You were a Las Vegas Showgirl?!!!

Las Vegas Showgirl ephemera Bally's Jubilee! Storyteller Showcase
Showgirls.Life – Athena, aka Gazella Performance Coach

Hey there! I’m Athena.  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.

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.

Combining A Love of Dress Up and Glamour with Art

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.

Though I am not performing any longer, I am now creating my costumes just for fun. Fun for myself and fun for my Feathery Revelry immersive parties where guests experience the art of the Showgirl and learn to walk and pose then they get to try on the headdresses and jewelry and take professional photos. More on that here.

Showgirl’s Life Podcast

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 have decided to launch a platform for real Showgirls to share their stories of their former glamour days to the world. In my podcast, Showgirl’s Life, I will be interviewing Showgirls (and Showboys!) from the heyday of Las Vegas Showgirl spectaculars (1950s-1990s.)

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

​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 entertain 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?


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.


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