Published: July 28, 2011
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LET'S ASK THE INSIDER...
LAURA GOLCMAN

Meet SBF Member Laura Golcman, the Dance Captain on board the NCL Jade.
Laura started dance and acrobatics at age 16 in Sydney, Australia. Over the past 5 years she has performed for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. Laura is very excited to be Dance Captain onboard the NCL Jade and to share the stage with her talented fellow cast members.
Read Laura's interview and find out about how her career has evolved to be part of the productions on board the NCL Jade...
Laura Golcman

  • Los Angeles
Laura in a photo session How old were you when you started dancing and what made you take it up?
    Laura Glocman: I started dancing when I was 16, which is quite late. Before that, I did lots of sports, like athletics, swimming, gymnastics and then I found a nice little dance school and really loved it and just took on more and more classes. Until then I didn't really know that I liked dancing.
    Quote ...(In Elements) the changes are so fast and what you see on stage is nothing compared to the choreography that happens behind the scenes...


  • How long have you been working for NCL?
    LG: This is my first contract with Norwegian Cruise Line. I started rehearsals in February in Tampa, Florida and three of us girls and four boys also had rehearsals in Toronto to learn the aerial work and then we all came together onboard in March. We'll be here until September.

  • What is your role onboard?
    LG: I'm the Dance Captain and I'm responsible for keeping the shows up to standard and Sydney
Laura in a side bar number maintaining them the way the choreographers and directors set them originally. I make sure that all the dancers are sticking to the correct choreography - sometimes things tend to get lost and the routines need to be kept clean. I watch the videos of the shows after we have performed them, to make sure we are all doing everything the same and our spacing and formations are correct.

  • How much rehearsal time do you put in each week?
    LG: Before each show we do a tech run. That's not in our costumes, but full out dancing and singing for the technical aspects like the lighting and the band. Then we do notes on the tech run. We are responsible for the shows that we aren't in. Bradford Rahmlow, the other Dance Captain watches the show Shout! and I watch Showdown, which is a singer only show and I don't sing. However both of us are in Elements, so with that one we tend to work more with the video.

  • What has been your most challenging show? Sydney
Laura photographed by Jonathan Hartland
    Quote ...I just love the finale in Elements, where I get to do the web, which is a rope that spins around from a base...
    LG: I would have to say Elements, just because the changes are so fast and what you see on stage is nothing compared to the choreography that happens behind the scenes. It's completely full on - we're running up and down stairs, we have to go up to the catwalk on deck 8, clip into our bungees, come out and perform, then change out of costume up there, run to Deck 4, run up again to Deck 7 to enter from the back of the house. Even down to earring changes and lipstick changes. It's very complicated.

    NCL Jade
Cinema Italiano
Pali Udvarhelyi, Laura Golcman & Jason Campbell
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  • What's been your funniest moment on stage?
    LG: I personally haven't had many, apart from my hairpiece falling off, but I guess that happens to everyone. However Mark Borum, one of our singers, does some ribbon work in Elements and one night, one of the passengers caught his ribbon and was tugging it and Mark was desperately trying to do the choreography.

  • What's your favourite part of this show?
    LG: I just love the finale in Elements, where I get to do the web, which is a rope that spins around from a base. There are two ropes and two girls, we have two boys at the base spinning us and we are attached to the rope by a hand loop. We spin around holding different leg positions. By that time the audience are usually standing there applauding us.

  • How do you like it living on a ship?
    NCL Jade
Elements
Laura Golcman with cast
2011 LG: Great, I have my own cabin now as I'm Dance Captain. In the past I've always shared a cabin with another dancer, which is fine, but it's nice to have your own space. I like the free time we have to visit the ports. We can go up to the gym whenever we want to and we don't have to worry about cooking dinner. It's just so easy.

  • Do you find it different working on a cruise ship to working on land?
    Quote ...I had to try and hold my balance while the ship was moving quite a lot. However it's good to have a challenge and it makes you work that much harder and it certainly improves your balance....

    LG: The fact that you are at sea and you can't go anywhere is one thing and our days are revolved around the port that we are docked in. When I worked in Japan, I could decide where I wanted to go if I had some time off. Show wise, it's more challenging especially as I do a lot of acrobatics. On one ship I had to do a hand balance routine and for some reason it would always be on the rockiest night of the cruise! NCL Jade
Elements
Laura Golcman & Bradford Rahmlow
2011 I had to try and hold my balance while the ship was moving quite a lot. However it's good to have a challenge and it makes you work that much harder and it certainly improves your balance.

    Quote ...I started dancing when I was 16, which is quite late. Before that, I did lots of sports, like athletics, swimming, gymnastics and then I found a nice little dance school and really loved it and just took on more and more classes...
  • Where have you worked before?
    LG: My first job was with Tokyo Disneyland and I was an aerialist and acrobat in a show called Mystic Rhythms. Then I worked for Royal Caribbean, for a year and then Princess Cruises, for three years. When I'm back in Australia, I do some corporate work too.

  • What are your plans for the future?
    LG: Well, I'm getting married at the end of the year. My fiancé wants it to be my last contract, but I would like to do a few more. He is a personal trainer and we worked together on a ship.


    Thank you Laura for this great interview and best of luck with your career and your wedding!



    Meet the other girl dancers...

    Samee Nann
Production show Singer/Dancer onboard NCL Jade Samee Nann
    Production show Singer/Dancer onboard NCL Jade

    Samee Nann is a Philadelphia native, who attended Point Park University for Musical Theater. At Point Park, Samee was cast in shows such as Still Life with Iris, Hair, Anything Goes, Marat /Sade and Caligula. While in Pittsburgh, Samee appeared in films such as Pain Within and Graduation. While maintaining her studies, she joined the east coast tour of A Garfield Christmas, as one of their soloists. Samee graduated in 2006 and headed straight to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Soon after, Samee was a live performer for tours of Sesame Street Live.


    Jacinta Rich
Dancer onboard NCL Jade
    Jacinta Rich
    Dancer onboard NCL Jade

    Jacinta is 25 years old and from Melbourne, Australia. She trained part-time at Melbourne Dance Xchange and in 2009 completed a 2-year course in performing art's at PSA. Jacinta has worked for Hiloni Entertainment, performing in major events for companies such as Sensations, and most recently appeared in The Production Company's The Boy From Oz.
    Jacinta couldn't be more excited for her first time dancing on a cruise ship, and would like to thank her parents for the continuous love and support.



    Kaylee Olson
Dancer onboard NCL Jade
    Kaylee Olson
    Dancer onboard NCL Jade

    Kaylee trained at the Innovative Dance Studio in Oregon; in such styles as Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. Her background has facilitated her ability to be a featured soloist in competitive routines, as well as a member of a Portland-based Contemporary dance company. Her early dance education and dedication has created a well-balanced combination of technique and knowledge.