Showgirls Life | ep 060 Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett

ep 060 Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett

Today’s episode discusses one of the toughest parts of being a Showgirl that non-performers can’t wrap their heads around—physical requirements and expectations. Showgirls and Bluebell dancers have been held to high standards for decades due to standards set by Madame Bluebell and then perpetuated by “tastes” preferred by white men over the generations. Encore guest …

ep 060 Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett Read More »

Showgirls Life | ep 059 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 Recap, Part 2 with Sheri Lewis

ep 059 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Showgirls Road Trip 2021. Earlier this summer, I went on a road trip with Sheri Lewis, host of Bluebells Forever podcast. Sheri and I got together recently to debrief about our wonderful adventure in Reno, Las Vegas and LA. It took awhile to recount all of our experiences that …

ep 059 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 2 Read More »

Showgirls Life | ep 058 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 Recap, Part 1 with Sheri Lewis

ep 058 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 1

Welcome to part 1 of the Showgirls Road Trip 2021. Earlier this summer, I went on a road trip with Sheri Lewis, host of Bluebells Forever podcast. Sheri and I got together recently to debrief about our wonderful adventure in Reno, Las Vegas and LA. It took awhile to recount all of our experiences that …

ep 058 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 1 Read More »

Showgirls Life | ep 057 Donn Arden's Jubilee! Opening 40th Anniversary Showgirl in purple costume

ep 057 Donn Arden’s Jubilee! 40th Anniversary

Jubilee! Opening 40th Anniversary This episode has been in the making for over a year, as I have been collecting guests’ stories about their part in the opening of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021!! Happy Birthday Jubilee!  (Please note, the audio contains mistakes of some of the dates and numbers, but …

ep 057 Donn Arden’s Jubilee! 40th Anniversary Read More »

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 37 How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 1

ep 056 Showgirl Deconstructed: There are no more Showgirl shows featuring Alison Kravenko

What is a showgirl show? In this special episode, I brought back Alison Kravenko to deep dive about how there are no more Showgirl shows left. This new feature of Showgirls Life will happen once a month where I bring on an encore guest to discuss one specific topic in the Showgirl’s Life. This month, …

ep 056 Showgirl Deconstructed: There are no more Showgirl shows featuring Alison Kravenko Read More »

Showgirls Life podcast former Las Vegas showgirl Athena in purple showgirl headdress

ep 055 Top ten things I learned from creating a podcast about Showgirls

Showgirl’s Life was started to document the lives of the people that embodied or supported the Showgirl. A lot of lessons have been learned along the way. I discuss a variety of topics relating to the work required to produce a podcast, shame, discrimination in entertainment, and what a Showgirl is and what she isn’t. …

ep 055 Top ten things I learned from creating a podcast about Showgirls Read More »

Showgirl's Life blog | Gazealous gallery Showgirl costume designed by Athena Patacsil

Showgirl costume photos: Gazealous feathered headdress

One of my favorite pieces in my costume collection, Gazealous feathered Showgirl headdress. It was created as a collaboration between my love, Professor Phelyx, and I. We challenged ourselves to come up with a truly unique sculpture to then adorn with coque feathers and Swarovski crystals. If you are curious about the making of this …

Showgirl costume photos: Gazealous feathered headdress Read More »

Showgirl's Life | The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis

ep 054 The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis

Dave Margolis started his training late but was able to work hard enough to land a spot in the chorus boys line in Donn Arden’s Jubilee! Dave shares about his first audition with Michael Pratt, former assistant company manager in Jubilee!, what it was like being a Showboy and the privilege that it was. He …

ep 054 The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis Read More »

ep 053 Celebrating one year of podcasting Showgirl’s Life

It’s been a year of podcasting! Yay!! This episode is the replay of the 1st anniversary livestream recording, trimmed of the visual bits. But there is still a reason to listen. One lucky winner will receive the same prize pack that the live winners received. Make sure to get your trivia answers emailed to me …

ep 053 Celebrating one year of podcasting Showgirl’s Life Read More »

Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 052 How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett

ep 052 How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett

Today’s episode features Brenda Barrett, a tall Bluebell dancer from the opening cast of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! She shares about her life as a dancer turned pilates instructor who has been working and living in Rome for the past 30 years. Topics discussed: opening Jubilee! in 1981, moving to Europe to pursue more dance opportunities, …

ep 052 How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett Read More »

Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 051 featuring Rita Pardue

ep 051 The entrepreneurial women of dressing room 6 featuring Rita Pardue

Rita Pardue was hired for the girl’s singer line in the opening cast of Donn Arden’s Jubilee. She moved all the way across country from Boston to take the position after her cattle call audition for Fluff LeCoque. She shares her favorite experiences in Jubilee and how the two years she spent in the show …

ep 051 The entrepreneurial women of dressing room 6 featuring Rita Pardue Read More »

Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 049 Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn)

ep 049 Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn)

Suzanne Raines (Lunn) went to Paris with Madame Bluebell, to perform as a Bluebell dancer in Allez Lido at the Lido de Paris at the age of 16. She did quite well there advancing to the dancing nude line until Miss Bluebell invited her to travel to Las Vegas to be part of the opening …

ep 049 Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn) Read More »

Showgirls Life Podcast | The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin

ep 48 The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin

Dollie Eaglin started dancing at a late age, even though she was inspired by the dancing shows she saw on TV as a young girl in the South. In this episode we discuss her path to the Las Vegas shows Donn Arden’s Hallelujah Hollywood! and Jubilee! And the impact being part of those casts had …

ep 48 The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin Read More »

Showgirls Road Trip 2021 | Athena Patacsil and Sheri Lewis embark on a tour to revisit their Showgirl roots

One heartbreaking truth: the Showgirl is missing from the city that made her famous

The first time I noticed the Showgirl is missing from Las Vegas In 2018, I took a road trip with my family to LA to visit Disneyland for the first time as a whole family since 2008. It was always a road trip, as it is (supposedly) cheaper and my dad is afraid to fly—never …

One heartbreaking truth: the Showgirl is missing from the city that made her famous Read More »

Showgirl's Life blog | Inside Gazealous Studio Gazealous costume

Gazealous feathered headdress part 1, inspiration

This is part one in a series about my Gazealous feathered headdress feather fan dance costume. Watch the video to learn the inspiration behind an act that was created in response to my desire to differentiate burlesque strippers from real Showgirls. The Sparkle Snacks (time lapsed costume creation videos) for this hat can be found …

Gazealous feathered headdress part 1, inspiration Read More »

Athena Showgirl in purple feathers with Debra Lee Kristian Lido de Paris Singer

Ep 047 How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee Kristian, part 2

Debra Lee Kristian is back for part 2 where she shares more about life at the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel when the mob ran it. She has a few stories of interactions with Frank Rosenthal and how upset she was at a nickname he gave her. We discuss the immensity of the …

Ep 047 How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee Kristian, part 2 Read More »

Scroll to Top