WORKING IN Fabulous LAS VEGAS NEVADA

By Jones, Jen | Dance Spirit, November 2011 | Go to article overview

WORKING IN Fabulous LAS VEGAS NEVADA


Jones, Jen, Dance Spirit


seven reasons why this city should be your new home.

EVER WONDER WHY SO MANY DANCERS ARE FLOCKING TO LAS VEGAS TO FIND WORK? Us, too. To find out what realty happens in Vegas, we asked super-skilled brothers Kevin and Marcel Wilson, who've lent their dance and choreography talents to artists all along the Strip, including Cher, Wayne Brady, and Donny and Marie Osmond. Here, the Wilsons share how you can hit the career jackpot in the land of casinos and bright lights

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS. Vegas is a city built on entertainment, which translates to tons of opportunities for dancers. Stage shows run the gamut from burlesque to circusstyle to dazzling large-scale productions featuring some of music's biggest stars. Many dance jobs are also created by the steady stream of industrials, conventions and corporate events.

Can you say stability?

"Shows run for a very long time, which is one of the beautiful things about Las Vegas," Kevin says. Dancers can work for several years on the same show, with one to three runs almost dairy. If working with a casino-based show, many dancers can also get health insurance and other perks as a casino employee.

SPECIALISTS WELCOME. Can you sing? Great! Try out for one of the many musical theater productions around town. Do aerial tricks? Cirque du Soleil currently has seven different shows running at various casinos, insanely flexible? Get a gig as a contortionist. "Stilt walkers, fire blowers, aerial acts - there's a lot of specialty work in Las Vegas," Kevin says. …

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