Some of you yesterday read my blog about my +18 lbs regain. Everyone was really supportive, and I’m thankful that I had a pretty-kick ass group of folks who area always willing to take a few moments of their day to send a quick note to help try and boost my spirits. You havee no much that means to me, it really is helpful more than you think.
In the afternoon when my husband got home from work, I told him I was changing my diet pronto and going to lose weight. He generally bucks against that because he really does find me attractive no matter what, but more so, he knows I get a little cuckoo crazy with weight issues. His exact response to me was this:
“You don’t eat that much, and really, you can eat whatever you want. Your problem is that you need to exercise, and you know it. Then you can eat whatever you want.” (within reason, of course)
And honestly, he’s right. I get up, got outside with the dogs and sometimes take them for long walks, but that’s really it. I’ve stopped dancing, I don’t do even the most basic of exercises, and I’ve gradually stopped going in the pool. Moving – exercising – I HATE it. I’m very well aware of what foods, nutrients, vitamins, etc make my body work well. But none of it is going to make a huge difference if I just sit on my ass all day. That’s going to have to change, and I’m finding it the hardest thing to get motivated to do.
Diva Taunia Dolls Burlesque
But then I had this idea: I choreographed and taught burlesque and troupe dancing for months, and the weight just poured off. I’ve considered contacting some local dance studios to see if it’s possible to start a class around here. I haven’t even attempted that yet, it’s only in idea form right now.
But then I also had another idea: what about choreographing some songs, recording the teaching videos, and then maybe approaching the WLSFA about at least a one of song performance at the conference? My dance troupes have always been open to any man or woman, of any size, any dance background (including NONE) , and making something spectacular with people who just always wanted to just TRY IT. Try being on stage. With the comfort of many others in the same spot, with costuming (supplied for the most part by me), a real performance to look to, and a goal of getting moving and having fun and totally forgetting that you’re working out.
Here’s a little inquiry into how things used to run. If anyone of you are full-fledged burlesque performers, you are most certainly welcome. But for the rest of us the dancing, the costumes, and the “leave a lot to the imagination” is what we focus on. There’s is no minimum amount of trying (if any at all) to participate. You can start at any level, and will immediately be welcome with open arms by some of the most fantastic, supportive women you’ve ever met.
I would run the class one of two ways: 1) by renting a studio that people (anyone is welcome) could attend on a weekly basis. There would likely be a small free for the class just to help pay for the rental of the space. and 2) lessons completely online (free) that both the in-class students at home could use to practice at home, and for those not in SoCal who really, really want to participate.
So here’s the big question: WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING??? We’ve got a long way to go to April/May 2015, and it would be the perfect way to start. Of course, the performance aspect needs to be presented to the WLSFA, but even if we weren’t allowed to do it there, I’d find us another venue.
Please let me reiterate that EVERYONE is welcome. The beauty of this show is that we celebrate REALY women (and men) of ALL AGES, SHAPES, AND SIZES, who just generally kick ass with their bravery and awesomeness.
If you think you might be interested, please leave a comment below with a way to connect to you OR PM or email me your address using the subject line: “REAL WOMEN DANCE TROUP.” (email to: email@example.com)
A few things you may not know behind the scenes: I run EVERYTHING. The management, the production, securing the costumes, negotiating the contracts selecting the music, and almost 95 of the choreography.
I also ALWAYS accept performance ideas, music, and other ideas for suggestions. I want people to feel like that have a real emotional investment in the group. What started out as 5-6 friends talking about it, ended up in a 50-60 crew show that sold out three times.
If you’ve ever had an inkling to be onstage in a very supportive, loving, and strong friendship group – this is for you, I promise.
If I see interest, I am on it in lickety split time and we will get to work.
Show m your inner diva!