Becoming A Rockette!

Dancers take part in open auditions to become a Radio City Rockette for the annual "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" show in New York City, May 6, 2008. Hundreds of young aspiring dancers waited in line to audition at Radio City Music Hall for one of the coveted spots on the famed Rockette dance line that headlines the annual Christmas show that has run for 75 years.    REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES)

Throughout history, few teams have found themselves universally recognized and beloved.  One team that the world is clearly enamoured of is New York’s own Rockettes!  Generation after generation people from around the world descend upon Radio City Music Hall to watch the spectacle where fitness, health, beauty, dance, and fashion come alive in a show of athleticism, grace, and poise.

 

Naturally, after seeing them perform either live on stage or on TV or the internet, little girls around the world begin dreams of becoming a Rockette themselves.

 

As we all know, there is only one right way to end a dream…make it into your reality!

 

So do you dream of becoming a Rockette?  Why not try realizing it?  Like any goal you simply need to break the path to success down into manageable, defined tasks and you’re already on your way.  (A nice side benefit is that much of the root of fulfillment and happiness is working on your goals…remember, its more often than not the journey, not the destination…)

 

So what do you need to do to become a Rockette?  Believe it or not, while you must have tremendous skill, talent, and discipline, the path to becoming a Rockette is open, and fair!

 

So let’s get started!

 

The first step is to know about some requirements the Rockettes have for their dancers:

  1. You must be 18-years-old.  You can audition for a role prior to turning 18 as long as you turn 18 by the time the show begins.
  2. Your height must be between 5’6″ and 5’10 1/2″ tall.
  3. You must present as an iconic Rockette*.
  4. You must be “highly skilled” in jazz and tap dancing.

 

Does this sound like you?  Yes?  Then let’s take a look at what you need to do:

Dancers take part in open auditions to become a Radio City Rockette for the annual "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" show in New York City, May 6, 2008. Hundreds of young aspiring dancers waited in line to audition at Radio City Music Hall for one of the coveted spots on the famed Rockette dance line that headlines the annual Christmas show that has run for 75 years.    REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES)
Dancers take part in open auditions to become a Radio City Rockette for the annual “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” show in New York City, May 6, 2008. Hundreds of young aspiring dancers waited in line to audition at Radio City Music Hall for one of the coveted spots on the famed Rockette dance line that headlines the annual Christmas show that has run for 75 years. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)

 

  1. Audition!  Auditions are “open call” which means anyone can show up and audition.  If you are interested in becoming a Rockette for the 2015 Christmas Spectacular know that open call auditions are scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 10am at 405 West 55th Street on the corner of 9th Avenue in New York City.    You can find the audition schedule at http://www.radiocity.com/AuditionTour.html
  2. You must be able to learn a very basic combination very quickly and know every little detail.  Remember that no detail is too small.
  3. Get called back!   Callbacks will be the following day, Tuesday, August 11th at 11am.
  4. You will need to learn a much more difficult combination tap routine and if you make that cut you will return the next day for more choreography.
  5. The directors are looking for those who can learn quickly and who have personalities that shine.  You need to project passion and enthusiasm to draw the audience in.  Exuding confidence, poise and doing so in a relaxed, joyful manner are the keys to getting selected.

 

You got selected!  Congratulations!  What can you expect next?  You will get very busy transforming into an iconic Rockette!

 

  1. You need to have a strong work ethic, teamwork skills and discipline.
  2. Practice, practice, practice!  You will practice six days a week from 10am to 5pm during the months of September, October, and November to prepare for the Christmas Spectacular.
  3. Rehearsals are physically demanding and you will be focused on health, fitness, and nutrition.  You will need all your strength and stamina to have success and should expect to adjust your daily activities to support you and your team.
  4. Sleep!  You will find each day to be physically demanding and leave exhausted with the expectation you will do the same thing all over again the following day.
  5. This brings in another variable to the mix…you’re going to want to be able to live nearby midtown Manhattan.  While not required you’re going to find any commute in and out of NYC to be tiresome, especially if you reside in the outer counties.

 

What can you start doing today to get yourself ready?

January 29, 2011: Auditions for the 2011 Rockette Summer Intensive in the large rehearsal hall at Radio City Music Hall. The Rockette Summer Intensive offers aspiring professional dancers the unique opportunity to train with the Radio City Rockettes as well as a Rockette Director/Choreographer, and learn their world famous precision dance technique.
January 29, 2011: Auditions for the 2011 Rockette Summer Intensive in the large rehearsal hall at Radio City Music Hall. The Rockette Summer Intensive offers aspiring professional dancers the unique opportunity to train with the Radio City Rockettes as well as a Rockette Director/Choreographer, and learn their world famous precision dance technique.

 

  1. Start conditioning yourself today so that when you are selected you will be able to step into the demands of the job with ease.  You can find real-world Rockette advice and tips at http://www.rockettes.com/fitness-and-health.html#pageContent
  2. You may also want to sign up for the Rockettes Summer Intensive Program.  It is designed for advanced dancers who want to train in the Rockette style.  There is a fee.  Check it out at http://www.rockettes.com/dance/rockettes-summer-intensive.html

 

Well, there you have it.  Your dream of becoming a Rockette is closer than you think!  Remember to write down your goal and these steps and find yourself excited as you start to cross them off your list and let your friends, family, and support team know you’re working on your dream…to become a Rockette!

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Good luck and break a leg!

 

*I have personally confirmed with Gary Memi, a producer with the Rockettes that in order to audition and be selected that you mustn’t be born female.  What they look for is talent first and foremost and continuity of the line.  So while you must be a perfect fit for the Rockettes, your gender history and future is of no consequence.

 

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