Rockette Hopefuls Kick Up Their Heels

Created: 2013-05-01 08:16 EST

Category: World > North America
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Hundreds of dancers flexed their muscles.. and put their best foot forward, for a chance to dance with the famed Rockettes of the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

For most of them, the open audition is a step closer to a life-long dream.

Danni Hevern traveled all the way from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

[Danni Hevern, Dancer]:
"I would mean that everything I've worked for since I was a little girl would be worth it, you know to happen."

Hevern is among 500 dancers vying for the few coveted spots to perform in this year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular - one of New York's most beloved holiday attractions since 1935.

Linda Haberman, the Director and Choreographer of the show explained what she was looking for in a prospective Rockette.

[Linda Haberman, Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Spectacular]:
"It's an extremely demanding job. They have to be proficient in tap, jazz, ballet. There is a height requirement. But I'm looking for right now basic technique. If you can't get through the combination I just did, there's no way you are going to be able to do the show. So that was sort of a very preliminary combination."

Just a few of these dancers will be invited back to kick their dance routines into a higher gear as the audition process will continue through the rest of the week.