Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 3:04 p.m.
A freak accident that caused a nearly 30-foot fall for professional dancer Zac Brazenas two years ago left him in danger of never performing again.
Today, he dances alongside Britney Spears in her new resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, and he’s won raves from the pop princess and her fans for his remarkable skills.
The story of his return to the stage is a miracle. He had danced on tours with Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Miley Cyrus.
Columnist Brianba Domjen of the Sydney Daily Telegraph “Confidential” page in Australia unearthed his extraordinary climb back to the top on a visit to Las Vegas this week.
She reported that Zac’s fall while training for an aerial performance left him with five broken bones in three limbs, along with two full dislocations. It looked certain that his career and passion for dance would be affected forever.
“I was using a new apparatus, and I fell about 28 feet, or about three stories, to the ground,” Zac , 35, told Brianba. “I was falling head first, and all I could think was ‘don’t hit your head,’ so I flipped my body and reached for the ground with my arm and leg.
“I was happy to be alive but was extremely winded, and my body was a bit mangled underneath me.”
He wound up in full leg and arm casts. After reconstructive surgery on his left fibular and two further surgeries, Zac, who has been dancing since age 7, faced a grueling and lengthy rehabilitation process.
“I love a challenge, so I never gave up, but just before I started dancing again, I was seriously unsure whether returning to dancing was a realistic option,” he said. “My ankle and elbow and wrist are permanently disabled, which makes dancing a very different experience.
“I have had to change the way I do lots of things, but I am making it work.”
He’s signed to Britney’s show for its two-year Las Vegas run.
“I used to watch her videos and performances back in Australia many years ago, and I would always watch her dancers and be like ‘they are the best in the world.’ I always dreamt of being in their position.”
Britney’s choreographers were worried and hesitated at first over his injury if he would be able to maintain the hectic schedule required over the two years.
He landed the Planet Hollywood residency after working on Britney’s video for “Work Bitch” and has more than proven that they had nothing to fret.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.