About last night...
We had a wonderful turnout at our Cultured Cocktails event. I saw a lot of faces from the Houston arts scene, including people I danced with in a previous dance company and in the Fringe Festival. I even got to meet one of the women who contributed a letter.
We dancers were milling around in our period-specific costumes the entire time, mingling with the crowd and getting people excited about the show. We began dancing at 7:30. Though we had space in the front to dance, we were encouraged to use the rest of the space as well, dancing through the crowd and interacting with patrons. S and P were completely adorable together, making the crowd laugh with their cutesy 1950's duet. A was absolutely beautiful dancing to her 1961 love letter, and did a hilarious "drunk" bit in the middle (her letter mentions something about attending a cocktail party). I was second to dance, and I had a great time. I used mostly balletic movements, and played up my character like crazy, which the audience loved. I also interacted with people as I moved through the crowd-- my character is a mother of six(!), so I'd wag my finger at people, or pretend to adjust someone's hat or pat someone on the head. Even though I was a little on edge going into to it, once I got up there I just had fun.
I met some wonderful people last night as well. I had a long conversation with a guy who works for a film and video studio-- I told him about a project I'm thinking of creating, and he told me to call him if I decide to take it forward. I chatted with some people I worked with last summer, and Frank and I had a long conversation about dance and our careers. All in all, it was a great night.
Thanks to all who came out and supported us. We enjoyed your company, and we hope to see you in March at our show!