If you have never seen the Rockettes, it's time you did. They have been coming to the Twin Cities for the past few years. I went the other year, and it was phenomenal. It's a great family show that gets everyone in a festive mood.
They're amazing performers that deliver every show. It's a lot of work performing and even being cheerful. You try wearing a never ending grin and dancing "4 shows a day, 28 shows a week, 365 days a year for more than 50 years"! I bet you wouldn't be as enthusiastic as they are.
They go through a rigorous audition with certain qualifications that wouldn't fit the majority:
"ROCKETTES must be between 5' 6" and 5' 10-½" tall
(measurements will be taken). Rockette candidates must
be proficient in jazz and tap."
"MALE and FEMALE DANCERS must be proficient in
jazz and ballet. All FEMALE DANCERS must work en pointe
for CAA shows. If you also sing, please bring sheet music
to the audition."
"MALE and FEMALE SINGERS WHO DANCE are asked
to prepare an uptempo song and a ballad in their key
for the audition. No recorded music is allowed. Please
be prepared to dance."
"There are NO EXCEPTIONS to any of the role requirements
listed on this website. If you DO NOT FIT any of these requirements,
unfortunately there are no roles available for you"
As if getting a gig as a performer wasn't hard enough! I'm surprised they have such loose height standards. In the show I attended, every single Rockette was within an inch of each other. Although I suppose it limits the talent when you cut the height standard to within an inch. My guess is that they have different companies for people of similar (identical, really) height.
They move in exact unison with a perfection that is almosI in-human. Everything about the Rockettes performancimpeccablecable. The costumes and stories they do are just magnificent. I can't think of another company that is comparable in any way to the Rockettes. They're in a league of their own, and you shouldn't miss it for the world!