The Patel Conservatory recently hosted a master class with Jeanne Logan Cargill and Deana Brickley of the Rockettes.
Members of the Rockettes visited the Straz Center in anticipation of their upcoming show, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which will be coming to the Straz Center in December.
While they were here, the two dancers from the famed dance company in New York City shared their expertise with some students from the Conservatory and Blake High School.
The master class, taught by Cargill and Brickley, gave the students the opportunity to practice a Rockette kick line.
“It was really fun. We learned a little bit of Shine, which is their finale number. And we did a kick line with strut kicks,” said Ashlyn Bolton, who explained that there’s various types of kicks in the Rockettes' repertoire.
Bolton is a Conservatory student who has taken the Rockettes summer intensive in New York for two years and will be returning again this summer.
“It’s my home at Patel [Conservatory]. It was great bringing something I love here,” she said.
After the class, the students got the chance to ask questions and hear about the dancers' experience with the show.