The Rockettes are the world’s most famous precision dance company.
Widely known as one of New York City’s most illustrious and beloved icons, they are legendary for their precision dance and eye-high kicks. The Rockettes are the stars of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” — a show that is attended by more than two million people each year and has played in more than 60 cities all across North America.
From appearances on Dancing with the Stars, the Tony Awards, and Super Bowl Halftime Shows to Presidential Inaugurations and co-starring roles in commercials for celebrated product launches such as Diet Coke, the Rockettes are above anything else, stars.
Since their inception more than 85 years ago, the Rockettes legacy has been unwavering. Such staying power in the ever-changing entertainment landscape is rare. The appeal lies in the talent and innate passion of the women themselves. They are the American dream.
More than four hundred women audition each summer to be apart of this legendary dance group. Only a mere thirty-six Rockettes are chosen to dance on-stage at every performance.
The group was founded in St. Louis by Russell Markert in 1925, originally performing as the “Missouri Rockets”. Markert had been inspired by the John Tiller Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922, and was convinced, “If I ever got a chance to get a group of American girls who would be taller and have longer legs and could do really complicated tap routines and eye-high kicks… they’d knock your socks off!” the height that Markert was speaking of was and still is a requirement of no shorter than 5’6” and no taller that 5’10’. The time honored tradition of the Rockettes truly is a beautiful token of what it means to be an American. These women work their entire life towards this goal, which brings joy to many people all throughout the year. And isn’t that what this beautiful country is all about? Hard work and helping others?