Sunday, July 13, 2014 | 8:06 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach starts to enjoy his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, the Northern Italian Lake District this year — many of our Strip personalities again have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with tattooed beauty Sabina Kelley, who is about to step into the high heels of Claire Sinclair as a guest star in “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere.
Hey, everyone, it’s Sabina Kelley here. You probably know me as an international pinup model and celebrity judge on Oxygen Network’s hit TV series “Best Ink,” but now I’m rehearsing to guest star in the show “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere from July 24-31.
Performing in “Pin Up” is new for me, but performing on the Las Vegas Strip is not. Dancing has been a big part of my life since I was 2 years old. As a gutsy 18-year-old, I packed my things and moved to Las Vegas where I danced in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s for more than two years.
Once I started getting more tattoos, modeling full time and appearing on TV, I never thought that I would dance again, let alone return to being a showgirl. After a while, I really started to miss it. So when I was offered to guest star in “Pin Up” for six shows, I jumped at the opportunity.
I’m not sure if I’m more excited to dance again or be the first heavily tattooed girl to headline a show on the Strip. Either way, it’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to do something I love. But to break the boundaries of what a traditional showgirl looks like and show the world who I am is more than thrilling!
I have been rehearsing for “Pin Up” twice a week for about two months now. The first day in rehearsal, I was so nervous, I seriously felt like I was going to puke. I wasn’t sure if I could still dance as well as I did 15 years ago, and I thought to myself, “What have I just taken on?” Sure enough, after Day 1, I couldn’t wait until the next rehearsal.
I have the entire show learned, including the opening dance, which is brand new and choreographed specifically for me. Even though I am a little nervous about performing again, I feel great. The dancing bug has bit me, and I’m hoping after these six performances, opportunities will develop for me to dance even more.
I’m really excited to show my fan base a different side of me. Some know about my dance history as a ballerina in a ballet company or as a Las Vegas showgirl, but not many have seen it. I think that I am going to surprise a lot of people.
I will be starring in “Pin Up” from July 24-31 at the Stratosphere Showroom, so get your tickets now before they sell out! I even have a special room rate for all my fans. Just call 800.99.TOWER — (800) 998-6937 — and use the offer code SKPIN14. Be sure to tell them Sabina sent you! And Stratosphere hotel guests get 2-for-1 “Pin Up” tickets.
Check out our other Sunday guest columns from restaurateur Sami Ladeki and “Dog Whisperer” star Cesar Millan. On Monday, it’s singer Sky Dee Miles and Food Network superstar Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro.
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.