Las Vegas truly embodies the notion of being “Entertainment Capital of the World” by featuring a plethora of events that capture the essence of the city. Yes, it’s still synonymous with casinos, but with the constant growth in technology and the emergence of many amusement venues, the desert has had no other choice but to adapt.
Casinos, as you might have known by now, have branched out from the typical land-based establishments to their similarly viable online counterparts to provide gamers with convenient options without losing the authentic experience. More platforms began exploring this idea, so much so that the likes of Gala Casino started providing welcome bonuses and live dealers streaming features to new players. This is just a simple reflection of Las Vegas’ continuous evolution and how it embraces the general concept of innovative entertainment.
Part of the constant growth in Las Vegas is its audience’s acceptance of a rather odd yet growing event such as slacklining. For one, the city hosted Andy Lewis’ attempt to break the world record for longest distance walked on a slackline in an urban environment. According to Review Journal, the Moab, Utah daredevil traversed 360 feet on a one-inch wide line, 480 feet above the world-famous Strip as a way to promote the sport.
Another proof that slacklining has sort of become a thing in Las Vegas is its inclusion in the widely renowned spectacle Cirque du Soleil. In their special tribute show named Michael Jackson ONE, the group incorporated slackliners during its rendition of the pop icon’s hit song ‘Bad’. The performance featured death-defying stunts, high-energy performances, and, of course, all the heart-stopping facets of the up-and-coming sport.
Lastly, a group called Yoga Slackers embarked on a 30,000-mile, cross-country tour of North America last 2014 to encourage interested parties into taking up this mix of sport and wellness. One of the stops was in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rocks Rendezvous, where participants learned the basics of Slackline and Acro Yoga. The instructors, Sam and Racquel, even taught them Slackro, which is a combination of slacklining and acrobatics. This event, may, or may not, have sparked the institution of the Las Vegas Slackline Group.
In a way, slacklining in Las Vegas mirrors the development of its iconic casinos and other entertainment venues. Both areas effectively diversified and took a new direction to reach wider audiences, coming up with a worthwhile activity that fits the overall vibe of an equally fascinating and highly intriguing city.