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Photos: Shoe designs by day, fire juggling by night for Jennifer Romas
Bombshell brunette Jennifer Romas is a star dancer at “iCandy Burlesque: the Show” with her sizzling striptease, unbelievable gravity-defying pole routines and her phenomenal fire-juggling skills. By night, she KOs audiences six times a week in the hot, new Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile show.
But by day, she’s knocking out extraordinary and exotic embellishments for her shoe line Sekshual Design.
“Dancing is my passion,” Jennifer told me. “But I like keeping busy and creative. So I worked on my own costumes, and the shoe accessorizing followed automatically.” Now the former gymnast and stilt-walker has a shoe-in fan following with fashion aficionados and her fellow dancers at shows up and down the Strip.
It’s not yet to the level of where Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik are opening boutiques at every hotel in town, but Jennifer is busy finishing her first full boutique collection ready to showcase.
Born in Michigan, she became a competitive athlete in track, diving and gymnastics and went on to become the U.S. Gymnastics Federation state floor and vault champion in Minnesota. Her coaches encouraged her to take dance classes to help her routines, and Jennifer wound up in the international touring jazz company Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
En route to Los Angeles for her career, she stopped in Las Vegas, won an unexpected downtown gig at “X-Treme Scene” in Union Plaza and still has yet to continue her 270-mile journey to the California movie capital. She’s danced in shows in Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Korea and China. She’s been seen on NBC and Fox, for NASCAR on Speed TV and placed in the Top 15 of “America’s Got Talent” with her Sexy and Dangerous act.
Jennifer danced in the Charo and Rick Thomas shows on the Strip and was the headliner in “Striptease,” which played at the Sahara until the casino hotel closed in May 2011. Michael Jackson show director and choreographer Kenny Ortega hired her to perform at Steve Wynn’s birthday dance show at XS.
To keep fit, she does 40 minutes of cardio training with sit-ups and lunges at the gym five days a week and adds in a 6 a.m. boot camp. Needless to say, no pizzas or cheeseburgers in her diet. “I even use green cabbage leaves around my knees to reduce the swelling from all the dance workouts,” Jennifer said.
Her dancing, modeling and choreography assignments keep her busy, but she managed to debut her Sekshual Design shoes a year ago at the Vegas Rocks Magazine Awards at the then-Las Vegas Hilton (now LVH). “I love creating the unusual, the unique, the exotic,” Jennifer said. “I rework the shoes over in feathers, crystals, straps; in fact, the embellishments also work on hats, lingerie and costumes.”
She’s thrilled dancing in “iCandy Burlesque” and that her erotic shoe designs have caught on: “I love Las Vegas because you can do what you need to do or want to do any time of the day or night. I feel like I never really have any free time, but with all the work I pack into a day, I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Everything is beautiful, and I know it’s going to continue getting even bigger and better.”
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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