New Victory Blog

The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory Blog. Today we’re talking to third-year usher Sendie Brunard from Brooklyn.
Third-Year Usher Sendie Brunard
Sendie Brunard and New Victory Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound accept the NAHYP Award from First Lady Michelle Obama
In 2014, on behalf of the entire New Victory Usher Corps, Sendie accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound.

Who inspires you?
My family inspires me because of their drive to do better.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory is when I visited my grandparents on their farm. I got to eat things that they grew there, play by the lake and spend time with my family.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I always loved the story of Cinderella. I just loved the story of her being able to find happiness despite everything that was against her.

What was your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject in school has always been math. I love the rush and sense of accomplishment I get from solving a problem.

How would you describe your personal style?
I don't have anything that I'm bound to. I'm open-minded, and my style is a mixture of everything.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song is "Talking to the Moon" by Bruno Mars.  

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
There is a pizza place not too far from here. It's good pizza at a really cheap price. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to perform! Whether it's acting or singing or dancing, I love the feeling of being on stage. I also enjoy watching others perform, so ironically I like to go to the theater when I'm off work as well. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I love Manhattan, midtown to be specific.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be somewhere warm, being able to not worry about work or anything else, just lying by the pool and only getting up to get food!

Each of our Third-Year Ushers gets to spend 40 hours working on a special project—a Third-Year focus—in the department of their choice at The New 42nd Street. Sendie has decided to spend her Third-Year focus working with our Artistic Programming Department.
April 28, 2016

Growing Up Nock

Imagine going to work with your parents, but, instead of meetings and emails, there are high wire acts and vaudevillian gags! Thursday, April 28th is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and while some kids are no doubt looking forward to a nine-to-five day at the office, kids like Annaliese Nock have had it a little better. In case her surname didn't clue you in, Annaliese's dad is none other than Bello Nock, comic daredevil and star of Bello Mania

The Nock family has been bringing the circus to town in one part of the world or another for 175 years! Annaliese is grown now, performing onstage with her dad in Bello Mania and a world record holder in her own right; but was a future of daredevildom always her plan? We recently sat down with Annaliese to learn more about what it was like "growing up Nock" in a family with such a celebrated lineage of performers.


Annaliese Nock hangs upside-down during her lyra act as Bello, ever the proud father, looks on with a smile.
When did you know you wanted to be a performer?
I don't think there was ever a single moment when I had that realization. I think it was just, as long as I can remember, what I wanted to do.  You have to put it into the context of my life. Performing was always my "normal." I thought that was what everyone either did or wanted to do! I still love it, and I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.

What is your earliest memory of seeing your dad perform?
That would have to be at the Big Apple Circus.  I was about a year and a half old.  I remember sitting in the seats and thinking, "I need to start stretching!"

Have you ever travelled to other parts of the world to perform with your family?
I have traveled all over the world with my family—to Japan, Australia, Russia, China and all over Europe! As soon as I was old enough, I started performing. The first place I performed was in the Ringling Bros. All Access Pre-show, where I performed my hand-balancing act. I performed a lyra act in the Big Apple Circus. Then I started practicing on the sway pole and the high wire with my dad, and finally the giant wheel. The wheel is my favorite act!  

You're part of an expansive daredevil dynasty. Do you ever feel pressure to live up to the Nock family's legacy?
Not pressure, just a drive and desire to!

When did you realize you wanted to become a daredevil?         
I think when I first started practicing on the wheel—a typically male-dominated act—I realized, "Hey, I want to do this act, and not a 'girl' version!"

When performing dangerous feats, do you ever get scared?
Yeah, but there are a lot of things in life that can be scary.  You have to push through being scared, and then the best feeling comes after you do something that once scared you!  My dad says that if you're not a little scared, something is wrong.  It's important to keep a healthy respect for the seriousness of what we do.
Bello Mania Icon Be sure to catch Annaliese Nock and the rest of the Bello Mania family performing at The New Victory Theater through May 1. See Bello hover over the audience on his show-stopping sway pole and be mesmerized by Annaliese's aerial act.
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