|aboard The High Roller|
Since we arrived a day earlier, we explored the Strip and saw Criss Angel's Believe. The show was entertaining but not the best I've seen in Las Vegas. Afterward, we rode The High Roller, a new attraction that took us over the entire city. The view was gorgeous and a good way to cap off a night of doing non-burlesque things.
The official first day of BHoF began early due to the time difference and us being early risers (for burlesquers). I had bought an afternoon ticket for the Shimmy Shuttle to the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum so Carmen and I staked out a spot by the pool. The Shimmy Shuttle was fun although I wish I had a travel buddy since everyone else seemed to have one. Tiny as it was, the museum was wonderful. The featured exhibit outlined the history of burlesque, beginning with The Black Crook and Lydia Thompson's British Blondes. Having researched the history for my All-con panel, there wasn't much I hadn't all ready known, but it was cool seeing those flyers and photos in real life. Plus we got to admire the exquisite details of the costumes up close.
|I don't think I've been as excited |
to see a G-string.
By the time I returned to The Orleans, the pool had been taken over by burlesquers. Again I couldn't stay for every long because Carmen and I had to change, get dinner, meet up for the Texas photo op, and find our seats. Sadly we couldn't really enjoy the buffet due to the time crunch. At least we had a decent sized group for the photo op.
|Photo by Ed Barnas|
The highlight of Day 2 was the Finishing School class, "Latin Moves with Tai Ping". I was nervous about not being skilled enough of a dancer, but the class turned out to be easy-going and fun. Tai Ping and Kristina Nekyia made a great team, and I came away with more knowledge of Latin dance and how to create drama. A bonus was our mini Q&A session with Tai Ping and learning how she got started in burlesque.
|Photo by James Lester|
|Blaze, me, and Carmen|
World Famous *BOB* told us to "become what you see tonight". Seeing all the legends on-stage really hammered that message home. Regardless of the fact that this is really a hobby for me, I wanted to work harder and be someone worthy of carrying on the legacy of burlesque.