“Viva Las Vegas!” Monday, 9th May 2005

On the 15th of this month Las Vegas will be celebrating its 100th birthday.

We want to send greetings to all former and current performers on the Las Vegas Strip – whether you danced for the mob in earlier times, or appear on stage for Corporate America now – and to the City of Lights itself. Long may you entertain in your special style.

from:
former producer and choreographer with The Ice Capades and Le Lido in Paris:
Bob Turk in California

from the world of London’s The Latin Quarter (1970s):
Durk Hartman Hoekstra in Canada

former artiste in Reno’s Hello Hollywood, Hello!:
Eric Brandt Nielsen in Georgia

former artiste in MGM’s Jubilee!:
Eric Carpenter in England

former artiste with the UK’s Black & White Minstrel Show:
J. P. Bowie in California

former Desert Inn and Dunes artiste (1959; 1960; 1961):
Jack Moore in California

choreographer and director of the Adult Professional Dance Center for 28 years:
Joe Tremaine in Hollywood

founder and President of The Academy of Dance on Film:
Larry Billman in Japan

former artiste with Britain’s Ballet Rambert:
Leon Draper in New Zealand

former World Professional Ice Skating Champion:
Lorna Brown in California

former artiste with the The Bluebell Girls:
Michelle Hartman in Canada

from the world of contemporary dance:
Pete Purdy in England

former artiste in MGM’s Jubilee!:
Rachel Carpenter in England

former artiste in MGM’s Hallelujah! Hollywood! (1970s):
Rodford Barrat in England

former artiste in Reno’s Hello Hollywood, Hello!:
Rosita Korda in Nevada

former artiste in MGM’s Hallelujah! Hollywood! (1979) and Jubilee (1980-83):
Russell Martin in Spain

We all say:

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAS VEGAS!”

Video:
“LAS VEGAS”

by Luis Hidalgo

The heat; the casinos; the Strip and Glitter Gulch: the city of lights accompanied by the sound of jazz in the night.

Running time: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.