First Rockette Audition

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!

Yesterday was such a fun and exhausting Monday! I auditioned for the Radio City Rockettes for the very first time! I have been told my entire life to audition for the Rockettes because everyone who knows me knows I am a dancer, and says I look the part (and I am definitely tall enough!). If you’re a long-time reader, you also know that I’ve auditioned for their summer program numerous times, and this year was the first year I was invited!

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This audition listing posted late, probably somewhere in the middle of July, so I decided to finally break the ice with the Rockette audition anxiety I’ve had for YEARS and go! It was definitely not as nerve-wracking as I anticipated, and I actually felt really confident and felt like I did a pretty good job (even though I was cut). In my previous post earlier in the summer, Rockette Mini Intensive – I Was Invited!, you know that I was not expecting any invite this year since initially they told me there were no spots for me.

But between my later invite to their summer training, and then their summer audition, I am most certainly going to attend any and all auditions they have to see where else it will lead me. I really hope next summer I can spend the week training with the Rockettes! Audition season is always a pain in the butt, however, it’s also super exciting and keeps me dreaming big; especially days like yesterday!

Did you attend the Rockette audition yesterday? How is your audition season going?

(Related postAudition Season is Coming – Here’s How to Prepare)

xoxo

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Rockette Mini Intensive – I Was Invited!

Oh my gosh you guys! Life has been throwing me blessings on blessings this last month!

I’ve auditioned for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI) four times. I auditioned once when I was 16, once when I was 17, once when I was 19, and this year at age 22. I’ve been rejected from their summer intensive four times, and at this point I did not really think much of it because it is a VERY competitive summer program. I am not sure if this is true, but I believe I read that only 640 girls out of the 2,000 who audition every year earn spots for the summer. RSI also has a limited number of open spots because alumni who attended within the last 2 years do not have to re-audition, and have an automatic spot in the summer program available to them. Obviously, a lot of girls come back each year (because who wouldn’t want to dance with the Rockettes every summer?! Uhm, hello). Thus, it is very competitive and I didn’t expect to get in because I have been denied admission every year I auditioned.

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This picture was snapped in November 2017 when my dad took me into NYC to buy my first pair of La Ducas! ❤

Now although I was denied the initial summer intensive, by some twisted act of fate (or God working his love), I was invited to attend their “mini” intensive (RMI), which is a three day version of their five day summer intensive. I didn’t even know the Rockettes had a “mini” intensive available because it is not even listed on their website! Nor did I realize there was this opportunity for me! I can’t find much about RMI online, but what I did discover is that the mini intensive has less girls than the regular 80 girls for RSI. There is also no formal showing for RMI, I believe it is just a studio showing. However, I could be totally wrong because I do not know much about it and this is all assumption based on a few videos I saw online!

I am so excited I was invited I cannot contain myself! Unfortunately for me, I cannot attend because all of the mini sessions run concurrently with the American Dance Festival, so I will not be in the NY area to be able to attend! 😦 Of course the summer two HUGE dance goals of mine are finally tangible, they conflict. I guess that is just my luck!

Nonetheless, to have even been invited is really humbling. I’ve auditioned four times within the last six years, and now I finally have a small window of opportunity. This is the first time I was ever invited to this mini intensive, and I cannot believe they even asked me! All of my hard work seems to be paying off, and I cannot wait to see what life throws at me next!

It is so crazy to see these long term goals becoming reality. Im definitely auditioning again next year! I am so motivated to continue grinding and pursuing my dreams! Anything is truly possible!

xoxo

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Rockette Holiday Spirit

Hello everyone!

Today marked my official last day of finals, so I am home free for the next five weeks! I am so excited, I can’t believe I don’t have to pick up another textbook for over a month.

