Addie Warren had always dreamt of dancing with The Radio City Rockettes.
That dream came true this summer when the 16-year-old Hilton Head Island native participated in the 2012 Rockettes Summer Intensive.
And she got a kick out of it, to say the least.
"It was so much fun," she said. "It was really great. It seemed unreal."
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Addie auditioned for the program in January and found out March 1 that she made the cut.
According to the Rockettes website, dancers must be 14 years old, have at least five years continuous training in tap, jazz and ballet, and pass an audition to qualify for the program.
The weeklong program is led by the Rockettes and a Rockettes director/choreographer. Participants spend six hours a day working on Rockettes jazz, tap, formations and kick line, the dance company's website says. A final showcase performance is held at New York University Skirball Center.
Addie attended the program July 22-27. She said it was a lot more mentally challenging than she expected. She said the Rockettes have to think about so much more than the choreography. They have number lines on the stage, and each of them has a specific number and a colored line to stand on. Each move has its own number and color.
"So while you're trying to dance, you have to also be performing and glance at the ground to make sure you're in line," she said. "That was their kind of secret for how precise their lines and formation changes are. ... That took a while to get used to."
Addie said she started dancing at age 2. She did ballet for years and got into jazz and tap at age 9. She also has done ballroom dancing, hip hop and modern dance.
"I really enjoy all of them," she said. "I like different aspects, but tap has always been my favorite."
Now she is on a competition team at Bluffton School of Dance. A rising junior at Hilton Head Island High School, she hopes to work with the Rockettes again.
"It was just really fun," she said. "And I'm looking forward to going back next year."