Dancer Development

The Radio City Rockettes are committed to ensuring that the line showcases greater diversity and that dancers from all backgrounds see themselves represented. To this end, the dance company is focused on creating opportunities for dancers by developing a robust dancer development program and establishing strong partnerships with diverse dance organizations. As leaders in the commercial dance industry, the Rockettes organization is committed to eliminating barriers to entry and providing quality dance education to aspiring dancers.  

In order to be eligible for the Rockettes dancer development programs, dancers must attend open call auditions for the Christmas Spectacular in the spring or be scouted by the Rockettes creative team. Talent scouting occurs at select colleges, universities,  leading dance institutions, and partner organizations including the International Association of Blacks in Dance Harlem School of the Arts, Dancewave, and the Ailey School.


The Rockettes organization is proud to partner with educational institutions, including: 

  • The Ailey School 
  • Arts Education Roundtable
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Chloe & Maud Foundation
  • Dancewave
  • Grove with Me
  • Harlem School of the Arts
  • International Association of Blacks in Dance
  • Lula Washington Dance Theatre
  • New York City Public Schools

The Rockettes organization also holds education memberships with:

  • International Association of Blacks in Dance 
  • National Dance Education Organization 
  • New York State Dance Education Association 

The Rockettes organization has also collaborated on workshops and panels with:

  • Broadway Dance Center
  • Brown Girls Do Ballet
  • Debbie Allen Dance Academy
  • Pace University
  • School of American Ballet
  • Steps on Broadway


The Rockettes and members of the Rockettes organization attend a variety of events and conferences over the course of the year and continue to continue to broaden the ongoing search for talented dancers. These events include:

  • NYC Arts Education Roundtable
  • Collegium of African Diaspora Dance
  • Dancewave’s Dancing Through College and Beyond
  • National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference
  • New York State Dance Education Association’s Conference

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