Name (inc. title): Josette Marie Wheeler
143 Cherry Blossom Lane, New Haven
Is there anything concerning your medical history or state of health that is relevant to your application? Yes*/No (*If you answer Yes please give details):
Yes. At times prone to subtle to violent tremors when under extreme stress. Currently under treatment to help mitigate these symptoms.
How much notice do you need to give to your current employer, if currently employed?
None, currently employed with the Shanachie Ballet.
Previous experience pertinent to this application (if any):
Various performances with the Paris Opera Ballet, most notably her performance of Giselle as her first principal role with the company. Shanachie roles include:
The Snow Queen: Gerda
La Bayadere: Nikiya
The Little Mermaid; Little Mermaid
The Nutcracker: Clara
La Sylphide: The Sylph
The Red Shoes: Victoria Page
Swan Lake: Odile-The Black Swan
Coppelia: French Doll
Peter Pan: Wendy
Do you have any criminal convictions? Yes*/No (If you answer Yes please give details): No
Josette was particularly excited for the auditions for this new season for a special reason. After her absence at the Summer Gala, she was feeling stronger than ever after working with Irina on her strength training after taking a much needed rest and she was eager to be back to work rehearsing and performing in Apollo.
Having spent the morning in the quiet reverie of the branches of one of her favorite ancient oak trees in the Southern Glen, she felt recharged and rejuvenated as she bounced with eager excitement through the backstage door. There may have been a stray leaf or two still stuck in her hair and some dirt beneath her fingernails as she plopped her bag down and brushed her delicate bangs out of her eyes that framed her doll-like face like wisps of angel wings. Feeling one of the leaves with delicate fingers, she gave a little sheepish smile, before plucking one out and tucking it into the safety of her bag before she began stretching.
A warm smile was given to both new and old faces alike as she began her warm up routine. As she had a sensitivity to energy that was as finely tuned as a Stradivarius, she noticed the flicker and fade of Camille's fingertips upon the barre, but did not let her gaze linger as she did not want to make the girl self conscious.
And of course she greeted Dante Alvarez, who she had worked with many years ago at the Paris Opera Ballet. Josette had told him about the company after he returned from his time in Nepal to escape his alleged scandal with the Royal Ballet company. Dante denied the rumors as spurious lies of course, but as Josette had worked with the notorious "Black Eagle" before, she knew his temperament all too well. A brilliant dancer to be sure, but he'd given more than one choreographer in the ballet world a few sleepless nights as he was a bit of a divo. She'd told him about the company when he said he was looking for work after the leaving the Royal Ballet, she just never actually thought he would decide to audition!
Having worked hard on her strength and flexibility during her time off, Josette chose to dance the variation Arabian Coffee from her first and forever favorite ballet, The Nutcracker as her individual piece. For the group auditions, she'd choreographed a special surprise at the end that she'd enlisted Dante's help with, as well as several willing members of the corps. Josie had worked rather hard on it, as she wanted to flex her choreographer muscles a bit and needed to channel some restless energy during her time off. Testing the waters to see if Anya and Tony would ever want to give her a chance at choreographing a few pieces should they ever needed the occasional break, she created a piece that was a bit of a modern twist of The Nutcracker.
After watching a few amazing duels, she drew inspiration from the fighters and their incredible movements to combine some fight aspects with the ballet and merge the two together to give Clara some fire and a bit more to do than simply throw her ballet slipper at the Mouse King! She hoped everyone would enjoy the fresh take!
(OOC Note: Everyone that wishes to is welcome to participate in the group piece as long as it remains in line with the choreography in the following video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1XB00Ss8I Josette is dancing the role of Clara and Dante Alvarez is dancing the Mouse King, but all other roles are open to whoever wants to join in on the fun! Full credit for the original choreography goes to Benjamin Millepied.)