I tend to not really write about things as they are happening/continuing, I like to wait until its over before I try to reflect. But even though my burlesque bootcamp class performance is in a couple days, I am honestly so pleased with how the entire process has turned out.
From starting the first class with running though routine ideas, I knew something good was going to come out of this process. Of course I’ve been a bit stressed out for I am trying something new, personally, I am not going to be a woman in a pretty rhinestoned gown slowly seducing the audience. There have been times that I wish that is what I was doing…but Trixie Little stressed on us to be creative and try to push an idea out and I honestly believe that we all are going out of our comfort zones in one way or another.
The past 3 weeks I have been working on my costume. So much of the time has gone to going to fabric stores and coming home and trying things out. Then realizing that the idea worked and I need to buy better fabric…or didn’t work and I need to think of something better. I have various “layers” to my routine and so many different fabrics were purchased and messed with to try to make my silly idea actually happen.
Besides my work and my fabric, I believe Trixie Little to be the best burlesque teacher! Sure I haven’t been taught by many, but I am just in awe with her knowledge of performance and what works and what doesn’t. I had my one-on-one class with her a few days ago, and I walked in with my routine roughed-out but not-quite-polished. In half an hour Trixie Little went through it with me and seriously cleaned it up and pointed out parts in the song to really hit with my movements, which is exactly what I needed!
I walked out of my private class shocked as to how dead-on perfect her recommendations and suggestions were. I wish I could have her look though all of my routines!
Aside from benefiting from the experience of Trixie Little, suggestions from the other class students have been helping me out as well. I cant image how my routine would have been if I had not gotten the input from everyone. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be half as good as I think it is now.
The next couple days we are going through everything including everything: our worked-through moves, entire costumes, wigs, pasties.
I’m only nervous for the show, hoping that everyone “gets” what I am doing.