Bunni Thompson Workshops

Sexy Acro Chair Workshop

Sunday, October 18, 2015
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, $40
All Levels – No pole experience necessary

Balance, Twirl, Elevate and Extend in a variety of positions in this class! This Sexy Chair Class solely focuses on chair and lapdance tricks that are guaranteed to entertain and arouse who ever is watching when you whip them out!!!

Asselations Workshop

Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm, $40
All Levels – No pole experience necessary

Create your own booty tassels then learn how to use them in this unique class fused around burlesque dance and Atlanta style twerk technique. Wear cheeky shorts, fishnets, pumps and be ready to shake your assels!

Bio

Megan “Bunni” Thompson began her dance training at the age of eight. She continued to study dance throughout her childhood and teen years and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She has worked with many world-renowned choreographers such as Robert Battle, Jawole Zollar, and Tania Isaac. When she lost her mother to cancer it was dance that got her through it. Her dance became a visual journal that allowed her to cope with life’s challenges and express herself through movement.

Bunni discovered pole dance when she began training for pole competitions with Vertical Joe’s Pole Fitness Studio. She had an interest in pole dancing because she loved the self –expression of the movement and that it had a sensual side that was powered by strength based moves. She started pole dancing because she wanted to challenge herself with another dance form.

She currently teaches at Vertical Joe’s Fitness. Bunni specializes in workshops that are focused on flexibility, dance & fitness classes with an emphasis on creating beautiful lines and building core strength, self-confidence and expression. She hopes to continue to travel and share her passion for dance through pole dancing with amazing people around the world.

Roz Mays Workshop

Build Your Stage Confidence Workshop

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, $35
All Levels, Beginner – Advanced

Take a break from herculean tricks and work on building your stage persona. Travel beyond your comfort zone and learn how to intoxicate the audience with your personal style. We’ll experiment with tempo, eye contact, posture and moving with intent. Students will have the option of closing the class with a solo freestyle to their favorite song!

On deck for this workshop:
– Write about your performance goals
– Warm up
– Thoughtful entrances
– Hand, foot and eye placement (basic spins & climbs)
– Speed it up, slow it down (a simple combo of 3 moves done at different speeds)
– Put it all together!
– Shout outs & cool down

* ALL body types welcome
* Target audience: (1) novice students with little performance experience, and (2) stage veterans looking to polish their craft
* Required pole skills: basic spins and climbs (beginners welcome!)

Bio

NASM certified Roz “The Diva” Mays has dedicated many late nights at the gym to becoming a stronger and healthier athlete. Pole dancing is her sport of choice to teach, followed by TRX, strength & conditioning, flexibility and personal training. Among her finest contributions to the pole world has been creating Dangerous Curves: A Celebration of Plus Size Pole Dancers . Her talents have lead to a SAG membership for professional stunt work in Law and Order: SVU, The Big C and an Adam Sandler movie. She loves to teach obnoxiously loud classes at Body & Pole and Crunch in New York City. Recently, she was a featured performer on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Season 10. When she isn’t half naked and sweaty, Diva’s usual making pancakes with Beyonce.

Karol Helms Workshop

Karol’s Unique Dance & Transitions Workshop

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm, $50
All Levels, Beginner – Advanced

Is your prancin’ and dancin’ lackin’? Learn unique ways to approach your transitions and dancing around the pole. This one is perfect for all those newbies, as well as the seasoned polers who may be bored with the same old song and dance. Karol will teach you simple, yet beautiful dance transitions around the pole to use in your routines and free dances. Learn various ways to transition smoothly from the pole to the floor to execute fabulous floor moves, then learn interesting ways to transition back to the pole from the floor.

BadAzz Workshops

Futuristic Liquid Flow & Pole Workshop

Sunday, August 2, 2015
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
All Levels, Beginner – Advanced

BadAzz’s Futuristic Liquid Flow and Pole Workshop will have you empowered and set for success, leaving you embracing a stronger sexy self-confident version of yourself! In this fun workshop you will learn a sexy arsenal of new floor and transitional moves including core building body movements that will help you release your inner diva. Not only will you work your core and muscle strength, BadAzz’s Futuristic Liquid Flow is a great way to conquer shyness moving around the pole, improve your inner sexy self-confidence, increased flexibility, and most importantly build your vixen alter ego.

BadAzz Tricksters Workshop

Sunday, August 2, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Intermediate – Advanced

Learn BadAzz’s famous unique signature tricks by syncing them into your own dance routine, leaving your audience and fans in awe and amazement. In this motivational and inspirational hour and a half workshop BadAzz will be demonstrating his top 5 BadAzz signature moves and combinations on static & spinning poles. Guaranteed to impress and wow everyone from beginners to professionals, this intermediate-advanced workshop will have you walking away feeling empowered, taking your pole routine skill set to the next level. This Tricksters Workshop will begin with a warm-up routine, leading into pole tricks and transitions into BadAzz Signature moves. The closing of the workshop will be putting all the moves together and dancing full out to a hot BadAzz song, followed by a cool down session. Come learn these BadAzz tricks the right way, from the original BadAzz himself!

Accro Brandon Workshop

Power Pole – Unlock Beast Mode

Saturday, March 7, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
$55
For Intermediate and Above Students

This class is for intermediate and above students. The ability to climb the pole multiple times is recommended, ability to invert is not necessary although would be helpful.

During this class, we will go through a series of Strength and Conditioning drills and warm up exercises that I use daily to develop my muscles, grips, inversions and tricks that become my pole flow, dance, and routines.

