Sunday, 24 November 2013

Christmas Countdown and Chrystals

This week has been pretty bonkers and I'm absolutely exhausted so I'm probably going to phone it in and just post lots and lots of pictures!

Twice this week I was up at the god-awful crack of dawn - not even dawn at this time of year! 4:45am! Glorian Gray and I had to be up for super-secret ninja skating rehearsals, which I could finally reveal, an hour before the performance on Wednesday evening, was the Christmas Light switch-on at Westfield Shepherds Bush!! Eeeeek!!!

7am rehearsal call

Catching the train with Glorian at 5:30... not a real thing.


Santa's Baby and a Christmas Tree!

Mia, Glorian and Ruby

Sarah committing to the sequins! ** Jasz after the tiredness began to take its toll!

Photos below by Zebrowski Photography
Backstage shot with the gorgeous Gwendoline Lamour

Fan Dance ladies: Felixy Splits, Hollie Deller, Kitty Devine, Trixie Kixx

Robert Proctor as Santa!

Sarah Christou and Hollie Deller


Fan dance on ice

Finale explosion!

Cast in the VIP bar with *all* the wine!

Hollie and Sarah playing on the ice after the show

Vicky Butterfly looking like a princess!
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Photos below by Tigz Rice Studios
Gwendoline Lamour

Fan Dance ladies

Robert Proctor ** Glorian Gray

Going in for a kiss from Santa!

Hollie and Sarah - Felixy Splits singing on the stage


Finale pose

Hollie and Sarah with Glorian after the show
You can read Tigz' blog about the night here!

I had a lovely day on Thursday, recovering from the previous night by meeting the beautiful Coco Malone and Chrys Columbine for afternoon tea, before eventually heading to the amazing Hippodrome Casino for Chrys's show the Chrystal Cabaret!

It was such an honour to be part of this incredible show in such a historic and renowned venue, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second.

Oh yes, it's a leopard print pointe shoe... part of my costume for Chrystal Cabaret (though any excuse, right?)

Chrystal Cabaret on the Hippodrome screens

Gorgeous backstage shot with Chrys Columbine

Mirror Pictures! With Joe Morose, Meredith the Bear, Chrys Columbine, Aurelie Bernard, Leah Debrincat and Hayley Coppinger!!

Posing Selfies with my bawdy whore Dolores Delight!

Joe Morose: the newest Calvin Klein model?

More Mirror Pictures!!

On Saturday I was shooting all morning with Broadcasting Agency who were very excited that I took my feather fans!

Backstage shot

Then after a lovely date afternoon, I was back at Proud Cabaret for a fabulous show with some of the best performers around!

Mirror Picture! With Joe Morose, Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale, Taz Zebrowski and Helen Orford!

With Joe Morose and Emma (Captain) Hook!

I enjoyed my hair last night: the roll went all the way round - it was hard to take pictures but I was super-proud :P

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Non Parlo Italiano

I feel like I need a holiday to get over my holiday! It's always the way isn't it?

I had an exceptionally busy week in the run up to heading off: on Sunday I was performing at a lovely little bar; Ain't Nothin' But... near Carnaby Street alongside the lovely Felicity Furore. In a rare lapse of concentration I forgot to take any mirror pictures! However it was a fabulously fun evening, dancing to live bands: quite scary as I was never quite sure what they were going to play, or when they were going to finish, and I definitely didn't take the right costumes for a teeny-tiny little stage but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I was skating almost every day this week, and learned a couple of new moves that I really like. We have a big, exciting project coming up that I can't tell you about just yet but do keep your eyes peeled on Twitter this week to find out all the gossip!

I was back at Proud Cabaret at the weekend for a raucous night headed by Joe Morose

Mirror Picture! With Taz Zebrowski, Leah Debrincat, Teddy Boylesque, Jolie Papillon and Joe Morose!

Fucked-Up Family Photos...

Then once the show was over and done, I was officially on holiday for the first time in about five years!!

Off-duty Showgirl!

We flew from Gatwick to Malpensa in Milan to stay with friends for a couple of days near Chiasso, which is just over the border in Switzerland. I loved the fact that we could nip out for dinner in Switzerland or just hop over an international border into Italy: which we did several times!

I ate so much wonderful food; Taz had a photoshoot with Vikings; we played at being tourists in Milan, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and I even managed to fit in a couple of writing sessions for my NaNoNovel!

ALL the food!

Gorgeous scenery

One of my NaNo writing sessions while Taz was on a photoshoot ** Grotthard Cafe: the most deluxe rock bar in the world!

Zebrowski Photography on location with Vikings

Il Duomo: Milan

Castello Sforzesco: Milan

The weather stayed beautiful every day we were there: even though it was cold it was bright and sunny, and the scenery was just stunning. It was lovely to meet Laura and Dom, who we stayed with and made the whole trip so fabulous. I've also decided that I want to learn Italian as we hope our next holiday will be to Rome, and admittedly we struggled on our own when we went into Milan. 
I just think it's such a useful skill, to be able to speak another language. I'm passable in French but would love to improve, and I adore the musicality of Italian!
Unfortunately on the way home there was an accident that delayed the coach and the flight company wouldn't let us board. We ended up having to pay a massive "fine" and wait for 19 hours for the next available flights!! I was *not* a happy bunny, I can assure you! 

Our patch in the departure lounge: I got a *lot* of writing done here though!

On our arrival back home it was straight back into the fray: I was skating on Friday morning to learn a whole load of choreography and after all my progress over the last couple of weeks I felt like I had taken a huge step backwards. I guess it'll take a good practice or two to find my ice legs again.


Burlesque On Ice branding! Fleece, Skate Bag (that I customised just a little!) and oyster-card holder!

On Friday night I was performing back at Proud Cabaret and it was a lovely night: the murder mystery story is so well thought out and executed, I love it!

Mirror Picture! With Teddy Boylesque, Mat Ricardo, Taz Zebrowski, Slinky Sparkles (Mister Meredith is hidden behind Slinky's hair, but he's there!) and Betsy Rose!

Then I was out for another full day on Saturday: the gorgeous Kiss Me Deadly were running a special stockings promotion and I spent the day demonstrating burlesque-style stocking removal: and I got to play dress-up as well!


Stocking removal and dressing up at Kiss Me Deadly!

And finally, I rounded off a hectic fortnight back at Proud Cabaret for a wonderful Saturday night show:

Mirror Picture! With Leah Debrincat, Mama Rose, Betsy Rose and Freida Rose!

I am the most tired right now, and there's no rest for the wicked as I have another wonderful but busy week ahead of me - Bring. It. On!