Mama Natalia presents 'COUCH TO STAGE' a slightly derivative, non-appropriative, non-gender-specific 8 week and a bit of change course on the art of tease :)

Join Madame 'Mama' Natalia, a 15 year veteran of the Australian Burlesque and Entertainment Industry as she puts you through your paces - from classic bump and grind moves and motives to neo-burlesque, draglesque, grotesque burlesque, gorelesque, Underground burlesque, characterisation/persona development, costuming and burlesque business techniques, stage and boudoir...right up to your very own onstage performance!

This course is designed for both beginners who are new to the scene and wanting to make their stage debut, and existing performers wanting to refine their art and acts with a view to getting into the nitty gritty of their creative id.

Featuring some sneaky special guest teachers and performers from varying burlesque art forms, 6 x 1.5 hr weekly classes, 1 x 2 hour speciality class with a guest teacher, 1 x 2 hour solo preparation tuition and a student showcase night once the term is over. Students will also have access to discount private tuition opportunities, access to special character development nights during Wonderground in-house shows and the opportunity to win a paid featured role within one of Wonderground's 2020 season events across a range of genres and styes, this is more than just another beginner's burlesque class. This is showbiz baby!

Total class value: $465
Class cost: $320 early bird or $350 2-4 week instalments ($100 deposit/final payment due week of first class). PAYG weekly payment plan also available* ($35 per week, $100 deposit).

*Terms and conditions apply. Tailored payment plans available upon request.




The creator, director, writer, producer and control freak of The Burlesque Underground and co-owner of Wonderground Cabaret & Burlesque, Madame 'Mama' Natalia has over 2000 shows under her belt, has taught and mentored burlesque and performance artists for over 8 years, and has performed alongside some of the boldest and brightest national and international stars in a plethora of venues including Saint Martins Place, Red Bennies, Burlesque Bar, The Wrong Crowd Bar, The Butterfly Club, The Order of Melbourne, 24 Moons Bar, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Club Voltaire, Speakeasy HQ and Bohemia Cabaret & Burlesque Club.

Over her 15+ years in and or around the Australian Burlesque and Entertainment industry she has been Writer and performer at Witches in Britches (2006 - 2009), the Creative and Entertainment Manager of Burlesque Bar Melbourne (2009 - 2011), owner and director of Bohemia Cabaret & Burlesque Club (2011 - 2014), MC of Empress Erotique at the Australian Burlesque Festival, Judge at Miss Burlesque Australia, MC of the Eros Shine Adult Industry Awards and was the recipient of the Burlesque Business Award 2012 and the Burlesque Industry Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2019 she opened Wonderground Cabaret & Burlesque with her business and life partner Chastity de Vice, and is looking forward to many more years of creative madness to come.