old school burlesque at the slipper room – my debut!
May 22, 2010
I know I have been slacking blog wise, but I swear I have been busy! This past week centered around getting my act together and really nothing else. I was sewing fringe and sequins for most of the week, listening to the song on repeat, and dancing (or dancing in my mind) at work, at home and on the train. Since I had finished almost all of the costume early on thursday, I even went down to practice with my friend and fellow NY school of burlesque student, Cheeky Lane.
Friday I left work early, but that still only gave me 45 minutes to try and get my hair and makeup done. My partner and I then ran to the subway and also had to take a cab so I could get there on time. A bit winded and nervous I put on my fake eye lashes, finished my hair, and got dressed. The dressing room at the Slipper Room is very small (well for now, who knows what it will be like after the renovations) and Jo Boobs (Weldon), Gal Friday, Fem Appeal, Veronica Varlow, Lefty Lucy, Calamity Chang and Gemini Rising, plus myself, all had to try and use it. Gemini was the other “debuting student” that night, though she had already performed once before, so I was technically the only virgin performer there. We chit chatted and wished each other luck on our very special last student showcase before the Slipper Room closed for renovations.
I did a few mimed run throughs with the curtain closed but soon it was time to start. Jo had me go first, which was nice because I could then get it out of the way and spend the rest of the evening getting to watch the others.
The performance went well, I think. While I was performing I was so focused on making sure I got all the clothes off at the right points and trying to make sure my face wasn’t blank from focusing too much. I had one clothing issue when my sequin belt didn’t come untied. So what did I do? I seductively slid it off, then kicked it up in the air, caught it, twirled it, and threw it to the side. Supposedly, this move was very impressive and got me lots of applause from the other performers backstage. I would tell you more about my performance, but I really can’t remember, it just went by so fast!
Once the curtain closed I frantically ran around and gathered all my clothes, except for the one glove I accidentally threw off stage, stuffed them in my bag, got changed into my little cherry dress, and watched the rest of the first act from backstage. The other ladies did great sets, all with a great comedic edge, that had us cheering and laughing backstage. For the second act, I sat out in the audience with my partner and watched. Fem Appeal had Gemini and I come on stage and dance for part of her Isaac Hayes act, and soon after, the show was over. Jo had us all onstage for a curtain call and then it was time to clean up all my supplies from backstage and take a seat for the second show of the night full of all new performers.
Whew, it was a great experience and I am excited for my next chance to perform. I came home that night already planning out new acts and routines for the future!