Two New Rockette Auditions!

Guys, this is big news: Madison Square Garden Entertainment is holding two Rockette auditions this month! At the first audition on Tuesday, August 13, they will be looking for Rockettes for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC and the touring productions.

Then, on Monday, August 26, they'll be holding auditions for Rockettes and general performers for an all-new production that's set to premiere Spring 2014.

I know, I know—I'm a little over excited about this. It's just that usually Rockette auditions are held in the spring and if you miss it, that's it. You have to wait for another year. Now, two auditions in August? Not to mention the opportunity to perform in their brand-new show? Kind of a big deal.

Click here to get all the details about both auditions.

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