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Troupe Chemistry & Love - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
She really makes the wieners boil!

Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2012-02-24 20:22
Subject: Troupe Chemistry & Love
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I can't wait to put an act in the air! Today's aerial class went really well for me. I'm feeling more & more confident about the tricks I know on all of the aparati. I really hope to debut something for my Chicago folks in the summer, perhaps as early as July's live band burlesque show! (fingers crossed.)

This is kind of the biggest thing in my world right now. :)

I'm spending a lot of time thinking about Vaudezilla's programming & performers, ways we can up the ante and creativity within our shows. I've said it a lot recently, but it bears repeating - the chemistry and camaraderie that we have built together is so fulfilling and inspiring!

I don't think any previous incarnation has been so in sync and I'm grateful and extraordinarily protective of the delicate balance we have. I think it's important to be selective about who you bring into your troupe environment. When I started Vaudezilla, I honestly had no idea what kind of process or series of steps I should require each potential troupe member to go through to ensure that they understood exactly what they were getting into. I was new to burlesque, and my troupe suffered for my lack of experience and fear of being the leader.

So much has changed in just the last year. I lead Vaudezilla. I'm surrounded by the most talented people our troupe has ever had - performers who are brutally candid, hold eachother accountable, and are tolerant of personality differences. With 14 core members (including our 3 beloved techies), and several apprentices biting at the chomp to join, it's also the largest it's ever been - and yet completely drama-free for a year and counting.

I'm finally in a position where I know how to recognize the right kind of people for my troupe. Know-it-alls, gossips, those who are complacent or easily threatened, and the kind of critics who lack sensitivity to other's limitations, struggles, and emotions need not apply!

My troupe is happy, self-motivated people who think in terms of "we." We aspire to be part of Big projects, and aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves and take responsibility for making the changes we wish to see inside/outside of the troupe. We are grateful for opportunities to learn, and comfortable discussing money and how to be paid more. We are critical thinkers who refuse to settle for doing things the way they've always been done or allowing ourselves to plateau as performers. Our troupe is dynamic and powerful specifically because we are made up of talented individuals who choose to work together to make something greater than the sum of it's parts.

We are an Ensemble.
We are fucking Vaudezilla.

xo

Annie
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