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, 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.
"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.