Rockette Sarah’s Family Christmas Tradition
By Sarah G.I
moved to New York ten years ago in the summer of 2007. I never realized how much I was giving up in my life back home when I was moving multiple states away to further pursue a career in dance. Luckily for me my mother and older brother were always very supportive of my dreams!Eleven years ago, I imagined a completely different life for myself. I knew I loved dance, but I was never sure what the future would hold for me. I was fortunate enough to become a Rockette right out of high school, and my big brother Sammy was not only my toughest critic but my biggest fan. My mom spent countless hours driving me to and from dance from the time I was 3 years old all the way up to the summer after I graduated high school. Needless to say, my immediate family of my mother and brother have always been there for me!
My first year as a Rockette was in Nashville, TN, where my brother happened to be in his senior year of college playing baseball at Belmont University. You can only imagine my excitement when I found out that I’d be performing at the Grand Ole Opry, which was a short drive to where my brother was in school. Thanksgiving of 2006 was spent with my family in Nashville, and it was so exciting to be in a new city with my family!
Fast forward through each year, and Christmas is now spent in NYC with my family. Since the Christmas Spectacular runs anywhere from mid November through the beginning of January, I’m not able to travel back to Ohio to spend the holidays with my family. I’m beyond fortunate that my family comes to me now and has made a tradition of traveling together to come spend the holidays in New York. The older I get the more I realize that it’s not necessarily where you are that matters most, but it’s the company that surrounds you during the most important parts of life. No matter where I am I know that my family will always be there for me!