Dancers audition for coveted spot on this year's Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

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Dancers were spotted strutting their stuff as they auditioned for this year’s Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in New York City on Monday, months after the 2021 season got canceled midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of women were photographed lining up to audition for a coveted spot in the beloved Christmas show, which first opened in 1933 and has gone on to become one of the most well-known performances in the world.

The annual musical holiday stage show takes place at the historic Radio City Music Hall, and features more than 140 dancers who kick their legs and shake their hips along to an original musical score. 

The ladies twirled and swirled through the auditions, as they showed off their moves in the hopes of being chosen as one of this year’s performers.  

Dancers were spotted strutting their stuff as they auditioned for this year's Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in New York City on Monday, months after the 2021 season got canceled midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Dancers were spotted strutting their stuff as they auditioned for this year’s Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in New York City on Monday, months after the 2021 season got canceled midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of women were photographed lining up to audition for a coveted spot in the beloved Christmas show, which first opened in 1933 and has gone on to become one of the most well-known performances in the world

Hundreds of women were photographed lining up to audition for a coveted spot in the beloved Christmas show, which first opened in 1933 and has gone on to become one of the most well-known performances in the world

The annual musical holiday stage show takes place at the historic Radio City Music Hall, and features more than 140 dancers who kick their legs and shake their hips along to an original musical score

The annual musical holiday stage show takes place at the historic Radio City Music Hall, and features more than 140 dancers who kick their legs and shake their hips along to an original musical score

Auditions kicked off on April 18, with callbacks set for April 19 and 20

Auditions kicked off on April 18, with callbacks set for April 19 and 20

The ladies twirled and swirled through the auditions, as they showed off their moves in the hopes of being chosen as one of this year's performers

The ladies twirled and swirled through the auditions, as they showed off their moves in the hopes of being chosen as one of this year’s performers

Each year, thousands of people from around the world flock to Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the Rockettes - and now, more than 75 million people have watched the show in the 88 years it's been open

Each year, thousands of people from around the world flock to Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the Rockettes – and now, more than 75 million people have watched the show in the 88 years it’s been open

Dancers who impressed the showrunners could receive a part in the 2022 Christmas Spectacular, or an offer to attend the dance company's invite-only conservatory program

Dancers who impressed the showrunners could receive a part in the 2022 Christmas Spectacular, or an offer to attend the dance company’s invite-only conservatory program

Rockettes Conservatory is a week-long training intensive presented at no cost to participating dancers, according to Broadway World

Rockettes Conservatory is a week-long training intensive presented at no cost to participating dancers, according to Broadway World

Each year, thousands of people from around the world flock to Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the Rockettes – and now, more than 75 million people have watched the show in the 88 years it’s been open. 

Auditions kicked off on April 18, with callbacks set for April 19 and 20. Dancers who impressed the showrunners could receive a part in the 2022 Christmas Spectacular, or an offer to attend the dance company’s invite-only conservatory program – a week-long training intensive presented at no cost to participating dancers, according to Broadway World. 

‘Rockettes Conservatory provides talented dancers with a well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes Rockettes precision choreography supported by a strong technical foundation in ballet, tap and jazz, as well as the strength and stamina training needed to be a Rockette,’ the outlet reported.

‘As part of conservatory, participating dancers will receive instruction in various dance styles from other renowned choreographers and acclaimed New York City dance organizations.’

Requirements for the dancers include a height measurement between five-foot-five-inches and five-foot-10-and-a-half-inches, and an age of at least 18.

It'provides talented dancers with a well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes Rockettes precision choreography supported by a strong technical foundation in ballet, tap and jazz,' the outlet reported

It ‘provides talented dancers with a well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes Rockettes precision choreography supported by a strong technical foundation in ballet, tap and jazz,’ the outlet reported

Requirements for the dancers include a height measurement between five-foot-five-inches and five-foot-10-and-a-half-inches, and an age of at least 18

Requirements for the dancers include a height measurement between five-foot-five-inches and five-foot-10-and-a-half-inches, and an age of at least 18

Jessica Tuttle, senior vice president of productions for Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the parent company of the Radio City Rockettes, said they are committed to ensuring the Rockettes showcases'diversity'

Jessica Tuttle, senior vice president of productions for Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the parent company of the Radio City Rockettes, said they are committed to ensuring the Rockettes showcases ‘diversity’

She added that they wanted'dancers from all backgrounds' to'see themselves represented'

