Rockettes Reveal They Were Asked To Tolerate The Intolerance At Trump Inauguration Performance

By Kumar Rahul (KR) on Jan 26, 2017 11:31 AM EST

Rockettes a group of dancers famous for their free-spirited Christmas performances every year, performed during the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect Donald Trump.

According to The New York Times, there has been a rift among the dancers of the 92-year-old institution that has literally made them choose sides. Donald Trump has a history of demeaning women which has come to fore during his election campaign. While some Rockettes are against the decision to dance at Trump's inauguration, others have decided to go with the management's decision to perform at the event. This split in the group is also showing the cultural breakup that is currently plaguing America.

James L. Dolan, the executive chairman of the company based in Madison Square Garden and a longtime friend of Donald Trump, is responsible for the decision of performing at the inauguration ceremony. Finding the decision pretty discomforting, some members parted ways with the organization. Many of the protestors are speculated to come from the colored sects of the society rather than the white Christians who are supporting Trump.

According to Rolling Stone, the dancers have been specifically told by the management to "tolerate intolerance" in order to perform at the inaugural occasion. The COO of the company Barry Watkins, though, has said in a statement that the decision was taken unanimously and after discussion with the dancers. As per the words of Dolan, "I would simply say: we're celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president."

It takes a lot of hard work, passion, and perfection to become a Rockette. Unless there is harmony within the group, synchronization is impossible and so is the choreography and a clean performance that Rockette is known for. Every year 400-500 women audition to become a Rockette. A Rockette dancer is required to be proficient in most genres of dance, but mainly ballet, tap, modern and jazz.

Many Americans are protesting against the election of Donald Trump as the President and as many supporting him too. Forgetting their individual political affiliation, Rockettes must perform as a group and as they say, the show must go on.

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