|Photo by Renee Holiday|
I got home in time to pack my things, put in my contacts, and make a sandwich to go. This weekend has tested my on-the-bus make-up application skills, which have been steadily improving in the past year. When I got to the House of Blues' main stage, I was caught off guard by how big it was from a performer's point of view. The task of being in the right place was daunting, but with four of us working backstage, I think everybody got the help they needed.
Before the show, I took the time to introduce myself to Calamity Chang. She's a dancer I will unapologetically fangirl over because she was the first Asian burlesque dancer I found on-line (incidentally it was a picture of the last time she was at DBF). Seeing her picture got the gears turning in my head about possibly doing burlesque, and her Asiance article about navigating body image and sexuality as a well-endowed Asian girl was something I could relate to and inspired me to start looking at myself differently. I also told her how much I loved her signature RED Burlesque lipstick especially since I've struggled to find the perfect red to work with my skintone.
|me and Calamity Chang - Taiwan represent!|
|with my fellow stage kitten Penny Ruffles|
My Dallas Burlesque Festival experience was one of the best weekend of my life. I made my solo debut and had a blast kittening the other nights and hanging out with fellow performers. Even though I know that burlesque, like everything else in life, is not all sunshine and butterflies (despite the glitter), I rode that high for weeks afterward. I'm proud of myself and I hope to continue to work hard for weekends like DBF. Thank you to the producers for giving me the opportunity to strut my stuff and help out, my teachers for giving me the tools for my solo routine, and everybody who has supported me at the festival and the journey there.
Here are the previous nights' recaps: Night 1 and Night 2.
More photos can be found on my facebook page. Many thanks to Karlo X. Ramos for getting the shots of my routine.
For those of you who didn't get to see the routine, here's the video by Michael Sauer. It's much better live though so keep an eye out for show annoucements!
dbf14 day 1 hana li from Ruby Revue on Vimeo.