Meet Shina Wilds
Luxor Party Pit
Hometown: Los Angeles
Pronounced “she-NAY” (“There’s an accent mark over the ‘A’ but nobody ever does that”). … Has been dancing at Luxor for two years and also has danced at Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. … Started doing drill, dance and cheerleading at age 9. … Graduate of Tuskegee University and holds a degree in early childhood education. … After college, taught preschool and worked as a receptionist. … Saw another hotel’s go-go dancers perform during a vacation here and thought she could do it, too. … Answered an ad for an audition through ICE Talent Agency and got the gig. … Moved to Las Vegas four years ago. … Also is a certified medical assistant. … Possible postdance career: Opening a preschool or dance school. … Calls herself “the biggest Beyonce fan” and occasionally will do a few Beyonce moves at Luxor.
On interacting with party pit guests:
“It’s fun. You do get the serious (gamblers), but then you get the people who come to Las Vegas to have fun. You’re in the Party Pit, why not enjoy it while you’re here? … I have people who stop me and ask me to hold their babies. They’re like, ‘It’s their first time in Vegas!’ and I’m like, ‘They’re 7 months old’ (laughs).”