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Last month, on April 14th I took a trip with the ladies of Burlesque Noir to Austin Texas for the Texas Burlesque Festival.

First and foremost, I fell in love with Austin. David and I have made it a goal to move there in a few years.

We had a great time watching the Friday night showcase which featured local performers, Godiva Bleu and RiRi Syncyr.

Saturday was the performer brunch. It is always a pleasure to listen to Indigo Blue talk about her experiences and give advice. She is one amazing lady. I spent the rest of the afternoon adding more crystals to the can-can costumes. I even used the crystals for my solo costume and added them to the can-can costumes telling David, "I don't have a lot of stock in this solo, but I really think that this group number has a chance at winning tonight."

What a great time Texas was. Despite the little stage, we managed to get all five girls on the stage for our Can-Can number. I managed to lose both of my pasties in the act. I have come to realize, that I will not be doing burlesque when I move to Austin. I sweat just too damn much.

After that number, I was also competing with my balloon act, with sort of a quick change. As I was putting on my lightening hat, Coco Lectric told me, "You have a Coco Lectric on your head." I grinned. This must have been a good luck charm now because I walked off stage having had such a fun time with my solo number.

The girls and I watched the rest of the competition, screaming our heads off and having a great time.

The moment for awards was here. Best Ensemble, Burlesque Noir! All of us got up, grinning from ear to ear. We sat through the rest of the awards just happy as can be. The last award, Best Solo was announced, Holly Rebelle. What? Me? Huh?

That took me a moment to get up and accept my trophy. That was crazy!

Time for beer!

Getting home, was an adventure. Never had a gotten on a plane over the arrival destination to have the pilot come over the intercom and say, "It is not safe to land, we have to turn around." So David and I took the bonus Austin to Austin flight. Thankfully, several plane changes and shuffling we made it home that evening, with 2 trophies in my suitcase.

I don't know how many performers in my community have taken home both the Best Solo and Best Group awards at the same competition. This was the moment, that I accepted that I am doing something right.


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May. 7th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
You totally rock! Best Group and Best Solo? Amazing!

I have mixed feelings about Austin. It's a great city with an amazing burlesque scene and someday I'll go back, but the first (and last) time I was there the situation was less than ideal.
May. 11th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks bb! I am sorry to hear that your experience was less than ideal. As much fun as this post is, I did leave out the fact that a member of the local community conducted herself in a manner that was less than stellar, to say the least. Apparently, someone there doesn't like me very much and I didn't even know her name until I put the pieces together when we got home. Sigh.
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