Dancers share West Side Story audition experience

dance performance senior

Carla Yoselow, dance management junior

Katy Zelon, dance pedagogy senior

Daniella Ortega, OCU alumna '09

By Amanda Alfanos

Imagine auditioning for a Broadway musical which is acclaimed as “one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time”: West Side Story.

Carla Yoselow, dance management junior, Kim Fauré, dance performance senior, Katy Zelon, dance pedagogy senior, and Daniella Ortega, alumna ’09, auditioned for the show for the first time during Spring Break on March 15 in New York City. The audition began at 10 a.m.

The performers were first taught a 16-count combination from to the show’s song, America. The performers did the routine across the floor one at a time before the directors cut about 70 percent of the performers. After the cut, the choreographer took five to 10 minutes to teach the rest of the choreography to a group of about 30 dancers. The performers then executed the choreography in groups of five. Another cut was then made and the remaining performers were asked to sing, Yoselow said.

“It was a little intimidating, but I was there with three other OCU students, so we kind of stuck together, really as like a family,” Yoselow said.

Yoselow and Ortega made it to the end of the dance call. Fauré and Zelon made it to the end of the audition.

“I hope I get a callback. After the audition, they asked me if I was available in May,” Fauré said.