She broke racial barriers as a Vegas showgirl. At 97, she’s still dancing.

She broke racial barriers as a Vegas showgirl. At 97, she’s still dancing.

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  • Amanda Fortini, The Washington Post
April 27, 2024 2:00 PM
  • Amanda Fortini, The Washington Post

On a Sunday afternoon this month in North Las Vegas, Anna Bailey could be found at the back of the Aliante Casino, Hotel and Spa’s theater rehearsing her moves. Bailey, a dancer who has had a pioneering and historic career, had emerged from a half-century retirement to perform in a revival of “Follies.” Although you would never have guessed by watching her that the 97-year-old had not performed since the 1970s.

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Bailey was one of the original showgirls at the Moulin Rouge, which, when it opened in 1955, was the first racially integrated hotel-casino not only in Las Vegas, but also in the nation.