Salim Gauwloos looks back at his time on the 1990 tour
‘Hey, Salim, this is Madonna, do you want to go on tour with me?” I couldn’t believe it; I almost hadn’t gone to the dance auditions. I said I’d love to, but that I didn’t have the right work papers. “I’ll take care of that,” she said. Two weeks later, I was rehearsing Blond Ambition in LA.
I grew up in Antwerp and trained as a classical dancer. In 1987, aged 18, I came to New York on a scholarship. It was like walking into Fame. The style of dance, the city, the people: everything was exciting, liberating. When I saw an ad that said, “Open Audition for FIERCE Male Dancers… Wimps and Wanna-Bes need not apply!” everyone told me to go.