Meet April Leopardi Anneberg
“Vegas! The Show”
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Started dancing at age 2½. … Also competed in swimming, diving and gymnastics as a kid, eventually giving them up to focus on dance. … First paid job: a Kentucky Derby after-party at age 16 (paycheck: $150 for a week’s work, “which was amazing”). … First musical role: a dinner theater production of “Cats” at age 17. … Danced and was a magician’s assistant on Holland America Cruise Lines on and off for more than two years. … Moved to Los Angeles at 22. … Came to Las Vegas to visit a friend, saw “Vegas! The Show” and decided she wanted to be in it. … Moved here at 24, joined the show 2½ years ago and also is the show’s dance captain. … Other love: fashion design.
On the perils of magic:
“I was put into a little box with swords, and I actually used to get cuts. The boxes were built for the illusionist’s wife, and she’s 5 foot 3, and I’m about 5 foot 7, so it was a pretty big squish for me. So a couple of times, I got sliced, just getting cut a little bit. … I came out of the box, and my leg is bleeding a little bit. After the show, I was like, ‘Um, you cut me.’ He was like, oh, OK, we’ll try to fix my body position a little bit. (Laughs) It was just one of those things. I was 19 and it didn’t matter. I was just excited to be in magic!”