Meet Celina Nightengale
“Rock of Ages”
Age: “I’m in the 18-to-30 range.”
Yes, it’s really her name. … Started taking dance lessons as a kid and calls tap “one of my hidden weapons, because not a lot of people tap these days.” … Knew around age 5 that she wanted to move to Los Angeles and be a dancer. … Mom insisted she go to college first; holds a degree in communications and marketing from the University of Denver. … During college, captained her college dance team, danced on the Colorado Mammoth (pro lacrosse) dance squad and assisted the Denver Nuggets’ dance team coach. … Moved to Los Angeles on a dance scholarship after graduating. … First big job: “Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.” … Danced in Janet Jackson’s “Rock With U” video and recently appeared as a showgirl and body-doubled for Alicia Keys in Keys’ “Tears Always Win” video. … Original member of the Las Vegas “Rock of Ages” cast.
On ‘Rock of Ages’ ’80s vibe:
“It’s such a deja vu thing. When I first moved to Hollywood, that was what you did: You walked on Sunset, you checked out the cool places like the Whisky and the Roxy, and some of the shows I did were down there, on the Strip. And the Angelyne poster we have onstage, that was one of the first billboards I saw in L.A. I was, like, ‘Who’s this crazy lady on this poster?’ (Laughs) That’s one of my first memories.”