Every year for the least half a century hundreds of burlesque performers, fans and friends attend the Burlesque Hall Of Fame Reunion at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Vegas, NV. Full of glee did i watch for the last 11 years of my career as they all posted pictures on social media and told tales of grand magical women that would simply take the stage and glide a crossed it with grace and then rip it to shreds but some bumps and grinds. This year i thought that i gain will not make the trail due to a family illness... but with the kindness of my friend Marilou i was able to attend the weekender and of corse if you know me well and my volunteer background i offered my hands, body and soul fully to #BHoF to let me work. You see the best experiences in my life have been volunteering helping those organization i believe in with all heart, This one is close near and dear.
There was nothing more amazing then to step inside this journey with my roomy for the weekend Sizzle Dizzle, I was like a kid on Christmas day that got everything she ever wanted in the candy store. Really to be honest i was moved to tears at the site of my peers receiving me so warmly- It was the family reunion i always dreamed of and finally got to attend.
Deana Pendragon and I got the pleasure of seeing Vegas on wednesday- It was so refreshing to be with my burly sister thru our Vegas discovery there was tears upon the arrival of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum- It was like coming home truly- The Bellagio Fountains took my breath away.
I was truly in a world of wonder!
From Thursday to Sunday Night it was like i was in Disneyland, I just enjoyed volunteering way to much for the crew of BHOF and not to mention the wonderful legends of burlesque that i met thru the weekend. Every night full of discovery and wonder as well as excitement with every showcase on Thursday Sizzle Dizzle from NYC stole my heart with her performace it brought most of us to tears and for me due to my mother it really did hit home. Friday was legends night and that brought me to tears every single performance was beautiful, Saturday for the tournament of tease HOLY RHINESTONES!!! Just amazing showmanship and Sunday for Icons i was delighted to see all my favorites modern icons of burlesque. I Will never miss this weekender again!
I'm very greatful for this experience it seems like it recharged me creatively and emotionally, The Team like Dr. Shocker and Red Herring as well as Joyce made such an impression on me. There dedication to BHOF was quite breath taking...!
Daniel Colby and Lou Lou D'Vil together are a riot, I loved talking to every one like they were a long lost sister or brother. My time with mama toni elling was precious there it was wonderful to be able to shower her with gifts... She is such a doll .. We she is the satin doll.
Dinner with some of the girls brought me to the conclusion that family will always be where you least expect it, Meeting Latin legends was the highlight of my weekend honestly it made my life to know that i as a latina have a large heritage in the burlesque world. The Legends panel for me was filled with amazing and beautiful moments knowledge and beautiful stories.. I even got to ask a question.
I love the inclusion of my LGBT Family in the weekender, It's so rich and such a safe place to be ones self that it really brightens up my day to know that i was part of it. When I saw this i grew more fond of the opportunity granted to me of volunteering for the weekender. The best times of my life have been as a volunteer and to be able to put my hands to work in this small way to this large event has been one of the most memorable journeys in my life. I have gain so much confidance and acceptance for my self as an artist thru this weekend that i just can't wait for next year.
Thank you Deana, Thank you Mari, Thank you Bhof attendees, supporters, performers, staff and volunteers. You made this girls life a bit brighter and more colorful and gave her the dream of a lifetime. A memory for the ages is in the books.
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