Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Settling In

I did a burlesque performance at a fundraiser on Sunday night. It was the number I've spent the most time and money on in the past two months. I've performed the number several times. It's now very comfortable and I can try new things. I know the music so well that I'm willing to experiment.

Same thing happened with "Everlong." I performed that number last night, and it was very comfortable. I had more room to play. It develops more every time I perform it, and I get more comfortable in the number. It's like both songs are now gray sweatpants.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stepping into the Unknown

A friend called me a couple weeks ago and asked me if I would be willing to donate a burlesque performance for an AIDS fundraiser tonight. A friend of hers that saw me perform asked if I would. I love performing and I like helping people so I said yes. I've also known a couple people who have passed from AIDS.

I've gotten a couple emails from my friend about the event with details on the schedule and activities planned, but I haven't gotten directly connected up with the person who wanted me to dance. I have the address but don't know the name of the venue. I've also never been to a show there before, so I have no idea how friendly the stage will be on my knees when I do my number.

I guess we'll just see what happens.

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Friday, April 25, 2008


Being a Performer

I've always been a performer. I have fun entertaining people. My main concern is that the audience is enjoying the experience. This is covered in a few recent performer interviews on The Burlesque Podcast. My thought is that if the audience isn't enjoying it, there might as well be no audience; then the whole thing becomes pointless.

Last night I performed at Club Schmutzig with Cherry Kiss Burlesque (ladies from Kubrilesque). The show was at El Cid. I've danced there before, and I know that the stage is hardwood and slick. I also know that we have bubble machines in the number. I was going to wear ballet slippers over my padded foot fishnets but I abandoned them at the last minute so I'd match the other girls.

There's a point in the number where I have to run to the back of a line for the next bit of choreography. I'm used to more people on the stage and in the line so I get a nice trot going so I can reach the back of the line. Last night I started my trot and slipped. I managed to skin my knees on my fishnets before getting up and finishing the number. I wasn't anxious about the fall or too injured to continue. I was actually more worried about the audience. I hoped that my slip didn't ruin the number for anyone. I don't know that anyone really noticed.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Oh Yes She Did!

Last night Andrew and I went to a burlesque show at a very nice club in Los Angeles. We've been there once before and we like the ambiance. We showed up a bit early so we were sure to get a seat where we could both see the stage since the seating is a little strange. We knew people in the show, and I will be performing at this venue later in the year.

Andrew and I make it a habit to patronize shows even when I'm not performing. Last night was the second time I was "off duty" that I was pulled onstage to dance for the audience. We usually plan ahead and take enough cash for a couple of drinks and tips for the bartender. If we order food, we usually just use plastic because it's more of a spur of the moment thing than a planned thing.

Last night we got a seat and as I was about to head to the bar, a waitress came to our table. We each ordered a drink and Andrew paid her in cash for the drinks. The show hadn't yet started and I was being a social butterfly. She came back to check on us before the show and we asked for a menu. We ordered some spring rolls and one more drink. She brought the drink and the check. Andrew gave her plastic. She asked if we wanted to keep the card open for additional drinks and we said no. (I'm very suspicious of leaving things open. I don't want someone else's drinks winding up on my tab. Besides, we could always place another order, give her plastic again or pay for a second drink with our remaining cash, still having enough for a 20% tip.) She brought us the slip to sign, and she dropped off our spring rolls when she grabbed the slip, promising to bring us napkins later. At this point, the show was about to begin and we hadn't touched our food yet. We weren't planning on leaving the booth until the evening was over, and we were going to leave a cash tip at that time.

So this chick stands at the table next to us moments later, no napkins in hand, asking if there was problem with the service because she visited our table three times and we still hadn't tipped her. We'd been there for about 40 minutes and the show was about to begin, the show being the thing we drove there to see. We said no and she stormed away. A dancer friend who was sitting with us knows the manager and she later complained. We were in disbelief for the first two acts that she actually said that to us. Andrew left her a $1 tip and a note that she screwed up her own tip with her attitude and that we were planning on leaving her more when we were done for the evening until she went and acted like a bitch. Then he went to the bar and bought me another Shirley Temple, tipping the barmaid $4 on a $2 drink.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Theatre Unleashed Commercial

This is our viral video for our intro show. I worked with the dancers. Andrew drew on his inner dork for this one.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

We're Official!

The theatre company launched by me, Andrew and some like-minded individuals earlier this year is now officially incorporated. We are Theatre Unleashed Inc. We have a website, members and a season. I'm really happy because this makes it real. It's not just a bunch of yahoos getting together to put on plays. It's a bunch of yahoos that incorporated who are getting together to put on plays.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Coolin'

I'm a very active dancer. I tend to chose songs that have that wind-you-up-and-let-you-go quality. I keep telling myself to choose something a little calmer, a little slower. As a result of my music selection, I wind up shaking it for three to four minutes straight. This leaves me wild eyed and breathless.

I have a terrible habit of not cooling my body down after all my wildness. As a result, I get cramps and soreness. When I come off stage, I'm more worried about catching my breath than I am about cooling down. I need to work out about five moves to stretch out and relax my muscles after I dance. I figure five moves will be enough to remember and actually get done without becoming tedious.

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