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The Rockettes are officially looking for some fresh faces. For the first time in almost a decade, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is expanding its yearly open call in New York City to add audition locations in Chicago and Atlanta. The creative team wants to widen the pool and reach even more dancers.

So how can you get chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls?

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You don't know the true meaning of "holiday spirit" until you've watched the Radio City Rockettes and Ciara co-teach a dance class.

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Natalie Reid's precise technique and bubbly personality have earned her veteran status with the Radio City Rockettes—this is her eighth season! A Seattle, WA, native, Reid attended Chapman University, majoring in public relations and advertising. While in school, she also trained with Mandy Moore and at Edge Performing Arts Center. She's danced with companies including Justin Giles' SoulEscape, Anaheim Ballet, and Odyssey Dance Theatre, and she joined the Rockettes in 2011. Catch her on the Radio City stage this season—and read on for The Dirt! —Courtney Bowers

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Rachel Quiner performs Clara in the Christmas Spectacular (courtesy Rachel Quiner)

Think the Rockettes are the only stars of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Think again. Each year, a few lucky girls share the role of Clara, who appears during the Nutcracker portion of the show. Clara gets to do some real dancing, too, including solos and pas de deux. (Past Claras include Juliet Doherty and Tiler Peck!)

Dance Spirit sat down with this year's three Claras—Emerson Alexander, JoseBella Morton, and Rachel Quiner, all 12 years old—to find out what it takes to play Clara in the Spectacular, and the best parts of sharing the stage with the world's most iconic precision dance company.

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For some it's a holiday tradition, for others its an iconic spectacle, but no matter the reason, more than 1 million people will watch the Rockettes perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular each year. And though the production has been around since 1933, much of what goes on behind those velvety curtains and intricate sets remains a mystery. To curb our curiosity and find out what ensues when these leggy ladies aren't doling out their sky-high kicks, we got a backstage tour from the legends themselves.

From hair and makeup, to warm-up exercises, and costume quick changes (the fastest quick change in the show is a #mindblowing 75 seconds, by the way) we got a glimpse into the glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) world of the Rockettes.

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