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    Roll  Eyes When Is It a Gimmick?

    There's a song from the musical "Gypsy" when the veteran burlesque dancers are giving tips to the young Gypsy Rose Lee -- "If ya gotta bump it, bump to a trumpet...if you're gonna grind it, grind it with refinement..."

    I sometimes hear those lyrics in my head when I'm watching a dancer who is doing something, well, gimmicky, is the best way I can describe it -- she's sporting a flaming hula hoop or making her tattoos writhe or bouncing a balloon off her arse or some darn thing.

    I quite understand that one person's "novelty act" is another person's "it's just another version of the dance." And sometimes a dancer can pull off something that another dancer totally botches.

    But for me, the point when I find myself with a nervous inclination to giggle is when I feel something is getting lost in translation.

    My question for youse guys -- has there been a point when you found yourself thinkin' the same thing?

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    I often want to laugh at certain costuming such as 'Tribal' outfits that look as though someone's just fallen in a rubbish tip or a combination of items that appear as though they're being worn for a bet. It reminds me of variety acts such as grown women dressed as Shirley Temple, complete with ankle socks and lollipop, which are obviously meant to be funny...

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    I think sometimes novelty acts are fun, if they're meant that way. If a person is taking them selves very seriously wearing a pumpkin on their head or something, it does make me cringe a bit, cause I feel sorry for em more than anything else.

    I think it's nice to have a little novelty sometimes.

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    And sometimes, I'll throw a little 'schtick' into an my act if I feel the moment is right...once you've proven yourself as a capable artist and/or entertainer, doing a little 'grandstanding' can be fun...if done with TASTE.
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    Like...dropping to the floor to do floor work and having a shill in the audience come over and place coins on my belly that I roll. Makes the audience leap to their feet.
    Like...rolling belly beads up and down my torso while undulating...
    Like...these little gestures I make during drum solos (ever see Aziza look as though she's making her chest rise and fall because it's on a string? Like that.)
    Fun...tongue in cheek...but...like 'novelty' humor numbers...it ONLY works when you know how to work it.
    Gia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gia al Qamar View Post
    And sometimes, I'll throw a little 'schtick' into an my act if I feel the moment is right...once you've proven yourself as a capable artist and/or entertainer, doing a little 'grandstanding' can be fun...if done with TASTE.
    What?
    Like...dropping to the floor to do floor work and having a shill in the audience come over and place coins on my belly that I roll. Makes the audience leap to their feet.
    Like...rolling belly beads up and down my torso while undulating...
    Like...these little gestures I make during drum solos (ever see Aziza look as though she's making her chest rise and fall because it's on a string? Like that.)
    Fun...tongue in cheek...but...like 'novelty' humor numbers...it ONLY works when you know how to work it.
    Gia
    I always considered that kind of floorwork with the coin on the tummy thing to be classic cabaret showmanship! Love it. I aspire to do it.

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    if it's good it makes me want to laugh (for joy) or just WoW, if it's bad it makes me want to cringe .... basic "not quite working" barometer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gia al Qamar View Post
    (ever see Aziza look as though she's making her chest rise and fall because it's on a string? Like that.)
    Gia
    oh yeah, and that's the kind of little movements that make me love her dance so much !

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    When the gimmick takes priority over his/her dancing it's a turn off for me. When it's a fab dancer that is using a gimmick as an extension of his/her dancing I can generally get into it. Though within the bounds of humor or props that are natural to the dance. No flipping hamburgers on the tummy or bouncing a ballon off the arse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salome View Post
    No flipping hamburgers on the tummy or bouncing a ballon off the arse...
    I guess the Burger King bedleh is out then eh?
    Gia

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    I dunno.. I think you could make that work if you used a fry-fringe

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