A day in the life ... of a Vegas showgirl
This Vegas showgirl's busy schedule includes 12
shows a week, school and acting classes.
|Tatiana (Showgirls only use their first
|Showgirl for Folies Bergere
|The Tropicana Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
|Dancers are under contract and cannot disclose
A few universal images are associated with Las Vegas:
Elvis impersonators, instant-wedding chapels, neon, gambling and,
of course, scantily clad showgirls. In fact, only in Las Vegas can
you find tables filled with people who look like your parents and
grandparents casually watching women dance in revealing costumes.
While the costumes may be revealing, make no mistake:
They are not strippers. In fact, they aren't even "exotic dancers."
They are Las Vegas showgirls, and their elaborate, larger-than-life
performances draw thousands of tourists to viva Las Vegas every
A Vegas show takes a lot of time, rehearsal and hard
work to pull together. More importantly, it takes the talent and
dedication of the stars: the showgirls themselves.
One such showgirl is Tatiana. A nominee for Miss August
2000 in the "Search for the Ultimate Showgirl," this showgirl performs
two shows nightly for Tropicana's Folies Bergere.
|If you'd like to vote for Tatiana or another
showgirl in the "Search for the Ultimate Showgirl -- Showgirl
2000 contest," log onto Showgirl
2000. She could be The Ultimate Showgirl, and you could
She works hard for the money
As a child growing up in England, Tatiana never thought
about performing in Vegas. "I've been dancing all my life. I wanted
to be a ballerina, but I grew too tall," she says.
Height not withstanding, she is a beautiful woman,
and she explains that appearance is a big requirement for her job.
"[This job] completely relies on your mindset and how you look after
your personal appearance. I can't go on forever." To keep up her
physique, she spends time at the gym daily.
When she describes her day, Tatiana sounds like she
enjoys what she does. The best part, she says, is her hours. "I
like having my days free," she adds. But her free days are not for
relaxing. Tatiana has a tough schedule, performing in two shows
a night, six nights a week, and she attends school and acting classes
when she's not working. If she weren't working as a showgirl, she'd
still like to be performing on stage -- acting in a play.
I'm a Chiquita banana
After a long afternoon of working out and acting classes,
Tatiana has to get ready for the stage. She claims this is the worst
part of her job. "I take 25 minutes each day to put all of my makeup
on," she says. The costumes can be a challenge, as well. One of
the worst outfits she's donned was made entirely out of plastic
Something you won't see if you catch one of Tatiana's
shows is her birthday suit. "I don't have to go topless. Some [showgirls]
do, some don't."
When she tells people about her job, she does raise
some eyebrows. "Most people are interested and impressed by what
we do," but she points out that some people have their own ideas.
To the close-minded patron, Tatiana explains, "Showgirls are not
even similar to strippers. We are talented, poised and beautiful,
not sexual. We're regular people ... some are even mothers. We have
a very intelligent cast."
"We have to have a bubbly, outgoing personality,"
Tatiana continues. And, of course, a bod that stops traffic.
Her bubbly personality landed her on the "Tonight
Show with Jay Leno." However, she quips, "Coming from England, I
had no idea who he was or what he did."
-- Posted: July 8, 1999