My old red fans were quite light and a reasonable size, the staves were made from wood, so although not strong were good enough for practicing and for performing but I knew that in the long run I'd need something better. Hence the new fans.
The new fans are white with acrylic staves. They are slightly heavier and larger. In fact they are so large that its possible to hide some people behind them completely, and that's just using one fan, if I use both fans then I can hide just about all of me apart from my feet.
They are heavier though so using them began to cause my hands, wrists and forearms to ache. Their definitely something that I'm going to have to get used to and certainly will have to think twice about doing the Bim Bam routine that we've been learning with them, not just because of the size but also because of they don't move as fast through the air as smaller fans.
They are perfect for my True Love routine which I'll be aiming to perform for the rest of the troupe at the beginning of May.
It does seem that I'm moving more towards my burlesque specialising more in fan routines than anything else. I now have:-
One pair white swan feather fans
One pair red feather fans (in need of repair/rebuilding)
Two pairs long silk fans (one of which is lurking in the house)
One pair marabou hand fans
One pair plastic Chinese hand fans
Two (not a pair) metal stave Tai Chi fans
One wooden stave Tai Chi fan
And there is probably one more set of fans that I'll get getting at some point, just for use with Bim Bam, which it really growing on me and I would love to perform with one of the other girls.
|My new fans|