Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 11:32 p.m.
While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip and Las Vegas personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. Our thanks to them all. We continue today with “Fantasy” headliner and knockout singer Lorena Peril and the show’s dance captain, topless temptress Tracey Day.
By Lorena Peril
What do you do when you work in a show produced by Anita Mann? Everything you can! Anita started out as a dancer, but that wasn’t enough for her, so she became a choreographer. When being a choreographer wasn’t enough, she became a producer.
It isn’t common to find someone who is a talented entertainer and a businesswoman, but Anita is both, and she possesses an incredible work ethic. To be headlining her sexy adult revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor is an incredible opportunity, as she motivates me beyond being a singer and a performer.
Elvis Presley. Lucille Ball. Michael Jackson. These are a few of the people who influenced Anita in her career, and to work with her is to learn from these incredible legends in entertainment.
When I first joined “Fantasy” nearly two years ago, Anita told me how impressed she was with my talent and how lucky she was to have me be a part of the show. Rather than discourage me from pursuing outside opportunities, she is my biggest champion. When the opportunity came for me to be on “The Voice,” Anita didn’t hesitate to give me the time off.
When I told her that I wanted to release my own singles, she gave me the opportunity to incorporate them into the show. Through hockey season, she allowed me to make regular trips to L.A. to sing the national anthem before the NHL champion L.A. Kings games. And not just because it promoted the show, but also because it gave me a stage to showcase my voice.
Because of Anita, I don’t recognize limits. Because of Anita, I have a job where I can have a full-time job, as well as pursue opportunities to promote my music. Anita loved my single “Dance on Me” so much that she made it the opening number. Set to energetic choreography, it really gets the crowd going.
The ladies hit the stage in pink lingerie designed with a modern burlesque twist, and they really bring my song to life. The number was such a hit that Anita just incorporated my second single, “Soulja,” into the show last month. Wearing military-themed outfits, we march on out to that stage, and I can tell you this: Camouflage has never been so sexy.
I have this ridiculous sense of humor, and Anita sets me free to play with the crowd a little bit and tell all of my dumb jokes. For that part of the show, Sean E. Cooper is the perfect partner in crime. Together, we bring a lot of humor to “Fantasy.” One of the most incredible parts of my job is to stun the crowd with a powerful number like “Man’s World” in one act, and then have them laughing hysterically just a few minutes later.
By Tracey Day
‘ello! I’m Tracey, a full-time dancer in the adult revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor. For most people, an average day in Las Vegas is already different than in any other city, so how different can it be for a showgirl who performs nightly in a Strip show as opposed to the average Las Vegas resident?
Well, you are about to find out. My day starts with a daily routine to keep me looking like a Las Vegas showgirl. Keeping to my English background, I haven’t gone a day in my entire adult life without having a cup of tea in the morning. Hot Black English Breakfast Tea is what I prefer with a spot of milk.
Staying in shape is a big part of my life, and dancing in a show nightly doesn’t always do it for me. I love and need either Pilates or yoga. Pilates mat class at the Spa in Green Valley Ranch is one of my favorite classes. A lot of people ask me how showgirls stay in shape, and I recommend going there. The place is a hidden gem, and the class does wonders.
Another must to being a showgirl in Las Vegas is for me to stay tan, especially considering my English roots. But because there is nothing sexy about skin cancer, I always go for the spray tan. I always ask for a little extra because, in my opinion, there is no such thing as being too tan when you’re dancing nearly naked onstage.
Now that I look and feel good, I move on to the average daily duties that a full-time showgirl has. In addition to being a dancer in the show, I am also the company’s manager. While a lot of dancers take the day off, I’m attending daily, weekly and monthly meetings. The meetings can range from discussing the marketing of the show -- from advertising to public relations -- to gathering information about upcoming events or numbers being added to the show.
As with any corporate job, I also have to catch up on emails and return calls. Once that is done, it’s time to put on my makeup, get dressed in a promotional dress, tank top or bikini and go out to meet the ladies and promote “Fantasy.”
During the day, you can find us at dayclubs hosting parties, calendar signings at malls and other special events in town. You may have seen us out or walking through a casino, a pack of gorgeous ladies all dressed alike wearing something that says “Fantasy.” We walk red carpets, which are very glamorous; we get dressed up and walk in together as photographers shoot us, their flashes going off in rapid succession. We love it!
We also love to support our community and do a lot of charity work. Last Friday, I was auctioned off at “Adam & Eve’s Charity Love Fling,” where bachelors and bachelorettes volunteered themselves for dates to raise money for New Vista, a nonprofit that develops programs for people with disabilities and their supporters. I love donating my time, even if it requires me to stand onstage to be auctioned off for a date in front of thousands of people!
The hours of 10:30 p.m. to midnight are the highlight of my day; it’s off to work to perform in the show. We do a lot of great numbers, but my favorite is the bed number performed to “Nasty Girls.” I love the choreography, plus three “Fantasy” ladies dancing on and around a bed is difficult to beat.
When you work in a city that never sleeps, the day doesn’t always end when the curtain closes. You can find us making another promotional appearance as we head to a nightclub around 1 a.m. along with our headliner, Lorena Peril, where she belts out one of her singles. The crowd always goes crazy. Not only is she gorgeous, she is insanely talented.
Even after a long day, one can never complain about getting dolled up to go host an after-party at one of the mega-clubs in Las Vegas; we have some of the best nightlife destinations. The girls and I hang out at a VIP table, pose for photos with fans, dance and have fun. The day finally comes to an end, sometimes around the time that I usually wake up. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, as I unwind, head to bed and get ready to do it all over again.
If you haven’t come to the show, please do! We have an incredible offer right now. With each pair of tickets purchased, our “Ultimate Fantasy” calendar is 50 percent off. Plus, if you’re local, you receive 50 percent off tickets all summer. We have the best showgirls in the world! Tickets may be purchased at the Luxor box office, online at Luxor.com or by calling (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400.
If you’d like to hear more, come see us in “Fantasy.” We are there at 10:30 p.m. daily, and we always stick around after the show to meet the audience. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our thanks to Lorena and Tracey for a behind-the-scenes look at “Fantasy.” Be sure to check out our other guest columns today from Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King and Zoe Thrall from the Studio at the Palms. Join us Sunday when our guests are Corey Harrison of “Pawn Stars,” Diana Palm with behind-the-scenes secrets of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and Joel Robuchon’s ace Las Vegas chef Steve Benjamin.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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