Saying Goodbye

Posted in Chippendales, death, family, life, Nate Estimada on June 30th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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This past week our family was rocked with the news of one our brothers departing our world way too soon, leaving us stunned and heartbroken.  Nate was one of those guys who made everyone around him smile, because he always had a smile on his face. He remained cool and collected in any situation. You would never see Nate in an argument or heated debate with anyone. He just wanted everyone to get along and love each other.

I hope that through my friend’s untimely passing we remember that life is short and precious and each day should be lived like it’s your last.  Do whatever it takes to find your joy.  There is not enough time to be unhappy.  People are brought into our lives for a reason and that should not be taken for granted.  Tell them they matter….as a matter of fact, tell them way too often.  Give them way too many high fives, smiles, hugs and kisses.

Be a good friend and be available to listen. Make time to go out of your way to help others, not because you’ll get something in return, but simply because they need you.  Something I will take from my friend Nate was his ability to always put others’ needs before his. 

So, Nate Estimada, may your spirit be at peace.  Thank you for the memories and joy you brought into this world.  Goodbye my friend…Love, BC

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Chippendales Remix

Posted in choreography, Ian Ziering, insecurities, las vegas on June 12th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Here we go again…always striving to be the best, stay on top and remain number one. What does it take? It takes being one step ahead of the rest and always being willing to accept adjustments and improvements. You would think that this is simple right? So did I, but it would prove to be harder than expected when I had the task of working with the Vegas show to create something new and fresh.

Change does not come easy for all, which is totally understandable. When you’re comfortable with something, it’s hard to leave it behind….It’s what you know, easy, your comfort zone. What happens when you’re pushed and challenged to deliver something original? There’s a feeling, more an insecurity, of will they like it and will it be better than before? That’s the great thing about art….Some will love it, some will hate it, but believing in your work is what matters most!  I am so proud of these guys and what they pulled off in such a short amount of time.

With busy lives, schedules and families it would seem impossible to get everyone together for rehearsals to learn new choreography and routines before our Celebrity Guest Host arrived. Most of our cast has separate commitments during the day, so to ask them to give us all their free time was a huge undertaking. The cast has to rehearse all day and then perform shows at night, turn around and do it all over again…Chippendales’ boot camp or as some would call it “hell week“. Rehearsals are long, hard and all about finding out what does or doesn’t work.

So did the blood, sweat and tears pay off? You bet it did, the guys opened the new show this week. As I sat in the back of the audience with bated breath to hear what the crowd’s reaction would be, I could hardly contain myself.   You see, you never really know if a number works until you perform to a live audience. Well, they erupted after each new number and I could see it on the guys face as well…They did it!   The reward is beyond overwhelming because the guys worked so hard to pull this off.

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve, so stay tuned for even more exciting things coming from us. For now it’s off to rehearsal with our Celebrity Guest Host, Ian Ziering, who’s going to bring down the house the next few weeks!

 

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Fresh Meat

Posted in Chippendales, choreography, prank, pranks, rectuitment on May 29th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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First, we’ll start by saying welcome to our newest tour guy, Joey. Everyone say “Hello Joey,” loud so he can hear you!

The week was packed with rehearsal, blood, sweat and tears….all worth it in the end, right?  Everything will go smooth after all our hard work? Not in show business, my friends. There’s always something to keep you on your toes.  This would be the first time on stage with all the guys; he was nervous and I was nervous for him. These girls don’t care if it’s your first show or 1000th show, they want to see confidence and they want you to know what you are doing.

My favorite part of the night was seeing the new guy taking the lead spot in Officer.  This is a huge part of the show, because the first officer has to go on stage and stand (for what feels like eternity) by himself. No choreography, no one else around, just the officer, his smile and the audience. I was standing on the side of the stage watching.  Would the audience like him?  I could literally see his knees shaking through the white pants he was wearing.

You would think I would feel sorry for him, but that’s not how we operate here at Chippendales. I was cracking up inside.  I’ve been there before, when you’re so tense you don’t have control of your body. The music starts and he flashes a smile. The crowd goes wild!  Perfect, so far so good….the other guys join him on stage and everything is going off without a hitch….

The glove choreography is next. This is the easy part!  Wait….where are his gloves???  He reaches for the glove on his hand and discovers it isn’t there, pretty much the same time the audience realizes he is the only one without gloves. A look of panic goes over his face. He pantomimes taking off the glove and you can hear snickers from the crowd. He gives them a smile and a shrug of the shoulders, like “What can you do, the show must go on,” and continues with the number. The girls love it, they start cheering!

