Monday, June 30, 2008

The Big Recital


The Striptease Symposium second round recital was Tuesday night. (The photo here is from the first round.) All of these ladies returned for the second round and more ladies joined us in class so we had 18 dancers in the finale (with two or three who couldn't make it that night). The venue was packed and everyone did a lovely job. I'll share an appropriate photo of the recital group as soon as those photos are available.

I think continuing education is very important, especially for dancers. I know my body needs more training so it does all the things I want it to do.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mostly Wrong

I killed a few minutes doing some survey I found on a blog after doing a Google search for something completely unrelated. Here's my evaluation.

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Character Traits
Analytical20%
Artistic43%
Driven0%
Emotional50%
Horny71%
Independent0%
Musical45%
Optimistic0%
Outgoing0%
Political78%
Religious55%
Romantic50%
Social0%

Life Experience
Criminality14%
Intellectual63%
Relationships33%
Sexuality30%
Travel32%

Politics
Your political views would best be described as Conservative, while philosophically you tend to think like a Conservative.

Socioeconomic
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Middle Class. You make more than 79% of those who have taken this test, and 17% less than the U.S. average.

You tend to think more like an artist than an engineer.
Location-wise, you would probably be a good fit for the City.

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So, I don't think this is entirely correct. You know these things ask very pointed questions. How does it come up with no drive, no optimism and that I'm not outgoing? Is this because I said I wear six types of underwear? And I'm not independent but I am 14% criminal? This is just screwy.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Das Hootenany


Monday we had the incredible fortune to jam with Weezer. Yes, I said jam with Weezer. I found out on Myspace last week that they were having a little get together with Los Angeles fans this week, doing audio and video of the event to release to the public. They wanted people who could play an instrument that they could carry. While I own three guitars, I haven't picked up one of them to play since last year, I think. Besides, I feel anxious when I have to play with people who are better than me because they're usually way better than me and I can't keep up. (This is what I like to call the Guitar Center Feeling. It's the feeling I get when I go into Guitar Center and want to try out one of the electric guitars but there's some out of work and thus well-rehearsed musician wailing away loudly on the largest amp in the place, maybe hoping to be discovered by some record executive. I, meanwhile, just want to quietly hear my strumming in a small amp so I know if the tone of the guitar works for me. It's the Guitar Center Feeling that has prevented me from getting my grubby paws on a John Mayer Signature Series Fender guitar.)

Back to the story. Andrew can pick up and play any instrument with varying degrees of skill, so I told him to submit with his mandolin. (I figured he'd be more likely to get in if he didn't enter with his guitar because everyone has a guitar.) We found out Friday that he got in, and I would be his plus one. (He's in the photo labeled "Me" since I jacked this from his Myspace.)

We spent Monday afternoon with about 248 other Weezer fans jamming with the band. I was in a Weezer vortex -- Brian five feet to my right, Pat eight feet behind me, Scott fifteen feet to my left and Rivers twentyish feet in front of me. I was about ten feet from Andrew. We played along to a bunch of songs, him on mandolin and me on my zills. It was so much fun! I'm so fortunate.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Recital!


Dance classes were too inconvenient when I was a child. Not for me. My parents couldn't afford it, and the other excuse was that they'd have to drive into town (20 minutes away) to take me to class. Same story for piano and gymnastics. I missed out on having to wear too much makeup and the horrible sparkly costumes available in the dancewear catalogs.

Of course, as an adult I can afford dance classes (even when I can't really afford them but I do it anyway) and the 20 minute drive isn't the end of the world. I get to put on my drag queen/ballerina hybrid makeup and a much nicer sparkly costume made by hand.

I'm very excited about this recital show on Tuesday night. I have so many friends performing solos, and there's the big group number at the end. It's going to be a fun show.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Little Seamstress


I was asked by a friend the other day how long I've been sewing. I started hand sewing Forever 21-style clothing for my Barbies when I was seven (meaning they'd fall apart after one wearing). I started using the machine for a Girl Scout badge when I was nine. I was making dolls and stuffed toys when I was 12. I turned a jacket into a bra when I was 13 or 14. I even did work study in the costume shop at school I have a few years of experience.