She added that they wanted ‘dancers from all backgrounds’ to ‘see themselves represented’

'Only through proactively challenging tradition and embracing change will we be able to achieve our goal of creating a more inclusive line,' she said in a statement

 ‘Only through proactively challenging tradition and embracing change will we be able to achieve our goal of creating a more inclusive line,’ she said in a statement

Hundreds of talented dancers auditioned for a chance to be in the Rockettes this year, and only around 150 will make the final cut

Hundreds of talented dancers auditioned for a chance to be in the Rockettes this year, and only around 150 will make the final cut

According to Rockettes.com, Rockettes always wear a signature red lip on stage, as well as false eyelashes

According to Rockettes.com, Rockettes always wear a signature red lip on stage, as well as false eyelashes

Rockettes have to wear microphones on their shoes so that the entire audience can hear them tap dancing during the 12 Days of Christmas and Rag Doll routines

Rockettes have to wear microphones on their shoes so that the entire audience can hear them tap dancing during the 12 Days of Christmas and Rag Doll routines

It's been reported that the Rockettes do more than 160 kicks per show. And since there's four performances a day, that adds up to more than 650 times in one day

It’s been reported that the Rockettes do more than 160 kicks per show. And since there’s four performances a day, that adds up to more than 650 times in one day

When the Rockettes are spotted with bright and rosy cheeks during the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and Rag Dolls numbers, it's not makeup. It turns out, they have red felt circles stuck to their faces using tape of vaseline

When the Rockettes are spotted with bright and rosy cheeks during the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and Rag Dolls numbers, it’s not makeup. It turns out, they have red felt circles stuck to their faces using tape of vaseline 

Between certain numbers, the Rockettes only have 78 seconds to change outfits, so those who were auditioning for the show need to be quick on their feet

Between certain numbers, the Rockettes only have 78 seconds to change outfits, so those who were auditioning for the show need to be quick on their feet

The talented ladies had big smiles on their faces as they practiced the well-known Rockettes leg kick

The talented ladies had big smiles on their faces as they practiced the well-known Rockettes leg kick

The women dressed in tights and leotards, with most of their hair pulled back in tight buns

The women dressed in tights and leotards, with most of their hair pulled back in tight buns

‘We are committed to ensuring that The Rockettes line showcases greater diversity, and that dancers from all backgrounds see themselves represented,’ said Jessica Tuttle, senior vice president of productions for Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the parent company of the Radio City Rockettes.

‘We are taking important steps forward by creating Rockettes Conservatory, which offers intensive study in The Rockettes style while eliminating financial barriers to entry, and expanding the height range of The Rockettes to open the opportunity to more dancers.

‘Only through proactively challenging tradition and embracing change will we be able to achieve our goal of creating a more inclusive line.’ 

Last year, Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes (pictured in 2011) were forced to cancel the rest of their performances a month into the the season as the omicron variant surged through the city

Last year, Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes (pictured in 2011) were forced to cancel the rest of their performances a month into the the season as the omicron variant surged through the city

The Rockettes (pictured in 2011) first called off a bunch of shows on December 17 following breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the production, before announcing that all of the future shows would be canceled.

The Rockettes (pictured in 2011) first called off a bunch of shows on December 17 following breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the production, before announcing that all of the future shows would be canceled.

'We regret that we are unable to continue the Christmas Spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic,' the showrunners said in a statement at the time

‘We regret that we are unable to continue the Christmas Spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic,’ the showrunners said in a statement at the time

They added: 'We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022'

They added: ‘We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022’

Now, preparations for the 2022 show have officially begun

Now, preparations for the 2022 show have officially begun 

There will also be an open call for female non-binary dancers on April 21, and an open call for male non-binary dancers on April 25

There will also be an open call for female non-binary dancers on April 21, and an open call for male non-binary dancers on April 25

The line of dancers stretched across many blocks in the city, as excited dancers prepared for their big moment

The line of dancers stretched across many blocks in the city, as excited dancers prepared for their big moment

Last year, Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes were forced to cancel the rest of their performances a month into the the season as the omicron variant surged through the city.

The Rockettes first called off a bunch of shows on December 17 following breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the production, before announcing that all of the future shows would be canceled. 

‘We regret that we are unable to continue the Christmas Spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic,’ the showrunners said in a statement at the time

‘We had hoped we could make it through the season and are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at more than 100 shows over the last seven weeks.

‘We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022.’ 

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