Kaz Monet hadn’t been on stage for more than a minute when photographer Hew Burney took a seat on the rail and started shooting. We’d gotten permission in advance from the club to come in to scout for a TVO Dancer of the Month, but Kaz had no idea who Hew was or why he was photographing her. She just smiled and kept dancing.
Kaz moves with such grace and style that the photos of her dancing on stage (below) look as if each one has been carefully posed. But there was no posing. The stage pics simply capture her performance as it happened that night, as everyone in the club witnessed it.
You can tell that some dancers were born to dance, and Kaz is one of them. She doesn’t just cycle through the standard series of twerks and undulations that typify the routines of many dancers in topless clubs. She has a repertoire of achingly beautiful gestures and balletic moves that she seems to adjust to the reaction of her audience. She makes frequent eye contact, usually with a glowing smile.
Kaz Monet is a Las Vegas native who performs in just about every strip club in Vegas–both topless clubs and nude–and she’s also worked in both L.A. and Miami. She says she’s never worked a regular job. Instead, dancing has been her life since she first performed at Diamond Cabaret at the age of 18.
I interviewed Kaz a few nights after the photographs below were taken. She’s soft-spoken and as graceful and beautiful close up as she is dancing on stage.
Q: What attracted you to dancing?
I’ve loved performing since I was a little girl. I always loved dressing up. Even today other dancers tell me they never know what I’m going to show up in. I’ll wear most anything–gowns, ruffles, tutus–I even have a punker look. I love it all.
Also, I’ve always been athletic and very physical. I got into gymnastics as a kid and I loved playing softball.
Q: What was it like the first time you danced on stage in a strip club?
I was so nervous. I really wanted to do it but I was terrified. Even though I love meeting people and talking to people, underneath I’m really kind of shy.
Q: How long did it take you to start enjoying it?
Not long at all. Right away I discovered I just like getting naked and dancing.
Q: What’s your favorite music for dancing?
R& B. I love Usher.
Q: How do you feel about stage dancing as opposed to lap dancing or doing private shows?
I love doing private shows. On stage I’m always aware of my audience. I try to engage every person who’s watching me.
Q: What do you do on your time off?
I’m really into sports. NFL. NBA. I love sitting in the casino sports books during the games. I love the energy in there.
Q: Do you bet on the games?
I do, but only because I have a friend who’s pretty good at picking the bets.
Q: What would you most like your audience to know about you?
I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of what I do.
Hew’s photos of Kaz are below.
(Photos by Hew Burney. To see and read about more dancers of the month, see our Gallery of Las Vegas Strip Club Dancers of the Month.)
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