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11 Honest, Believable Reasons Why I Could Never Be Accepted as a Rockette

Updated on October 30, 2014

What a fantastic group of dancers

The Rockettes who perform at The New York City Music Hall have had this top statement said to them thousands of times over the years, for they "are" a fantastix group of coordinated dancers.

Their moves are fluid and their routines are what keeps their legions of fans coming back or going to their next sold-out performance. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't like The Rockettes.

Rockettes in 1950
Rockettes in 1950 | Source
The Rockettes are always worth the price of your ticket
The Rockettes are always worth the price of your ticket | Source
No matter the era, The Rockettes rock
No matter the era, The Rockettes rock | Source
Perfect coordination
Perfect coordination | Source
Practicing their famous high-kick
Practicing their famous high-kick | Source

Rockin' with The Rockettes

  • The Rockettes are a precision dance company founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri and since 1932 have performed out of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes present five shows a day, seven days a week. Perhaps their best-known routine is an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line, which they include at the end of every performance. Their style of dance is a mixture of modern dance and classic ballet. Auditions to become a Rockette are always in April in New York City. Women who audition must show proficiency in several genres of dancing, mainly ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. Normally, four hundred to five hundred women will audition yearly.
  • The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is performed annually at Radio City Music Hall. There are other numerous shows performed in American and Canadian cities by a touring company of Rockettes. It is one of the most-watched live shows in the United States, with over 2 million viewers per year. The Rockettes perform annually at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (since 1957) and the America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The NBC Rockefeller Center Tree-Lighting Ceremony also traditionally includes a performance by the dance troupe.

Source: WikiPedia

There is one sad thing about The Rockettes

And firstly, these fantastic ladies cannot help it because they are females, but to me, a male, I can never be a part of this very-special dancing group that has toured the world numerous times entertaining sold-out arena's and concert halls as their second nature.

If I really dwelled on this fact of not ever being to work with The Rockettes, become first-name friends with these living legends, I would grow seriously-depressed and maybe have to have round-the-clock professional help. I love The Rockettes that much and hate the reason I will never be in their company as long as I live.

And as part of my "homemade therapy," I have invented a temporary cure for always being able to enjoy them "from the outside" only.


11 Honest, Believable Reasons Why I

Could Never Be Accepted as a Rockette

  1. I do not know my way around New York City or any other huge town.
  2. I look horrible wearing pantyhose and all of The Rockettes girly outfits.
  3. To see me dancing would be like watching an elephant on roller skates.
  4. I am very low on self-confidence, so if I made a mistake in our routine, I would faint.
  5. Wearing make-up makes me uncomfortable.
  6. I hate being away from home more than two days.
  7. I would always be sleeping alone in a motel room when we go on tour and I get lonesome easy.
  8. I do not know to participate in "girl talk" after rehearsals.
  9. These girls are very young, and they would view me as their "grandpa."
  10. I would have to have my own personal dressing room and that would create jealousy among the dancers.
  11. I do not know how to sing, so this reason would not work for me in The Rockettes.

"I'll NOT be seeing you soon in an arena near you."

Honestly, can you possibly imagine me in lipstick, rouge and a blond wig?


Lighting the Christmas tree at the Rockeller Center
Lighting the Christmas tree at the Rockeller Center | Source

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Ann,

      You mean I was right??? I was recalling that Joe Namath pantyhose ad that was so controversial. He did say later, he wore them when he played in cold weather.

      I will stay warm. Ann. I want you to do the same.

      Thank you for being my Dear Friend.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 

      3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Panty hose help, but in weather up north in Nebraska where I went to school, my mother dressed me in snow pants and mucklucks (not kidding). I looked like an Eskimo but I was warm! lol You stay warm, too!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Ann1Az2,

      Hi. Is it cold where you live? It is, as the older people around here were prone to say, "gettin' there," up where I live.

      But Thursday through Friday, weather experts say that we are in for some cold weather before winter. Ahhh, coffee will taste better and quilts will be great.

      And as for your wondering about cheerleaders staying warm, good question? I am guessing here, but wouldn't pantyhose do the trick? You can tell that I never dated any cheerleaders. Or majorettes for that matter.

      Have a warm night.

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      Ann1Az2 

      3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Yes, it's already getting cold outside. I've always wondered how the cheerleaders stayed warm on those football fields. I was in the glee club so we could snuggle up together, throw coats over us and stay warm, but those poor girls in the short outfits. I guess they just kept moving to stay warm! Ah, to be young again! lol

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Ann1Az2,

      Aweee, you are very sweet and kind. Thank you for NOT agreeing that I would fit right in with the Rockettes, which I do respect.

      I hope you have a warm night for the next three days/nights are supposed to be very cold.

      Keep in touch.

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 

      3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      And all along I thought they were about the Houston Rockets! Shows what I know. By the way, I can't picture you in any of that stuff any more than I could picture myself in it!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Elsie,

      Thank you very much for your sweet words. I appreciate this very much.

      I just thank God that I can depend on Him for inspiration to write hubs that will make my followers happy.

      Happy Halloween and come back soon.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      sheilamyers,

      Thank you for your nice comment. No, there is nothing wrong with you. If I were to see the Chippendale Dancers, I might applaud, but I wouldn't whistle and give wolf calls.

      I do agree that we need a male version of The Rockettes, but let me be honest. If you look over my 11 reasons why "I" could never be a Rockette, I did not mention my belly which is far bigger than two of the Rockettes' girths. No one would pay to see a team made of "me's"

      Hey, that made sense. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Halloween.

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      sheilamyers 

      3 years ago

      Maybe it's time we have an all male version of the Rockettes. Don't laugh. Why do the men get to see scantily clad women prancing around showing off their long legs and beautiful faces and we women in the crowd never get to see some very handsome men in shorts and tanktops strutting their stuff? You said people would be hard pressed to find some who doesn't like the Rockettes. I saw them live in New York and maybe there's something wrong with me, but I wasn't all that impressed.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome! you amaze me how you can pick up a subject and make amazing article from it. you make me smile that's good thank you.

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