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My First Time as a Real Renaissance Faire Performer

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy





Soooooo.... yeah!
Here I am as  Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen at the 5th Annual Texarkana Renaissance Faire this weekend.
In case you didn't already know I created and directed Texarkana's renaissance faire for four years and "retired" so I could focus on my health and family. I didn't quit completely though. Since I handed the faire over to a friend, I stayed around to help him get started as the new owner.
Now that I'm just assistant director I was free to do pretty much whatever I wanted.
I didn't have to walk miles and miles back and forth to collect money from the ticket booth.
I didn't have to answer a single phone call from confused merchant about where their booth is supposed to be set up.
I didn't have to calm angry patrons.
I didn't have to pay entertainment fees and utility bills.
I got to do what I've always wanted to do:

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

PERFORM AT A RENAISSANCE FAIRE!

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

Last year I tried to dance a little bit but I was so out of shape, I could barely make it through a whole song. On top of that I was already having to run back and forth to do important "owner things" so I was pretty darn worn down.

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

I started working on getting into better shape and building my dance endurance several months ago and it paid off big time. It was hot as Hades (in the mid-90s) and a few of my gypsies had to leave early from heat exhaustion (and other cast members as well) but I made it!
I danced in the heat with ease but the face sweating made me pretty miserable. Under my fuchsia headscarf is a bandanna that's been folded several times to catch sweat but that did nothing for my temples, nose and upper lip though. I was dripping sweat all dang day. I kept having to reapply my eyebrows and I had an allergic reaction to all my jewelry.
But I still had fun!

2016 Texarkana Renaissance Faire

I wasn't really able to do any fancy Russian style skirt dancing like I practiced because of the over-skirt and belt pouches so I belly danced and threw in a few Romanian dance moves I've picked up from the internet. 

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen, Renaissance Faire Gypsy

And here are my babies! Finally old enough to join mommy in the gypsy camp. YAY!

2016 Texarkana Renaissance Faire

2016 Texarkana Renaissance Faire

Child's gypsy renaissance faire costume

Here's a four second video of me dancing I found on Facebook.
More photos to come soon!

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