Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Free Photos!

At one of my monthly gigs, they have a very strict "no cameras" policy. Let's face it, no one wants really bad cell phone pictures of them dancing in their underwear landing on the internet. The producers of this show have several pre-recorded announcements in the pre-show warning the audience that there is no photography allowed. If they want photos with the dancers, they can ask the dancers to pose with them after the show.

Andrew is my personal photographer, but he doesn't take the camera to these shows. The shows at this venue have official "perverazzi," meaning guys who shoot professional quality photos and video who give copies of the photos to the dancers for their own promotional use. I was emailed this photo (along with several others) about a week after my last show at this venue from the talented Dan Hendricks. I got a cd of the same photos from him last night with one printed photo right before he shot pictures of a different number. I love that these guys select only the best photos for distribution. I also love mugging for the camera. Aren't I cute?

(That was the common thread from the show last night -- people telling me I'm so cute. It's like I've turned into the Doodlebug.)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Super Excited Fun Time Thing

This is a flier for one of the shows I'm doing in March. I'm really excited about this show. Here's why:
  1. I get to share the stage with Andrew Moore and a handful of puppets. This is a great chance for him to participate in my burlesque performance.
  2. I love the burlesque shows put on by Penny Starr, Jr. They're true variety shows, frequently off-color and hilarious.
  3. It's a new venue for me as a dancer. This could mean new opportunities.
  4. I get to dance on the same stage as two of my recent teachers - Lux LaCroix and Scarlett Letter.
If you're in Los Angeles, you have to come to this show. It's going to be awesome!

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This Time with Caption!

I made another band's myspace photo album. This time they credited me as Red Snapper.

Of course, there were at least five people there with professional cameras and this is the only photo I've been given. I wonder what everyone else is doing with their photos. Hmmm.

Also, the week after I danced at this venue someone was stabbed to death trying to break up a fight in their parking lot. Yikes!

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Problem Solved!

I was all confused last week about the Boston Burlesque Expo -- what to do, how to do it, where to find money. I really would like to go, but I don't think that's going to happen this year.

You see, I have mid-March deadlines. The Miss Exotic World Pageant application deadline is March 15th. I'm applying for Best Debut. I have to have my costume built and my routine polished enough to video and send in with the application. I'm 3/5ths done with a possible dress for the number and I have an idea about music, but I will have to build a second dress to see which works best. I also have to edit music and make all the fancy underbits. Oh, and get the choreography done.

I also have the fantastic Victory Variety Hour debut on March 13th. I'm very excited about this show. I have to make all the fancy underbits and buy some outerbits. Andrew has to finish building the puppets and make a set piece. Oh, and get the choreography done.

And I have Kubrilesque on March 14th. It's a burlesque tribute to Stanley Kubrick. I'll probably be in a couple group numbers. I'm also doing Full Metal Jacket for the March show. I bought a helmet yesterday to be fancied up to look like Matthew Modine's in the film. I have to watch the film, build the costume and pick the music. Oh, and get the choreography done.

So, I have plenty of other things on my plate to take up my time and money prior to the Boston Burlesque Expo this year. I'm glad I got that resolved.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

I got Felicity two years ago yesterday. She's my Valentine's Day puppy. It's perfect because she's a pink little dog and she likes to eat candy hearts.

Andrew has film class tonight so we can't do an official Valentine's Day thing on Valentine's Day. We decided to celebrate last night. We went to the Arclight, had dinner there and watched There Will Be Blood. When he gets out of class this evening, we'll celebrate Thursday by watching "Lost."

Andrew also sneak-attacked me yesterday. He had a dozen roses sent to me at work. That was pretty crafty. But how can I sneak attack him back? He's with me all the time when I go places. I rarely have the car to myself. My office is near a taco stand, two coffee shops and a gas station. I guess I could buy him a surprise taco? That would be unexpected.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Torn

There are times when I make up my mind not to do something and that's the end of it. I may want to do something, but I can choose not to without regret. I found out they were accepting applications for newcomers at the Boston Burlesque Expo about four days before they were due. Andrew and I talked it over and I decided it would cost more money than I really have to spare at the moment to participate. I didn't give it another thought.

Until today. I got an email that they were still accepting applications for performers. If I apply and get in, I'd have to get a plan ticket pretty damn quick. It's a full weekend of awesome workshops and shows. I'd have to have food and lodging money, particularly since the nights will go long and I'll want to crash immediately. I'd love the performance opportunity, but we're still talking travel money. Hmmm.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

High Hopes

Miss Exotic World is the ultimate burlesque competition. It takes place in beautiful Las Vegas the first weekend in June. My teacher told me to submit to dance at a before or after party this year. She said it would be good for my burlesque career.

