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History of the Rockettes

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History of the Rockettes

We know holidays are a time for fun and shows. The Rockettes are a staple of the holiday season. The Rockettes are an American precision dance company. You usually see The Rockettes at the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, an annual Christmas show. It's time for a Christmas history lesson and you will want to dance and sing like an honorary Rockette when I'm done. 

The Rockettes were f in 1927. that was 95 years ago. Until 2015, they had a Rockette training company. They have had over 3000 women become Rockettes. It all started with the iconic choreographer, Russell Markert. He started up The Rockettes in 1925, He was inspired by a British dance troupe called the Tiller Girls. In particular, Russell wanted to achieve absolute precision and ultimate uniformity in the movement of the dancer. It started with 16 dancers and grew to a line of 36 dancers.

They were called the Missouri Rockettes at first. The name then changed to the Roxyettes due to them having shows mainly at the Roxy Theatre in New York and being discovered by SL Roxy Rothafel. They became The Rockettes as they began traveling more around the world.

 You can check out The Rockettes at Radio City Hall in NYC for their Christmas Spectacular through Jan 2nd, 2023. If you want to immerse yourself in the Rockette experience, you can even take a workshop with them. It can be a 1 hour or 2 hour experience. You can check The Rockettes and all their amazing opportunities at 


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