Danielle Aveyard Is a Vegas showgirl, go go dancer and atmosphere model.
Q:. How did you become a showgirl?
A: I moved out to Las Vegas about 2 years ago and started auditioning right away. I found auditions listed on a web site and through agencies, and just kept at it even though I got really close in some jobs and didn’t hear back at all for others. I finally went to an audition for a brand new show, the producers liked my look and dancing and cast me and I’ve been doing shows ever since.
Q: What is the most common misconception about your profession?
A: I guess what I get sometimes from people when I tell them I’m a dancer, is that they think I’m a stripper.
Q: 3. What is your wildest work story?
A: One night while I was working in a night club, which some show girls do after their shows, I had a woman come up and bite my butt cheek. Go go dancers typically wear clothing that’s a bit more revealing and just because I’m showing some extra skin, doesn’t mean I’m a buffet.
Q: What the hell is an atmosphere model?
A: An atmosphere model is someone being paid to be at a party or location and enhance the atmosphere. They might be there to talk to guest that are at a party, to wear a costume to be a conversation piece or dance and have a good time. This is to keep things going and people having fun. It’s certainly not something I thought people would get paid to do, but somehow it’s a job.
Q: Why do you think go- go dancing has stood the test of time?
A: I think go go dancing has continued to be popular because people enjoy watching attractive women dance and have a good time. What I usually experience from people watching you dance is that it makes them smile and feel comfortable dancing themselves whether it’s at a private event or a club. I as a dancer, personally enjoy watching other girls go go because everyone seems to have their own unique style, that’s what makes it interesting.
Q: What do you like about working in Vegas?
A: I like working in Vegas because there’s so many opportunities and different jobs to work. Not to mention there’s always something interesting to do when picking up work for special events or nightclubs. From dressing up in various costumes, to being a moving table or even being in a show dancing as a Vampire, you can’t really do that kind of stuff anywhere else that I know of, especially all in the same week. It’s a great place to be if you like having a variety of work in front of you.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: . The only down side I’ve experienced is that it is a transit city and geared toward vacationers. Some people come in thinking it’s Vegas and they can do whatever they want, that no rules apply and they can get away with treating people disrespectfully. It’s an adjustment to be treated that way while your just trying to do your job to the best of your ability.
Q: What kind of dance training have you had?
A: My dance training spans over 21 years. I trained all throughout grade school, high school then decided to get a B.F.A. in dance. From there I studied with a pre professional dance company for a year while auditioning for various jobs with cruise ships, professional dance companies and theme parks. I frequently took master classes and trained under different teachers to achieve a wide variety of dance styles. It’s made me a well rounded dancer and comfortable trying new things when performing.
Q: . What elements make up a great Vegas show?
A: The one important element you need to make a great Vegas show is entertainment. Whether your doing balancing acts, leaps and turns, singing a difficult ballad, you have to keep the audience wanting more. You have to be doing something that will keep the audience watching and glued to the stage. That’s what people come for, to not have to think about their own lives, but to think about whats being presented in front of them.
Q: What famous Vegas performer would you most like to work with?
A:. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many Las Vegas entertainers. Everyone is so talented that working with people in general is a great experience. I can’t say I have anyone in mind that I want to work with next… I just enjoy working with other people that have such a love for their craft.
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