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You see them every year kicking up their silver heels during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and charming audiences nationwide in their annual “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”

Now, you want a spot on the legendary kick-line of long, leggy beauties known as the Rockettes.

Well, auditions are usually held in New York City and are open to anyone at least 18 years of age. There’s technically no age limit, but unless you’re exceptionally fit (and you look it) and have the stamina and endurance to dance six times a day at the height of the Christmas season, you probably should take a pass.

Hopefuls also must stand at least 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10½ (measurements will be taken in stocking feet). Rockettes candidates must be proficient in ballet, tap and jazz.

Laura Iberg auditioned four times before she finally got the call in 2008 telling her she was a Rockette.

Iberg says the hard work and perseverance pays off each time she steps on the stage.

“When you see the audience members looking up at you — it doesn’t matter if they’re young or old — and you see the joy and excitement in their faces and eyes, its truly amazing.”

If you’re an advanced dancer who wants to train Rockettes-style, the Rockettes offer a one-week Summer Intensive program where you can train with the Rockettes and a Rockettes director/choreographer, and learn their precision dance techniques.

For information on the 2014 Rockettes Summer Intensive program and how to audition to become a Rockette, call (212) 631-4322 or visit www.rockettes.com.

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