Graduate lands Broadway show

This month, Oklahoma City University added a 39th dancer to its list of Broadway performers — Kimberly Fauré, a 2010 dance performance graduate.

She will perform in Anything Goes, which will open April 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

I interviewed Fauré in January, when she was a stand-out student at Oklahoma City University, about her goal of making it to Broadway. Jo Rowan, chairman of the OCU dance department, said Fauré had “star quality.”

The following is a list of Broadway shows dancers of the OCU Ann Lacy School and American Dance and Arts Management have been featured in:

  1. Chicago
  2. RENT
  3. 42nd Street
  4. Gypsy
  5. Fosse
  6. The Producers
  7. La Cage aux Folles
  8. Crazy for You
  9. Mamma Mia
  10. Saturday Night Fever
  11. Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  12. Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  13. Tommy
  14. Show Boat
  15. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  16. Boy from Oz
  17. Will Roger’s Follies
  18. Frogs
  19. Jerome Robbin’s Broadway
  20. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  22. A Chorus Line
  23. Wicked
  24. Sunset Blvd.
  25. Music Man
  26. Grease
  27. Hairspray
  28. Peter Pan
  29. Spamalot
  30. Phantom of the Opera
  31. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  32. Steel Pier
  33. Epic Proportions
  34. On the Town
  35. Civil War
  36. Guys and Dolls
  37. Hello, Dolly

** Information cited from the 2006 “42nd St. and Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management” document. This list doesn’t include dancers featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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Confessions of a pirouetting powerhouse

Chaz Wolcott, dance performance senior

Executing 13-14 revolutions on one leg isn’t something the average person can do, but Chaz Wolcott, dance performance senior, does it with ease.

“I started dance when I was about 1 when my parents taught me how to do the cha cha,” he said. “They say I was still in diapers.”

Wolcott’s parents enrolled him in tap and jazz classes when he was about 2 1/2 or 3 years old. He said he hasn’t stopped dancing since.

While Wolcott’s pirouettes are acclaimed to be “absolutely amazing” by Mary Price Boday, associate professor of dance, turning hasn’t always come easy to him.

“When I was little I could not even do a double up until the age of maybe 14,” he said. “It always bothered me ’cause boys always seemed to turn and I couldn’t at all.”

Determined to improve, Wolcott practiced turning by spinning for hours in socks in the kitchen.

“The only way you can get better at turning is just to keep practicing, and not necessarily in class. You just have to find your center, which is something I think you have to find on your own. You can’t just take ballet once a day or whatever and expect to get it. You have to just keep practicing and spin around in the grocery store isles until you find your center,” he said.

Boday said having the ability to execute at least a double or triple pirouette is must to be a competitive working dancer.

“If you look at what dancers can do today, as opposed to what dancers could do 75 years ago, it’s really really different,” she said. “That’s just the nature of any of the performing arts. We always push and try to do more.”