Student dancer New York City-bound
An Auckland student is heading to the Big Apple to dance with a company that performed at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Diocesan School for Girls student Alisha Huang is one of 30 dancers selected out of more than 4000 entrants worldwide to join the Rockettes Summer Intensive program.
The Rockettes are a New York dance company founded in 1925.
Each year the group performs America’s largest holiday production Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall - in front of an audience of more than 2 million people.
They also performed at the inauguration of George Bush in 2001.
Huang is the only successful New Zealand applicant and will head to New York for two weeks beginning July 21.
Huang, who began dancing at 6 years old, said she had followed the Rockettes her entire life.
‘‘It’s a dream come true. The Rockettes is a legacy of women dancers. To know I’ll be joining them – it’s just amazing,’’ Huang said.
To be considered for the program dancers must be at least 14 years old, have a minimum of five years training in tap, jazz and ballet, and submit a video audition showcasing their jazz, tap and eye-high kicks.
‘‘I never thought I’d get selected – there are thousands and thousands of auditionees. There are auditions in 15 states in America, plus international aud- itions from all over the world,’’ Huang said.
The Rockettes Summer Intensive includes training in the Rockettes ’’precision’’ style and connecting with the professional dance world.
The experience could be lifechanging, Huang said.
‘‘We’re mentored all the way through by the Rockettes, and we’ll be dancing in front of Rockette company directors and other influential choreographers,’’ she said.
The two weeks will culminate in a performance at the New York University Skirball Centre for the Performing Arts.
In its 15 years the Summer Intensive program has produced 60 permanent Rockettes and Huang hopes to be the next one.
She will return to New York in April 2018 and audition for a permanent place in the kick line.
If successful, Huang would be New Zealand’s first-ever Rockette.
Alisha Huang will audition to be New Zealand’s first-ever Rockette in 2018.