After the warm up series, I open up class to more advanced tricks, dynamic moves and creative combos, transitions and assist students with any maneuvers they may want to learn, see, or need help with.

Michelle Mynx Workshop

The Sexy Side with Michelle Mynx Workshop

February 1, 2015
$25
All Levels

Learn the art of strip tease, erotic floor work, and seductive lap dancing from one of the most experienced and passionate in the field. Let the seductress in you out! No matter what your style and personality, Michelle will teach you the fundamentals of these skills while celebrating your personal assets.

This class is open to all genders, but is taught from a fierce and feminine perspective.

Dress in comfortable layers and bring extra pieces for stripping, such as stockings, bras, heels, and anything else you’d like to learn to take off!

Ray Gunn Workshop

The Sexy Side with Ray Gunn Workshop

Saturday, January 3, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$25

This one day only workshop is Ray Gunn’s manly interpretation of Michelle Mynx’s The Sexy Side workshop, but for the masculine-minded.

Learn the art of strip tease, erotic floor work, and seductive lap dancing from one of the most experienced and passionate in the field. No matter what your style and personality, Ray will teach you the fundamentals of these skills while celebrating your personal assets.

This class is open to all genders but is taught from a masculine perspective. This is your chance to learn to harness your natural sex appeal to be unleashed! Whether on a partner or an audience. 🙂

David C. Owen Workshops

Workshop 1: Bending over Backwards

Sunday, October 19th: 12 noon – 1:15 pm
$50

Creating spinal extension is a sensitive and intimidating process about which a huge quantity of misinformation abounds. In this workshop you will learn how to perform a variety of exercises to increase range of motion in the shoulders, hip flexors, and the entire spine. With discussion and practicum, you will learn how to use the breath during back bending exercises, what sensations to expect, and guidelines to determine the safety and effectiveness of your practice. Whether you simply wish to have an increase in spinal arch or wish to become a contortionist, this workshop contains information you will find beneficial. Students may wish to use a block and strap to assist exercises done in this class.

Workshop 2: Mounts and Dismounts

Sunday, October 19th: 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
$50

Begin and end every one of your combos well! This class covers a variety of ways to get on and off the pole. Learn to ascend the pole with a variety of spins, climbs, handsprings and other mounts, as well as how to return to the floor in unique ways with grace and control. Difficulty level will be tailored to students in attendance.

Bio

In his years poling, professional male pole dancer David C Owen has carved a reputation as a respected performer, instructor, competitor and judge in the pole dance industry. His expressive style and unusual flexibility have marked him as a unique figure in this field, as does his precise and challenging, yet gentle teaching style. His students include professional competitors, performers in Cirque du Soleil and other circus companies, as well as suburban housewives and others of average fitness levels. He is dedicated to preserving the artistry of pole dance while delivering stringent and safe instruction in pole technique and flexibility training, and is passionate about sharing the art of pedagogy with other instructors. He earned the silver medal in 2010 and 2011 in the American Pole Fitness Championships, and a bronze medal at International Pole Dance Masters Cup in 2012. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and can be found at Prowess Pole Fitness, and also maintains an active travel schedule giving performances and classes in countless locations.

Torwa Jo "FIYA STARTA" Workshops

Workshop 1: Twerk It!

Saturday, October 18th: 12 noon – 1 pm
$20

Move over Miley! Let us show you how it’s really done. Wiggle, wobble, wine, drop, pop it on a handstand in this fun class for Twerk enthusiasts. New moves and new ways to shake your jelly on with Vertical Joe’s!

Workshop 2: Poppin’ On Da Pole!

Saturday, October 18th: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
$30

Let’s take our dance skills into the sky as you learn the art of twerkin’ in your pole tricks with our ATL signature aerial poppin’ on da pole moves.

Bio

Torwa Jo “FIYA STARTA” – Xpole Athlete, professional dancer & choreographer, pole historian and “twerk” technician. Torwa Joe, aka Fiya Starta, named for her burning desire to turn everyday women into “pole-a-holics” and for her being “fire/hot” on the pole. She has been featured pole dancing on Lil’ Wayne concert tours, Ludacris performances, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Braxton’s Family Values. Fiya Starta is the owner of Vertical Joe’s Fitness Studio, Atlanta’s largest facility for fitness for women, and the creative director of The Sexy Circus pole dance production.

Jeni Janover Workshop

Liquid Motion 1 Workshop

Saturday, October 18th: 2:30 pm – 4 pm
$45

You will learn basic floor work and wall work, with a major focus on body awareness. This awareness will help you to expand on what you currently know and what you will continue to learn in the future. There is no pole in this workshop. It is highly recommended that everybody take this workshop, regardless of your experience, as our program works as a progression from the ground up.

Bio

Jeni Janover is the founder and owner of Liquid Motion. She has proudly just turned 40 and lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. An XPERT and ElevatED certified pole instructor, Jeni has an extensive background in performing and visual arts, ranging from Classical ballet to sculpture. She graduated at the top of her class in the school of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. She began her pole dancing career in 2010, and was instantly addicted. Jeni created Liquid Motion because she wanted to develop a traveling workshop series that teaches students the fundamentals of movement through basic dance theory and exploration of natural instincts. Jeni has taught her signature workshops all over the United States, Mexico and Canada. Liquid Motion workshops are a staple at well-known events, such as the annual International Pole Convention, Pole Expo and Great Midwest Pole Dancing Convention. Jeni previously served on the Board of the AERA Dance Foundation and has judged several pole dance competitions throughout the United States. Jeni believes that knowledge and education are the keys to bringing the aerial arts to the forefront of modern culture and is excited to be a part of the ever growing pole dance community.