Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 2:37 p.m.
Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach is in London before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, the Amalfi Coast this year — many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue with gorgeous redheaded dance star Tara Palsha, who has dazzled audiences in “Jubilee!,” “Fantasy,” “Peepshow” and now “Vegas! The Show.” Robin even partnered with her once in the fundraiser “Dancing With the Vegas Stars.” His missteps led to their crushing defeat!
I am thrilled to have been asked to write a guest column for the one and only Mr. Robin Leach as he basks in the Tuscan sun. For those of you who have only seen my fiery redheaded image on show fliers in town, my name is Tara Palsha.
I just recently celebrated my 10th anniversary of living and performing in this town we like to call Sin City, a city in which I have been able to cultivate my abilities and talents surrounded by a community that has embraced me on my journey. I am currently living my dream performing as the lead dancer in “Vegas! The Show” in Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood.
Ten years! What a wild ride it has been, and what a wonderful time to reflect and celebrate a few of my recent anniversaries. The truth is, I ended up here by accident, but a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck, brought me right to where I was supposed to be.
I started out as a young college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dance performance with sights set high on a dream of becoming a principal dancer in a production show on the Strip. It all began when I was cast in the chorus of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s.
I danced my way up and down the Strip in various productions. I was in the original cast of “Bite” at Stratosphere, “Fantasy” at the Luxor, and then was given the opportunity to shine when I was cast as Red Riding Hood in the original production of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood.
It was from there that I have been able to fulfill my biggest dream so far: Lead dancer, or as some people refer to me, “Lady Luck” or “The Girl in the Green Dress” in “Vegas! The Show.” We just celebrated three years of being in production at Saxe Theater.
“Vegas! The Show” honors the true hard work, dedication and raw talent of the performers who have graced the stages of Las Vegas over the years. It’s a trip through time, a journey of song and dance with live music.
I can’t express enough how truly blessed and honored I am to pay tribute to the performers of Las Vegas who have come and gone and share the stage with the amazingly talented people who make this incredibly demanding show happen seven days a week.
“Vegas! The Show” has one of the most rigorous schedules on the Strip. The show never goes dark! There are two shows nightly at 7 and 9, and the majority of the performers carry a 12 show per week schedule.
And, as the aches and pains continue to accumulate in the body of a woman who has been dancing for decades, and the heart of a driven and passionate soul continues to grow, you may ask what is next for someone who is already living her dream?
The third and final noteworthy anniversary for me is celebrating one year of finding “my voice.” I was given the opportunity to share a lifetime of voice lessons in a live performance here in Las Vegas just about a year ago, and I can proudly say I haven’t stopped singing.
The young college graduate who has fulfilled her dreams of being a lead dancer in a production show in Las Vegas now has an entirely new dream, and once that dream has been met, no doubt there will be another one.
I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate all of the dreamers and driven souls whose dreams continue to grow and all of the amazing people who give a girl like me the chance to live them.
Check out our other guest columns today from “Rock of Ages” stars Mark Shunock and Kevin Hegmann and on Wednesday bandleader Louis Prima Jr. and Bettie Page fashion designer Tatyana, who is sewing her way to a worldwide franchise from her Las Vegas headquarters.
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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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.