The Main Event Show Lounge- New Burlesque Venue

Yesterday I was able to attend the opening show of The Main Event Show Lounge, a new burlesque venue owned by Lady C.

There was a nice little crowd for a new venue.

Lady C 1The venue is billed as a ‘classy art-deco style getaway with a speakeasy atmosphere.’

The build is smaller than many venues, which helps it feel more intimate.

The opening act was Lady C herself, dancing to ‘A Night Like This.’

Most of the songs were burlesque favorites, like ‘Sway,’ ‘Fever,’ and ‘Harlem Nocturne.’

The sets were very well done and the some of the costumes were fantastic.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took the stage for a Jessica Rabbit-themed act to ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’

Lady C 3The next act seemed to be a crowd favorite, with dancers Klarissa and Samantha.

I think there were more cat-calls during this act than I’ve heard at many construction sites. 😛

The guys were great sports about it and it was a very fun little number.

(That’s Klark in blue and Sam in pink, in case you were wondering.)

They danced to ‘Sisters’ by Bette Midler, and it looked like they were having a great time.

After the, ahem, sisters, left the stage, it was time again for Miss Bathory.

Lady C 4Dancing to Peggy Lee’s classic ‘Fever,’ she was resplendent in a fabulous red and gold costume.

I love the colors of this costume – a new spin on an old burlesque favorite, and it was fun to watch.

It’s always a challenge to try and get photos at a burlesque venue, because I have to get them quick, before pieces of the costumes disappear!

Following Miss Bathory, Lady C returned to the stage dancing to another burlesque favorite – Harlem Nocturne.

I’ve seen many dancers do this number, and I was expecting a black and white-themed act.

Lady C 5But no. 🙂

Instead it was red and white – and beautiful.

I love the giant rose and the huge ostrich feather fans of the set.

Lady C certainly does elegance and glamour well. 😀

The last act of the night was a duet dance with Lady C and Miss Bathory.

Lady C 6I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the show.

The sets were done well, the costumes were fabulous, and Lady C seems to have found a time slot on a Saturday that isn’t already filled with competing shows.

I’m not sure how often the venue will have shows, but if the opening was an indication of future events, I will definitely be adding it to my calendar!

Interview with a Dancer #12 – Lady C

If you’ve been to a burlesque show in SL, you’ve probably seen this next dancer.  Please welcome the lovely Miss Lady C!

miss lady c

 

 

SL Name:  Lady Correia
Display Name:  Miss Lady C
Rez Day:  5/19/2009

 

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
LC:  I came across a burlesque/cabaret club by the name of Lady Garden Cabaret and the owner invited me to perform there.  Since I have such a love for burlesque, I jumped at the offer.  I’ve been performing ever since.

How long have you been dancing?
LC: 5 years.

Where do you dance?
LC:   KiKi’s House of Burlesque.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
LC:  About 30 hours.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
LC:  About 50%.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
LC:  In the beginning it took a couple days, but now I can build a set in about 5 hours if I don’t take breaks.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
LC:  Henmations or MyANIMATIONS.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
LC:  I used to use Dance Control HUD which I really liked, but for some reason it stopped working for me.  Now I use Eve n Better Ultimate Dance HUD.  I use it because it isn’t complicated like some.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
LC: I build my own from scratch.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
LC:  I used to, but not anymore.  People commented that they came to watch the dance, not to read a book.  Having to read emotes takes people’s eyes away from the performance.  I always use female singers so the song tells the story.  I want people to enjoy the music, costume, set and dance movements, not have to concentrate on reading.

Where do you find your music?
LC:  YouTube.

What are your preferences when it comes to dance performances?  – Large/small sets; particles/none; effects/none; faders/none; emotes/none; movers/none; lighting/none;
LC:  I prefer a medium size set with glitz and glitter.  Effects and lighting are always important to the performance.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
LC:  When the lag is so bad that I crash in the middle of a performance.  That just drives me crazy.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
LC:  I realize that everyone has a bit of a different control settings or computer capabilities so I do my best to use low lag effects.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
LC:   That it is done very professionally.

Do you have a blog/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
LC:   I have a blog – Miss Lady C.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
LC:  Don’t give up and always do your best.  If your heart is not in it, give it up.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
LC:  1 hour.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
LC: Shopping around SL.

Any other thoughts/ideas/comments you’d like to share?
LC: I receive a special enjoyment from performing burlesque.  I like to stick with a more traditional burly act since that is what I did in RL.  I relive those good times here in SL now that I am retired.  It brings back very fond memories.

A big thank you to Lady C for taking the time to be interviewed!