Maylands is far from Paris, but it is here that the Moulin Rouge has started its Australian search for fresh talent.
The world-famous cabaret is holding auditions in Australia for its production Feerie.
Moulin Rouge artistic director Janet Pharaoh said they were looking for performers with charisma as well as strong classical dance training to take to the stage at the renowned French institution.
“In Australia, you have an amazing amount of good, local dance schools,” she said.
“That gives me a large talent pool to choose from.
“The Moulin Rouge is a permanent show, so it’s not like you’re just looking for dancers for six months. I’m looking for dancers for a very long time.”
About 50 dancers turned out at the WA Ballet headquarters yesterday to audition.
Moulin Rouge choreographer Erik Sorensen said he knew within minutes if a dancer had what it takes.
“You can tell straight away if people have any sort of training or any dance technique,” he said.
“Even if we only find two or three people, that’s enough for us.”