Ryan Kelsey of Chippendales at the Rio, Las Vegas Talks About Returning to the Stage

Last month, the famed male revue Chippendales returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show had been on hiatus, due to the pandemic, for more than a year.

One of the show’s performers, Ryan Kelsey, is a second-generation performer. His parents were both dancers and part of the legendary Las Vegas shows Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel and Casino and Jubilee at Bally’s Hotel and Casino.

In his time off from performing, Ryan, who is also a magician, worked on his love of music and focused on his mental health. On his returning to the Las Vegas stage, he said this:

“We were closed for 17 months, which is a long time. And the longest that I’ve not been on the stage since I was like 12 years old. But yeah, it was just that, especially that first night back was so exhilarating. The crowds have been great.”

Ryan Kelsey

On keeping himself in shape for his life onstage, as a bare-chested dancer and heartthrob, Ryan shared this about diet:

“I know it sounds tedious, but when you write down every single thing you eat, when you write down every, you know, every exercise you do and don’t do and you see it as a list in front of you, that’s where like I think sometimes people tend to snack, like, I’ll just grab a handful of chips or I’ll just grab this, grab that and you kind of don’t register as like, oh, this is what I ate today. So just writing everything down, seeing it in front of your face can give you a really clear vision of kind of where you’re at and where you might want to improve.”

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With Ryan Kelsey and Jason Morley of Chippendales in 2019

Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joined us for this CYInterview and spoke with Ryan Kelsey about his training routine, diet and more.

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