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Showgirls Life Podcast | ep 011 Sparkle Darlings featuring Elana Braianis-McKinley

ep 011 Sparkle Darlings featuring Elana Braianis-McKinley

Today’s episode features Elana McKinley-Braianis, from Australia. She is a former Bluebell turned principal dancer that performed in La Scala Barcelona and later moved to Las Vegas to perform in Merci Beaucoup, Bare Touch of Vegas and Casino de Paris. Her vast experience included musical theater, modeling and dancing through the 60s, 70s and 80s […]

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | Ep. 10 You have to be this tall to ride this ride with special guest Sheri Lewis

ep 010 You have to be this tall to ride this ride featuring Sheri Lewis

This is a very special episode featuring a lovely chat between myself and Bluebells Forever podcast host, Sheri Lewis. Not our typical formats, but a wonderful conversation about why we started our podcasts, being Bluebells/Showgirls and being women in this world. Mentioned on the show Want to check out another podcast about Showgirls? Bluebells Forever

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | Ep. 9 Better than corporations and Cirque with special guest Frieda Bronfin-Morgan

ep 009 Better than corporations and Cirque featuring Frieda Bronfin

This episode features a former wardrobe technician in Jubilee for 20 years. Frieda Bronfin was part of the crew that helped us in and out of our costumes and kept them looking dazzling and in good condition, night after night.  We talk about her personal experience working with magicians, dressing performers in shows, being part

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Showgirl Story Time: What is a cue, g string & Golden Rainbow?

Hey there! Welcome back to another Showgirl Story Time! I made this video in preparation of the release of episode 9, Better than corporations and Cirque, to define more Showgirl vocabulary that was discussed in the episode. What is a cue? What is a g string? and What is Golden Rainbow? I thought it would

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Athena, Showgirl in costume with vintage showgirl in costume Rosemary Tall Dehart

ep 008 Chassé, push and smile featuring Rosemary Tall DeHart

This episode features Rosemary “Rosebud” Tall DeHart, former Bluebell dancer turned dealer. She talks about her time as a Bluebell dancer between 1964-1972 and her decision to go into gaming. She even had some experiences with Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal to share. Enjoy! August 2020 Monthly Bonus episode This is the second bonus episode, August 2020 guests

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | Ep. 7 You can never go back with special guest Randall Patterson

ep 007 You can never go back featuring Randall Patterson

Today’s episode features Randall Patterson, former principal singer in Jubilee! He has the distinction of having had the longest stint between Jubilee contracts—of 18 years.  We discuss the differences he experienced from both times he was in the show and how his last time made him realize that you can never go back. Enjoy! Mentioned

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Showgirls Life | Showgirl Story Time starring Athena Patacsil talking about Pixie Awards and Put-ins

Showgirl Story Time: Defining Pixie Awards & Put ins

Hello! More Showgirl terminology definition in this Showgirl Story Time video. I was inspired to create this video after interviewing former Jubilee! principal singer, Randall Patterson for episode 007, You Can Never Go Back. He mentioned a few things that I thought would be worth defining here. Here you will learn what Pixie Awards are

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | Ep. 6 Mobsters and lobsters with special guest Nikki Adamo Schwebel

ep 006 Mobsters and lobsters featuring Nikki Adamo Schwebel

This episode features former Principal dancer, Nikki Adamo Schwebel where we dive into how different show life was before corporations took over, when the mob ran the shows. As well as the magic of being a performer in a production show in Vegas. She also talks about the importance of the connections between performers and

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Showgirls Life podcast Las Vegas Showgirl in costume with historical photo of vintage showgirl in costume fitting

ep 005 Like being shot out of a cannon featuring Pete Menefee

Tap the arrow to listen in your favorite podcatcher & Subscribe! Legendary costume designer Pete Menefee shares his story on Showgirls Life This week’s episode features the legendary costume designer, Pete Menefee. Firstly, he shares about how he transitioned to costume design from dancing. His idea that “designing for cabaret is like learning a new

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Showgirls Life | Showgirl Story Time starring Athena Patacsil talking about principals and understudies

Showgirl Story Time: Principals and Understudies

Welcome to another Showgirl Story Time!! In this video I am talking about principals and understudies in Jubilee! I spent four years being an understudy and then was finally promoted to Principal at the age of 23. Enjoy!Athena Volcano Costume: Crown and hip pieces by Athena and PhelyxFeathers, bra, g string, jewelry, and shoes by Athena Transcript

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Showgirl Story Time: Defining “Light Booth,” “Officer Randy,” & “Notes”

Welcome to another Showgirl Story Time!! In this video, I am defining a few Showgirl terms that came up in this week’s Showgirl’s Life podcast. I talk a little about cues, the light booth, Officer Randy and Notes, or corrections. These Showgirl vocabulary terms were used in shows like Donn Arden’s Jubilee and other Showgirl

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Athena in a Showgirl feathered headdress with circus performer Eileen Ryans in the mouth of an elephant

ep 002 Running off to join the circus featuring Eileen Ryans Scott

From circus Showgirl to classic Las Vegas Showgirl, Eileen Ryans Scott tells the real truth about what it was like to be an African-American dancer in Las Vegas. She explains how “advance” audition notices alerted her to attend an audition and how she eventually landed her dream job as a Showgirl in Donn Arden’s Jubilee!

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Showgirls Life ep 001 Launching from the hot seat featuring Athena Patacsil

Showgirls Life ep 001 is the introduction to the host of Showgirl’s Life podcast, Athena Patacsil. Learn about her path to becoming a Las Vegas Showgirl in Donn Arden’s Jubilee!, why she began this podcast, and sneak peeks to future episodes. From ballerina to Showgirl, Athena explains how body image in the dance world can

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