Island dancer earns Rockette summer school spot

A young P.E.I. woman beat the odds to get into the Rockettes' summer school in New York City.
Mackenzie Cutcliffe enjoying the view from the Empire State Building during her trip to New York to see the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes. (Submitted by Mackenzie Cutcliffe)

A young P.E.I. woman beat the odds to get into the Rockettes' summer school in New York City.

Mackenzie Cutcliffe, a grade 12 student at Charlottetown's Colonel Gray high school, auditioned with about 1,000 other women from across North America for a week of training with the famous Radio City Music Hall troupe. Cutcliffe described getting to be one of the 200 who made it as a dream come true.

Mackenzie Cutcliffe poses with one of the Rockettes during her Rockette-for-a-Day visit. (Submitted by Mackenzie Cutcliffe)

"We went to New York in 2011, and we went to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and I saw that all the girls were my height, 5-9.5". You have to be between 5-6" and 5-10.5" to be a Rockette," she said.

"I just love their dancing, it's very precise and it's so cool to watch and so, ever since then, I've wanted to be a Rockette."

The week at the school will cost $900, plus her living costs in New York. Cutcliffe will train around 10 hours a day at the school, and said, if it goes well, it should give her a leg up next spring when she auditions for a permanent position with the Rockettes.

Cutcliffe will also be performing with the Young Company at the Confederation Centre this summer.