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One more time! Capturing a dancer’s final night with a Vegas production

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Choreographer Tiger Martina urges principal dancer Tara Palsha not to cry while saying wonderful things about her finishing her final night’s performance in “Vegas! The Show’ on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

Vegas! The Show | Planet Hollywood | July 25, 2014 | 10:25 p.m.

Principal dancer Tara Palsha enters her number atop a bench carried by four porters during her final night in "Vegas! The Show' on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Principal dancer Tara Palsha enters her number atop a bench carried by four porters during her final night in "Vegas! The Show' on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Always a fan of live performance, I was excited to shoot principal dancer Tara Palsha in her final night with Vegas! The Show. As I’ve never shot her or the show before, I asked writer John Katsilometes to describe her, and he said, “It’s easy, she’s the only one with red hair.” Ultimately, her hair color wouldn’t have mattered, because she’s easy to identify by her amazing stage presence and dance ability; in fact, it’s hard not to notice her. As each act played out, I found myself adjusting exposure often while doing my best to stay keyed on Tara. As the show was coming to an end it was clear she was getting emotional, and once choreographer and director Tiger Martina stepped onstage with a bouquet of roses, Tara began to cry. She’ll certainly be missed in Las Vegas.

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