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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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.