She's showed off her dance moves on stage with the hip-hop group Salt 'N Pepa, and toured with Madonna, Janet Jackson and Pink. Now, she can add Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Cirque Du Soleil® to her resume.
Ruthy Inchaustegui, pronounced [in-CHOW-stay-gee (hard G], is one of the dancers in the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour that comes to the Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. The show is at 8 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased here.
I talked with Ruthy in June as she was preparing for the tour. This mother of a 4-year old son is truly living out her dream, performing in the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.
During our conversation, Ruthy's passion for dance and Michael Jackson was clearly evident. As she talked about Jackson, the King of Pop, I envisioned a child embracing her favorite toy. Ruthy loves Michael Jackson and is grateful to have the opportunity to honor his legacy.
Born in Lima, Peru, Ruthy has been dancing for more than 20 years. "As a child, I was always passionate about dance, martial arts and gymnastics. I always wanted to do it all," she said.
Her dancing career started when she was 19 years old. By her early 20s, she got her first break as a back-up dancer for a group that Jennifer Lopez was dancing for at the time. Lopez left that group to do the show, In Living Color, and Ruthy stepped in. It would be Ruthy's first taste of performing live.
Ruthy continued to perfect her craft, and landed the gig with Salt 'N Pepa. By the time she auditioned for Madonna, Ruthy said she was comfortable as a dancer, performer and entertainer. "I was having the time of my life doing what I loved to do, and what I always wanted to do. This is when I thought that anything could happen."
She would get countless opportunities to dance for many artists. "I was not necessarily thinking of who I was going to dance for next, but I was open to the opportunity to dance for anyone who needed me." Ruthy contends that having that frame of mind allowed her to dance for artists that she once watched on television, trying to learn their moves. This, she counts a blessing. "Things have come full circle in my career as an entertainer."
Getting the nod to perform in the Michael Jackson tour of Cirque Du Soleil--means (Circus of the Sun), was a dream of a lifetime for Ruthy. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour mixes visuals, dance, music and fantasy, giving fans a front row seat to his creativity. Ruthy is one of the 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats in the show, written and directed by Jamie King.
"It would have been amazing to be by his [Michael Jackson] side in a live show, but at least I get to do it honoring his spirit, energy, and legacy. I get to see his life's work every night I step on that stage," Ruthy said of the King of Pop.
She fondly recalls watching Michael on television dancing to the songs, Thriller and Billy Jean. "Now I get to be on stage doing all those moves that I ones saw Michael doing, through my TV in Lima, Peru. Now I get to do it in honor of him, and give that back to the next kid that gets to see it for the first time and it could change his or her life forever."
One of those kids is her own. Read more here.