THESE CANADIAN SISTERS ARE MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES WITH THE ROCKETTES

A trip to New York City in 2005 to see the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is what encouraged Alison Jantzie to audition for the iconic dance troupe.

According to the Rockettes, the Christmas Spectacular has been seen by more than 75 million people since the show’s inception in the 1930s. (Courtesy MSG)

TORONTO — A trip to New York City in 2005 to see the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is what encouraged Alison Jantzie to audition for the iconic dance troupe.

But it wasn’t just the high kicks and holiday cheer that inspired the Alberta-based dancer. Her sister Kristin Jantzie was dancing in the cast.

“To see your family member up there on stage is completely overwhelming,” Alison said in a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca. “I remember sitting in the audience just being so proud… Being someone I had idolized for my whole life, seeing her achieve a dream like that was so inspiring.”

The Rockettes are a world-famous American chorus line best known for performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Those who haven’t made it to New York City to see the show may recognize the long-legged dancers from their appearances on television and in films such as “Annie,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Alison has spent nine seasons as a Rockette and while Kristin is now attending university, Alison still shares the stage with her other sister, Lisa.

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