Andre Shakti is a Bay Area educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their partners, and not taking herself too seriously. She writes about sex work for Cosmopolitan and Harlot.com and is on the organizational committee for Atlanta’s Sex Down South Conference, which just celebrated its inaugural run in October 2015. She recently had an essay published in the anthology “Coming Out Like a Porn Star”. www.ComingOutLikeAPornStar.com, www.SexDownSouth.com, @andreshakti, www.AndreShaktiXXX.com
Buy Tickets for Dropping the Hint, Not the Ball! Flirting 101 with Andre Shakti – Tuesday, January 12th @ 7-pm
Sadly, in today’s “how-to” age, there are more contradictory and harmful myths about flirting floating around out there than there is practical advice. “Don’t fuck on the first date!” “Play hard to get!” “Don’t talk about past relationships!” “Wear something flattering, but not too conservative or revealing!” Hardly ever do the instructions given account for diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship style, let alone personal preference! Join performer, educator, and professional flirt Andre Shakti as she identifies the self-imposed “roadblocks” that make flirting difficult and works with your individual personality style to maximize your success without losing sight of who you are and what you REALLY want!
How did you first become introduced to and interested in your topic? Were there any setbacks/problems in your practice that affect how you teach this subject?
The topics that I teach are ones that “hit close to home” – either they’re in areas that I have a passion for as well as a wealth of experience with, OR I was consistently approached by multiple people to teach on a particular topic and spent periods of weeks or months intensively researching them to provide the most comprehensive and factually-accurate information possible. The “research” is always the most fun! No setbacks or problems so far – fingers crossed!
How many times have you presented this class before?
I’ve taught my Flirting class around half a dozen times each, and every class gets better and better!
Who is your primary audience for your class?
I focus just as heavily on consent and rape culture in my Flirting class as I do on technique and communication, and I find that generally speaking, though the class is fully inclusive, heterosexual men seem to benefit the most from the information provided, which includes a multitude of anecdotal advice about approaching women intentionally, with sophistication, while identifying and respecting boundaries and avoiding feelings of entitlement.
Which are your preferred teaching methods and/or techniques?
While I can talk for hours on end (I’m Italian – it’s a blessing and a curse!), I definitely recognize that I only have a single set of experiences to pull from, and therefore value a collaborative vibe in all of my classrooms. Each individual has a unique history and priceless knowledge to share, and I strive to ensure that each person feels seen, heard, and valued throughout the course of the class.
What do you love most about teaching?
Connecting with people, empowering them to make healthier, more informed decisions around sex, and learning something new from each group of people I have the pleasure of addressing!