Showgirl’s Life

By Athena

Join Athena Patacsil, former principal dancer in Donn Arden’s Jubilee!, as she preserves the history of the Showgirl and the Showgirl production shows through interviews and oral histories. The closing of the last Showgirl spectacular of its kind, Jubilee! in 2016 and a global Bluebell dancer reunion in 2019 were the impetus to create a show where former dancers, Showgirls, crew members and historians share what life was really like during their time as cast and crew of those stage spectacles. Topics ranging from what it's like to be a Showgirl, performer life, getting paid to do what you love, confidence, discipline, resilience, femininity, sensuality, Showgirl history, life after dance, and preserving the history of the Showgirl and the shows she performed in will leave you in awe of the lives and purpose of all the people that were part of this unique genre of entertainment history.

  1. 1.
    Showgirl Deconstructed: Art vs Selling Out featuring Andrew Branche
    1:16:40
  2. 2.
    Born to be a performer featuring Tiffany Johnson
    1:11:05
  3. 3.
    Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett
    1:32:50
  4. 4.
    Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 2
    56:17
  5. 5.
    Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 1
    55:18
  6. 6.
    Donn Arden’s Jubilee! 40th Anniversary
    1:04:55
  7. 7.
    Showgirl Deconstructed: There are no more Showgirl shows featuring Alison Kravenko Johnson
    1:21:49
  8. 8.
    ep 055 Top ten things I learned from creating a podcast about Showgirls
    20:59
  1. 9.
    The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis
    1:00:03
  2. 10.
    Showgirls Life 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
    27:59
  3. 11.
    How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett
    1:07:05
  4. 12.
    The entrepreneurial women of dressing room 6 featuring Rita Pardue
    1:06:36
  5. 13.
    What is a Showgirl?
    1:21:05
  6. 14.
    Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn)
    50:28
  7. 15.
    The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin
    1:12:52
  8. 16.
    How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee Kristian, part 2
    43:30
  9. 17.
    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
    44:57
  10. 18.
    A peek into three generations of women in show business and their family legacy featuring Janet Kravenko, Alison Kravenko and Skyla Johnson
    1:08:21
  11. 19.
    Breaking color barriers in show business as a black male dancer featuring Marty Lewis
    58:45
  12. 20.
    From Showgirl to Farm Girl featuring Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper)
    1:08:18
  13. 21.
    Being treated like celebrities as Vegas entertainers of the 70s and 80s featuring Joe Macchieverna
    46:38
  14. 22.
    Female leaders in Showbiz who worked in a time of cultural and societal oppression featuring Su Kim Chung
    1:12:21
  15. 23.
    The gratitude and grace of a third generation Las Vegas performer as she continues her legacy despite restrictions featuring Skyla Johnson
    1:00:39
  16. 24.
    How wanting more than “a little job” propelled her into her fabulous life in show business featuring Janet Kravenko
    1:11:28
  17. 25.
    How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 2
    56:47
  18. 26.
    How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 1
    1:00:03
  19. 27.
    How being a Showgirl strengthens work ethic, confidence and being a woman comfortable in her own body featuring Amelia Bruff
    1:10:02
  20. 28.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 7
    57:20
  21. 29.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 6, featuring Andrew Branche
    1:07:21
  22. 30.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 5, featuring Victor Littles
    1:06:02
  23. 31.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles
    1:06:47
  24. 32.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 3, featuring Anthony Brown
    56:56
  25. 33.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 2, featuring Jakki Ford
    54:22
  26. 34.
    Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 1, featuring Jakki Ford
    42:22
  27. 35.
    The importance of preserving the Showgirl through costume preservation and its individual history featuring Karan Feder
    1:11:38
  28. 36.
    Auditions: Does it ever get any easier? Featuring Athena Patacsil
    1:05:13
  29. 37.
    Occupational hazards of dancing in a topless show featuring Scott Barnard
    1:04:37
  30. 38.
    Las Vegas really was the wild wild West featuring Alan Clancy
    1:03:34
  31. 39.
    The joy of being asked by producers to work for them without an audition featuring Sal Angelica
    55:34
  32. 40.
    What happens when weight notices don't bother you featuring Janet Sawczuk-Chapman
    47:12
  33. 41.
    We started breaking that color barrier featuring Jakki Ford
    58:18
  34. 42.
    MGM Grand fire and the impact on the opening of Jubilee!
    53:03
  35. 43.
    The hidden stories of shame about being a topless dancer
    1:01:05
  36. 44.
    Now stick that giant headpiece on and go
    58:34
  37. 45.
    I really felt right at home
    1:07:45
  38. 46.
    We all played dress up
    1:04:33
  39. 47.
    Feathery Revelry
    44:15
  40. 48.
    We were there for the opening
    46:49
  41. 49.
    The Showgirl gave me confidence
    1:01:58
  42. 50.
    Hanging out in the Showgirls dressing room
    1:04:01

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