Fast forward to the finale, it’s a new finale…high paced and there’s not a lot of time to think about what happens next.  I look up and all the guys have taken off their jackets, except for Joey. He was the only one on stage with his clothes still on.

The show ends and he goes for his bow and the screams are deafening.  We don’t remember the perfect shows, where everything goes as planned.  It’s the little mishaps that happen along the way that keep us on our toes, keep us smiling, and make us stronger. So stay tuned for the trials and tribulations of our newest member, because he’s just getting started.  He has a whole year of being a rookie and being a rookie with these guys is not easy.  There’s gonna be some knuckle sandwiches and wedgies….and well, what do you think are some worthy pranks for Joey?  Comment with suggestions…but play nice ladies!

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It’s Getting Hot In Here

Posted in auditions, Chippendales, summer, tour, vacation on May 2nd, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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As we approach summer time and pool season, we have some new and exciting things coming up in the world of Chippendales!

It’s about that time for our Vegas cast to ditch the long sleeves and go shirtless not just on stage, but around town too.   Be on the lookout at the local pools for sightings of the guys waiting to meet you!  There’s no doubt that pictures are sure to follow on Facebook or Twitter.  For those of you who haven’t seen the Vegas show in a while, come back and see us because we have a few new numbers and new faces that are sure to keep you smiling!

Speaking of new faces, ladies, you will be seeing some new members in our touring cast as well.  These guys are in rehearsals as we speak and I promise they are stars in the making.  We can’t wait to introduce them to you.   To our loyal European fans…no worries, we are already talking about what new and exciting surprises to bring to you this upcoming fall tour that’s just a few mere months away!

With all the exciting changes to the cast and show, the tour guys have a much needed week off right now.   Longest time off in over a year, so lets hope everyone is hitting the gym hard, not eating too much pizza or guzzling endless beer while on vacation!

Don’t miss us performing in multiple major cities over the next few months, so be sure to visit the website for all upcoming shows.  Tell us….What are your plans this summer (other than seeing one of our shows, of course)?

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Show Must Go On

Posted in Chippendales, confidence, insecurities on April 23rd, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Insecurities…we all have them!  By now most of us have found a way to either hide or tuck them away and no one really knows our self doubts unless you tell them.  To be real, no one is perfect and we all have imperfections or things we aren’t happy with on a regular basis.   But what do you do when you feel your flaws are exposed to the whole world?  I’m talking about those sudden things that pop up without warning and slap you right dead in the face….back in the day, wasn’t it always the case right before yearbook pictures that you would get that big zit in the middle of your forehead!

My good buddy Matt Marshall went through this a few months back on tour. We were in Germany and he had a terrible toothache. Something had to be done immediately.  Luckily he was able to find a dentist nearby and he returned to the show before the Novocaine had worn off.  He couldn’t feel his face and his smile looked like the Joker. We all laughed at his pain…well never again will I laugh at someone who has to go on stage when they feel like that!

A similar situation happened to me this past week before leaving on tour.  I got something in my eye and it swelled up the size of a golf ball! Do you remember the scene from the movie Hitch with Will Smith?  The part where he had an allergic reaction and his face swelled up like he had gotten stung by a bee!? That’s what I felt like!  No big deal right? Wrong!  I looked like Quasimodo and I’m supposed to go on stage and act cool and sexy?!   I should have been locked in the tower never to be seen again.

My stomach was turning and my palms were sweating. I couldn’t go on stage like this and I couldn’t not do the show!  So I had to think quickly on my feet. Gucci shades to the rescue…I would wear glasses or hats and act like it is part of the act; my hip-hop, I’m too cool for school look. So now instead of Will Smith, I’m channeling Flo Rida and no one will ever know the difference!  The show starts and I make my first appearance.  The girls are screaming…Not in horror as I thought, but because they were having a good time. I made it work for me and turned my insecurity into something positive.

It’s never really as bad as we think and I learned a valuable lesson that night! Has life thrown you a curve ball before a big event?  Tell us your solutions and how you made it through!

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Say Cheese

Posted in Chippendales, Selfies on April 4th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Selfies! To post or not to post? That is the question! We all have them…That friend on Facebook or Instagram who has filled your timeline with updates every five minutes, but what’s even worse are those daily selfies!

Being a Chippendales performer, I’ve had to learn over the years that my friends don’t want to see yet another shirtless picture of me on their wall everyday (although some of the ladies might disagree!). So recently I had to have a Facebook intervention with one of my good friends! The stuff I was seeing made me cringe! Friends don’t let friends post bad photos and thank goodness for the delete button!

