Bio

Once Upon A Time….

I started my professional career at the age of 16 doing summer stock musicals at San Diego’s Starlight Theater. There I got my first taste of what it was like to sing and dance in front thousands of people. While Ballet was my first love, I enjoyed how musical theater let you explore all aspects of performing. Although it took me years to get good at it, singing was something I longed to do!  I love how much passion you can pour into a song.  I delved deeper into acting while attending San Diego’s School of Performing Arts and found I had a natural ability. I decided to hone the acting skills further in College. I was accepted into UCLA’s theater program. We ate drank and slept Theater. After graduating I decided to go back to my roots and move to New York to pursue a career in Musical Theater.

New York…..

One month after arriving in NY I went to audition to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. While it was never really a dream of mine to be one, I knew it would keep me in NY where I could still pursue other options. I was offered the job the next day. I must say, it was grueling work. We did up to six shows a day and had to dance on a steel stage, but it was an honor to be part of a piece of American history. I will never forget the first day I performed in front of six thousand people! The show was only October – December, so that left me plenty of time to do other regional shows across the nation as well as in France, Japan and Portugal.  I was a Rockette from 1994-1998.

The Great White Way……

My big dream was to perform on Broadway. I got my wish when I was 26. I was cast as the “Flossie” understudy in the musical “On The Town” Directed by George C. Wolfe. I followed that up with “A Christmas Carol” Directed by the late Mike Ockrent and choreographed by the legendary Susan Stroman. I was lucky enough to work with them both again in the PBS version of “Crazy for You”. You can see me toe tapping on a table as Mitzi. I still have the toe/tap shoes on my wall as a reminder NOT to do that again! (ouch!) I then did the national tour of “Chicago” as June. (“he ran into my knife ten times!!”) I could do that show all year long! The last big New York show I did was the first national of “Kiss Me Kate” starring Rachel York. It was exciting to be part of such a big production. The tour lasted for 13 months and I did the entire run! When the show closed, I knew I was ready for a change. I had a plan to move to LA and pursue more Film and TV roles.

How do you make God laugh? Make a plan…..

I went on vacation to the carribean before moving to LA. I took a flying trapeze class. It was there, swinging upside down by my knees, that I first saw a hansom man with killer abs. His name was Doug and he happened to live in Southern California. We exchanged numbers and I said I’d call him when I moved out there. Once in LA I saw him regularly, and when my sublet fell through I moved in with him “temporarily”. That was 9 years ago. We were engaged 10 months later, married 6 months after that, and proud parents of our first son Jackson 9 months after that!

Happily Ever After…..

Needless to say, my focus has changed a bit since having kids. We added another son, Cole, to the mix in 2007.  I don’t feel the need to pound the pavement as hard as I once did. But I still make sure I do a few professional shows a year and I have an awesome agent who sends me out a few times a month. Now I teach Dance Fitness/Hip, Pop and Rock, which I love, as well as Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop! Feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope to see you on stage or in class!

Juliet

4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hi Juliet,

    You have a wonderful website. I appreciate your honesty and love for performing.

    I have a question for you…..a young man 18 years of age,incredible dancer with no acting and singing ability would like to pursue a career as a dancer in New York. Is this realistic – should he attend a University and train in theater or will that take too long?

    It seems the opportunity for dancers to make a living as a dancer is short-lived.

    If you have time, please advice.

    • Hi Diane!
      That is a very valid question, but it really depends on what his goal is. Does he just want to dance in a dance company or is he really looking to try out Broadway? Dance companies require no singing and any acting is derived from the dancing itself. I will say, “Company” dancers have a very short shelf life unless he becomes a Principle dancer and even that will only extend his career for a few years. If he wants to do musicals then training is a must. BUT, It doesn’t have to be a four year college. There are plenty of great acting and singing coaches in New York. I would focus on a vocal coach first. Every dancer is required to sing at a musical audition. And they want you to sing WELL. It took me a few years before I was really comfortable doing this. All he really needs is 1 up tempo song and 1 ballad, and as a dancer, they usually only ask for 32 bars of each song. He can add to his repertoire later, but he must have this as a basis. The acting is important, but can come later. If he is mostly a dancer, then he won’t be going in for any big roles. He’ll most likely be doing “ensemble” so there wouldn’t be any huge acting parts, but it’s definitely something to work for! Being a man is a HUGE help. There are a million talented girl dancers out there, but there is a great need for talented boys. Also, a mans career in musicals can last much longer. And if he becomes a good singer he can switch into Character roles later in life.
      The bottom line is, as long as he’s not tone deaf, if he wants to do musicals I would encourage him! I went to college because I really wanted to focus on Acting. But as dancers, we’ve been training for years already, so unless he wants to really delve into acting or singing, I say dance while you can. I was labeled a “dancer” as a kid so I was very shy to try acting and singing. Once I realized that I really could do more than one thing, it was wonderful! It made me a better dancer too! But I would really encourage him to get out there and get some voice lessons and not be afraid to suck at it for a while! Boy, could I tell you stories of failed singing auditions before I got it right! You have to hit the wrong notes to find the right ones!
      Please feel free to write again with any other questions!
      Juliet

  2. Hello! I am an aspiriong Rockette myself and was wonderingg if you could give me pointers on coursesnto take in college or classes I should take to prepare! Also, must you be ableto sing to be a Rockette? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Meghan! Let’s see, I would say the best thing for any aspiring Rockette is to be well rounded. A lot of the time tappers don’t do ballet and vice versa. I will tell you that the audition to be a Rockette was one of the hardest I ever did. We had a ballet combination, then a cut. A Jazz combo, then cut. Then tap, then cut. Then precision dance, in a line with kicks, then cut. And yes, they did make us sing, but I have no idea why as Rockettes do not have to sing. This was a while ago, and I”m going to guess that they don’t sing you anymore. Tap is a HUGE requirement, but so is looking smooth and pretty. They don’t need “Hoofers” if you know what I mean. If you can dance like Savion that’s great, but you need to be able to do it gracefully in 2 1/2 inch heels. So take Ballet and Tap as well as Jazz. And know how to dance in Character shoes! We NEVER danced in anything less than 2 1/2 inch heels. Kicks only have to be “Eye high” so don’t worry if your kicks aren’t up to your nose. And they will tell you to lower them if they are. They want a very clean cut look. They used to give a “weight range” to dancers who were hired to keep them at a certain weight. Not sure if they still do that, but they do want you to look trim.
      I hope this helps and if you have more questions feel free to ask again!

      good luck,
      Juliet

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