NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of would-be Rockettes auditioned for a chance to join the famous dance troupe at Radio City Music Hall.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: The Ultimate Dream

Dancers audition for the Radio City Rockettes (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

The Tuesday audition was open to all female dancers experienced in tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance.

Photo Galleries: Rockette Auditions

“It’s my ultimate dream,” a woman at the tryouts said.

For Jillian Egan, from Queens, being a Rockette would be an honor.

“It means New York to me,” Egan said. “My parents would be most proud because it is a New York thing and it seems really appropriate for me.”

The dancers who make the cut will be offered a spot in the high-kicking dance company that has been part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1933.

Women audition for a spot as a member of the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY - May 10, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Women audition for a spot as a member of the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY - May 10, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Director choreographer Linda Haberman said they are looking for strong dancers and performers.

“Being a Rockette requires the desire to be perfect and that is what we strive for everyday,” Haberman said. “[It’s] really hard work, not just physically but mentally.”

The Rockette hopefuls lined up at Radio City, where they were taught a brief dance routine before being called on three at a time to strut their stuff.

One woman at the tryouts said she hasn’t been training but figured she’d give it a shot since she’s tall and a “good” contemporary dancer and tapper.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane With Every Little Girl’s Dream

This year’s Christmas show will run Nov. 11 through Jan. 2

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  1. M. A. Litt says:

    In 1964, I auditioned for Russel Merkert… he is long gone now. He chose me as one of ten out of 125 girls to be a summer replacement. I was only 15 yrs., 9 months old – couldn’t get working papers – so he told me to come back the following year… I GOT MARRIED INSTEAD since divorced)… !!!! BIG MISTAKE…
    G O O D L U C K T O A L L….. don’t make the mistake I did…

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