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.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Deliver Keynote Address at the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Second Annual “Dinner with a Difference,” Oct. 28

The Pace Women’s Justice Center will host its second annual
“Dinner with a Difference,” on Thursday, October 28, 1999 at the Tarrytown House,
East Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown, N.Y. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, nationally renowned
human sexuality expert, will provide the keynote address. There will be a round-
table discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues” at
5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and the ceremony at
7 p.m. For ticket prices and reservations, call (914) 422-4069.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Pace Women’s Justice Center will host its second annual
“Dinner with a Difference,” on Thursday, October 28, 1999 at the Tarrytown House,
East Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown, N.Y. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, nationally renowned
human sexuality expert, will provide the keynote address. There will be a round-
table discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues” at
5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and the ceremony at
7 p.m. For ticket prices and reservations, call (914) 422-4069.

The evening will begin with introductory remarks by Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Following introductions, the Pace Women’s Justice Center will present the “Diane
White Legal Advocacy Award” to New York State Supreme Court Justice Sondra Miller,
the highest-ranking female jurist in the Ninth District and a graduate of the first
class of Harvard Law School to admit women. The Award is in memory of White, a
grass-roots pioneer for women’s legal rights in Westchester County.

Also during the evening, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano will receive
the “Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award” for his unique and successful
approaches to helping poor and battered women.

The roundtable discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues,”
will be hosted by playwright Henry A. Miller, Esq., of the law firm of Clark Gagliardi
& Miller, PC, and will feature panelists Dean David S. Cohen of Pace Law School,
Michael G. Dowd, Esq., the Honorable George D. Marlow, the Honorable Sondra Miller,
and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Continuing Legal Education credit in ethics is available
for those attending (additional $50 fee for CLE credit).

The “Dinner with a Difference” benefits the Pace Women’s Justice Center at Pace
University School of Law. The Pace Women’s Justice Center is a nonprofit organization
that depends on grants and donations to provide all of its programs and free legal
counsel to the needy. Each year the Center trains dozens of future attorneys,
represents hundreds of victims of domestic violence, and provides legal information
and training to thousands of people. The Center’s mission is to give women and
families the legal tools they need to stop gender violence, seek economic justice,
protect children and save lives.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae throughout
the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its
White Plains, New York, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in
Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies. The School, which has one of
the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs, also offers the doctoral S.J.D.
program in that field. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent
and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.