Rockette to teach at Tupelo dance camp

LaVERGNE

LaVERGNE

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Radio City Rockette will offer dance lessons and auditioning tips at a dance camp in Tupelo next week.

Alissa LaVergne, a Texas native, just finished her fourth season as a Rockette.

She performed the “Radio City Christmas Spectactular” performance in Nashville for two years and in New York for her last two.

She’ll teach precision dancing, which is what the Rockettes perform, at North Mississippi Dance Centre’s dance camp.

“The way I grew up learning was with very clean dancing,” LaVergne said Thursday. “You have several girls on stage and they all look alike.

“I’ll give some feedback like what we do at Radio City,” she added.

Contemporary and modern dance is more popular these days, but precision dance, such as the Rockettes do, is a lost art, she said.

“The actual choreography that I teach isn’t necessarily difficult. It’s just being able to have 10 girls on stage all look as one,” she said. “It’s something different. It’s a mind game.”

She also intends to give her students tips on how to make dancing a career, as she has.

“I’ll give them an audition-type of scenario with a dance company or musical theater show. I can give them audition tips, because it gives them insight to how to make it,” LaVergne said.

The dance camp will be her first time in Tupelo.

“I’m excited to come and work with the kids,” she said.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com