"My attitude to live audiences were formed at the Midtown and it’s never changed, no matter who the audience or how big the concert hall. If an audience disrespects me it is insulting the music I play and I will not continue, because if they don’t want to listen than I don’t want to play. An audience chooses to come and see me perform; I don’t choose the audience. I don’t need them either, and if they don’t like my attitude then they don’t have to come see me. Others will." - Nina Simone
All I can say is YES and this will be the most epic piece yet…
This Sunday marks the beginning of a series of workshops that will be running for just FOUR weeks. I am excited to be teaching some new classes as well as continuing some of my favorite.
- Solo Development
- Floor Work
- Pay What You Can Dance Class
Classes are offered Nov 17-Dec 8.
Register Today at www.vaudezilla.com
This Saturday I’ll be headlining Vaudezilla’s Cornucopia [Anything GOES!]. Not only can you catch me but I’ll be sharing the stage with my Vaudezilla family and Vaudezilla’s JV will be debuting a brand spanking new act that is sure to leave crowd hooting and stomping!
Word is there are less than 10 tickets left. So if you wish to actually SEE the show versus standing out in the lobby with a pouting bottom lip I suggest you get that ticket in advanced [as in NOW!]
Show starts at 10:30 pm!
I returned to Chicago Sunday morning after performing in Sunni Stephen’s Clubesque tired but inspired. As Sunni describes it “Clubesque is a modern day cabaret show with a burlesque undertone. We have taken the theatrics of Las Vegas Shows and combined them with the poplar music of yesterday and today to bring you a high energy, sexy, and entertaining show that celebrates the beauty of being a woman.” And honey, let me tell you the cast did everything Sunni describes AND more.
Before even making it to the venue I was greeted in the hotel lobby by some good ol’ Texan warmth. Missy Lisa, Angi B’Lovely, and Ginger Valentine (We’ll talk about her shoe removal on another post…) washed any of my nerves and anxiety away by just being down to earth welcoming ladies.
I will remember this show for years to come if for nothing else then to be able to finally experience Perle Noire’s Josphine Baker’s Tribute. I HAVE NEVER! When people talk about dancing from the tips of their fingers to the ends of their toes they are talking about Perle. The energy, passion, and talent that she serves is legendary. Unfathomable.
Currently I am reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and though I am a mere 35 pages in I can tell you already that this book is giving me LIFE.
Truth be told I have been feeling artistically stuck for some time now but within this paperback I have found some inspiration. Actually no, I have found nothing more that just the comfort of what needs to be done. the next step.
Fight resistance by looking fear square in the eye and advancing towards it.
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign.
Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.
Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
-excerpt from the War of Art
Shoutout to Mia D Vine for gifting this book to the Lesbian Lounge months ago. [my late ass].
Consider this your reminder.
Class starts at 8 pm.
Vaudezilla Studios @ 3614 Belmont Ave.
[yeah, we are gonna SWEAT!]
[WOMAN, go make me a sammich]
Thinking about bringing this one back in November.
What ya’ll think? <——that’s not rhetorical.
Photos by MC Newman [the great].
This goes out to all those who need a mighty reminder of just how uniquely beautiful they are. Now, in this moment. Despite it all…
Breathe in your wonder.
Put this on repeat and come prepared on Thursday for my Pay What You Can Dance Class cause moving to this promises to be nothing short of liberating!
On September 7th, Vaudezilla’s JV aka Po’s Tenderloins made their debut performing Black Balloon.
The creation of Black Balloon has inspired me to want to seek more choreographing opportunities.
I’m just saying let me come to your city and choreograph a group act just for your troupe!
Photos by the talented Kriss Abigail Photography