Which year was the famed 'Rockettes Dance Company' founded?
'The Rockettes' are an American precision dance company. Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City, since 1932.
Until 2015 they also had a touring company. They are best known for starring in the 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular', an annual Christmas show, and for performing annually at the 'Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade' in New York.
English showman, John Tiller sent the troupe of 'Tiller' Girls to perform in the United States in 1900, and by 1922, choreographer Russell Markert saw one of these troupes, known as the 'Tiller Rockets', perform in the 'Ziegfeld Follies' and was inspired to create his own version with American dancers.
As Markert would later recall, "If I ever got a chance to get a group of American girls who would be taller and have longer legs and could do really complicated tap routines and eye-high kicks, they'd really knock your socks off."
The Rockettes have long been represented by the American Guild of Variety Artists. In 1967, they won a month-long strike for better working conditions, which was led by American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) salaried officer Penny Singleton.