There are thousands of YouTube videos showing off the dancing fountains at Bellagio, but Lexy Panterra’s version of the classic tourist stop has to be the best. With Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” blasting away along with one of Vegas’ most iconic attractions, the queen of twerk does her thing and attracts a bit of a crowd herself. It’s no wonder the YouTube clip has more than 8.5 million views.
“I’d really wanted to shoot a video to that song, but it’s difficult to get the rights, so we were just passing by when it started playing, and it was like, turn the cameras on, let’s go,” explains the busy singer/dancer/actress. “There were definitely some people trying to look without their girlfriends noticing, doing the side-eye thing.”
Everyone will be paying attention this weekend when Panterra returns to the Rehab stage, where she’ll be performing some new songs and almost certainly hosting a twerkout to see which partiers can shake it best; she’s also holding a Twerkshop class at the Hard Rock Hotel on March 16.
Panterra has been working on a new EP of danceable pop-EDM that she’s hoping to wrap in the coming months, trying to find a balance between music and other adventures. She spoke to us from the set of a horror movie, and she was locking down another role in her second Tyler Perry production, too. “It’s actually really tough. I wish there were two of me,” she says. “I have so many ideas, and I like to do things then and there, as soon as they come. But I’m in a good space now, and I have a great team.”
She’s also spending as much time as possible at her new dance studio back home in LA, teaching a dozen different classes—guess you can’t twerk all the time. Her Vegas trip will double as a mini-vacation. “I’m bringing all my girls out. My mom’s even coming this time.” And she has a particular mission in mind: “I’ve got to go see the Backstreet Boys.”
Lexy Panterra at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel, March 18.