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UNLV Libraries Special Collections


On May 17, 2015, the UNLV Libraries Special Collections hosted a panel event celebrating the opening of the "French Connection: 'Lido de Paris' and 'Folies Bergère' in Las Vegas," an exhibit celebrating the artistry and imagination of the French production show in Las Vegas. Former showgirls and dancers from both shows were present to share their stories with the audience.

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Jerry Jackson Best known for his longtime role as artistic and creative director of “Folies Bergère” at the Tropicana, the multitalented Jackson began his career as a professional dancer and later became an equally gifted choreographer, costume and scenery designer, and music composer as well. He has created and directed shows around the world.

Jillian Hrushowy Hrushowy appeared in London and Paris cabarets before beginning her career in Las Vegas. She performed as a principal dancer in several local productions, including “Lido de Paris” at the Stardust, “Casino de Paris” at the Dunes, and “Folies Bergère.”

Dawnie Gulbransen Sachs & Trenna Gulbransen Howard Sisters Dawnie and Trenna Gulbransen received their initial dance training in Las Vegas and went on to perform at opposite ends of the Strip. Dawnie appeared in “Lido de Paris” and “Hallelujah Hollywood,” while Trenna appeared in “Folies Bergère” and “The Fabulous Sahara Girls.”


The panel was moderated by Su Kim Chung, Head, Special Collections Public Service.

Additionally, Michelle Light, Director of Special Collections, and Karla Irwin, Special Collections Librarian & curator of the French Connection Exhibit, provided opening remarks.

In addition to the video, the program and slides are available as supplemental files.


Las Vegas; Showgirls; Lido de Paris; Folies Bergère


Dance | History

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The video may be viewed on or by download. The downloadable .mp4 file is 64.1 MB.

French Connection program.pdf (8408 kB)
"French Connection" Program

French_Connection_Powerpoint.pdf (2368 kB)
Slides from "French Connection" Panel Event