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Rockettes Can Skip Inauguration Performance, Many Choosing Not to

Rockettes Can Skip Inauguration Performance, Many Choosing Not to


Don't worry, you'll see lots of high-kicks at the swearing-in.

After being turned down by every big name musician and performer, Donald Trump's inauguration team managed to snag an American icon of sorts -- the Rockettes.

It was announced this week that the dancing troupe -- famous for their leggy New York City shows at Radio City Musical Hall -- were being compelled to perform at the January 20 event, with their union threatening their jobs if they resisted.

Then the producers of the Rockettes' shows, the Madison Square Garden Company, issued a conflicting statement.

"The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential inaugural," read the statement, according to Mashable. "For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It it always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate then we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations."

Even if many Rockettes are happy to perform for the president-elect, there are some who find the association distatesful. Some Rockettes and former Rockettes took to social media to air their grievances, though most of the accounts have now been turned to private.

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