Magazine article Dance Spirit

I Wanna Be A ROCKETTE!

Magazine article Dance Spirit

I Wanna Be A ROCKETTE!

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INSIDE THE AUDITION FOR ONE OF THE DANCE WORLD'S MOST COVETED JOBS DY fflfiICfift[T fUHUER

It was a warm day in April, but at Radio City Music Hall people were already getting into the holiday spirit: Nearly 500 dancers were about to audition for a chance to perform as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Members of the staff greeted each other with "Merry Christmas!" as they herded the nervous, LaDuca-shod auditionees through the theater's maze of hallways and rehearsal studios.

For the Rockette hopefuls, the day was a whirlwind. After learning and performing four 8-counts of the Rockettes' signature precision jazz choreography in just 30 minutes, they found out whether they'd made the audition's first cut. What does that kind of intense pressure feel-and look-like? Dance Spirit went behind the scenes to find out.

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Dancers came from all over the country to audition for the Rockettes-many of them for the second, third or even fourth time. …

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