I’ve been keeping super busy the last few days – moving into my bedroom at home, cleaning my bedroom out, decorating with my mom for Christmas, wrapping presents, Christmas shopping, and working at my retail job! Yesterday, also in the Christmas spirit, I was able to buy my audition ticket for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI). For those of you who don’t know what the Rockette Summer Intensive is, it’s a week-long summer program at Radio City Music Hall where girls can train with the Rockettes for a week and learn Rockette repertoire, and at the end of the week they perform the repertoire for family and friends at a theater in Manhattan. I auditioned in 2012 and did not make it because I was too sick to be dancing (I was suffering from anorexia at the time), so my audition was a bit of a flop. So I decided to give it another go now since I’m in college, a lot healthier, and a way better dancer than I was four years ago. 🙂 I’ve always loved the Rockettes, and for those of you who don’t know much about the Rockettes other than their famous, synchronized kickline, here is a little backstory.

***Disclaimer: All of the information presented below was part of a research project I did on the Rockettes for one of my jazz classes during my freshman year of college***

The Rockettes are an all-women’s dance-troupe that performs annually at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They started in 1925, when a man by the name of Russell Markert formed a troupe of female dancers in which he titled the “Rockets” down in St. Louis, Missouri. Showman at the time, S. L. (Roxy) Rothafel brought Markert’s group of women to New York City in 1932, where on the opening night of a new theater, a venue titled Radio City Music Hall, the Roxyettes (as they were newly named after Roxy), performed along with 17 other dance and performance acts. From this point forward, the Roxyettes would soon be able to call Radio City Music Hall home permanently. In the midst of the 1933 holiday season, Radio City Music Hall presented The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for the first time ever on stage. This new show featured the Rockettes (now changed from Roxyettes), a living nativity scene (live animals included), and a journey with Santa Claus himself.

There’s a little back story for you all, and if you click on the highlighted link in the text above, it will bring you to some vintage footage of the Rockettes I also used in my project! If you haven’t seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, I suggest you see it one day! My favorite part is obviously the athletic and beautiful dancing done by the Rockettes, however, there are many magical moments throughout the whole show.

Today, after I took my last final (which was an online final), I decided to watch one of my favorite movie-musicals Chicago. I love everything about the Broadway show (which I’ve seen in NYC), and the 2002 movie, and all the movie made me want to do is dance! The only thing I am sad about for my winter break is that in the next five weeks I won’t be dancing much at all. But it inspired me to make this post telling y’all about the Rockettes, me registering for my audition for their summer program, and sharing some holiday gift ideas for the dancer in your life or a lover of the Rockettes! All of these gifts can be found at the Radio City Music Hall online store.

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Fun Rockette-themed gifts for the dancer in your life!

The first of the three items pictured is a Rockette makeup gift set. It comes with a compact with the same design as the beautiful packaging (which is in the 1920s art-deco style just like Radio City Music Hall), and a tube of  lipstick in the classic Rockette-red hue. As a dance and makeup lover, this is actually something I am considering buying for myself. I want to wear a Rockette-red shade of lipstick when I perform, because who doesn’t want to feel as glamorous as a Rockette when you’re up on stage?!

Buy it here: Rockette Makeup Set

The next item pictured is just a basic women’s tee-shirt in my favorite color (purple of course), and the word ROCKETTES down the side in a metallic print. It is such a cute shirt, and I think any Rockette fan or dance lover would love this as a gift. It’s also simple in design, so it’s a neutral option if you aren’t sure about what shirt to buy for someone (and the Radio City Music Hall online store has plenty of cute Rockette apparel).

Buy it here: Rockettes Tee Shirt

Lastly, the final item is a Rockette plush doll. Okay this is a little young for me (a 20 yr old), but I think it is super cute and cuddly looking! For younger or older girls, I think this would be something super fun to have in your room on your bed nestled between all of your pillows!

Buy it here: Rockette Plush Doll

I’ve obviously had dance on my brain, and even better yet the Rockettes and Christmas! I hope if there is a dancer who loves the Rockettes in your life, or a lover of the Rockettes in your life, you go peruse the Radio City Music Hall online store for some fun holiday gift ideas. If you can make it into New York City to see the show, I also recommend doing that!

Are you auditioning for RSI 2016? Are you seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or have you in the past? Let me know!