Camille Styles

A Rockette

December 10th, 2014

Ask any one of the 120 Rockettes how her dance career began, and there’a a good chance you’ll get an answer to the tune of: My parents enrolled me in ballet when I was 3 years old. Combine that early introduction to the sport with an annual family tradition that involves cozying up on the couch Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it’s no surprise that a young Alissa LaVergne zeroed in on her dream job early on. Since 1932, The Rockettes have been about as quintessential to Christmas as St. Nick himself.

As we approached this holiday season, I was desperate to talk to a Rockette. Sure, I took dance lessons as a child, but something about the history, costumes and famed kick lines have always made this dance company seem especially elusive. Lucky for me, Alissa was able to take a quick break from The Rockettes’ jam-packed rehearsal and performance schedule to give me a little glimpse into what it’s like to have every young dancer’s dream job…

*Photography by Kelli Elizabeth

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17 Comments under :: A Rockette
  1. Brittany says:

    These photos are gorgeous and tell a wonderful story! Such a unique and fun holiday post. Definitely adding Rockette to my dream job list now!

  2. Lisa says:

    I loved reading this–such a fun look into this unique and iconic job!

  3. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    This is a wonderful story, Chanel. So fun to get an inside look at the life of a Rockette! Is it too late for me?

  4. Mahallia says:

    Wonderful post! As a professional ballet dancer I can relate to her grueling performance schedule, especially during the holiday season. I saw the Rockette’s Christmas show for the first time as an adult and was blown away by the quality and magic of the performance. I’d love to see them again!

  5. Kristen Schryver says:

    I love this! So fun and inspiring!

  6. Dee Shoots says:

    the images are beautifully shot, great job

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I met a Rockette when I traveled to NYC with my dance team in high school. It was there that they told us you had to be 5′ 5.5″ – 5′ 10.5″ without heels to even compete. My dreams were dashed! I’m 5′ 1″. Not even close 🙁

  8. Now I want to be a Rockette! How fun! I got to see them dance at a Christmas show here in Miami a few years ago and it was such a spectacular show! Lovely story! XO

  9. Kelly C says:

    I loved reading this story! What a dream job!

  10. Katie says:

    Small world… I actually took dancing with Alissa and her older sister in that small Texas town! We went to different schools, grew up, and now seem to lead very different lives. What a fun glimpse into hers! Thank you

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