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Bangor Zumba instructor gets rare opportunity at Waterfront Concerts

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BANGOR - Zumba instructor Emilie Bronson is used to working a crowd, but the Bangor resident got the chance of a lifetime last week when she was asked by Zumba's special projects coordinator to perform as a back-up dancer for Victoria Justice at the waterfront concerts. The 19-year-old singer is the star of her own TV series on Nickelodeon called “Victorious” and is currently on tour with Big Time Rush.

"I had those tiny butterflies in my stomach [backstage] because I knew there were a lot of people out there and a lot of people that I know with kids [at the show]," Bronson said. "It's like your first Zumba class. You're a little nervous until you get out there and get into it." 

Two days before the concert, Bronson and fellow Zumba instructor Korinn Scattoloni of Camden were given choreography to learn. 

"It's one of those repetitious Zumba songs that's really fun," she said. 

And when Bronson showed up hours before the show to practice the routine on stage, she got to meet Victoria Justice in person.

"It was just for a second when I first walked on stage for the sound check. She said, 'Hi' and 'Thank you for being here,'" Bronson said.

Zumba also made sure Bronson and Scattoloni were all decked out in Zumba apparel for the big performance.

"They sent us a tank top, sports bra, sweat bands, pants and sneakers to wear, and they paid us too," she said. 

Bronson said it's an experience she and her young niece Lily will never forget.

"There were a lot of lights and smoke machines. My niece was excited to be there in the audience and say she could see her aunt on stage," Bronson said. "It was so much fun. I'd do it again in an heartbeat."

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