The Hudson Independent: “Tarrytown Dancer Gets a Kick Being a Rockette”

Lauren Gaul, who teaches contemporary jazz as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University, feels blessed to be a Rockette at the renowned Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

A year-round employee of Radio City Music Hall, Lauren Gaul performed in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Columbus Day Parade, the America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, the Amtrak Whistle Stop Tour, and others. As exciting for the dancers as it is for the audience, once their high-stepping season ends in January, she said to Janie Rosman for The Hudson Independent. “We are free to do other things.”

From The Hudson Independent story by Janie Rosman:

This past September, Gaul resumed teaching contemporary jazz at Pace University, specifically in its new degree program –a bachelor of arts in theater arts– with a specialized track in commercial dance.

Spearheaded by choreographer and dance lecturer Rhonda Miller, the program provides specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in range and forms, including include ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, among others.

“I wanted to have Lauren as an adjunct faculty member alongside me,” said Miller, who hired Gaul in 2007. “She has strong skills and brings a real working environment to the students.”

Gaul’s work as a dancer and choreographer was featured at venues including Broadway Dance Center Performance Outlet, the Bridge for Dance, Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Event, and most recently at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow inside/out performance space. Additionally she helped choreograph industrials for Lady Footlocker, Sesame Street, Astra-Zeneca, and IZOD Kids, among others.

Which performers does she admire? “That’s a tough question,” she said initially, then a moment later, “Sylvie Guillem,” she said of the French ballet dancer formerly with the Paris Opera Ballet, now a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet of London, “and (the late actress and dancer) Gwen Verdon.”

And after the curtain closes on her last season with the Rockettes, whenever that time comes, Gaul will continue teaching dance. “We don’t say the word ‘retire,’” she said. “It’s my dream to help one or more of my students grace the pages of Playbill.”

Ergo her advice to young dancers, who, like the young girl growing up in Pennsylvania did, aspire to join the famous Radio City Music Hall troupe: “Work harder than anyone will ever push you in tap, jazz and ballet.”

Maybe one of her young protégés will join the renowned kick line some day.

BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Accepted Now”

One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller (pictured), has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program, the first of its kind in the country.

Pace’s new Commercial Dance program – featured prominently in a two-page article on BroadwayWorld.com  – will provide specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. 

For further information on How to Apply and Audition, visit www.pace.edu/performingarts or call 212-346-1352.

BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces DANCE OUT LOUD! With Rhonda Miller, 4/29-30”

You will want to put on your dancing shoes when you see the mix of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop dance being performed on the Schimmel Theater stage on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

“Choreographer to the Stars” Rhonda Miller and Pace Performing Arts present the 2nd annual “DANCE OUT LOUD!” 

Click here to preview a rehearsal!   

WHEN: Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th with a 2pm matinee and 8pm show both days.

WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, located in Lower Manhattan at One Pace Plaza (just east of City Hall), New York, NY 10038. Use the Spruce Street entrance between Gold Street and Park Row.  

TICKETS: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by emailing theater@pace.edu for reservations.