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Tara Palsha is living her dream as a dancer, Strip headliner and singer


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Holly Madison, second from right, celebrates her final show in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood with a gathering at Buca di Beppo that included Tara Palsha, Josh Strickland and Laura Croft on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Vegas! The Show: Dress Rehearsal

Dress rehearsal for Vegas! The Show in Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood on June 25, 2010. Launch slideshow »
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Tara Palsha accompanied by Bill Fayne, sings during a performance of the Broadway-based open mic and variety show Cast Party Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center.

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Members of BBR, shown during their premiere performance at Broadway Theater, from left: Anne Martinez, Savannah Smith and Tara Palsha.

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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