11 March- Habanera
After my first performance at the West End Pole Dance Academy's Student Showcase (video can be found here), my pole dance instructor came up to me and said she wanted me to sing for one of her competitions someday. I was excited for the opportunity, but didn't think much of it at the time. It was about a month later when Maggie Rostron came up to me again telling me to give her a list of arias I could perform for her. I was so excited that this was actually happening. This would be a completely new experience for both of us. Maggie doesn't usually plan so far ahead for her performances and has never performed with a live singer before. I have never sung for a pole dance competition before. After working through a long list of possible arias, we finally settled on the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen. The length met the requirements and everyone would recognise the familiar tune.
Maggie was competing in the professional category of the Pole Performance competition at the original Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline. After waiting a nervous three hours, we finally went on. It was over in a flash. It was such a pleasure to perform in such a beautiful hall. I am hoping to post a video of the performance when it becomes available to me.
Singing is very much an ensemble event. Whether it be between singer and piano, or singer and pole dancer, being a part of a team is one of the best parts about singing. I am so thankful to have been part of this competition with the wonderful Maggie. I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future.