Meet Patricia Bouchebel
“Tournament of Kings”
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Mother is French, father is Lebanese. … Lived in Lebanon, Africa and France while growing up. … Began dancing at age 3 (her mom, a dance instructor who has a studio in Lebanon, was her first teacher). … Had hoped to serve in the Lebanese armed forces, but was bounced for less-than-perfect vision. … Studied dance in France for four years. … Is proficient in styles that include ballet, jazz, tap, African and Latin. … Began training in aerial work after moving from Paris to Las Vegas eight years ago. … Holds a number of ballroom awards. … Also has been choreographing for about 10 years. … Dances in — and with dance partner Miguel Reyes choreographed — Celine Dion’s music video, “Qui peut vivre sans amour?” (“Who Can Live Without Love?”). … Also teaches Pilates and works as a language translator.
On coming to Las Vegas after having traveled the world:
“It was always Las Vegas for me. It has the most beautiful shows in the word. Shows are in every hotel, so you have your choice, and you have so many artists in Las Vegas who are really hungry for success, so it’s pretty interesting. … You just have more opportunity here.”