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Local Famous Fridays: Meet Aleka Elmborg

The Story of the Girl who Helped Begin Vanilla Ice’s Career

Aleka Elmborg was born and raised in the Philippines, where she lived for ten years until her mother and stepfather moved to the United States. In high school, she was on the dance team and was in the dance company for a small college in Dallas. She’s been in the beauty industry and fitness for over 30 years. She also worked behind the scenes at several hair shows across the country doing hair, as well as special effects makeup.

For a time, Elmborg would hang out and dance at Club Monopoly in Dallas, where she later met Vanilla Ice and his manager. Yes, the real Vanilla Ice! Elmborg asked if she could try out for his dance troupe, to which he replied, “Oh we’ve already chosen you if you want to join.” Being one of six members (Vanilla Ice included), Elmborg toured the United States for two years in the dance troupe, doing concerts and appearing in his music videos, such as the one and only, “Ice, Ice Baby.” On top of all this, she and her dance troupe appeared on both MTV’s Dance USA and VHI Dance USA.

Elmborg and Vanilla Ice outside his car

Her favorite part of being in the dance troupe was performing for large audiences and fans, although she mentioned that the fans could be a little crazy at times, which she was glad she had the bouncers and Vanilla Ice’s bodyguards to protect her.

She stayed with the dance troupe until they were set out to tour Europe in 1990. This, of course, was during the initial breakout of the Gulf War, which caused her to leave the troupe and stay in America close to family during the war.

But Elmborg and Vanilla Ice didn’t lose touch. Twenty years after she left the dance troupe, she went to a Vanilla Ice concert in Wisconsin with her husband Matt. They went up to Vanilla Ice, who immediately recognized her and invited them backstage to catch up and hang out after the concert.

Aleka Elmborg and her husband Matt

She and her family moved to Yukon in 2011. Her daughter, Leksi, graduates from OU in the spring, and her son, Lukas, will be a senior at YHS this year. Elmborg is heading into her 32nd year doing hair and makeup and looks forward to seeing her kids graduate in the spring.

 

Watch Elmborg in Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” video.

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