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:
PERFORM AT A RENAISSANCE FAIRE!
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.
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!
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.
And here are my babies! Finally old enough to join mommy in the gypsy camp. YAY!
Here's a four second video of me dancing I found on Facebook.
More photos to come soon!