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

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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

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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

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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

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

ep 046 How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee (Kristian) Fader, part 1

Debra Lee Kristian did not fit the standards that Donn Arden’s cast members were typically known for. She was quite short but was able to entertain Donn Arden enough to win the role as the Principal singer of Allez Lido, the final edition of the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas,

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Gazealous Studio Replay Red Fountain Costume Session 4

Hey Member!  Here’s your livestream replay for the week! My apologies for the weird start, without an intro. I didn’t know if it was streaming yet.  I continued cutting the fabric, we still have 13 more yards of fabric to go. So I can cut lots more circles!! If you have any questions, please comment

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 045 A peek into three generations of women in show business and their family legacy featuring Janet Kravenko, Alison Kravenko and Skyla Johnson

ep 045 A peek into three generations of women in show business and their family legacy

Showgirl’s Life podcast welcomes back three generations of Las Vegas performers Janet Kravenko, Alison Kravenko and Skyla Johnson for a group interview to talk about show business and their family legacy. As a special Mother’s Day tribute, the three generations share what life has been like being a mother and/or daughter in showbiz as Las

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | April 2021 Bonus episode

April 2021 guest roundup bonus episode

Hey there Member!Here is your April 2021 guest roundup bonus episode!! This episode features Skyla Johnson, Su Kim Chung, Joe Macchiaverna and Patti Jo Cooper (Amerein.) More mind-blowing stories from these three guests!! If you have suggestions for future bonus episodes, I will try to make them work within each month’s interviews. Maybe a specific

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Gazealous Studio Sparkle Snacks: Red Fountain costume Week 1

Hey Member!  Here is the first round of Sparkle Snacks for this costume. I am adding the digital “planning’ and shopping I did at the beginning, as it is part of the process. The second bit was filmed immediately after the livestream. I finished up the pattern pieces.  I’ll “unbox” the fabric at the livestream

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 044 Breaking color barriers in show business as a black male dancer featuring Marty Lewis

ep 044 Breaking color barriers in show business as a black male dancer featuring Marty Lewis

Marty Lewis, who was in both opening casts of Hello, Hollywood, Hello and Jubilee as a black male dancer, shares his story of being a black Showboy in Donn Arden’s MGM productions.  We discuss the joys and privileges of being part of the casts of Showgirl production shows, where entertainment has gone today and reminisced

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E43 From Showgirl to Farm Girl featuring Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper)

ep 043 From Showgirl to Farm Girl featuring Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper)

Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper) began her stage career in the production of City Lites at the Flamingo Hotel. She was urged to audition for Donn Arden’s Jubilee! When the first contract change came up and was immediately hired as a Tall Nude.  Patti Jo shares her experiences navigating her performing career through the 80s and

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Sparkle Snack | Moonlight Body Chain Revamp

Gazealous Studio Sparkle Snacks: Moonlight Revamp Body Chain Week 4

Hey Member! It feels so good to be finishing projects!! ? Here are the Sparkle Snacks continuing with the body chain. ANNNND It’s done!! I expedited the teardrop stones so I could finish it this weekend. Yay!! Those babies aren’t cheap!! Those two teardrops cost $9 each, plus another $3 for the settings. But they

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Showgirl Story Time: That one time I did an improv solo in Jubilee

Hello there! I’m excited to share this video about a special circumstance that allowed me to choreograph and perform a solo in Jubilee at a moment’s notice! Watch the video to find out what happened and how it went! Thanks for watching! ? Athena Links mentioned: Subscribe to my weekly email and get a set

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 42 Being treated like celebrities as Vegas entertainers of the 70s and 80s featuring Joe Macchieverna

ep 42 Being treated like celebrities as Vegas entertainers of the 70s and 80s featuring Joe Macchiaverna

Joe Macchiaverna started off opening Hello Hollywood Hello as a singer and then continued on to be part of the opening cast of Jubilee! As a chorus singer and eventually worked his way to Principal in Jubilee and then the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. Joe comes from old school Vegas roots in the entertainment

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Athena in a Showgirl feathered headdress with Showgirl historian Su Kim Chung

ep 041 Female leaders in Showbiz who worked in a time of cultural and societal oppression featuring Su Kim Chung

Female leaders in Showbiz who worked in a time of cultural and societal oppression featuring Su Kim Chung Su Kim Chung, head of the Special Collections at the UNLV library joins us again to chat about the matriarchs in the Showgirl’s life, Madame Bluebell and Fluff LeCoque. We discuss generational differences for women in society

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