WHO WE ARE

Learn about the studio and our dance instructors!

Metropolitan Studios is more than a dance studio. We are an arts and movement community open to creators who seek a place to make, congregate, collaborate, and entertain. We offer classes, workshops, and intimate events.

We are a dance and burlesque school, burlesque show venue, art space, event venue, creative space, film/photo production space, and more. Metropolitan Studios is also a Georgia film location and is rentable for private events, weddings, parties, meetings, workshops, and more.

 

Located in Atlanta's East Atlanta Village, we host the Atlanta School of Burlesque and the award-winning burlesque troupe, The Candybox Revue.

 

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SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS

From classes to events to community, so much #magicshithappenshere! In case you don’t already know, and for new students and followers, here’s a quick rundown of the three key components of Metropolitan Studios:

METROPOLITAN STUDIOS

Metropolitan Studios is an art, movement, and dance community space run by women for everyone. Metropolitan Studios was born by identifying the importance of artistic self-expression, the representation of marginalized communities, and the need for an inclusive and safe space for individuals. Celebrating diverse artists and makers, it is much more than just a studio - it is an artistic haven. Metropolitan Studios offers a range of classes, events, and top burlesque shows in the Southeast! Metropolitan Studios is available for classes, artists, photographers, videographers, producers, rehearsals, live music. art markets, meetings, and private, public, and corporate events.

THE CANDYBOX REVUE

The Candybox Revue is an ensemble burlesque troupe that redefines Burlesque entertainment by challenging society’s perspective on what is worthy of being represented onstage and in the performing arts community. Burlesque is a vital, vibrant, and powerful art. It is theatrical, political, funny, entertaining, and family-friendly when needed. CBR’s mission is to provide quality entertainment, showcase artistic and individual diversity, support heartfelt causes in and around our community, and consistently raise the bar for Burlesque and variety entertainment production. CBR is part of the #IAmBurlesque International Movement, which showcases burlesque performers of all body types, abilities, ethnicity, identities. and experiences as proud individuals and entertainers.

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ATLANTA SCHOOL OF BURLESQUE

The Atlanta School of Burlesque teaches that Burlesque is an art form that is accessible to everyone. It is owned and operated by award-winning Burlesque performers, producers, and professionals, each with rich burlesque histories and years of experience. The school offers fun, exercise, and professional Burlesque training classes, all while supporting the Atlanta Burlesque community. The school is the foundation that Metropolitan Studios and The Candybox Revue were founded upon.

 

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

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LOLA LESOLEIL - SHE/HER

BURLESQUE INSTRUCTOR AND PERFORMER

Burlesque as I interpret it, is an art plied through aspects of intention, engagement, and a range of emotions. It is an active interplay where the performer holds the viewer in their hands. Therein lies much power. My purpose is to inspire students to be comfortable, confident, and composed and to radiate that energy off or on any stage they find themselves.

ROULA ROULETTE - SHE/THEY

OWNER, BURLESQUE INSTRUCTOR, AND PERFORMER

CEO AND SALES DIRECTOR

Recognition of self and body acceptance is the focus of my teaching philosophy. It is important for me as a dance educator to engage with students in a way that allows them to truly see themselves; to learn to accept the current iteration of their body and begin their journey toward redefining their relationship with their physical and emotional selves. I am continuously building relationships with my students of all levels who are reaching toward a common goal while creating a classroom of respect and trust. I strive to keep a positive perspective in class by encouraging uplifting communication and the ability to accept praise and thoughtful critique. I teach to connect, communicate, inspire and impart knowledge - not just of movement and sexuality, but of self-realization and acceptance.  My joy is found in joining students on their journey of transformation; finding their creative voices and the courage and strength to find beauty within themselves.

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TALLOOLAH LOVE - SHE/HER

OWNER, BURLESQUE INSTRUCTOR, AND PERFORMER

STUDIO COORDINATOR

My mission as a dance teacher aligns with my personal mission: to inspire others by being confident, individualistic, sexy, and strong. I believe in balance in all things. Finding life's balance comes not just in the physicality of dance, but also in the mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects. I am a dance instructor and yoga teacher. In my yoga practice I speak about digging deep within and finding your authentic truth. As a performer, I don't think you truly become great until you find that authentic voice and show it to your audience through your story and acts. My classes are about how Burlesque can, and should be, a statement of personal truth. Whatever that truth is. My class goals are to get my students out of their heads and back into their bodies -to help them discover their bodies are a tool they can use to tell their own unique stories.

TIPPY TAPAGE - SHE/HER

TAP INSTRUCTOR AND PERFORMER

My main goal as a teacher is the same as on stage: to share the wonderful, kinda weird mixture of dance and music-making that is tap dance. In the classroom, this means teaching a strong technical foundation (how to move to get your feet to make the sound you want) with a little smidge of music theory (how the tap sounds fit together with the music) and a smattering of tap’s rich oral history. Tap doesn’t fit squarely into one box or another- it’s both a dance form and a musical form, and in teaching tap, I hope to help my students combine their bodies and brains to tell stories to the ear and eye.

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URSULA UNDRESS - SHE/HER

OWNER, BURLESQUE INSTRUCTOR, AND PERFORMER

FOUNDER AND CFO

Finding other people who want to be a part of a group that works hard to make performance happen is something I have dreamed of! I love showing people that their bodies are capable of so much more than they believe, and I love showing women who have reached a certain age or size that they can still be sensual beings who revel in their sexuality, grace, and skin! If you are open to the experience, you will find comfort within yourself that you never expected.

ZARA ESTELLE - THEY/THEM

BURLESQUE INSTRUCTOR AND PERFORMER

As a dancer, I believe that movement is an essential part of caring for our souls, bodies, and minds. Through burlesque we are not only able to tell stories and entertain audiences, we are also able to connect with the innermost parts of ourselves. We are able to heal ourselves, and most importantly learn to love ourselves. As a teacher, I take great joy in facilitating this journey of finding self through choreography that pushes you to feel yourself, inside and out. To dig deep and release your inner god/goddess that has been waiting to erupt from within. Burlesque creates a unique tie to self-confidence because it gives you the opportunity to know your true self; your boundaries, what makes you smile, what makes you quiver, and what you want to share with the world. Burlesque is magic and the dancer is powerful. You are in control of your journey in your body. You make the choices.

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