Springing into Spring

Now that I’ve hit a more quiet time in terms of performances, it feels like time for a reflection. So often we get wrapped in the doing, that when it’s done, we forget about it and move onto the next. As Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” So much goodness with both opportunities to perform and to see great performers. Here’s to growth as an artist!

I started off the year with four performances in January – three times at Red Hots Burlesque and once Hubba Hubba Revue at the Uptown – and at the time, I had four solos. It was a great chance to bring all of them back to the stage, to tweak and revise some parts, and to make those little costume mendings that I’d been meaning to get to for a while. What a great way to say “Hello 2013!”

Photo by David Wilson for Red Hots Burlesque.

February was a bit quiet in terms of performances – just one private party (er, well, actually not private!), via Hot Pink Feathers, where I performed two solos for a birthday party at Tupelo. (And boy, were the other bar patrons happy that they’d stumbled on a free burlesque show!) It was here that I heard one of the best lines ever from the crowd during one of my stocking tricks: “Well, someone does yoga!” It was good to have performance downtime though, as I was preparing a new solo for St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo by Eric Stein for Bootie SF. See more photos from the whole show here.

March started off with a photo shoot with the delightful La Bamboo Vixen at Coriander Stasi Photography. (Stunning photos coming soon!) I debuted my Dancing Leprechaun at Bootie SF for St. Patty’s Day weekend, and then brought the mischievous fellow out again for Hubba Hubba Revue at the Uptown just two days later (where I got to see the deliciously funny Gigi & Pop!).

Then, I was head-over-heels happy to dance in Hubba Hubba Revue’s “big show” at Broadway Studios as part of Hot Pink Feathers at the Hubba Cabana! We got to do a set with the East Bay Brass Band — and it just reminded me how much I love dancing with the band! And oh, the wonderful performances I got to see: Ray Gunn, Bunny Pistol, Balla Fiya, Featherpistol and more!

Lastly, I ended the month watching La Bamboo Vixen and her cohorts in the lovely Burlesque Moulin production “Midnight in Paris” at Biscuits & Blues.

And on to April! My next show is our now seasonal Burlesque ‘n’ Brass at Cafe van Kleef in Oakland on Saturday, April 13. I’ll be dancing with other Hot Pink Feathers gals for our two sets with Blue Bone Express, and then I’ll be doing a solo during the band intermission in the middle. Check out my performances page for specifics! (Big stuff coming up for May…and even bigger stuff for June! Stay tuned!)

Published by adalavender

Burlesque dancer. Showgirl. Poet. Both lover and fighter.

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