I had the awesome opportunity of getting invited to rehearsal and get a tour of backstage of the Cirque Du Soleil show starting this Thursday, December 11 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

It was so cool to be there when no one else was and to be allowed in places only the performers see.

Varekai has been a Cirque show for 12 years. The show travels with 18 semi trucks and it takes 16 hours to set up the entire show.

The cast is huge and includes 18 different nationalities. In this particular show there is only one American. She is from New Hampshire and is a trapeze artist.

I got to watch one of the newer members of the show training and learning his part as well was some warm up sessions with some of the acrobats.

I also got to see their wardrobe department. So many intricate details on their costumes and so many costumes to take care of. All of the costumes are hand made and tailor made for the performers. After each performance the wigs get re-worked and the shows get re-dyed and shined. The wardrobe department even travels with their own washer and dryer. Pretty amazing.

Obviously these artists are amazing and flexible and strong and make me realize I'm really out of shape. But I am most amazed that she is working out in jeans! There is not a pair of pants stretchy enough to make it so that I could move like that. Amazing.

It should be an awesome show!

If you already have tickets you're in for a great show and if you don't, what is wrong with you. Tickets are still available. Go to dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.