Many moons ago, I knew a young woman who—despite being, ahem, somewhat vertically-challenged—dreamed of becoming a member of New York City’s famed Radio City Rockettes. If you’re an equally passionate amateur dancer with some training in jazz and tap and a curiosity about what life is like for members of the world’s best-known dance troupe, I’m betting you’ll dig these two once-in-a-lifetime Rockettes adventures.
The Rockette Summer Intensive is designed to give aspiring professional dancers a taste of what it takes to join this famous kick-line. The week-long dance education program includes six hours of daily instruction from current Rockettes dancers and choreographers, a seminar with inside info on the Rockettes audition process, and a grand finale performance where you’ll get to dance on the same Radio City Music Hall stage where the Rockettes have been wowing sold-out crowds with their eye-high kicks for decades. While there are no guarantees, it’s worth noting that this summer intensive program has helped more than 40 young dancers earn a coveted spot in the Rockettes line-up over the past 10 years.
If you’re a more casual dance enthusiast, check out the one-day Rockette Experience. This scaled-down version of the week-long summer intensive includes three hours of dance instruction from one of the Rockettes’ choreographers, along with a mock audition interview, photo opps, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Radio City Music Hall.
Either way you go, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll end up having an extraordinary experience that’s sure to make you the envy of your next dance class.
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