Another day, another show under our belts! It has been a pleasure working with Shade and Anastasia for the Mambo Fashion Shows-Runway to the Cure. Next week will be our last show and it will feature Shade and I – maybe someone else too – we’ll see!
The audiences have been fun and relaxed – smiling and clapping along at that subdued, “we just ate a lot” pace – but that’s all good!
These volunteer events are such a great way to share our love of belly dance with those who may not have seen it up close and personal before. I have a previous post all about my opinion on volunteer dancing so I won’t go on about it again!
We were able to sit and chat with Tara, from the Ottawa Cancer Foundation, last night and she was so enthusiastic about how much fun watching us dance was – it is great to hear! And she is also involved in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer – another event that we are going to be participating in – first weekend in June!
This weekend brings on three more volunteer events for me – The Bay World Gala events: today at 4 p.m. Bayshore; tomorrow at 1 p.m., St. Laurent and the MS Walk at the Experimental Farm on Sunday morning. I am very proud to be a member of such a strong community of dancers who are willing and able to come out to support these events and share their skills!
Downstairs at Mambo is where the first part of the fun is!
We arrived just in time to spend a few moments checking out the designs of Frank Sukhoo, someone I went to L’Academie des Couturiers Canadiens with many moons ago – late 80’s! Beautiful stuff and great concept for a business here in Ottawa!
The two ladies were with me again, and the crowd was ready for a good show! Which we gave them, dancing through the crowded space and twisting and shimmying around the servers!
Shade even got the MC up to shimmy a bit too – which had the crowd going wild! What fun!
On our second set/encore dance, I was waved over by a lovely older lady who then reached into her purse and pulled out a fiver! She then proceeded to tuck it into my hip, and everyone had a great laugh! My tip managed to stay there for the rest of my dance – which was funny and cool as it waggled with every hip shake!
And it matched my costume since our CND $5 are blue 🙂
Afterwards, the owner kindly called ahead to another of her restaurants to let us have a snack in thanks for our volunteer dancing – all for a good cause, but the food at Kinki was fabulous! And unexpectedly generous!
With the holiday weekend behind me, I always feel a bit out of sorts when I have a night off from teaching. While I enjoyed the weekend, the family visit, the dog rattling around the back of the car in her crate, etc. I still have those patterns in my life that work best when adhered to. So, this morning, I am back online, back to getting my life organized and trying to make sure I am remembering everything I intend to do today.
We were able to get one final evening in of X-files and futon/couch surfing before another fun week of projects, shows and a selection of other time consumers come in.
This week starts 8 weeks of shows at the Mambo Restaurant in the Byward Market where I will be working with two of my students who are moving up through the ranks as wonderful dancers. We’ll scurry about on Thursday evening during the last few minutes of class to get some make-up on, and the costumes intact before heading on a quick 5-7 minute walk over to Mambo to strut our stuff!