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    Posted by StellarMotion on December 21, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I had a performance disaster a little over an hour ago and I’ve just gotta vent.

    I’ll start by saying I did okay considering everything that went wrong, but oh man, so many things went wrong. I feel really angry and frustrated.

    The night started with me approaching the event’s DJ whom I had paid three weeks ago to prepare a mix for my performance. I had spoken to him briefly about the status of the mix a few times before, but was trying not to hound him. Maybe hounding was the answer. But tonight was performance night and upon arriving at the venue I asked him, "is there a chance that I can hear the mix at least once before I have to perform to it?"

    He replied, "Oh, was that for tonight?"

    So I ended up having to perform to music I had never heard before, which meant that I could not use the routines I had loosely prepared.

    I had arranged for one fellow to set the pole to spin when I got off of it and went to the floor. He dallied around with it for a few moments, but failed to set it to spinny, so I had to do that myself, which was awkward and time consuming.

    I was a total fish out of water. All I can say positive about the night was that I kept moving and never stopped dancing. But I really didn’t know what I was doing without the music I had prepared, and never having heard the track to which I had to perform. I had to freestyle everything which is not a particularly strong area. I don’t choreograph rigidly, but I usually have an idea for some moves and routines that I want to combine in a performance. I unfortunately choreographed to music I didn’t get to use.

    The audience did like me, at least. Also I got to showcase some moves I recently have acquired, including the horizontal pencil split and the Marley. But between the music problem and the failure to get the pole set to spin mode in a timely and organised fashion, there was nothing polished or clean about this performance.

    Combine this with the knowledge that the venue and the particular production are not progressive, are not familiar with pole and not particularly pole friendly, and you may get the picture of what I had to contend with.

    I know there are negative occurrences in the life of every performer, and I accept this, but I still feel angry right now. I felt like a monkey goofing off, not a qualified dancer. I feel I did everything that was in my power to be prepared, but the fates didn’t smile on me tonight.

    I apologise for having to dump my mood on all of you nice people, but I needed to share with people who might understand.

    Thank the Gods though, I just kept moving, and the audience was generous.

    Oh yeah, and the videographer screwed up the filming too… LOL – part of the recording was lengthwise and part of it was sideways. I’m not going to try very hard to get a copy of that recording, though.

    Veena replied 14 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Layla Duvay

    December 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    OMFG!!!! You have every right to be furious!!! I would’ve been livid!! To put so much effort and planning in and having that happen…grrrrr That DJ’s lucky he didn’t get a swift kick in the nethers…
    Still, you did absolutely the right thing! Always pretend like you meant it to happen!! You are such a strong and fluid dancer, I KNOW you pulled it off. What you went through is the true test of a performer–to have everything go absolutely, spectacularly wrong and still deliver an entertaining show. It’s still galling to know that folks didn’t get to see what you’re really capable of, but you did it, they were entertained, and that’s what counts!! *hugs*

  • minicoopergrl

    December 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Crazy! But you remained professional, thats always good. I would send an email to the dj, the venue and whoever and thank them for thier time and give them some ‘pointers’ for the next time they have a pole dancer take the stage.

  • RoxyPink

    December 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Awwww David that is horrible!! I’m sure you did fantastic despite all the mishaps! You are too hard on yourself! But atleast you know you can perform under some major stress! Bravo!!

  • StellarMotion

    December 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hi friends. I wanted to post again to let you know that I did read your responses even though I didn’t respond in a timely way! Truth is I was flying into a mad fury every time I would think of this, so I was trying to keep it out of my mind. But I’ve relaxed now, even though I still recall the event with some angst.

    Mini, you’re right, but since I know the emcee of that show I doubt anything different would happen. She knew where the pole was located, yet she still insisted that the floor be prepared in the usual way, which would obscure the view of the pole and anyone on it for guests and audience members alike. It’s a confirmation of my original intuition that I should have declined to perform for this particular event, but I was so eager to be on the pole for an audience that I ignored my gut instinct.

    Thanks Roxy, for your optimistic perspective. And yes, I’m confident that after pulling that off, I can perform under any circumstances no matter how terrible. Haha!

  • Veena

    December 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Oh I missed this post I’m sorry you had a bad experience. You had every right to vent. I bet your dancing was still very impressive though. My trip alone to the DC pole jam was a similar situation where most everything went wrong….BUT…. I survived and you did too! Like Roxy said…now you know you can dance even under pressure. Get the bad experiences out of the way and everything from now on will be a breeze. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

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