New Cirque du Soleil artist? See The Bachelor’s Vanessa Grimaldi #CirqueWay For a Day!

New Cirque du Soleil artist? See The Bachelor’s Vanessa Grimaldi #CirqueWay For a Day!

I’m so out of breath. Blame it on the socks, okay? I’m sorry. I’m heavy. I’m an artist. VANESSA GRIMALDI
#CirqueWay FOR A DAY Hey guys! It’s me,
Vanessa Grimaldi. You may have seen me
on ABC’s The Bachelor, and today, I’m at the International
Headquarters ofCirque du Soleilin my hometown of Montreal, Quebec,
and I’m super, super excited! I was a gymnast for
a couple of years, and then once I quit
gymnastics, I decided to apply to become an acrobat
atCirque du Soleil. That never happened.
I became a teacher and I’m like, well I still want to be
part of theCirque du Soleilfamily. But today, I was
finally invited at their International Headquarters
and I’ll be getting an entire tour, and I’m super excited! Follow me. I’m gonna make a hat today. So I heard that I have
to choose an outfit, but first we are at the atelier where most of the outfits
are made in Montreal, so it’s super exciting. I sew, so it feels
like I’m at home, I just want to sit down and
start sewing a little costume, but I won’t do that. I want to just take a look
and see what’s going on and what kind of costumes are
gonna be sewing up today. I wonder how much
pasta this guy ate. I’m at the costume atelier with Andrée and we just learned
this dance move together. So, I’m gonna be learning a dance
routine, super excited about that. I think we have something
for your liking. I hope so. There are
just so many options. Well, this one caught my eye.
It’s like… this is amazing. – That’s from Luzia. Can you imagine there’s somebody
performing with that costume on? – And it’s heavy.
– It is heavy, yeah. And they’re flipping in this? – Yeah.
– With this on their head? – It’s actually… it’s a belt.
– I knew that. I was just testing her. – They would have a
freaking large head. – I have the smallest head in the world.
This is really… – Oh yeah, this is pretty too.
– Right, from TOTEM. – Are there underwear in here
or do they wear their own? – We provide them with the underwear
and yes there is, yeah. – Gotcha. And this one really caught my
eye as soon as I walked in. – Yeah, this is really
crazy, it’s really nice. It’s from one of the
Free Spirits in VOLTA. – So many people at Coachella want it, like
would want to wear something like this. – Yeah. And one of the things
that’s special about this costume is there’s a lot of 3D
print components to it. So those are made of a
special kind of plastic, so that the artists don’t hurt themselves
if it hits them in the face or whatnot. – Oh yeah, it looks
like a natural bead. – Yeah, but it doesn’t hurt.
– It’s not wood or anything. Most of the fabric we buy is
actually white to begin with, like a large majority, and we do
all the printing and dyeing and… – This is all in-house.
– Yeah. Wow, this is something that I would
like to wear for my dance routine. Can I wear this? – I think that you would
look great in there. – Can I wear this one?
– Absolutely. – Oh my God! Bollywood here I come. So, this is an
artist named Laurie. – Uh-huh. – She’s Québécoise and she
is doing bungie on the show. But then it’s also a
transitional character, so they run around and do cues and
you see her from time to time, and she rotates in a bungie act and she used to do a lot
of acts as well, actually. Kyle, I’m so excited! – I’m excited, too!
This is really fun! – Kyle works atCirque du Soleil.
You’re a contortionist. – I am.
– But now, you’re also doing makeup. – Correct. – We’re at the makeup room right
now, so we’re getting prepped. I’m getting prepped for
my Bollywood dance… And what else am I doing that you
had a massive like reaction to? The cradle, you were like… – Yeah, you’re doing Russian
cradle, aerial cradle, which is quite a well-known
discipline in this company. It’s actually one of the big group
acts, it’s a jaw-dropping act. – It’s pretty intense?
– Yes. – Very excited! I love this look. – Alright, Vanessa, it’s
time to get ready now. I have your costume,
you can go put it on. – Thank you so much. – We completely transformed that chick.
– Off I go. – Good-bye, skip away! Can I go flip now? I want to go see
myself in the mirror. I feel like the expectations
are gonna be very high, people are looking at me, like:
“Wow, what is she gonna do?” I’m just gonna get stopped for autographs
right now, I’m just warning you. Can I look in the mirror? Yes! Actually, I look like I could
be part of the Cirque team. I love it! Now, let’s do some Bollywood. What are you doing here? This is my friend. This is my friend Maryanne. She came actually to
surprise me in one of her… In the costume they gave me. This is so fun! This is amazing! Okay, we’re
stretching our knees. – So, this is from the show TOTEM. This is the finale
dance with everybody, all the artists dancing. So, at the beginning they’re not
all there, they come later. – Blame it on the socks, okay? Oh, are we making
a dance move now? Oh, I thought this
was stretching. Not stretching. Oh, so out of breath. – You’re doing great! Most embarrassing moment ever
