Bristol's Badass Burlesque Show
It’s taken me a few years of dancing to realise that if I sit down after a I get home or back to the hotel from a show, I probably won’t get up again. Leaving me with a bag filled with a sticky, glittery costume that won’t be dealt with till the next day and smears of mascara on my couch cushions. So here’s what I do:
Put your bag down. Seriously, give yourself a chance to get through the door.
Drink a glass of water. You’ve been in a car or train for hours and probably haven’t drunk enough water. I also take a multi-vitamin. B vitamins help your body turn food in to energy and so are useful for the late night schedule of a Burlesque Dancer.
Give some Love to your boyfriend/cat/girlfriend/dog/wife/husband. They miss you. If you’re home, give them a snuggle, if you’re at a hotel, send them a text to let them know you’re safe (your cat may or may not reply.)
Take off that make-up! All of it. Keep going until it’s all gone. Your skin and your pillow cases will be grateful the next morning.
Take a shower. Glitter, pollution and sweat need to be washed away.
Unpack your bag. Put aside fishnets etc to be washed, put anything feathered out of reach of the cat and for your unwashable costume items, to quote Homer Simpson – Air out your stinkables. Leave your case unzipped to let it air out too.
Stretch. Ease out those tired muscles that have been not just dancing, but lugging a suitcase up and down endless Tube staircases.
Moisturise. Your face and your body.
Eat something. Plan ahead as best you can to have something nutritious and easy on hand. A few slices of late night pizza aren’t going to kill you, but you don’t want that after every show.
Relax. Herbal Tea, wine (now you’re hydrated and off the insurance time.) The adrenaline of a show can take a while to ebb away. Read a book, watch a movie, listen to a podcast. Personally, my favourite post-show thing to do, is watch an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 or listen to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. If you find yourself really needing a little social interaction, this can be a good time to catch up with friends in other countries (in an earlier time zone) with an international phone call.
Enjoy your hard work. Now is the time to take on a nice comment from someone in the audience or from another performer. Now is not the time to analyse every perceived mis-step. You can go deeper in to what needs work the next day after rest.
Make a mental note for the thank you emails you’ll send the next day. Everyone loves a genuine thank you note.
Now sleep. You’ve earned it.