I am tired. I may be too tired to write a coherent blog post, but since it’s the good kind of tired – the kind that comes from having lots of mind-blowingly excellent experiences – I’m going to try to write something about it all.
I’ve been totally swamped with work and interesting projects lately: I’ve got custom costume commissions on the go, looking forward to taking over recreation centre dance classes in the Spring term, prepping for my upcoming appearance on The Candy Show, and of course my regular ongoing personal and professional commitments… This weekend I really raised the stakes with a new act debut at the Tanya Cheex show presented by Pink Velvet Burlesque and Rouge Fatale & Friends – preceded by a too-late but much-needed night of amazing conversations with great friends, and followed by a night of guest-teaching bellydance classes for the injured Uberwench (after a full day of day-job work).
The Burlesque/Drag show was SO AMAZING. We had a wonderfully enthusiastic and packed house at Menz Bar, and everyone put on stunning performances. I had a blast working with Atlantic Canada’s finest drag entertainers, and meeting the lovely Tanya Cheex was truly a privilege. Somehow we raced through all the acts with a half-hour to spare and ended up doing a sort of kamikaze improv show for the last 30 minutes. I volunteered to do a stand-up striptease monologue, the drag ladies pulled out some impromptu song and dance numbers, Miss C magically produced an extra costume for a classic bump-n-grind to – what else? – “The Stripper” and luckily Monique Ryan just happened to have her hand-balancing acrobatics partner, Cait Anthony, in the audience and they put on an adorable improvised circus routine. I felt so lucky to be involved with a group of performers who could happily pull basically a whole other show out of thin air and make it feel like an adventure rather than a disaster to have extra time to fill.
I was completely wiped out in the afterglow of such a great show, but you know what they say: no rest for the wicked! I’ll admit that I was nervous to jump into teaching tonight’s classes, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to pick up the same curriculum the students have had thus far on such short notice. I needn’t have been anxious, though, because Uberwench has a very fine group of students who are keen to learn whatever is thrown at them. They very graciously took the “and now for something completely different” spirit of things and rolled with it, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer introduction to teaching at the rec centre, or a better way to wrap up an amazing weekend. Now I’m extra excited to take on the Spring classes!