Waking up in Vegas. Find out what life is like as a Vegas Showgirl.
What’s your name, where do you come from and where do you live now?
Hi! My name is Suzie Connor, but I guess in a few months once I finally get around to changing my name it will be Suzie Fleming. (haha) [ recently married ] I was born and raised in Tewksbury, Massachusetts but I’m currently living and working in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
I’m currently a dancer in Steve Wynn’s SHOWSTOPPERS at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. I’ve been dancing since I was 2 and haven’t stopped yet! (haha) I’ve been super fortunate to have been in 3 Las Vegas shows as well as travel the world performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
What is a typical day in the life of Suzie like?
A typical day in the life of Suzie…well I get up and work out with my trainer for an hour to an hour and half. Then I come home to make some breakfast have some coffee and relax before heading into work. Once I get to work then it all begins…..make up, wig prep, warming up, and then an hour and half of non stop dancing. After work its time to decompress….so I shower, have some dinner, and then relax with a glass of wine before going to bed and getting up to do it all over again.
Vegas is a great artistic hub, is it all high kicks and feathers ?
Vegas is a great place to live if you want to be a working dancer. There are shows, nightclub gigs, promotional modeling gigs, and more. Its affordable to live here which makes it even more desirable. We’re about 3.5-4 hour drive from L.A. or a quick flight so it’s still pretty easy to get out there for an audition or to take some classes.
What is it like living in a known party city?
Vegas is definitely a party city, however, most people that live and work here live about 15-20 minutes away from the strip. When you’re working in the hotels or nightclubs the last thing you want to do is stick around. So we go in, do our job, and then go home. But its nice to know that when we want to join in on the party we can and we have the best to choose from. Another luxury of living in this city is that things are always open. Its weird when you go to a smaller town and everything closes at 8pm and you find yourself saying, “Umm…what do you mean I can’t go to the grocery store at midnight?” (haha)
Living and working in Vegas where do you like to do in your downtime or to escape all the craziness?
I’m a pretty low key, boring person. (haha) I enjoy hanging out with my friends at more local places or going to the movies.
Can you tell us something you love about the city you live in?
What I love about Vegas…..I enjoy the constant sunshine, to be able to be a performer in an amazing show, live comfortably, and have the convenience of having everything you need so close by.
Can you tell us about your best and/or worst audition?
My best audition was back in 2007 in NYC. Beyonce was doing an audition tour and I happen to be in the city. Thousands of people were there, it was crazy! At the time Frank Gatson was running the audition. After we went across the floor they started making cuts. I was asked to stay and learn the combo because he was bringing in Beyonce. You can imagine when hearing that I started freaking out inside. We learned the dance break to “Deja Vu” and three of us performed it for Beyonce. I was on cloud 9, it was such a rush!! Well I didn’t get the job but it was the most amazing audition I’ve ever had.
I don’t have a worst audition. I just don’t enjoy when casting takes forever to make decisions. When auditions are unorganized or not run efficiently it drives me crazy.
What did little 5 year old Suzie want to be when she grew up?
At 5 years old I loved to dance but I didn’t think being a professional dancer was a real thing. I think I wanted to be a veterinarian and help animals. But was I wrong… As I got older and started to apply for college I realized it wasn’t for me. I moved to NYC and started auditioning. Six months into living there I auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and got the job. So off I went performing and traveling around the world.
Any words of wisdom for other aspiring performers?
Follow your dreams!! If you want to do it, you will! Work hard and when you get knocked down just get back up and keep going. Try it all and be confident!!
You spent some time working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dance captain and aerialist, do you ever miss life at sea? Are cruise ships something you would recommend to other performers?
Yes, there are times I miss life at sea. My husband was a musician on cruise ships so we had a blast travelling and getting paid to do what we loved. Being surrounded by the ocean and waking up somewhere different everyday was a dream. Cruise ship life is not for everyone but it is what you make of it. I really enjoyed my time on cruise ships and I highly recommend it to any performer. Royal Caribbean’s shows are amazing and you use every bit of your training.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
In 5 years I see myself settled down with my husband. We will probably be working on starting a family and as far as my career goes I will probably be looking into the next step or a career change. Haven’t really figured it out yet. I have some ideas but I’m going to see where life takes me. Whats most important to me right now is being happy and living a beautiful life with my husband.
Agents are a big part of our industry, do you need an agent for Vegas?
You don’t need an agent to work in Vegas. As long as you have an audition subscription to vegasauditons.com you should be good. Like our industry in any city it’s good to meet people that can point you in the right direction. So make friends and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
And lastly where can we find you online ( twitter, website etc ) or see you perform?
I don’t have a website but I’m currently a dancer in Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Make sure to check it out!!
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