I wanted to go to Viva in 2000 but I was too broke. I made sure I went in 2001 though. I was soooo excited to go, as were most of the rockabilly crowd in Albuquerque. The scene there was actually really good at that time.I really didnt have any vintage clothes yet, just a few pieces, and didnt know enough to care. I just wanted to go to dance and have a great time.
I went with Tara and Seth and we roomed together. I remember asking Tara what she brought to wear and she proceeded to tell me that she had done a Hawaiian theme for the weekend. I was in shock that she had enough vintage dresses to even do a theme! I think I had maybe 2 at the time.
When we went down to get our bracelets in the small ballroom I was in awe of everyone there. These people really had it together. Vintage from head to toe and the most amazing hair styles. I wasnt jealous, really, but it did make me realize that I wanted to be that way too. I had been experimenting with vintage hair and clothes for a while by then, but going to Viva really made me decide to be more committed.
I remember trying on a Vintage dress from one of the vendors. It was way overpriced for me but I couldnt resist. It was a silk Hawaiian sarong dress and I was in love with it! Pretty sure thats where my obsession with sarongs stems from.
Me and Steve dancing.
It wasnt until that evening that I really got the full affect of Viva. Being on that dance floor and hearing the best music on the planet, surrounded by people that appreciated it as much as I did, was amazing! It didnt matter that I wasnt wearing any vintage because I was having too much fun to care!
Me with Liz, Tara and Seth. I'm wearing a cherry print dress I got from Hot Topic. Oh yeah!
And here I am rocking my 80s Hawaiian dress.
I remember watching the Jive competition. I already knew how to dance it but the people in the contest were really good. I really liked the couple that took second, who didn't do any aerials, as I thought they really stayed true to the dance. I decided that I would enter the Jive competition the next year. I never thought I'd win. I just wanted to dance!
Some outfits. I'm wearing two vintage dresses, the blue one I bought at Viva. And Tara is in one of her cute vintage dresses as well.
I had more fun at this Viva then I can remember. I loved that everywhere you went in the Gold Coast you were surrounded by Rockabilly people. Yes, some of them were not nice, but it never bothered me enough to deter me from doing what I loved. If anything it just pushed me more. There are always going to be those people, no matter what you do or where you go. I had too much fun to care about them anyways. I dont even remember if we left the hotel at all. I dont remember the car show, and there was no pool party yet. I just remember dancing and drinking and having a great time. I knew that I'd be going to Viva for years to come!