Since the beginning, when Margaret Kelley (aka Madame Bluebell) & Donn Arden first brought Parisian-style nightclub shows to Vegas, it’s never been about the bump and grind, or just about being a model wearing an outrageous outfit.
To achieve the graceful elegance required for this level of pageantry, most of the girls have had to put together an impressive dance pedigree, starting with classical ballet technique.
New dancers go through 3-4 weeks of intense training to make sure they can physically carry the load, not to mention all the memorization of thousands of dance combinations and steps. Internally, those who dare to bare are referred to as “dancing nudes,” (a combination of a female dancer and a showgirl), and performers who instead don spectacular rhinestone-studded sparkling brassieres are female dancers or “Bluebells” -- a reference to Kelley’s girls who gave your granddad a heart attack back in the 1950s.
The minimum height is 5’8”, and internally that’s considered “short,” in terms of lining dancers up appropriately -- tall ladies are between 5’10” and 6’2”.When Nomi tells Cristal she dances at Cheetah's Topless Club, Cristal derisively tells her that what she does is akin to prostitution.When Nomi is too upset to go to work that night, Molly takes her dancing at The Crave Club.After being robbed by her driver, Nomi meets Molly Abrams, a seamstress and costume designer who takes her in as a roommate.Molly invites Nomi backstage at Goddess, the Stardust Casino show where she works, to meet Cristal Connors, the diva star of the topless dance revue.