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.
||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.