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The Rockettes at Variations Dance Studio

Jennifer Clavin, Rockette on the left, and Eleni Gavalas, right, pose with the Huntington High Steppers at Variations Dance Studio.

Jennifer Clavin, Rockette on the left, and Eleni Gavalas, right, pose with the Huntington High Steppers at Variations Dance Studio.

Two Rockettes met fans in Northport and Huntington yesterday at Village Hall and Variations Dance Studio, respectively. It was an exciting community event in which Jennifer Clavin, age 25, and Eleni Gavalas, age 22, both from Long Island, answered questions and posed for photos with attendees.

The Huntington High School High Steppers were there and posed for photos with the two Rockettes. Casey Smith, a freshman at Huntington High School and a High Stepper, enjoyed meeting the Rockettes. “It was an amazing experience,” says Smith. “I really liked being able to ask them questions about their experiences as Rockettes. I would love to be a Rockette in the future. I have seen many Rockette shows, and I have always admired them. I really enjoy dancing and  I would love to have a career as a professional dancer in the future.

Smith also loves being a High Stepper. “Everyone on the team is great, and I love performing with them,” she states.

The Rockettes shared some of their experiences. Clavin has been a Rockette for eight years; while Gavalas has been one for four years. The High Steppers were curious about the requirements of being a Rockette. According to Clavin, you must be 5 feet 6 inches tall and 18 years old to be a Rockette. While in rehearsals for the Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes practice six days per week for six hours a day, related Gavalas. Both women worked very hard during their teenage years, making many sacrifices to keep up their dancing practice every day after school and on the weekends, missing parties with friends and even the prom. But all the sacrifices and hard work were worth it to be able to live the dream of being a Rockette, both women agreed.

Clavin loves doing the Christmas Spectacular, but also enjoys the special events they do. “Last year, for the Saks Fifth Avenue Event, they closed down 5th Avenue for us to dance there,” she relates.

The 2015 production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular will delight audiences with dazzling dance numbers, traditional favorites, elaborate costumes, and state-of-the-art technology. Since their debut in 1933’s Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes have developed a technique that continues to be both complex and breathtaking; their talent and athleticism is unrivaled. This year’s production, presented by Chase, will run from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Please visit www.RadioCityChristmas.com for tickets and more information. Tickets start at $46. Guided tours of Radio City Music Hall are available daily. Visit StageDoorTour.com for more information.

Jennifer Clavin, left, and Eleni Gavalas, right, with two fans at Variations Dance Studio.

Jennifer Clavin, left, and Eleni Gavalas, right, with two young fans at Variations Dance Studio.

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