What happened to the
Las Vegas Showgirl?

The Las Vegas Showgirl has disappeared from the stages of the city that made her famous, leaving fans to wonder “What happened to the Las Vegas Showgirl?”

There are a number of reasons for this: lack of interest by audiences, lack of budgets to put on Showgirl production shows and the leading visionaries of the best shows in Las Vegas, passed on. It was the end of an era when Donn Arden’s Jubilee! closed on February 11, 2016. The shows no longer had the support from the casinos to continue on.

Las Vegas Showgirl ephemera Bally's Jubilee! Storyteller Showcase
Showgirl's Life | Love Showgirls costume designed by Athena Patacsil

Hey there! I’m Athena. 

I’m a former Las Vegas Showgirl who teaches women to feel more comfortable in their bodies so they can get their sexy back. By sharing the history and mystique of the Showgirl, I help women embody confidence so that they can take their power back and feel like their best self.

Twenty one years ago, I auditioned for the largest Las Vegas Showgirl spectacular, Jubilee!, and was offered a job as a Bluebell (covered chorus dancer,) and left the ballet world forever.

I dove into the glamorous world of Showgirls and never looked back. 

After five years of performing twelve shows per week, working my way up to principal dancer and receiving a degree in graphic design, I retired from dance and pursued the visual arts and crafts worlds. 

But what does Showgirl history have to do with building confidence?

After almost a decade of not performing, I was welcomed back to the stage through burlesque (performing as Gazella,) and I began creating elaborate and expensive costumes. Not just burlesque costumes, but authentic Showgirl hats and jewelry.

My passion was reignited to play dress up and have fun again. Fun for myself and fun for guests of my Feathery Revelry immersive parties. 

This experience came about when a business coach asked me to do a presentation on Showgirls, and I brought costumes along for fun. What happened during that sales training retreat, changed the course of my life. 

“This is confidence. You are teaching CONFIDENCE!” they exclaimed.

I created the Feathery Revelry for guests to experience the art of the Showgirl and learn to walk and pose with grace and poise. They then get to try on headdresses and jewelry and be professionally photographed. 

Have you always been entranced by the glamour and beauty of old Hollywood? Well, that is the energy of the Showgirl—the Divine Feminine lives on through her. Want to feel that power?

The art of the Showgirl is truly a lost art, as is the glamour of Old Hollywood. By teaching what I learned while embodying the Showgirl, I am helping women find their own confidence and power again. 

​Preserving the history of the Showgirl

Through the design and creation of my feathery and sparkly pieces as well as my podcast, I hope to educate and inspire younger generations that are unaware of the icon of glamour that helped build Las Vegas into the entertainment capital of the world, as well as revive interest for generations that have experienced a real Showgirl spectacle live.

Exclusive content will be available to my Members right here in the Members Area. Member-only content includes early access to podcast episodes, exclusive videos of performances, behind the scenes and Showgirl Story Time, historical photos of podcast guests, costume-making process videos, and LIVE costume debuts. Want a backstage pass to this sparkly membership?

Showgirls Life Podcast | Discover what happened to the Las Vegas Showgirl

Showgirl's Life | Where Vintage Vegas Glamour meets Immersive Celebrations | Showgirl in Paris

A recent trip to Paris, France for a Showgirl reunion and then the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas for the Showgirl Exhibit, reignited my passion for the history of the Showgirl.

There is plenty of information out there about the producers and designers that created the shows, but very few stories of all the glamazons that graced the stages of those spectaculars and how they got there. It’s intriguing to me!!! I set out to answer the question: What happened to the Las Vegas Showgirl?

I launched a platform for real Showgirls to share their stories of their former glamour days to the world. In my podcast, Showgirls Life, I will be interviewing Showgirls (and Showboys!) from the heyday of Las Vegas Showgirl spectaculars (1950s-1990s.) And diving deep into topics relating to the life of the Showgirl, the skills she developed while stunning audiences and where she is now.

Were you a Showgirl or Showboy that’s interested in sharing your story on my podcast? You belong here >>>

AS SEEN ON

This is a collection of places I’ve been appearing lately…

Voyage Denver

Interview for the Voyage Denver Trailblazers feature

Monday Motivation

Interview with Jason Romero for his YouTube show: Monday Motivation.

Talk about
las vegas

Interview for the Talk About Las Vegas podcast with Ira David Sternberg.

Bluebells Forever

I was luck enough to be on this podcast twice!! Once as a co-interviewer with Sheri Lewis and the other as a guest.

I'm ready for my closeup!

Want Athena to appear on your podcast or video channel? Contact me to be a guest on your show. I would love to share my light about being a Showgirl, an artist, a mother and a Showgirlpreneur with the world.

PRESS KIT

To dive deeper into the work I am doing to preserve the history of the Showgirl, checkout the Press Kit page.