This dazzling group of performers have been said to be the “hardest working women in show business,” and after watching them perform and getting a glimpse into the grit and glam behind their performances, it’s hard to disagree. The Rockettes are known for their incredible precision, their breadth of talent (must be proficient in tap, ballet and jazz) and uniformed height (dancers must be between 5’6″ and 5’10 ½”.) They are an American staple, and are most well known for their Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. You may be familiar with them via the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but here are a few things that you may not know about the Rockettes:
They opened Radio City Music Hall
On Dec 27th, 1932, the Rockettes performed with 17 other acts at the much anticipated opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. More than 100,000 people applied for tickets to opening night, and 6,200 of those people were lucky enough to experience the momentous event. Radio City has long been the Rockettes home to this day.
The Rockettes contributed to the support of troops in WW2
When America entered the war in the 1940’s, The Rockettes volunteered at the USO. They traveled across the globe to bring joy to the troops with their exceptional beauty, class and skill.
Radio City music Hall may not be around today if it weren’t for the Rockettes
In the late 1970’s, Radio City was in trouble financially, and almost completely went under. But, “The Rockettes lead the crusade to save the theatre.”* With the influence of the Rockettes, New York City decided to name Radio City Hall a landmark, which ultimately saved it from being destroyed.
You can train with the rockettes
The Rockettes Summer Intensive is an amazing opportunity for dancers to train with the Rockettes. There is an audition process, and those who make the cut get the change to rehearse and dance with the Rockettes for an entire week in New York. It’s a bonafide way to be seen and get a foot in the door for aspiring Rockettes, given that a good number of Rockettes once began in the intensive program. Find out more info about the Rocket Summer Intensive here: Rockettes Summer Intensive
You can Experience with the Rockettes
If the Summer Intensive isn’t for you, or you want even more of the Rockette experience, you can participate in a variety of activities at Radio City. From taking a private dance class or getting a back stage tour of the theatre, you can experience the magic and worth ethic of the Rockettes first hand. Visit here to find out more about Rockette Experiences
The Rockettes have a pretty awesome blog
Follow what their up to, info about events and appearances, as well as behind the scenes looks at https://www.rockettes.com/