|Photo by Cher/Musico Roots|
I never do well with large crowds and starting/joining conversations. Or photoshoots for that matter. Thanks to Cher Musico though, I did make my way into the pre-show cast photo. Eventually I wound up ducking into the dressing room because I needed to clear my head and grab my coat. Also my partner, who had to work, wanted to know where to pick me up. Of course, the post-after party (in Japan, this would be known as the "nijikai") plan was to hit up Velvet Taco. It was an nice little finale to cap off a great night.
week later, I got to attend a workshop by Jodi Waseca, also known Oleeander
Moon from the Hubba Hubba Revue, on fusing burlesque with belly dance. Even though I had not been belly dancing on a
regular basis for a couple of years now, I was curious as to how the line
between to two could be blurred— especially when extreme strong ideas about how
they should be distinct were instill in me… and probably every other beginner
belly dancer. The truth is, however,
that belly dance came to the U.S. around the time burlesque did so the similarities
cannot be denied. Jodi focused on the burlesque
as it was back then: tongue-in-cheek satire.
She used her "Dance of the Seven Failz" routine as an example,
as it pokes fun at the mishaps that can happen in a performance. At the same time, she did not deny that both
dances can be flirtatious and sensual.
The message that I took home was theatricality.
|Photo by Doc Strange|
Although belly dance is an important part of my dance career, I don't know if I'll ever incorporate it into my burlesque acts, aside from utilizing moves that span the genres. I'm okay with others doing it, but at this point, I would feel like I was disrespecting my former teachers. Plus there's a lot of cultural weight that I am not prepared to bear despite belly dance having evolved into something different from traditional Middle Eastern dance. Nevertheless, I really loved Jodi's fan dance-belly dance fusion from the performance that came after the workshop, and the potential for cross-talk is very exciting.