feelings of worthlessness,
"Of course people ask what I think
about being part of the Nativity scene
[the final act of the two-hour show],
Kaufman says during a promotional
tour to Detroit.
"I just tell them I'm honored to be a
Radio City Rockette. They started out
as dancers in between movies at Radio
City Music Hall, so when I think about
it, I separate out the religious aspects of
the show and just focus on my dancing
because that's what I love to do."
And love it they must, because being
a Rockette is not quite as glamorous as
it looks. After weeks of rehearsal, the
girls perform in two to four shows a
day, six days a week.
For Bonich, the granddaughter of
Delores and Seymour (Shep)
Schuldinger of Oak Park, there will be
an additional challenge. This will be
her first time away from her family.
"I'm a little scared to leave, but I
know I'll be fine when I get there," she
says. "Three months is a long time for
me, but my boyfriend will come up a
few times, my parents will come up."
'Are you kidding? We'll be there for
the first show," Sheri Bonich says with
enthusiasm. "We'll be [in Branson for]
Thanksgiving and we'll be in Phoenix
around Christmas time. We'll proba-
bly be there too much!"
It's a dream come true for the entire
family and a dream in the making for
little girls who will fill Detroit's Fox
Theatre and nine other venues around
the country this season. And say both
this year's Jewish Rockettes, it's a
dream every dancer should hold on to.
"It doesn't matter where you study
as long as you get good training,"
"I've performed with several girls
who studied at very small dance stu-
dios in little Anytown, U.S.A., and
now they're Radio City Rockettes just
like I am, and I went to a dance studio
with 2,000 students."
Here in metro Detroit, more than
half a dozen dancers from Julianna's
Academy of Dance have gone on to
become Rockettes, each of them set-
ting the stage for Erin's debut and a
reminder of what owner Julianna
Pirpinelli has always told her students:
"Never give up on your dreams." ❑
The 2002 edition of The Radio
Cite Christmas Spectacular will be
at Detroit's Fox Theatre from Nov.
29-Dec. 28, with 54 performances.
Tickets range in price from
$17.50-$59.50. For more informa-
tion, call (313) 471-6611 or visit
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