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Rockettes step it up at Macys in Tigard

Tour brings Radio City dancers to Washington Square

You know a child who wants to learn to kick like a Rockette?

They'll get their opportunity when some of the world famous Radio City Rockettes make their way to Portland to promote their upcoming 'The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular' tour.

Rockettes are touring different Macy's stores across the country, and will be at Washington Square Macy's in Tigard at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 to show how to perform those eye-high kicks, talk and take photos with fans. Kids will even get to dance in a mini-performance and receive an 'Honorary Rockette' certificate.

The Rockettes perform out of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and they have performed five shows a day for seven days a week during the Christmas season for 77 years.

Originally called the 'Missouri Rockets,' the Rockettes were started in 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., by Russell Markert, inspired by the John Tiller Girls of the 1920s Ziegfeld Follies. Markert took his girls to New York for the Broadway production of 'Rain or Shine' in the 1920s, and in 1934 they became the Radio City Rockettes and the rest is history.

Tickets for 'The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular,' Dec. 23-26 at the Rose Garden, go on sale Thursday, Sept. 16. They are $25, $45.50 and $65.50 and can be purchased at www.comcasttix.com and by calling 1-877-789-7673.

- Jason Vondersmith