by Vanessa Grimaldi and Maryanne. Now, it’s bye time. Bravo! – Shall I add this dance
is taught in 15 minutes. So, I just saw one
of my coaches. So now, I just embarrassed myself
in the dance room learning a dance that I think did well. Now… Hello! Vanessa. – Nice to meet you.
– Nice to meet you. This is very, very
intimidating. Oh my god! They probably
think I know what I’m doing. I don’t know what I’m doing, just…
I’m here as a visitor, okay? – As a what?
– As a visitor, I’m just a visitor. – Well, enjoy your visit.
– Thank you. You guys, they probably
all think I’m a pro. Hello, I’m a new member. – We’re gonna go first
with a simple jump. – Okay, simple jump.
– Yeah? – From the cradleinto the pit.
– What is a cradle? – This is the cradle.
– I’m thinking cradle, like… okay. – So, you’re gonna
climb the ladder here. Stand on the cradle. – That’s the cradle?
– Yeah. – Okay.
– And then from here jump. – What?
– Jump down to your back. – Okay.
– Okay? – So keep the line like this. Okay? – You’re gonna hold me
the whole time, eh? – Yeah. If you’re good
I can let you go. – No.
– So, I can hold youfor the first time? – Manu, we’re not doing… no. This is actually a dream
come true, by the way. So, I’m gonna face my fears, because
I do have a little fear of heights, I just didn’t tell you. Everyone, keep doing
what you’re doing. Don’t watch me. – Yeah. Okay, perfect. – Holy ***.
– Arms behind the rope. – Okay.
– Yeah. Straight jump to your
back on the mat. – Manu remember what we said.
– Yeah. – Slowly like an angel, okay? My back. [STRIKE 1] Do they do this without being
harnessed in the show? – Yes, yes.
– Or do they do it with being harnessed? – Without harness.
– They’re crazy. The mind is so powerful.
Okay, ready? – Ready.
– Ready? – Ready. – Set and free! Holy ***. – Denis. [STRIKE 2] – I knew it. Guys how good was that? – Now the porter is gonna get to the
cradle, climbing up to the platform. Yougive your hands and we’re
gonna bring you down, the porter and myself holding on
the launch and do a few swings. The porter… Easy, simple
swing, small swing. – Yeah?
– Yeah. My porter. What’s
my porter’s name? – Denis. – What do I say if
I say “scared”? – He won’t understand.
He will just swing you. – I’m scared. [SCARED I] Scared. [SCARED II] Scared. [SCARED III] I’m using scared. [SCARED IIII] – No, he’s happy. – But I’m scared. [SCARED IIIII]
– I don’t know. – Oh my god! Oh my god! – And jump. – That was a new performance. I liked that a lot. – Good, yeah?
– Do that again? – It’s impressive, usually Dennis
doesn’t smile during training. – Really?
– Yeah, it’s the first time. – Listen, you guys need
me on the team, okay? – Yeah. And press to your back, yes! – I fell like a little doll. I just fell over. So, we are trying the
front salto dismount with my man Denis. Dennis, Denis? How do you say his
name in Russian? – Denis.
– Denis. – Denis. – Manu, how do you say
“thank you” in Russian? – Spasibo.
– Spasibo. And that better be “thank you”! – Nice!
– I did it! I’m gonna die! Can I see the footage of that?
Holy ***! Espasami… What is it?
– Spasibo. – Spasibo. – Sergei is gonna be your
coach and Dima your partner. – Dima, Sergé. – Sergei.
– Sergei. Nice to meet you. Ochen priyatna. Ochen priyatna?
– Yeah. – I’m learning Russian,
too, here guys. – Go down. – Step over him, I’m
gonna hurt him. – Hands like that. – Oh ***. Okay Okay, hold my hand. – Don’t squeeze my hand. Hold your hand down,
go down and jump. With your body tight… Put your hands down. I’m sorry. I’m heavy. Move your body forward. Okay, pull him up. – Come up. – Okay?
– Here we go. Power! – Push again. And put your hands down.
– Okay, but don’t do anything crazy. Sorry for the bum. You wanna do one
more, advanced? If the coach believes in me. He didn’t use the
harness at all. – Turn.
– Okay. – Hand, go. Strange. Good. Your hands to the side. Show
me your hands beside. Nice! Smile. Okay, next step: hand-to-hand. – Hand-to-hand. – Yes, bring your feet a little more.
– Hold on, I just want to go on my tippy toes. Okay. – Back on the floor.
– Yeah. – And go. Straight. Point your feet. Nice! – That was so much fun. He’s sweating so much, I’m so sorry.
– No problem. – Bad, but good. Thank you. Thank you. So, I wanted to become an acrobat
for a really, really long time after I was done gymnastics
and I got invited to theCirque du Soleil
headquarters today. And I really didn’t think
it was gonna be as exciting a day as I had, with just picking
out an outfit, doing my makeup, getting to meet some of the
trainers and the performers… And it’s so interesting
to see the relationships that performers
have together here. It’s really building a bond and I thought they were a family, but now I can really confirm
that Cirque is a family, and a family that I
want to be a part of. So, thank you so much
for this experience. I hope you guys enjoyed it and I hope you’re as impressed
as I am with myself today. But now, I got to go to
a little talent show and I’ve gotta take
this makeup off. So, thank you and hope
to see you guys soon. VANESSA GRIMALDI
#CirqueWay FOR A DAY

