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Backstage on Broadway: Fuerza Bruta’s Julie Nelson reaches dance dream with WAYRA

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"Amazing," "Great" and "One of the coolest things in New York City!"

That's just what some people are saying about Fuerza Bruta WAYRA.

It's the hit off-Broadway show that resembles Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.

“We actually physically connect with the audience, it’s not just emotionally.” Julie Nelson, a shows performer said.

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Julie Nelson is one of the performers, a gig that has been a long time coming.

“I was actually in boarding school from age 11 on," Julie explained. "[It's] a Russian boarding school in Washington D.C. called the Kirov Academy of Ballet.”

But, it was a middle school trip to New York that changed her life.

“I remember the opening scene of De La Guarda looking up at the paper and the water and the glow in the dark,” Julie said.

De la Guarda was the first installment of the Fuerza Bruta trilogy.

"That’s when it clicked," Julie said. "I’m crazy I need to do something else.”

A thirst for adventure that runs in the family.

“My dad was an F15 pilot," Julie explained.  “We go flying and we jump out of airplanes, do crazy things together."

So it was no surprise when she decided to try out for this show.

“I wasn’t quite old enough when I first auditioned," Julie remembered. "I didn’t have enough life experience.”

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But Julie's a fighter, so five years later, she tried out again.

This time she made it.

"I was like finally!" Julie said. "I was very excited because it felt like a long time coming, because I knew I could do it."

Now, she does it six nights a week.

"One hour before the show we have a track meeting,” Julie explained. [That's when] we get whatever track we do in the show, everyone in the cast has to know every track.”

For Julie, the best part of this job isn't all the high-flying acrobatics but the audience.

"Looking down and seeing that immediate reaction every night, that’s what I do it for,” Julie said.

 

PRODUCED BY: KIM PESTALOZZi