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Brett Goebel is the manager of his daughter, Parris Goebel, and also manages the Palace Dance Studio.,
Brett Goebel, the manager of the Royal Family Dance Crew, charges dancers $200 to audition for a job with the company – and says he has no qualms about the politics.
“Those who want to succeed and have talent know that the auditions are in January, and so they will save for that. It’s not a surprise cost,” said Goebel, who is Parris Goebel’s father and manager. Things.
Although he said the fee would come as no surprise to longtime watchers of the company, dance experts and other industry insiders called the audition costs “repulsive.”
New Zealand School of Dance principal Garry Trinder said he believed the audition fees fell prey to desperate young dancers and were unjustifiable.
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“I personally find it in bad taste and it’s not the best introduction to the organization,” he said.
“Some are chargeable. Unfortunately, dance is one of those environments where there are unemployed dancers looking for work, and for that one opportunity, they will take the risk.
Goebel declined to say how many dancers he expected to audition this year. The Royal Family are holding auditions at Palace Dance Studios next week.
Asked how many positions they were looking to fill on the dance team, he also declined to say.
“Ah, how many people are auditioning? No. No need to discuss that,” he said.
The auditions take place over three days, and longtime dance experts have said 100 people is a conservative estimate of how many people are likely to show up — meaning the charge could easily net $20,000.
There was no information on the number of roles up for grabs on the studio’s websites.
Asked about a person’s chances of getting a job through these auditions, Goebel said, “I don’t need to explain myself to people. I don’t need to justify myself.
“It’s our audition. If people don’t want to pay the fee, then don’t audition. It’s very simple.”
He said the Royal Family had been charging for auditions for 10 years.
Trinder said he was worried about dancers who would not only pay to appear at the audition, but also to travel across the country.
The expense could not be justified, he reasoned, as the auditions were to take place in Goebel’s own studio and would therefore have relatively low overhead.
Ange McKellar, who has worked in dance for more than 20 years, warned dancers against paying for auditions.
“If they ask you to pay, don’t go. It’s not an audition. If you show up for a job interview, are you asked to pay for an interview? It’s the same thing.
“You audition for a job, why would you pay $200 to be seen by someone who could provide a job?”
She also criticized the advertisement for not providing more information. He didn’t say who would audition, or what the ideal candidate looked like.
One concern, McKellar said, was that someone would pay $200 and be cut off within hours.
“For some, they will take a day off or travel. They pay to lose money, and they could be knocked out in the first round – at 11 a.m.
Parris Goebel is one of New Zealand’s best-known dancers and choreographers. She has worked with stars such as Rihanna and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019.