Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I’ve been sharing items from the American Burlesque Collection on my Patreon. The most recent was a costume made by Hedy Jo Star and I also wrote a bit about the designer. If you’re interested, you can get access for as little as one dollar a month!

I’ve got a lot going on right now. I’m teaching Introduction to Burlesque on Thursday nights, Isle of Tease is June first at House of Hatchets, and Devastasia starts teaching Introduction to Burlesque on Sunday on June 2nd. In July and August I’ll be teaching fan dancing!

And now, here’s your tip.

Check the ceiling height of your venue.

Performance spaces, especially for a niche art like ours, can be, shall we say, quirky, and there may not be a huge amount of clearance above. For example — a converted basement. While that’s fine for stand-up comedy, it’s not awesome for showgirl headdresses or fans.

I am not a particularly tall person and I have performed in places where I could touch the ceiling. Over-head fan sweeps would have been a disaster. However, if you know in advance, you can modify your movements (or choose a different act). The summer we performed on a harbor cruise, we reworked the choreography of our trio just a little bit to better accommodate the low ceiling of the ship’s interior space.

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