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Photos: Tropicana unveils sexy iCandy dancers and Glow Spa


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iCandy Burlesque debuts at the Tropicana Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving 2011 weekend.

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iCandy Burlesque Debuts at Tropicana

iCandy Burlesque debuts at the Tropicana Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving 2011 weekend. Launch slideshow »

Glow Spa at Tropicana

The grand opening of Glow Spa at the Tropicana. Launch slideshow »

When nobody in the sports bar is watching football games or rodeo spills on the TV screens and instead are glued to the buxom blonde and brunette beauties onstage, you know it’s a hit. The new, sexy iCandy Burlesque at the Tropicana with aerial performers, platform and pole dancers and stilt walkers is part of a wild ride that’s begun at the casino resort. The bombshells also turn up behind gaming tables in the blackjack pit.

The entertainment is nonstop from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Additionally, there are three 30-minute iCandy shows with six dancers and a sassy singer adding to the sensuality of the night. The girls underwent a 17-day iCandy boot camp before opening. Even though not topless and no G-strings, it’s a barely there wardrobe that’s sultry and exotic. iCandy is the brainchild of Las Vegas choreographer and producer Nannette Barbara, who has developed and appeared in four Strip shows.

“The new Tropicana is the perfect setting for our energetic yet playful show,” she said. “We’ve created a fun environment with the hottest music, performances and beautiful dancers in sexy costumes to captivate the audience and keep them coming back for more.”

Melissa Steinberg, Tropicana’s VP of entertainment and casino operations, said: “It’s a party atmosphere that adds to the energy in the casino and heightens the gaming experience. Our guests are loving it.”

Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery of the beautiful girls and also of the new Glow spa that opened simultaneously at Trop. The $5 million Glow, a Mandara spa, is large in scale but set like an intimate, private relaxation club that’s a beach-inspired retreat emphasizing beauty and wellness.

Hotel operations VP Arik Knowles said: “Glow is our vision of a haven offering recovery time and re-energizing our guests for more enjoyment. The spa and fitness center is not only esthetically beautiful, but an outlet to immerse in another Vegas experience.”

There are more than 50 treatments on Glow’s menu, including a luxury Couples Wet Villa and Wet Suite with tubs and showers in the 10,000-square-foot facility. The “Me Time” of the locker areas features televisions to watch sports and a dim-lit, quiet Relaxation Lounge for fruit-infused waters and the herbal tea of the day.

Individual spa journeys cover Tranquility, Harmony and Glow and allow guests to set their own temperatures for summer heat, spring warmth and arctic cool. Two attractions I think are new to the spa scene here are the Oxygen Blast with its 5-minute oxygen spray and pineapple- and coconut-infused milk soaks.

Sounds like paradise to me!

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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