We’ve all been there…you know the picture you took at 2am at the club that you thought was so hot!  Only to wake up the next day in horror when you realize that you actually let the whole world see you out wasted and making bad decisions!

The big question arises, do we like selfies or are they to be banished with MySpace never to be looked at again?  Well the answer is yes! But there are a few rules one should follow before making these vital decisions in life:

1-Make sure it’s a good photo of you and the lighting is right: A dim club bathroom is probably a no.

2-We don’t mind seeing your progress in the gym, but go easy on the updates: Show us improvements in your body, but remember being vain is a totally different story.

3-Selfies don’t necessarily have to be just you: They are even better when you have someone else in the picture…no cheating and getting someone to take it!

4-Pick and choose your battles:  Don’t be annoying and post every little thing all the time.  It makes the great ones not as special!

5-Have fun:  Selfies are not supposed to be taken so seriously and if you’ve spent an hour getting ready for your selfie you’ve lost the point. They should be spontaneous!

Ladies, What do you think about selfies?  Overall amusing or just a bore?

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Goodbye Miami

Posted in Chippendales, Miami, traveling on March 24th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Well, it certainly has been an exciting ride….It was just three months ago that the Chippendales set up shop in Miami, Florida. We didn’t know what to expect, but we knew the Miami crowd would be a tough one. In a city known for its beauty and lack of clothing everywhere, could we make an impression? Would they enjoy our Vegas style show? Would we be able to bring the heat?

I’m proud to say we did just that, we brought it! In fact we brought it so much that we were asked to come back and extend our stay. The second time around was even better than the first…Adding even more fire to something that was already blazing. With a new number and new cast members, the show kept getting better week after week. The people we met here have been nothing but kind to us and really rolled out the red carpet. To be honest, it’s a miracle we survived after performing and partying in one of the hottest nightclubs Miami has to offer! If you thought Vegas people knew how to party, you ain’t seen nothing til you have partied at the after hours hot spot here called Space. Yikes! That place is for true professional party-ers.

So now it’s time to leave our little vacation here and get back on the road again! Back to living out of our suitcases for the next few months. Time to tour the US. But wait I’ve got a great idea, let’s go set up shop in another city! Which city should we come and stay in for a few months? Suggestions?

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Reinvent Yourself

Posted in change, Chippendales, haircut, Miami on February 28th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Change is good, inevitable and sometimes hard. Being with Chippendales now for nearly 12 years, I’ve seen my fair share of change. Some people embrace it, while some struggle.  I was inspired to write about change because something happened this week that made me take a step back and look at all the changes that have been happening in our Chippendales world.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one evening and noticed a picture of one of the dancers, Joshua DeBouis. His normal head full of dreadlocks was now gone! I thought, this is either a very old picture or one of those picture apps that lets you edit and photo shop your pics. I immediately picked up the phone to call him and see if this was real. Sure enough it was. The dreadlocks were gone forever, fifteen years in the making, now gone. Something that had been part of him for so long, something that helped to define him at times was now a thing of the past.

Now there are some that take life and its challenges and stay ahead of the pack; current and fresh. A good example is when we are making changes to the show.   We’ve been working very hard the last few months, especially since coming to Miami to update the show.  I made a music change and took out the song “Get your freak on” by Missy Elliot and replaced it with “Light Em Up” by Fall Out Boy. Someone asked me why we replaced it and I said because that song was popular in 2001 and it’s 2014! Don’t get me wrong it’s a great song, but sometimes we need to let ourselves evolve and not get so stuck in the past. Embrace change!

All these things got me on a kick of allowing myself to be more open to new and exciting things and not being the one left in 2001!  For me it was my wardrobe. Anyone who knows me knows I can be very over the top! The bigger, flashier and shinier the better, but my buddy brought something to my attention that I actually embraced.  When Jaymes Vaughan came to Miami for our opening and saw some of the shirts I was still wearing, he had to give me an intervention. He took the black vest out of my spot, the one with silver studded collar and rhinestone  “B” on the back….threw it right on the floor and said this is out!  I fell over in laughter!  No one wears this stuff anymore; it’s very Vegas 1990s (I love the 90s)!  He was right, I needed to step back. The same hair style that I’ve had for 20 years could probably use an update or at the very least try a new style. Trying new things can be scary, but sometimes necessary for your soul!

