The older, very attractive man I was dating solicited my fire dancing services one weekend. Naturally I was anxious but this anxiety came with something else….lack of training. The last gig I performed in San Diego was over 2 months ago. I was not consistently practicing and progressing my moves, and I hadn’t burned aka danced with fire since the first week in Feb, it was now mid April.
We arrived at the venue….. in Mexico; I forgot to mention during this time I was living in Mexico. I pulled on my knitted tights and dipped my poi for the entrance. I spun the excess gas off my props, neglecting to dab myself down with a wet tolla after. I began to prance in, one quick whip of the wrist to criss cross and within a few seconds my left tight was burning. The gas, as expected, burned off fast and within a few moments my left thigh was exposed but no longer burning.
I just kept dancing and smiling.
My first prop burned out and I exited the make shift stage.
The percusionistas tapped rhythm into beats , Mini entered with her LED Hoop , then Jenny wowed the crowd with her poi moving. Jenny is very good with the poi and that fucks with the egotistical Leo in me, which drives the intent to begin training again.
I dipped my hula hoop in anticipation for the finale. We all danced onto the stage, Jenny touched my wicks with her balls of fire to light me.
But the hoop wasn’t lighting.
I had danced in the rain with it at least an hour ago.
The wicks were too damp for the gas to burn.
So here we were, at the finale ; Mini dazzling with her lights, Jenny tossing the poi effortlessly around her body and then me….dropping a wet fire hoop that wasn’t even on fire.
It was pretty embarrassing.
And not only did I have the worst performance of my life, it was my lover’s company who hired me.
But these are type of things that happen to Ashley.
Or maybe it was a kick in the ass from the universe saying “hey slut, stop dicking around and get back to training or you’re just another rookie” .
I like to think it is the latter; just makes me feel better about the entire evening.