If you remember the episode of Friends called “The One With All the Jealousy”, you’ll remember that, entwined with the ongoing saga of Ross’ and Rachel’s faltering relationship was the story line of Joey’s audition for an apparent ‘non-dancing’ role in a musical.
Although his resume would suggest otherwise – three years of modern dance with Twyla Tharp… five years with the American Ballet Theater – Joey walks into the audition as a dance outsider and immediately finds himself surrounded by a studio full of well-trained and experienced dancers.
Adding to the intimidation factor, Joey is quickly approached by one of the musical’s directors who asks him to stand in for the production’s dance captain and teach the other hopefuls the combination for the audition.
You are no doubt wondering by now where I am going with this and why The Ballet Herald includes a Friends episode guide. Suffice it to say that the combination that Joey was tasked with teaching, a deluge of French vocabulary and accompanying lightning fast movements that Joey’s untrained eye synthesized as, “steppity-step and jazz hands,” was my impression of the immensely high barrier of entry that stood between most of us and the world of professional dance.
I could not have been more wrong…