We also recently lost two of our best performers. They decided it was time to make some changes in their lives and spread their wings.  Chaun Thomas and Juan DeAngelo; two seasoned performers made their final performance on the Chippendales stage.   They have been with the company for nearly ten years, giving us the very best they had and will be missed very much!!  These two gentlemen are class acts when on stage and a pleasure to work with. Throughout the years we all have become more than good friends, we have become a family!   I will say this though, it’s never goodbye….Just see you later. I remember the first time I left Chippendales.  I thought wow; this is the last time I’ll be dancing in Chippendales (I’ve said this twice now).

What is it about being on a the Chippendales stage that people miss so much when they leave it? What draws them back?  Having two of my buddies return this season has been amazing. We welcomed back Staceyy Robinson and Luis Delatorra! I think it has a lot to do with the fans that keep us coming back for more. The way you feel when you put on those cuffs and collars is a feeling that’s hard to describe!  So as we welcome new faces and say “see you later” to our friends, remember reinventing yourself is good and necessary. If it doesn’t work, guess what, you can always make changes!

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The perfect man for the job….

Posted in auditions, Chippendales, inspiration, las vegas, Magic Mike, Miami on February 10th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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I always hear ladies say a good man is hard to find. Well for the first time I think I understand what they mean. We’ve been on the hunt for some new guys for our elite group of 24 and I have to say it has been quite a challenge. Not because the guys haven’t been showing up to auditions or sending in their applications, but because there is something quite unique about being a Chippendales performer.

People ask me all the time…What does it take to become one of the Chippendales? So, here are a few tips for any guy planning on trying out for us; lets call it the do’s and don’ts of auditions:

1. Make sure you are right for the role. If the requirements state that we are looking for guys that are 6′ tall and in shape and you are clearly nowhere near that height and the only six-pack you have seen lately is made by Budweiser, then this is probably not your best job option.

2. Don’t be a flake. This means don’t show up late or even worse, you don’t even bother to show up after you’ve submitted pictures and had an audition set up and then expect to be seen at a later date. At the very least if something comes up you should call and let someone know what’s going on.  This is common sense.

3. Show personality. What sets you apart from everyone else? Why would someone want to watch you on stage? Even if you don’t get the dance down right away or if you mess up, continue to smile.  Let us see that under pressure you can still keep going. Things happen on stage all the time and you must be prepared for anything.

4. Do your homework. Nowadays there are so many ways for you to see exactly what you’re signing up for and the process to get there. Do some research about the thing you are wanting to do.  Follow your drive and really take a hands on approach.

5. Have a good attitude. I can’t tell you how many times people have been passed over because their attitude sucked! You’ve got a great body and you picked up the moves,   but you were stuck up and acted better than everyone else. No one wants to work with someone like this. It’s better to have a great attitude and need a little work, than a douche bag that can not be critiqued.

Being good on stage is not the only requirement to being a Chippendales performer. That’s only the first part. One of the best parts of our job is the socialization. You have to be able to talk to the ladies, speak well on camera and be prepared to be in the spotlight. We do multiple media interviews all the time. Can you handle that? If you think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the next Chippendales, then it may be time for you to audition. Ladies, do you know anyone that has star quality?  Send them our way and you could have helped us discover the next Channing Tatum.

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Where Them Girls At

Posted in Chippendales, Ian Ziering, Miami, tour on January 29th, 2014 by sexsinthecity

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Oh, What A Night we had (many nights actually) in Miami!  It was hard work and when I say work, I am talking about hanging out at the beach promoting the show and partying in the hottest nightclubs Miami has to offer!  As I walked out of the door with my roommate to go to the beach to meet up with the other guys, we joked about how terrible our job is. We of course were kidding, what did we have to complain about-heck we are in Miami!

There were promotions, TV/radio interviews, and rehearsals for the new numbers.  Plus getting to the gym every day to be on point for you all! Yes, the life of us Chippendales can be very busy, but to see the ladies’ reaction every night and to hear screams of satisfaction is more than thrilling.

Our Miami run was certainly a success and the town was buzzing about the new boys that had just arrived! It was great to have our celebrity friend, Beverly Hills 90210 star, Ian Ziering, kick off the start of the show.  The crowd went wild when he walked through the curtain! And we can’t forget that one of the local stars from Real House Wives of Miami joined us and even made an appearance on stage in one of the numbers!

The slight changes added to the show only made killer numbers even hotter! With new song additions “Where Them Girls At,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” and “On The Floor,” the women in Miami can’t wait for more! Stay tuned for details on when we’ll be back.  We love you Miami!

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