by Cathy Droz
Rockettes and Camry
This summer I took a few days to stay with my granddaughter Jayden in Ahwatukee, Arizona. Her parents and siblings had to go to a wedding and graduation in Texas. Jayden had a rigorous schedule at her elementary and dance school that week, so I was happy to oblige. When I dropped her off the first day at Dance 111 she had a private lesson with a beautiful young lady in one of the dance rooms. When Jayden was ready to leave, she introduced me to Logan Prince. It turns out that Logan is a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and has been for the past two years. She told me that she always wanted to be a Rockette and when she auditioned she was one of 1,200 girls. As a former student of Jayden’s dance school you can only imagine how impressed my redhead was. Logan was on a short break for the summer, and only lives in New York City with a roommate during the prime season. I asked that she take a few minutes to show Jayden some moves in front of the 2015 Toyota Camry, and she did.
The Rockettes have always been synonymous with Radio City Music Hall. They are a tradition I remember so well. Each Easter and Christmas my great aunt would take me by bus and train to see the Rockettes perform in New York City in that glorious Hall.
The Rockettes are a precision dance company. Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1932 they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes present five shows a day, seven days a week. Perhaps their best-known routine is an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line, which they include at the end of every performance. Their style of dance is a mixture of modern dance and classic ballet. Auditions to become a Rockette are always in April in New York City. Women who audition must show proficiency in several genres of dancing, mainly ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. Normally, 400 to 500 women audition yearly.
Besides driving her to school and dance practice during the week and weekends, I had other fun things to do with this ten year old. I had the perfect car, the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Sedan with all the bells and whistles. The gas mileage was 40 city and 38 highway. Most of my driving was city and I know I got more than 40 miles to the gallon, I never had to fill my tank with gas. My granddaughter loved driving around in the Blue Crush Metallic sedan and tried to learn as much as she could about the car. She kept saying… it’s so quiet. I told her it was probably because her three brothers weren’t in the car screaming. Actually we both noticed how quiet it was when we went to back out of Sonic and two people commented on how they didn’t think we had turned our engine on.
The Camry has always been synonymous with Toyota. Camry is the go to sedan that is reliable, priced right and very popular for the Toyota brand. I always say “You can’t go wrong with a Camry”.
The Toyota Camry is a mid-size car, formerly a compact car manufactured by Toyota since 1980. The name “Camry” comes from a phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kamuri (冠, かんむり), which means “crown”, a tradition started with the Toyota Crown in the 1950s, and continued with the Corolla and Corona, which are also Latin words for “crown”.In the United States, the Camry has been the best selling car for nine of the last ten years starting in 1997, with the only exception being 2001. The Camry also sells very well in Australia, Canada, and a number of Asian markets—in particular Cambodia where the vast majority of cars are Camrys.
The MSRP on this Camry was $27,995.00 but with the options the model we drove was $32,133.00
RADIO CITY ROCKETTE earns approximately $135.00 per show. Considering they do on average 5 shows daily and 6 days a week during the high season, that income is about four thousand a week. Rockettes do not work at Radio City 52 weeks a year, so their salary is not annual but based on seasonal and the amount of performances they do. On their “off season,” many Rockettes have second jobs as Dance Instructors, Fitness Instructors, Models etc.
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