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    Default Costume/prop induced performance mishaps...

    The costume thread with the "cool but dangerous chain" got me to thinking...

    What about performance mishaps caused by costuming or props? We've all had a few, let's share!

    My favorite among many - I was doing a Sa'idi cane dance once upon a time where I was wearing one of those super long fringe/string skirts. Twirl the cane, smack the floor, rear foot comes up. Toes get majorly tangled in the strings. Hop around on one foot dis-entangling myself. Just on the off chance that someone in the audience missed this wondrous display of skill and grace, I did it again a couple of minutes later facing the other way with the other foot! I haven't worn one of those infernal string belts since then!

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    I stepped on my veil, slipped, and fell flat on my dear little butt during a class demonstration several years ago. I claimed I was demonstrating what not to do, but my class didn't go for that explanation. (Why are they called "props" if they trip you up?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    I stepped on my veil, slipped, and fell flat on my dear little butt during a class demonstration several years ago. I claimed I was demonstrating what not to do, but my class didn't go for that explanation. (Why are they called "props" if they trip you up?)
    Don't feel bad - my teacher had called a break just after explaining to the class about how dangerous a veil can be if it (or part of it) is on the floor. I had turned around to talk to "Rosie" who was behind me, when a very loud WHUMP!! occurred behind me. It was my teacher, she had managed to slip on her veil somehow. She was OK, but I know she didn't intend that particular demonstration. That's why I emphasize veil safety in my one-and-only veil workshop I occasionally teach. When you discard your veil in performance, get the &^$%&^*#$ away from it and STAY away from it (unless your name is Adore')! If you dance too close to that discarded veil, your audience will stop watching your dance and watch your veil instead - they instinctively know the danger. I've seen it (audiences watching the veil-on-the-floor) many times...
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    Sorta like a loose cobra on stage.
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    What a funny topic. Slipping on veil is a classic mishap.
    I've slipped on somebody else's discarded veil on stage, but never on my own during performances.

    A couple of my costume mishaps:
    • Halter neck bra strap failure during performance in a restaurant. I kept on dancing while I tried to explain to the only female waiter to please try to fasten it. She did not understand and thought it was going to be like this. I finished the dance holding the halter neck strap behind my neck. Not sure if the audience understood what was going on.
    • Bra not properly adjusted to my body (one size do NOT fit all) and dancing causing boobs to peak out during a group number (thank God nobody else noticeyd as I managed to put them back on place before any damage was done).
    • The classic hip belt knot/belt hooks loosened up and the belt dropped to floor happened a couple of times, but no big deal. Just keep on dancing, sometimes just making a point out of it and put it back on.
    • A good one was loosing my wig in a comedy piece during a forward bend. It sort of fit in and the audience had a great laugh of it.


    My favourite costume mishap was when I lost my skirt during a spin while I was dancing with double veils. From the video it sort of look like part of the choreography as I was properly dressed under the skirt (so no big deal). When I realized what had happened I stepped gracefully (at least in my mind) out of it and continued as if nothing had happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Sorta like a loose cobra on stage.
    That's a good analogy! I'll try to remember that one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daimona View Post
    What a funny topic. Slipping on veil is a classic mishap.
    I've slipped on somebody else's discarded veil on stage, but never on my own during performances.

    A couple of my costume mishaps:
    • Halter neck bra strap failure during performance in a restaurant. I kept on dancing while I tried to explain to the only female waiter to please try to fasten it. She did not understand and thought it was going to be like this. I finished the dance holding the halter neck strap behind my neck. Not sure if the audience understood what was going on.
    • Bra not properly adjusted to my body (one size do NOT fit all) and dancing causing boobs to peak out during a group number (thank God nobody else noticeyd as I managed to put them back on place before any damage was done).
    • The classic hip belt knot/belt hooks loosened up and the belt dropped to floor happened a couple of times, but no big deal. Just keep on dancing, sometimes just making a point out of it and put it back on.
    • A good one was loosing my wig in a comedy piece during a forward bend. It sort of fit in and the audience had a great laugh of it.


    My favourite costume mishap was when I lost my skirt during a spin while I was dancing with double veils. From the video it sort of look like part of the choreography as I was properly dressed under the skirt (so no big deal). When I realized what had happened I stepped gracefully (at least in my mind) out of it and continued as if nothing had happened.
    Goddess knows we've all seen enough accidents with bras! One of the few hazards I don't have to worry about.

    When a dancer suddenly streaks off stage, you know what just happened. I once had a large (make that HUGE) tassel belt virtually explode off of me in a big stage show with a folkloric troupe I'm in. Never saw anything like it! Fortunately, it was at the end of our first of three dances - I scooped up the errant belt and exited the stage, let my dance sisters do the second piece without me and rejoined them for the third. As the belt had once belonged to a deceased troupe member who had had QUITE the sense of humor, the troupe leader is convinced to this day that said deceased troupe member had something to do with this as the number of hooks and snaps on this thing is very impressive - there should have been NO WAY for this to happen! I think my troupe leader is right...

    I haven't had huge problems with skirts (which means I'm overdue for one), but have shimmied all kinds of other stuff off - including the above tassel belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorba View Post
    When a dancer suddenly streaks off stage, you know what just happened. I once had a large (make that HUGE) tassel belt virtually explode off of me in a big stage show with a folkloric troupe I'm in. Never saw anything like it!
    One of those epice costume/prop mishaps in other words.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zorba View Post
    I haven't had huge problems with skirts (which means I'm overdue for one), but have shimmied all kinds of other stuff off - including the above tassel belt.
    Another thing about my "skirt drop" (it was caused by bad hooks and eyes and useless elastics) which was kind of funny as the last thing I said to someone before I entered the stage was "something always happen with my costume when I'm on stage, but I never know what it is despite all my efforts to prevent mishaps." Another nice detail was that my belt stayed on!


    And of course stepping on a skirt which either leads to it falling off or tearing the fabric may also happen.
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    I've slipped on somebody else's discarded veil on stage, but never on my own during performances.
    Not only was it my own veil, but I was still holding it!

    Once upon a time, a very, very buxom dancer on stage had a hook failure on her bra. She didn't even blink; simply crossed one arm across her chest, danced toward the wings where we scrabbled to find a pin, whispered, "Pin me up!", then danced back on stage without missing a beat. Best recovery from costume failure that I ever saw.
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    My wife and I were audience at a performance - it was kind of a weird situation where we were actually seated behind the dancers. One gal in a troupe started showing some "crack" - my wife and I were the only ones who could see it. I assume/hope that the front was still ok. Fortunately, things didn't get any worse, and when they turned sideways to dance off at the end of their set, this gal simply laid a hand over the area in question and away she went! Good thinking on her part.

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