I printed out my application and there's not just a place to submit for a before or after party. I'd have to submit for Best Debut. I mentioned to my teacher that I would just write-in on the application that I wanted to dance at a party since it would be my first year to submit. She was not happy with that. She insisted I submit for Best Debut. (To tell you the truth, it would be a career boost and a huge honor to dance in the debut portion of the Miss Exotic World show or one of the parties. I don't care where I'm needed; I just wanna dance.)

There are certain guidelines that must be followed for Best Debut and Miss Exotic World. I have to do a classic-flavored piece. I thought I'd just be able to take "Monkey Wrench." Nope. I have to mix some music so I have enough classic burlesque music at the beginning of my new number for it to be palatable to all the judges. I also have to choreograph something completely new and full of sparkles, since it is in Las Vegas. I started building a potential costume last night. The bodice is put together. Next I have to tackle the skirt and lining before rhinestoning. That's just the outer layer.

Did I mention that I have to have my application turned in with a video of the number by March 15th? Aaaaahhhh!

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Friday, February 08, 2008

It's My Birthday!

Actually, it was my birthday yesterday. I celebrated by dancing at Burlesque-A-Go-Go. I danced to "Happy Birthday to Me" by the Vandals.

In putting together this costume, I knew I had to be able to use it for something else. The song I used for my birthday was two minutes and ten seconds long, so I needed a reason to have the costume (beyond the birthday). This is the costume I'm going to use for my tooth fairy number when I'm ready to tackle that.

So what's next on my dance card? A Monty Python song and preparation for my Miss Exotic World application. I think I may recycle some numbers while I concentrate on the other two.

But seriously, how cute am I?

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Totally Wicked

As a Christmas gift, Andrew's boss bought us orchestra seats to see Wicked at the Pantages. I'd avoided the show because of all the hype. (I also didn't watch "Friends" or "Twin Peaks" when everyone else was because of all the hype. I saw them later and enjoyed them when the hype died down.)

I loved this show. The music was fantastic, the dancers were great, the costumes were incredible and the performers were amazing. The show started with one of the later flying monkeys doing tricks on corde lisse. That was totally dope. I don't want to give away the story, but I can say it's a lovely expansion on the story created by L. Frank Baum. It's a must-see. Heck, I'm going to try to talk my boss into getting tickets for everyone in the office.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

From "Some Dancers" to Actual Review?

Remember my post where I showed up with the caption "Some dancers" on a band's myspace page? Well, last Tuesday night's show has gotten me a little more mention.

Here's what I found on one page:

"I tell you, sin carried me to Safari Sam’s, with lust of libations, go go dancers, and burlesque numbers."

Okay, there's not much review of my dancing except some guy thought the burlesque was dope. Oh well.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Too Late

A friend from my last series of burlesque classes had a chef friend who was hosting a party tonight. It's a bit of a drive from my house. He was looking for a burlesque dancer so she passed me his email address. I figured he just needed one more dancer to round out a set. This was Wednesday evening.

I emailed him to ask for specifics, like what, where and how much. He asked me to phone him. I called him Thursday afternoon when I got off work. He didn't know much about burlesque but he wanted me to dance a 30 minute set. I explained that once the final reveal took place, there were no more surprises. Sure, I could do the final reveal in a few different outfits but the outcome would be the same. I also explained that I couldn't drag a four minute routine out and make it last 30 minutes because the audience would get bored. I did suggest getting four other dancers there to do one number each. I gave him a price (probably too low) and told him I'd do it if I could get out of another commitment and get four other dancers.

I started emailing everybody. (One producer in this town probably thinks I'm psychotic since I've sent a couple long, blabbering emails to her this week alone. We've never worked together so she doesn't know that I'm just blabbery.) I called one of my former teachers for her advice. She advised me on price and warned me that there were two huge burlesque shows going that night so there weren't many dancers who could be available. I wouldn't do the show alone (30 minutes), and I don't have the liability insurance to teach a class for 30 minutes at the venue.

At noon yesterday, I had one maybe-but-probably-not and one yes. There wasn't enough material to fill 30 minutes without yours truly being exhausted. I turned down the gig. Maybe if there was more lead time I could've gotten more people and it would've worked. Oh well.

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