Classroom to Cabaret

 

Audrey arrived in England and immersed herself in study with Marie Rambert. To make ends meet, she took occasional modeling jobs and began auditioning for cabaret acts around London. Eventually Audrey was told that she could not become a prima ballerina because of the physical deprivation she’d suffered during the war and the limitations of her height.

Audrey was deeply disappointed but became determined to find a way to put her training and skills to good use. At the end of 1948, Audrey found that opportunity when she was cast in a Jerome Robbins choreographed cabaret show called, High Button Shoes.

Audrey continued to dance in the chorus until she finally landed a featured role in Sauce Piquante. She performed twelve shows a week while still pursuing modeling, attending movement classes, barre classes on Saturday mornings, and taking private diction lessons. "I worked like an idiot," Audrey said of these times.


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