GT was 1/2 full. Faiz played beautiful music as I danced around the unsupervised little floor munchkins. One little boy nearly stepped on my skirt, then announced he is 5 and was a baby when he was born. I laughed and said I was born a baby too. Next table!
Posed for a few pics with the other large family table. Did 3 laps in total :) 1/2 way through the show, Sakti's son appeared in the doorway with a white bag. I knew my black costume was in there. Yay! So I danced my way to the door, quickly asked him to drop the bag next to the keyboard player, thanked him for dropping it off and kept dancing. Owners were appreciative. Got a to go box of dinner. I gave some customers my card. The little boy wanted one too. I gave it to him and he announced to his mother, "I have her phone number!" Changed and drove to FPP.
FPP wasn't busy till after 9pm so they held the show 1/2 an hour. House dancer (who makes our schedule) accidentally double booked me with another dancer again. But it worked out ok because the other dancer wanted to go home and study for a final exam. Glad that resolved itself easily with no hurt feelings. Show was good. The owner declared he likes my copper and gold bedlah with full chiffon skirt and sleeves costume I'm wearing, much more than the lime green Egyptian spandex number from last time I danced there. Well of course! The copper and gold cost nearly $800! The green was $200 + extra rhinestones. At least he has good taste! Haha! I stopped on the way out to take some pictures with a couple and their baby. They were stoked! I think I was the baby's first belly dancer. Awesome! They gave the baby a dollar to give to me. When I took it, the baby started to cry so I gave it back. We all laughed... and they gave me a better tip :)
Was supposed to go to Ana's party after, but it was late and I felt a major headache coming on so I didn't get to go. Needed some sleep.Sat:
Wedding gig. Wore the purple and gold Abla to match their wedding colors. Was a very nice family. I thought the kids scrambling on the floor were going to take my tips. (sometimes it happens) But they were so sweet, they arranged all the $1 bills (thrown money shower style) in neat little stacks on the edge of the dance floor. It was so sweet. My assistant picked them up at the end of the show, along with my sword, 7 foot Isis wings and what ever other glittery stuff I left on stage :)
I knew it was a good show because the ladies wanted to take pictures with me afterward and the elderly ladies gave me the double cheek kiss, thanked me and asked for my cards. A man followed me to the door to ask for cards and my party rates. It feels really good to go into a job and create an accurate representation of the hosts' cultural dance in a way that makes them happy. When the elderly ladies like it, you know its good ;)
The videographers had the big cameras on trolleys and chased me around the dance floor during the show. It was really funny. I asked them for a card but they said they didn't have any. So I wrote down their website. "Under construction" with no contact info. Noooo! I must get a copy of that video! Will hunt down their info from the bride after her honeymoon.
Tomorrow is a very early brunch, visiting with cousins and then the 8pm show at ABC (for future reference, ABC is Ali Baba's Cave in Sorrento Valley) I'm at ABC every Sunday in August. If Sundays stay busy, they will keep having me for a Sun. show. Please keep your fingers crossed! We are trying a new format there. The show will be a little shorter and will be followed by a mini belly dance lesson, free to patrons. Its good for the restaurant because its something unique to offer and its good for me because it takes the same amount of time as a full night club show (so no loss) and helps advertise for my regular classes. Its an experiment.
Stopped at the all-night store to get some juice for the brunch in the morning. Ran into an interesting scam. A woman at the register holds up the line asking if anyone has change for $100 bill. If you say yes and give her the change, she texts someone waiting in the parking lot to mug you for the $100 on the way out. Fortunately, I've heard of this before. Lo and behold, there was a lone guy waiting in a nondescript truck. When I got near my car, he got out of his truck. I quickly got in my car and went home. Be careful out there! People are crafty and more desperate every day.
I am so lucky and feel very grateful that in these tough economic times, I can drive to work, do what I love most, wearing something sparkly and outlandish, have a nice restaurant dinner (most places feed the dancers), go home and take a hot shower. My class is full and I'm starting 2 new ones at Cuyamaca College Sept. 10 (Beginning and Int/Adv if you are interested send me a message please) Even have inquiries about teaching workshops at upcoming festivals (2010 & 2011) I am truly blessed and appreciate the opportunity to be gigging and teaching full time. Thank you Universe ++
Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Good night.
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