Over the summer, DSB offered two workshops: chair dance with Stephan and tassel twirling with Black Mariah. In my many years of dance classes, I’d never had a male teacher until Stephan, the Southern Fried King of Burlesque. He had a very free-spirited approach, which was just what I needed. I’d been spending so much time focusing on being sexy, and I’ve always been a counter. Both were holding me back, and I was happy to work on improvising and just feeling the music. I could use some work on strength and flexibility, but I still learned a few chair tricks for a future routine.
|my first pair of assels and tassles|
made by Black Mariah
During the latter half of the summer, I started to wonder if I was rushing into things too quickly. My double weekend of shows with the Ruby Revue and Lemme Addams’ Stardust Revue wore me out. I also didn’t want to come on too strongly in my eagerness to stage kitten. As a result, I decided to take the time to focus on classes and figuring out who Hana Li is.
|Bellilona Fatin, me, Carmen St. Cloud, and Raven|
By Lecroix Photography
Through both the costuming sessions and the parade itself, I got to know more members of the burlesque community. It was hot and a long walk, but the energy and enthusiasm was unbelievable. My only regret came from my feet, which did not like the long walk in my gold wedge sneakers. Still, that was nothing compared to Jade Vivian and MayMay walking in real heels. They definitely get my admiration. Pride was a nice way to end the summer, and I even got a stage kittening gig out of it. That’s a story for another post. In the meantime, you can check out more photos over on my facebook page.
|By Susan Migdol, EDGE Dallas |