MJ’s Burlesque Review Show

This weekend I was finally able to see the newest show from the creative geniuses at MJ’s Burlesque. 🙂

The show was originally scheduled for Friday, but due to technical issues, was cancelled.  Luckily, I was able to make the show Sunday.

MJ 1Nancy was the first to hit the stage, in a sexy piano number.  The staging was perfect, and her steamy emotes were a hit with the audience, left drooling in their seats. 🙂

I always love to watch Nancy perform, because she has such a terrific sense of stage presence.

And she’s one hell of a designer – I wish I had half of her design sense!

MJ 2After Nancy, it was time for MJ to take over with her performance tribute to David Bowie.

I love the runny mascara effect she donned – a very moving homage to Bowie’s creative genius.

I must say, I was never a huge Bowie fan, but I’ve been amazed how many songs I never realized were his.

MJ 3Next up was Zed.  I’m always tickled when Zed dances, because she has such an offbeat, wicked sense of humor.

This time, though, she threw me a curve, and danced to a piece about her nightmares.

MJ 4I was excited to see the number, because our very own Yumster was going to be dancing as well.  MJ and Nancy were spectacularly frightening as monkey-headed, suit-wearing figures.

Yummy turned out to be an imp who was all kinds of creepy.  The routine was a fantastic piece of performance art and it was amazing. :-O

MJ 5Nancy was up next with her homage to Bowie.  The set was spectacular, as always.  But what impressed me most with this act were her emotes.

Not many venues do emotes anymore, but I love it when they do and it enhances the story they are telling with their dance.

MJ 6The last act of the show was MJ, with a fun, sassy, and trashy little number set inside a 50’s-style diner.

Such a great set, and a fantastic show all-around.  If you missed it on Sunday, there will be an encore performance on Tuesday at 2pm SLT.  Enjoy!

Christmas Breezes

I don’t write about dance shows as much as I probably should.  Many times it’s because I haven’t had the time to actually make it to a show!  However, sometimes when I start to write about a show (or when I’m at the show), I find myself being uber-critical about it.  As a dancer, I see things that I would do differently, or things that I don’t like.  So I end up not writing about a show, because my momma taught me that ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.’ 🙂  However, one of my goals with this blog is to spread the word about dance in SL.  How can I do that if I don’t write about it?!

Since it’s not often lately that I get a chance to see a dance show, much less a new one, when I saw an ad for a new dance troupe (new to me, anyway), I headed over to watch.

The Breezes dance troupe put on a Christmas show.  The song selections were good (I had no idea there was a Christmas version of Mambo #5!) and had a nice variety.  There was a Christmas hoedown number with country Christmas songs, a routine with a Latin spin, and some interesting choreography.

BreezesXmasShow1I thought the soldier uniforms on the guys were cute.  (See – more guy dancers!)

The opening routine had the girls dressed as little angels, which I unfortunately did not get a picture of, because I was busy watching and forgot to start snapping pictures!

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Here’s a close-up of the soldier men in their adorable costumes.

I love the pose!

 

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I love this Christmas costume.

The boots are great, and the Santa sack/backpack is a nice touch.

 

 

 

 

 

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And this shot is me trying to get all fancy and do ‘artistic’ angles with my pictures. 😛

 

The show was very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

I’m not sure if they will be doing another performance of it, but if they do, make sure you catch it.

Everyone needs a little dance in their Christmas!

Is Dance in SL art?

Image Source: sldancequeens.blogspot.com
Image Source: sldancequeens.blogspot.com

It’s always nice to hear someone else’s perspective, because it makes you think.  Especially if it’s a perspective you’ve never really thought about before.

I’ve been asking all sorts of questions on the blog lately (and will continue doing so), but I was particularly struck by someone’s opinion.  Not because I think their opinion is ‘wrong’ or ‘bad,’ but because it’s a perspective I had never considered.

When I first came into SL, I was at clubs all the time.  Not to socialize, but to dance.  That was my focus.  And once I discovered dance shows and how to choreograph, I was hooked.  Dance is my ‘thing’ in SL.  It’s why I am here at all.  I love dancing, I love watching others dance, I love making dances. Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance!

Now, we all know that there are things we’ve become ‘blind’ to after being in SL for a while.  We have become accustomed to people’s hair and clothing (flexi-prims) moving through their avatar.  We know that when someone appears to be sitting ‘in’ a chair rather than ‘on’ it, chances are they forgot to turn off their AO.  When people look naked on a crowded sim, or clothing appears to float in the air behind them, we know that all the mesh they’re wearing hasn’t loaded yet.  They’re not really wandering around naked.

When we dance in SL, we used pre-made animations.  Animations that, as was pointed out, always look exactly the same every time.  So how can we call dancing ‘interesting’ or ‘entertaining’ or ‘art’ when it’s just a pre-made animation loop?

Now, I have my own thoughts on this question, but I’d like to hear yours.

So, whether you’re a dancer, a venue owner, or an audience member (or all 3!), let me hear your thoughts.  Is dance in SL art?

 

Busy, busy, busy . . .

I’ve been so busy in RL the last couple of days that I’ve fallen behind in my blogging.

Ack!

And it’s going to be a busy weekend as well.  I won’t have time to attend many shows this weekend, but if you do, here’s some of the eye candy you can choose from:

Friday 4/11 –

  • 12:30pm SLT    Le Jardin de Paris presents ‘1001 Nights’
  • 2pm SLT           MJ’s Burlesque puts on their latest show
  • 6pm SLT           Elysium Cabaret weekly show
  • 11:59pm SLT    Guerilla Burlesque weekly show

Saturday 4/12 –

  • 2:30pm SLT      Blue Moon Cabaret show
  • 7pm SLT           Paramount Grand Theater – Space Outlaws show
  • 7pm SLT           Moulin Rouge weekly show

Sunday 4/13 –

  • 6am SLT          Club IMAGE show
  • 2pm SLT          MJ’s Burlesque show – encore performance
  • 5pm SLT          Winds of the Sahara Cabaret – 1 year Anniversary show!
  • 6pm SLT          KiKi’s House of Burlesque weekly show

So plenty of dancing entertainment this weekend to keep you busy!  Enjoy your weekend!!!