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By Mike Ferrians
The Times 

The show must go on: Patti Jo Amerein

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas


January 14, 2021

Every costume for Jubilee! was custom-cut and custom-made, right down to the shoes.

Patti Jo Amerein lives a relatively quiet life in rural Columbia County. She rides dressage, keeps chickens, and teaches Pilates. But in the 1980s and 90s she lived another life as a Las Vegas show dancer. The stories she tells about those years didn't stay in Vegas. For someone who met and worked with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammie Davis, Jr. (the "Rat Pack"), that's saying something.

It started at age three when Amerein's mother sent her and her sister to tap dancing classes. From there, she studied ballet and jazz. Before she graduated from Western High School in Las Vegas, she w...

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