Of course, with all of my experience, there are a lot of things I don't know how to do or can't do yet. I took a few years off from sewing and now am back at it with great gusto. I made the dress I'm wearing in the photo in a matter of days. (Also pictured are Scarlett Letter and Olivia D'Helion. Scarlett hand sews all of her costumes.) I also made the blue dress I wear in my Stepford wife number.

So what's next for this little seamstress? More projects to stretch and increase my skills. I have to finish a "cupcake" dress with 14 yards of tulle in the skirt. I'm also finishing another costume where I'm sewing all the underbits instead of gluing them. Then it's onto some vintage patterns to see what I can learn from those. I've also learned the only way to really understand the method behind the pattern madness is to duplicate the instructions exactly as written and not bypass a single step. I can make up my own rules later.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Coccyxer!


I have a pain in my coccyx (tailbone). The challenge for me is to figure out what caused the pain in the first place. I don't care for seeing doctors and being told I need surgery for anything. I didn't have a hard fall in the past week to cause the pain. It could be from sitting at an improper desk at the office for nearly two years. (It's a challenge typing with your knees wrapped around your neck.) It could be from sleeping without proper leg support. It could also be from dancing without proper warm-up and cool-down every time. All I know is that yesterday I couldn't sit comfortably all day and I winced in pain when doing abdominal work in my dance class as my tailbone rocked on the floor.

But with all of my complaints, I haven't taken a single pain killer and I'm dancing tonight and Thursday.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Trip to Miss Exotic World: Favorite Things


This was my first year to go to Miss Exotic World. I didn't get into any of the shows, but I enjoyed the entire experience (except the issues with the Palms hotel). I saw so many incredible performances and met so many neat people. I decided to list out a few of my favorite things.
  • My absolute favorite part of the experience was participating in Saturday's Pin-Up Safari. As a model and weekend pass holder ($150 for the pass this year), I got to go for free. We got to pose in some fabulous environments for oodles of photos, much like an old-timey camera club. This is one of the photos shot by my buddy Chris Beyond.
  • I loved seeing the burlesque legends perform. These chicks are still kickin' it. I hope that when I'm sixty, seventy and eighty I'm still dancing in my frilly knickers and having fun doing it.
  • We went to Fantastic Swap Meet where there was an amazing wig shop. I usually just go with my own hair when I perform, but I've gotten fake hair in the past three months to enhance my look. I needed a wig for my Pulp Fiction number with Andrew next month so I got the perfect fake hair at this wig shop for a really good price. (Note: In the photo here, I only used four bobby pins to attach the wig to my head. It was late and I did a sloppy job so you can see some of my real hair beneath the wig. With me is Olivia D'Helion.)
  • The Burlesque Bazaar at the Palms was very cool. I picked up a couple dance DVDs, some beautiful hair flowers, a couple t-shirts, and a pencil skirt. I also provided all the harassment that my friends at the Burlesque Podcast booth could stand.
  • Doubling my monkey at Gold Coast was pretty cool. (There's a penny slot machine called "Twice Your Monkey.") I only spent about $7 on slot machines. I doubled my monkey once and made a couple bucks.
  • Seeing two of my teachers get trophies was fantastic. I cried. Lux LaCroix got First Runner-Up in the Miss Exotic World competition. Jewel of Denial and Kat Bardot won Best Duo. I'm so proud of them!
  • Partying (and drinking water or Shirley Temples), hanging out with friends and networking was fantastic. I met so many neat people and had such a blast with my peeps.
The Palms was not the hotel for me. The performance venues generally did not match up with the needs and wants of the crowd or performers. Drinks were overpriced. I dislike the type of clientele they seemed to serve. However, I still had an incredible time and would encourage any dance enthusiast to attend next year.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

I'm Not the Same Girl


Check it. It's me as an actor with me as a burlesque dancer. I look like I've eaten a lot of Ben & Jerry's in the dancer version. Bizaare!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sparkle Shoes!


In L.A. burlesque, the girls go wild with rhinestones. I feel like I was the only girl who didn't have sparkle shoes. With Miss Exotic World coming up this weekend, I did my duty and rhinestoned my first pair of sparkle shoes. These match the dress I'm wearing to the show. I'm very proud of them. I hope my L.A. sisters feel they've taught me well.

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