of personal aesthetic, stylistic choices, and professional priorities to create a solid “foundation of self” in the performance art world and how that applies to one’s gimmick. How authenticity and relatability will help you find more like-minded communities and artists for collaborating successfully. • Motivation v. Dedication: reframing what drives us in burlesque, and creating a healthier relationship with our craft. • Grinding out the gatekeeping: We discuss the external rules we’ve externalized negatively from our peers/community, how they harm on individual and communal levels, and what we can do to create a new architecture of personal choice for ourselves and those to come. • Personal Principles: addressing the topic of creating our own personal rules for developing a unique and stylistic act development method for ourselves – and knowing when to break those rules which helps with, finally... • The evolution of the artistic self: how to source freely flowing creativity and effortless inspiration by working from the present moment and releasing past artistic versions of ourselves. Multiracial trans-masculine performance artist, competitive bodybuilder, and 2022 Retro Lovely Pinup Magazine's 1st Pride Edition cover model, Ada Manzhart aka "The Centerfold Who Will Fold You in Half!" has been performing since 2014, upon graduating from the Atlanta School of Burlesque with the mentorships of Ursula Undress and The Chameleon. Ada's journey into burlesque was born during his academic pursuit of fine arts with a personal focus in Pinup Illustration. Ada's artistic mission as a burlesque entertainer is to open the discussion of the cross-section between gender and sexual expression, the trans experience in burlesque, and what it means to entice, be vulnerable, and truly connect with an audience. As a teacher, they provide their insights, personal practices, and tools for identifying and gracefully navigating the ego-centricity often found in performance art spaces with the intention of creating a more community-focused art form. "Burlesque is the practice of falling in love with yourself on a stage."

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Cancellation Policy

You must notify Metropolitan Studios at least 3 hours before class starts, or class will be deducted from your account and considered “used” even though you were not present.

Contact Details

  • Metropolitan Studios, Inc., Metropolitan Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA, USA


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