How much do rockettes dancers get paid

How many Rockettes are there and how much do they make?

WITH their long legs and impeccably timed danced routines, the Rockettes are one of the most famous dance troupe's in the world.

They performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 25, 2021.


The Rockettes are a world famous dance troupe

Who are the Radio City Rockettes?

The Rockettes are an American precision dance company.

Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, since 1932.

Until 2015, they also had a touring company.

They are best known for starring in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, an annual Christmas show, and for performing annually at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

On Thursday, November 25, 2021, the Rockettes joined the celebrations at the Macy's parade in front of an audience for the first time since 2019.

The list of performers at the parade includes Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Batiste and Nelly.

Performers this year must be masked unless they are actively singing.

How many Rockettes are there?

There are a total of 80 Rockettes - 40 Rockettes in each cast but only 36 of them perform onstage at a time.

Each cast has four “swings” who can fill in the spots for nine of the women on the line.

Since the Christmas Spectacular’s opening night in 1933, more than 3,000 women have shared in the legacy by performing as a Rockette.


The Rockettes first started back in the 1920sCredit: Reuters

What is the Rockettes' salary?

Typically, each Rockette receives a paycheck of between $1,400 and $1,500 each week.

Because these famous dancers only perform seasonally, this only amounts to between $36,400 to $39,000 per year.

The Rockettes do receive their benefits year-round, though.

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Will there be a Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular this year?

The Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall will take place once again in 2021.

There are tickets available for most days for the rest of the year.

In 2020, the Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular was cancelled for the first time in 87 years.

At the time, Madison Square Garden Entertainment said: "We regret that the 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, has been canceled due to continued uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are disappointed for everyone involved with the show, as well as for the many fans who make the Christmas Spectacular a cherished part of their holiday tradition."

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  • The Rockettes — dancers that perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York — are contracted by the American Guild of Variety Artists, for September through January.
  • To be cast, they have to be between 5-foot and six-inches, and 5-foot 10-inches, and know tap, jazz, and ballet.
  • Rockettes do their own makeup, change costumes in under 78 seconds, and kick up to 1,200 times each day.
  • Typically, they're paid between $1,400 and $1,500 each week — but since the work is seasonal, this comes out to $36,400 to $39,000 per year.

The Rockettes have captivated audiences for decades with their perfectly synced leg kicks in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. These stars of the stage work countless hours to get their audiences into the spirit of the season.

You might wonder if the salary to be a Rockette is worth the hours and hours of hard practice. Being a Rockette is more than just a job — it means being among the select few dancers who have been part of this time-honored Christmas tradition. Read on to find out how much the Radio City Rockettes earn for sharing their talents.

What is a Rockette?

Just a year after moving to Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes starred in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which in those days had a running time of only 30 minutes. Over time this show evolved into the 90-minute full holiday-themed theatrical production it is today. The dance troupe pays homage to the Rockettes of yesteryear by performing the original Rockette numbers "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity." To date, over 3,000 Rockettes have taken part in this show with 75 million ticket holders filling seats since the Christmas Spectacular began 1933.

How much do Rockettes make?

According to, dancers are union workers who receive their contracts from the American Guild of Variety Artists. Each contract might begin in late September and conclude in early January, depending on the role the dancer is cast in. Although each of the Rockettes receives a benefits package, these performers are not provided with housing or reimbursed for any travel-related expenses.

Typically, each Rockette receives a paycheck of between $1,400 and $1,500 each week. Because these famous dancers only perform seasonally, this only amounts to between $36,400 to $39,000 per year. The Rockettes do receive their benefits year-round, though. During the off-season, many of the dancers opt to teach fitness or dance classes or join smaller shows for additional income.

Are the Rockettes required to complete any training?

For each show, there are a total of 36 Rockettes who perform on the stage at one time with four extras — referred to as "swings" — who are trained to fill in for some of the women on the line. The dance troupe has separate morning and afternoon casts, which bring the Rockette total to 80 women. To be selected to join this prestigious dance troupe, women must meet strict criteria including reaching between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 and a half inches in height, and already being well versed in the arts of ballet, tap and jazz.

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Anyone interested in learning what it takes to be a Rockette can attend the Rockettes Summer Intensive Dance Program. This program is not a requirement for landing a job as a Rockette, but it is a great way to see how these how these advanced level dancers train. The Rockette Intensive Dance Program is scheduled during the troupe's off-season and is designed to train dancers in the Rockettes style. Dancers in the program spend six hours each day over the course of one week learning the Rockettes choreography. Afterward, participants are welcome to stay for a one-hour seminar on one of the following topics: professional make-up, injury prevention, or health and wellness. Over the past 16 seasons, this program has produced 60 Rockettes.

Once hired, the Rockettes move right into training with months of rehearsals and training on how to do their own hair and makeup. Rockettes must also learn to change costumes in under 78 seconds, kick up to 1,200 times each day, and line up in a way that gives the illusion the dancers are all the same height.

What are the Radio City Music Hall ticket prices like?

Tickets are sold at the Radio City Music Hall Box Office, which is found on Sixth Avenue near the corner of 50th Street. If you can't make it to the box office, you can also order tickets online through Ticketmaster. Prices vary by date; for example, you can expect to pay between $45 and $150 per person for a ticket during the month of November, but tickets closer to Christmas fall in the range of $65 and $220. The price includes a facility surcharge of $6, which is used to help pay for the cost of running the box office. All tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are non-refundable, so double-check that you are available to see the show before you commit to a specific date and time.

Parents are not required to purchase a ticket for children under the age of two, so long as the little one can sit on your lap during the show. Students are eligible for a discount to select shows when they use the code TIX4STUDENTS. If you can to see the show with you, you'll also be able to take advantage of reduced rates. Finally, you might wish to sign up for the Rockettes' regular newsletter, as they occasionally send out special offers.

