Pensacola attorney speaks about her time as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
December 27th is the 85th anniversary of the opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. One of their most popular shows is the "Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes".
A former Rockette who lives right here in Pensacola and is a part of their history.
Erica Reed was a Rockette between 1999 and 2004. She performed in more than 1,000 shows.
She said, "It was grueling. When you are a Rockette in New York City, you perform at Radio City, Macy's Day Parade, the tree lighting, it's the ultimate New York experience. It's a grueling schedule, you rehearse six days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can do up to five shows a day."
It helped pay for her college and law school. She is now an attorney here in Pensacola. She said people are often shocked when they find out about her Rockette past.
She laughed as she said, "I'm 5'6 and they are like 'Are you tall enough to be a Rockette?'"
She's the third African-American Rockette in the organization's history. She played a key role in adding diversity to the Rockette's line up. She served as a diversity consultant.
"I did workshops for women of color across the country to train them and recruit them for the show," she explained.
She said while many routines have changed, a lot hasn't. It's been 13 years since she performed on that famous stage, but she still remembers the routines and performances like it was yesterday.
She smiled as she said, "Once a Rockette, always a Rockette."