After being instructed to "find the yoga in EVERYTHING" I discovered the yoga in twerking! I re-created my booty workshop for it's third run into a yoga class for the new millennium.
Students learned how to turn their cat cow into KA-POW and their down dogs into down and dirty. Dancing is a form of mediation, and I had a hilarious 40 song booty themed playlist Not to mention the 17 student turn out! It's my most popular class yet. Check Cleveland Exotic Dance for updates on future workshops!
While playing with my LED hoops next to the shark tank at the Cleveland Aquarium for Mardis Gras, I noticed how intrigued the fish were. The rainbow LEDS reflecting off my sequined leotard looked like shimmering scales, and paired with a feather headdress and glitttered mask, I looked like quite the sea creature! I began to do rythmic isolations, mimicing the motions of a squid and I managed to attract an almost the entire tank!
Faith McFluff, shark entertainer.
Today was my first show with Mardis Gras Burlesque, a weekly burlesque show at Pick WIck and Frolic. A small stage in a dinner theater atmosphere is not my usual venue for a fire performance, but I rocked the house! It got a little hot, but I think it may have been my best performance yet! I was so very nice to share a stage with my friends Dot King and Danielle Maud' Dib again.
I grew up going to shows at Peabody's. Punk shows, Metal shows, you name it, starting at age 15 I started going. I finally performed on the very stage I had admired for 10 years. Not to mention it was a hoop AND pole number.
While the lack of ventilation and air conditioning is ok for concerts, it made most of my routine prohibitive (lots of sweat doesn't make for a good grip with pole or hoop!), I feel I was able to improv quite the routine. It takes a good performer to work with what you got, and not what you rehearsed!
I also ran into a local hero, Little John, you know, from the TV show Big Chuck and Little John? Last place I would expect to see him, let alone in a chain mail tie............
I can't believe this little tutorial made it to over 11,00 views!
Sometimes it's not easy being me, especially when you have to share a dressing room with these hunks!
This year I am honored to be a part of Ellora's Cave Romanticon. This year's theme was "The End of the World". It's is a convention for romance novel authors and community. Best part, all the hunks on the covers, affectionately named "cavemen" were present putting on spectacular shows.
I had my largest hoop workshop to date, teaching almost 30 women of all ages and abilities to hoop. I even got some of the cavemen in on it!
Friday night I got to rock the dance floor and celebrate the mayan end of the world with Julia Pankhurst from Pick up Sitcks stilt walking.
I also had the opportunity to put on a show in the Sunday circus. Wow, this is going to be a hard weekend to top!
Wow, I would have never thought I would be so happy to wake up at sunrise. I was to be filmed on the "Kickin it with Kenny" show for the Hessler Street Fair. This is my favorite show every year, and I was even happier to share the experience with one of my top students and a fellow teacher. Not to mention that Kenny Krumpton had some moves!
Here is a snippet of an article about me! To read the full arti
Talk about following one's bliss.
Ask Faith McFluff what she does for a living and you'll likely hear, "I get paid to be awesome!"
That's a far cry from the way she felt about her last job in the hospitality biz, an industry that swallowed up a large chunk of her young-adult life.
"It drove me nuts," says McFluff. "It was a very stressful work environment. And wearing a uniform every day practically killed me."
McFluff, who lives in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood, is yet another member of today's burgeoning "boho entrepreneur" class--creative-minded people who are leaving behind the 9-to-5 grind to pursue their passion for making things.
Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s--the trend toward independent creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot.
Here is a snippet of an article about my hoops in the Plain Dealer!
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Faith McFluff pieced together an improbably large hula hoop as she surveyed the Saturday crowd at Ingenuityfest, all the while keeping a cautious eye on her inventory of remade fashion items.
In the midst of all that, she offered the best explanation of the festival that continues today in the old subway space under the Detroit-Superior (Veterans Memorial) Bridge.
"Every 500 feet there's a different atmosphere," she said. "You get chased by a robot, walk farther and hear a rock 'n' roll band, and a little bit farther it's a DJ band."
McFluff described her fashion collection as "more interactive than anything," perhaps because it's novel enough just to see, and because she loves engaging with passersby.
"Last night was a big hula-hoop party," she said as she tossed a finished hoop onto a clothes rack, anticipating -- maybe even hoping for -- another eruption of hoopery,