William Whitener held countless auditions when he directed The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and he himself learned from legendary choreographers Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse about what it takes to make it on Broadway. Now he coaches ballet students on these skills when he guest teaches around the country. "Auditions require a certain amount of strategy," says Whitener. He holds mock auditions and discusses all aspects of the process—registration, class and even how to make a professional exit. "Practicing for this kind of performance works better than telling dancers what they should do," he says. "They need to actually do it."
The Rockettes performing Hearts and Lights. Photo courtesy of Dance Magazine archives and MSG Entertainment
This Saturday, June 3, at 6 pm, a line of former Rockettes will perform at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University alongside Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan, Don Correia and Rosemary Novellino-Mearns in "Rockettes and the Stars."
The Radio City Rockettes' new show, The New York Spring Spectacular, opens this month in NYC, and we're giving away four tickets to the March 27 evening performance! Don't miss the chance to see the Rockettes' famously classic lines in a brand-new storyline.
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