There’s a new Pit Crew member in town, and he’s got all the right moves!
Get ready to be gagged, squirrel friends–RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is officially open, and it’s already making Vegas herstory with insane dance numbers, an iconic cast, original music, and all the looks that will blow your mind.
Nick is one of the amazing, talented dancers in the Pit Crew, and he sat down with us to share his incredible story, how professional dancing has changed his life, his true feelings about the cast and production of the show, and much more.
Where are you from?
I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin in the midwest. It’s an interesting story; I was going to college for mechanical engineering and I was deeply in the closet, just trying to get a good degree so that I could have a good salary and live my closeted life. That was my plan, and then sophomore year, I got hit by a car and it was very much a literal slap in the face. I got a phone call from my mom after that, and I was fine, but she made me take it more seriously than I was. I could hear the tone in her voice and it just really hit me. So from that, I came out and soon after that, I was just like, “I can’t do this anymore” and went back to my passion and my dream of dancing professionally. I quickly finished college with just a sociology degree and moved out [to Los Angeles] and have been working my dream for the last two and a half years. This is my first big opportunity and it’s honestly unbelievable.
When and how did your journey as a dancer begin?
I started dancing when I saw my older sister at her dance recital when I was about 8 years old, and I was like, “you know what, mom? I want to do this.” And my amazing mom put me in dance classes, and spent way too much money on them. The fact that I’m doing this as a career makes me feel a little bit better from how much time, stress, and money my parents had to put into my training to get here.
How did you feel when you knew that you were going to be a part of the show?
When I got the call from my agent that I booked Drag Race Live! I stopped talking, and she was like, “…are you still there?” and I was like, “I’m sorry.” I was tearing up. The dance industry is so hard, and you have to work so hard for opportunities–and I love that–but I’ve been working so hard to get a big break, and this is my first big opportunity. So when I got that phone call, I couldn’t believe it and I’ve never been more excited or happy.
What’s the best thing about being in Vegas?
Definitely not the dry weather, girl. But I will say, the best thing about being here is that this is the first opportunity with my dance career to go off on a journey. My first journey, I guess, was moving from the midwest to LA, and me having the dream of traveling the world with dancing. This is kind of my first big travel–even though it’s close to LA–it’s a big move since we’re moving here. I get excited when I have to change my environment and change a lot of things, so being here and being able to have a professional show and showing all these people what the queens can do is the best part.
What’s your favorite part about being in the show?
I would say it’s a tie between the cast members and the dancing. A lot of times, dancers get booked on a dance job or a dance show, and the dancing is more minimal than what they would like or had in mind, and that’s just part of the business. But this show has been the most full-out dancing and the most fun dancing that I’ve ever done, and it is so fun to do this show every night. Having these crazy ass queens–male dancers included–and having this bunch and how we all get together just feels like a family, and it makes me really, really excited for the next six months.
What’s something you learned from being part of the show?
When you get down to it, everyone is under a lot of pressure and there’s a lot of stress involved. As long as you stay professional, calm, and collected as much as you can, it helps everyone out and it helps yourself out as well. This is my first really stressful professional dance job, so I’ve learned how to handle myself as a professional dancer. I’ve worked with drag queens a little bit on various small events before, and I’ve respected them, but I have a thousand percent more respect for them after watching this show and seeing what they do backstage, and watching them perform. The transformation when they get into drag is just incredible.
Any notable or funny stories from rehearsals?
A lot of funny stuff has happened, but I’m blanking!
What is something the fans should look forward to in the production?
Girl, what can’t they look forward to? The energy is absolutely incredible and the production value is unreal. The amount of pure, raw, and extremely polished talent that we have in this stage and theater production, crew included, is unreal and I’m really excited to shock people in the audience. I’m not sure if they’re ready. They may have an expectation of what this show is, but I think they’re probably wrong…in a good way.
Why should everyone come out and see RuPaul’s Drag Race Live?
RuPaul’s Drag Race is an absolute phenomenon, as we all know. It has swept the world, not just the U.S. and Vegas is a whole ‘nother battle with shows. The best of the best come to Vegas, and this is nothing short of the best of the best. With drag, with dancing, and with talent, you will not be disappointed whatsoever seeing this show.
Don’t miss Nick and the rest of the Pit Crew on the big stage at the RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Check out show dates and purchase tickets here.
Photos via Denise Truscello and Marco Ovando