Aurore Tomé is a principal dancer for the world famous Lido nightclub. I thought getting the inside scoop on a real showgirl would be a fun and eye opening interview. We met at Le Dome cafe on rue St. Antoine for a hot chocolate, and Aurore’s warmth matches her striking beauty.
How did you get the job at the Lido and what was the audition process like?
When I arrived in Paris I went to Cours Florent for a full year. I also s
tudied another year with the Studio of Alain de Bock and I did some modeling. I danced with some struggling small dance companies and the
n I met some Lido dancers. I told them it was my dream to be a Lido dancer and they eagerly encouraged me to audition. So I did and I got hired. That was six years ago
. I saw the show at the Lido with my parents when I was teenager and I told them “One day, I’ll be on this stage”. I did eight months of the old show and had to audition again to be in the new show and I was very nervous to audition again.
Can you share some backstage secrets?
The technical things are so magical. There are five levels to the stage and they are always moving. There are 70 performers and four levels of showgirls: Bluebell, nude, principal, and singer. Really fast, Pierre Rambert, our artistic director, gave me the opportunity to do the Principale and Singer replacement, and to be the Principale in the Christmas show. There’s lot of jealousy, which makes for lots of girl fights. It’s like a small town and we are all family. Lots of tension, love, and hate. Most of the girls are not French but English, German, Russian, and American. The girls do their own makeup and hair.