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  A Conversation With... Wellington Lima

Wellington Lima, Acrobat and Cirque du Soleil Performer

About Wellington Lima

Wellington Lima was born in Recife, Brazil. He started studying acrobatics and capoiera when he was 11 years old. Three years later, he began participating in gymnastics competitions in the Northwest of Brazil and soon discovered his passion for the trampoline and being up in the air. He went on to travel and train throughout Brazil and, after four years, won the Trampoline Nationals in Brazil.

In 1996, Wellington began teaching acrobatics to at-risk youth in a circus school in Recife. Being involved in the program gave him a sense of his roots and a belief in his ability to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to contribute to their success.

In 1997, after winning Nationals, Wellington moved from his hometown of Recife to Rio De Janeiro to continue his training with the national team. The week he arrived in Rio, Wellington was invited to audition for Cirque du Soleil. A few weeks later, he received an offer to be a part of Cirque du Soleil's new creation La Nouba, which was being developed for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Wellington worked in La Nouba for six years where he played the role of one of the main characters, Pierrot Rouge, in the show. In 2002, he was one of 35 Cirque performers who were chosen by the company to perform at the Oscars®.

From 2004 through 2009, Wellington joined the touring show Dralion and became a part of the Trampowall act in the show. He traveled through Europe, Japan, and Australia with the show. Currently, Wellington is working on his third Cirque du Soleil creation Viva Elvis! in Las Vegas and continues to teach acrobatics to at-risk youth through Cirque du Monde at least once a week.

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