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The Radio City Rockettes have long been considered American icons - from their founding in St. Louis in 1925 as the "Missouri Rockets," through their move to New York City in 1927 and their participation in the opening of Radio City Music Hall in 1932, to their starring role in the Christmas Spectacular. The all-female dance company is renowned for their ability to perform complex and intricate precision choreography all while embodying strength, teamwork and unity. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has been a beloved holiday tradition for more than 85 years and brings joy to the more than one million people annually that see the production at Radio City Music Hall. Outside of the Christmas Spectacular, the Radio City Rockettes have performed at some of the most important events in entertainment, including their annual appearances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and on multiple national television programs including the Today Show, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, America's Got Talent, The Wendy Williams Show and Project Runway. The Rockettes have also performed at the Tony Awards, the MTV VMAs, the NBA All-Star Game and the MLB Home Run Derby.

It was also announced today that Carol Paumgarten will receive the Vanguard Award for her outstanding contribution to the international dance community. Carol founded Steps on Broadway Dance Studio 40 years ago. Steps is recognized, around the world, as the premiere professional training center in New York City.

At this year's Chita Rivera Awards, dancer, choreographer and theater director Graciela Daniele will receive the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award, and Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller, and Cher (producers of The Cher Show on Broadway) will be honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award honoring their contribution to the convergence of theater, film, and television. George C. Wolfe will be presented with the SDC Director Award for exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway.

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