I'd like to begin this post by thanking Dita Von Teese for taking me on the most incredible journey. 2018 was the best year of my life and I owe a lot of it to her. Thank you Dita!
Photo taken by Albert Sanchez in my Catherine D'lish Gown
My burlesque journey began when Dita sent me a message asking if I would be interested in participating in her most glamorous show, the NYE Gala. I was beyond thrilled. I've always been a fan of Dita's. I had been going to see her shows for over 10 years and always fantasized about doing burlesque. What a way to debut my first performance!
New Years Eve came and I was ready. Practicing day and night for weeks with the help of Dita and my fellow tour babe Ginger Valentine. Although I felt confident in my act, nothing could have prepared me for the nerves that were about to set in for stripping in front of a sold out crowd of 1800 people at the historic Ace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.
I arrived at the venue and went down to the dressing rooms to get ready with the other performers. All of them are masters of their craft. One of the greatest honors of the night was performing in a show with the legendary Dirty Martini. The first burlesque show I saw was around 10 or 11 years ago. It was Dita's show at The Roxy, a small historic venue on the sunset strip. Dita performed the gold bath tub number and Dirty performed her balloon act. I fell in love with both of these women right then! I had a full circle moment that NYE night performing in Dita's gold tub and Dirty performing her balloon act! It truly felt as though the planets had aligned!
Photo shot by Albert Sanchez in Dita's gold bathtub
Soon, the show began. I waited nervously from the side of the stage as Dita opened the show. Up next, I walked on stage, behind the curtain, not knowing my life was about to change. My heart raced as my song started. I had never felt so alive. As I walked out, most of my nerves melted away. Now excitement, and a bit of arousal, were flowing through my body. I pranced, twirled, and soaped up my bosoms for a very enthusiastic crowd! As the curtains closed, I hoped with every fiber of my being that I would be able to do this again some day.
Not long after New Years, I received an email asking if I would like to join "The Art of the Teese" tour in Australia...