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How much do dancers earn and how to become a professional - November 1, 2018

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It is never easy, but wildly interesting.

Members of the FAM Factory dance team told Sport24 about the difference between a professional team and an amateur one, how much coaches earn and how long it takes to become a good dancer from scratch.

Our team is called FAM Factory and has been around for a very long time. We regularly perform at the largest dance championships throughout Russia, we work at major events. Our choreographer, Yevgeny Kevler, is one of the top choreographers in Russia, staged dances for "Dances" on TNT, "Dance" on Channel One, and has brought up more than one generation of dancers. Our team is diverse - students, office workers, teachers and coaches, but they all have one thing in common - an unimaginable love for dancing.

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At first, technique is not so important, it comes with experience. It is worth paying attention to physical form, especially if you prefer styles that are characterized by frequent level changes or powerful energy: you may simply not have enough strength. The breather also needs to be developed: fast choreography cannot be danced to the end if the volume of the lungs is not enough. Many dancers take up running to develop their lungs. And for the development of physical strength, functional training or crossfit are suitable - of all training, these will probably be the most useful in our business. If there is no time for this, then you need to at least minimally pump the press, do push-ups, squat. We sometimes conduct physical training classes at team training.

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and year, everything is very individual here. Many schools have their own reporting concerts and parties. As a rule, at such events, students go on stage for the first time.

If we talk about more complex numbers, then it takes a month and a half to set them up with 3-4 workouts a week for 2-3 hours. The mode of training in a serious team changes, especially if the number is complex and many dancers participate in it. A fairly common occurrence is night workouts. As you might guess, they take place at night, and, as a rule, last 5-6 hours. It's not easy, especially at first and if you have to go to work in the morning, but it's also more efficient in terms of the speed of staging the show, and the result is definitely worth it.


In the dance world, the year can be conditionally divided into two seasons - spring and autumn. All this time, championships of various levels go one after another, the most "fruitful" in this regard are April and May, as well as November and December. As a rule, all groups put on a performance a month or two in advance, but it all depends on the level of training and available time for the dancers themselves.

In general, championships are a separate and very entertaining cuisine. Dancers are constantly preparing for some kind of competition, it rarely happens that you just come and hang out aimlessly. Everything is almost like in the movie "Step Up": the whole season is the process of preparing for the competition, and in the off-season, everyone either rests, or pumps, or shoots a video.

At dance championships there is always a division according to the level of training and age: children are separated from adults, beginners are separated from professionals. And within these categories, there is also style: hip-hop, ladies, contemporary.

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Our favorite nomination is best dance show. The name speaks for itself: there are no style bindings here, the main thing is the idea and combination of styles. At some major competitions, the styles used in the show must be declared in advance, at some there are no restrictions, only creativity. Now even in some championships there is a separate Show nomination, and a separate Performance nomination. In the first case, the show should have a story and plot, in the second case, it is important who dances stronger, more powerful and cooler. And there are also solos with duets, which are not limited by styles at all, only by timing. In general, there are a lot of nominations. Beginners or people unfamiliar with dancing can get confused. But as soon as you immerse yourself in this world, everything becomes clear pretty quickly.

Refereeing at championships is always represented by top dancers: sometimes Russian, sometimes foreign, but always super authoritative. The evaluation criteria, like the judges, are also different, but they look primarily at choreography, technique, synchronism and creativity. You can earn money at good status tournaments. On average, you can get about 30 thousand per team for winning such a tournament. But it is not at all necessary that there will be prize money for winning any championship: somewhere the organizers limit themselves to cups and gifts from sponsors.

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Nutrition is a matter of personal preference. Most dancers are ordinary people, so until their legs start to fall off, few people even think about nutrition and injury prevention. Many are killed in training, and few people know how to recover, they do not take care. If you don’t eat normally, you may not have enough strength for the whole season. Protein and BCAAs often help out, but in reality, for some reason, few people use them.

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A: Regular exercise is usually enough to stay in shape. Although, of course, you need to take care of yourself, but adults who have survived a couple of injuries or dancers who work in commerce are already thinking about this.

"Sneakers kill instantly"

As for clothes, this is a separate topic of conversation, which will take more than one hour. Firstly, the style of dance and what you dance in are very closely related. No one will go dancing popping in leggings or short shorts, twerk in sweatpants, too, you know, I don’t rub, like a strip in a baseball cap. Things are, of course, very important. You can't really train in Chinese sneakers. Not even because they are uncomfortable, they just fall apart in a moment. In general, if you danced at least once in shoes, then you can say goodbye to it - it only kills if you train often and for a long time. Especially for us, jazzfunkers, because a lot of techniques are combined, the foot is actively working. And it’s good for contemporary people in general: they dance barefoot in socks, and with simpler things - they put on something very wide and similar to oversized pajamas - and you are the most fashionable in the class.

Income and expenses

As for the payment for training for teams, it is similar to amateur sports sections: in many teams, participants pay a monthly fee, which includes the rent of the hall and the work of the choreographer.

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Is it possible to make money from dancing? Of course, there is plenty of work. First, dance schools. There are now ten of them at each metro station, a novice teacher, if desired, will quickly find a job. But if you want to get into a top school as a teacher, then you need to work hard, have a name, constantly upgrade, be socially active, shoot videos and shine at the same championships. The main thing is not to be lazy.

There is also such a great thing as commerce - these are corporate parties, working with stars, large events and the like. Such projects are well paid, and it is always interesting to participate in them. We somehow opened with our show a major event of stylists - Wella Trend Vision. There was so much creativity and creativity behind the scenes that we ourselves were inspired by the most do not indulge. It was very interesting to watch all this behind-the-scenes turmoil and the process of creating images.

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