16 Replies to “New Cirque du Soleil artist? See The Bachelor’s Vanessa Grimaldi #CirqueWay For a Day!”

  1. Wow! She really did good! In my opinion, she would be really good in Totem since she pretty much mastered that dance! Also, I looove the Free Spirits. So if I were her, I’d choose that costume too haha. Maybe even the Grey’s costume too. I just love Volta’s costumes.

  2. My one and only dream of my life is to watch a Cirque du Soleil show, go to Cirque headquarters, somehow be at Cirque. I keep imagining and dreaming about the day that this happened. I love Cirque Du Soleil ❤️😭❤️

  3. Cirque Du Soleil… Would you ever consider traveling to Iceland please??? We are seriously circus deprived over here. I want all Icelanders to experience the magic and the joy of circus. I saw my first ever Cirque Du Soleil show on my 21st birthday. It was Volta and I went back and forth between crying and giggling and smiling and just being in awe with my jaw on the floor. I am now 22 and I can say that it was easily the best birthday of my life and one of the best days in my entire life. I take aerial hoop classes occasionally but unfortunately you can’t tale classes here and ever become a professional, it is more seen as a hobby here. There is no circus culture. I am going to try and work hard, maybe travel abroad and learn circus and then I want to apply for the montréal circus school. I have never been able to see I am good at anything or have the potential to truly excel at anything until I discovered circus. I learned that I am strong and quite flexible. The potential is there, is just need a teacher. I was in montréal for the circus festival in 2016 and 2018, again, the best days of my life. Circus artists just, to me are like these magical fairies. I know it sounds corny but to me their energy and charisma is magical and each artist I have met is the kind of person I’d want as a friend for life. Their hard work and dedication is so inspiring. I hope to become good enough so that one day I can teach my own children circus. It would be amazing to be able to maybe open my own circus school here in Iceland, for people like myself. I think if I had discovered circus earlier and pursued it earlier, I would have been an entirely different person today. I’d be the best version of myself. I am not quite there yet but working on it. Anyways, this has been an essay. I just can never put into words how much Cirque Du Soleil did for me. Thank you for everything.

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