Screaming success

 

Mel hired a photographer to go backstage for pics during the show. I have never seen Chopper at that angle, and WOW!

Mel hired a photographer to go backstage for pics during the show. I have never seen Chopper at that angle, and WOW!

Oh wow.  Cupid’s Revue was beyond amazing.  Several times during the evening I had to stop, look around, and take stock of how lucky I am to have become involved with Vertical Fusion.

Everyone was ON FIRE.  The performances came up to a caliber that has never before been achieved.  People were singing on the dance stage; each performance was so impressive, that I didn’t think it could be topped, and then the next performer would take the stage and raise the bar higher!  For the first time we had men performing pole dance onstage, and we had our very first male solo act!

Ron and I during our duet. Desiree Galvez catches the most beautiful shots!

Ron and I during our duet. Desiree Galvez catches the most beautiful shots!

Ron had the honor of being the very first male pole dancer we had out there during our duet to “I’m Gonna Be” by the Proclaimers.  Oh my goodness.  It came out so amazing and so sweet, I could hardly believe it!  I heard from numerous people throughout the night that our duet was their favorite performance of the night, which is saying an awful lot.  I am so, so happy that he and I were able to have that experience together.  Ron worked his butt off preparing for this; he took Acro-Pole classes at the studio to build his strength and learn technique.  He practiced his climbs, his Cradle Spin, Chair, Compass, Sail, and Skateboarder to pull them out onstage.  He came up with a move that moved from a Compass Spin to Speedbumps!  He even threw a little “tiger claw” in there for good measure.  You have to see it to believe it!  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKautkmeZNs&feature=youtu.be  to watch our duet!  This was taken on a phone, so the quality isn’t perfect, but the DVDs won’t be out for a month, and frankly, I can’t wait to share it with you.

I was also really pleased with my solo performance to “Kickstarts”.  I didn’t choreograph the entire routine in my head as is typically my style.  I decided instead to leave some parts open in order to fit in new tricks I’d learned in the last two weeks leading up to the show.  I also wanted to be comfortable with the idea that I might need to improvise some bits and pieces of the song.  It meant for a stronger, more beautiful, and more emotional performance.  I also thought it was dead sexy, if I do say so myself.  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHlgmqX4kLY&feature=youtu.be to see this one.  I’ll be sure to link up the DVD clips once they’re available.

Backstage photography is awesome.

Backstage photography is awesome.

Our friend Victor also took it upon himself to surprise me big time as a late birthday present.  He arranged to bring two of my very best friends to the show without me knowing.  I don’t get to see Kayla and Nikki all that often, so I was truly touched at Victor’s thoughtfulness.  He is so supportive of me (and Ron) in pole dancing; he comes to every show and cheers on Vertical Fusion.  I’ll keep trying to get him onto those poles, but in the meantime, he is a true friend to the studio.

Melanie is already setting the date for our next showcase in the spring.  I have been able to breathe a sigh or two of relief these past two weeks, but I guess it’s time to start thinking up a new routine; I’ve gotta wow them each and every time.

This is me spinning into Marley. Remember how much I used to hate Marley? Thanks to Nina for catching one of my very favorite pole action shots!

This is me spinning into Marley. Remember how much I used to hate Marley? Thanks to Nina for catching one of my very favorite pole action shots!

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