episode 37

How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 1

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

Alison Kravenko was destined to be a Showgirl. It is part of her family legacy. Her mother was one of the original Bluebells to come across the pond to perform in the Lido de Paris at the Stardust hotel back in 1958.

Once Alison focused her sights on dancing and trained to be a ballerina, it was just a short time before she had her chance to audition for Donn Arden and was cast in the opening cast of Jubilee! We discuss her path from high school drill team to Bluebell dancer and beyond in this first part of two episodes featuring Alison.

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

episode 38

How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 2

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 38 How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 2

Part two with Alison Kravenko is here! Last episode, we learned how Alison was born to be a Showgirl because of her family legacy and its ties to the Bluebell dancers. This episode Alison and I dive more in depth to costumes, details about Jubilee and the revamps of the opening and finale and her life after the show. 

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 38 How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 2

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Alison and her mother were featured in a number of media outlets during their times as Showgirls. Here is a video of the show Donahue in Vegas, where he interviewed some of the entertainers in Vegas.

ep 039 How wanting more than “a little job” propelled her into her fabulous life in show business featuring Janet Kravenko

Janet Kravenko was hired by Madame Bluebell at the age of 17 to join her touring company in 1957. She was traveling around Europe with seven other girls performing in the prestigious troupe while absorbing the experience of a lifetime as a professional dancer. She was asked to join the group of sixteen girls that were traveling to Las Vegas to open the 2nd edition of the Lido de Paris, Ce Cést L´amour. Over on Patreon, I’d like to keep the conversation going about this episode! Share your comments about your favorite stories or questions you had during the show.

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