Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Have I mentioned lately how much I love this costume? It's one perfect for basking in the glow of the audience.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
- Chiropractor visits. I started going to the chiropractor when I was sixteen after a car accident. I started going to a chiropractor again two years ago when I injured my tailbone. I go back every two or three months to get everything adjusted, particularly when I feel I'm so out of alignment it might effect my next performance (or when I have a break and can go before it gets worse).
- Natural muscle balms. I used Tiger Balm all the time when I took kung fu and when I learned heavy-duty tricks in pole class. I prefer the original formula. I'm currently using Burt's Bees Muscle Mend when I have tightness. With all of the remedies, I stick with the natural stuff unless the pain is so bad I have to use medicine.
- Heat and ice. I use heat when I want an area to relax, like when I have a tight muscle. Warm showers are great after a tough class. I use ice when I want to decrease the blood flow or swelling in an area, like when I stub my toe. I've had injuries that required the use of both, alternating twenty minutes of one with a break before twenty minutes of the other.
- Epsom salt. Dancer feet go through hell. Epsom salt is wonderful in a bucket of warm water as a foot soak. It's pretty inexpensive and alleviates a lot of foot discomfort.
- Stretching. The more something hurts, the lighter the stretch. I was given some stretches by my chiropractor for my neck since I tend to work office jobs during the day. Sometimes a gentle stretch will help the area in question gain a little more mobility, and sometimes that stretch remedies the situation entirely.
- Vitamins and minerals. I've gotten to know my body pretty well. When I have a headache, I first try B1, salt and potassium as a remedy; I dehydrate easy and burn a lot of B1. When I have muscle cramps, I take calcium magnesium tablets and potassium. When I feel generally worn down, I pop some multivitamins and eat some veggies.
- Wraps and braces. We always had Ace bandages lying around when I was growing up. They're great to have on hand. Sometimes the tendons and ligaments just need a break after putting in a lot of work. A wrap or brace is great for limiting movement so the area can recover.
- Massage. I used to go to a masseuse when I had shoulder pain from pole class. Sports massages are awesome for that. You can save money by gently massaging the injured area yourself (like your foot) or getting a friend to help you out (like when your back hurts). The more it hurts, the lighter the touch.
- Rest. A long nap or a good night's sleep can work miracles.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I'm a huge fan of continuing education. Michelle is an award-winning performer and an impressive entrepreneur. I have her boa and fan educational DVDs at home. All of these things made me jump at the chance to take a class with her.
This class is good for all dance levels. I picked up a few tricks to improve my presentation and body lines. I enjoyed her dance warm-up implementing striptease technique. She's a delightful instructor and I recommend her class to anyone who has the opportunity to take it.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Hammond's Candies has a free factory tour. The price was right and we all love candy, so we braved the heat to get some candy. The tour was fantastic and there were so many free samples on the tour. I do wish that I had purchased more candy after the tour. I was on a budget at the time, so I didn't indulge as much as I would have liked. The candy making process is fascinating. Panama (in a Red Snapper tee) and I posed by the old candy delivery truck.
The evening held my performance at the V.I.P. Evening. I was early in the show so I got to see most of the event when I was done dancing. It was a joy to put Mega Costume in front of an audience that didn't follow the play-by-play of my process. I'm in love with the venue. It was a joy to share the stage with so many wonderful performers.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
In celebration of Comic-Con 2010 taking place the next week, NAKED GIRLS READING (LA) brings to you a reading event specifically tailored for fans of Comic Books and Literary/Film/Television entertainment!
Yes they are naked.
Yes they will be reading.
This will be our 2nd literary event with a naughty twist. Fans of Alan Moore and Douglas Adams take note! This is an event you won't want to miss and better to see it yourself than miss out and hear about it from your friends the next day.
Tickets will be available at the door for $20.
ADVANCE DISCOUNT TICKETS are available online via PAYPAL for only $18 at http://www.peepshowmenager
Featuring our Naked Readers:
("Best Solo Performance" and "Legends Award Winner", Boston Burlesque Expo 2010)
If online pre-sale tickets go well, we may add one more reader.
Brought to you by PEEPSHOW MENAGERIE, proudly the nerdiest burlesque production company in L.A..
Visit here for more details.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Here's what I've done with ready made costume pieces to customize them:
- Fasteners and closures. Alter the piece to suit your needs so you can get out of it in an entertaining way. I bought this dress at Nordstrom Rack. To get into the dress, I had to open the flimsy zipper and crawl through the halter and into the dress. Removing the dress in the dressing room presented a more awkward picture, and that's wholly inappropriate for the act I was doing. When I got home, I split the seam at the center back of the halter and attached a large and fancy hook and eye. If I'd had more time, I would've replaced the zipper with something sturdier. When I took off the dress, I was able to undo the halter like a necklace. (Photo by John Nelson)
- Embellishments. Add fringe, rhinestones, sequins, patches, ribbons, appliques, tinsel, tassels, flashing lights or whatever to your ready made pieces to make them your own. The green dress in the photo had tiny beaded accents. I needed more sparkle so I added two colors of rhinestones all over the dress. For my school girl costume, I took a Leg Avenue skirt and added a rhinestone inside each pleat so the audience would get a nice little surprise as the skirt moved.
- Mixing and matching pieces. If you buy a complete costume, change out some of the pieces. I wore a Leg Avenue school girl costume for a pole show a few years ago, and it had to match the other dancers. Once the show was over, I pulled the skirt for my school girl number and embellished it as above. I ditched the white collared shirt and black cardigan that came standard with the costume and replaced them with a black hoodie that I embellished.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I tried Sassy Classy in a theater because I wanted it to feel like this show and I wanted to capture the theatre-going audience. It's a blessing in disguise that I'm losing the venue (can't get the same sweet rates now). The show will be on hiatus until I can find something closer to my heart's desire.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tonight I do a pole dance to a John Mayer tune and I perform in Mega Costume!