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Behind the scenes with the Rockettes in 1964
The holiday season is here and LIFE.com is celebrating by sharing never-before-published photos of the iconic Rockettes in 1964, preparing and auditioning for that year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Click here to see more of the pictures by Art Rickerby.

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The life of a Rockette

In 1964, young women flocked to New York City for Rockettes auditions, hoping to be one of the few dancers selected to shine on Radio City's stage. The women prepped to perform four shows a day, seven days week... and they had to master that memorable high kick. Click through to see the never-before-published images of the 1964 Rockettes, courtesy of LIFE.com.

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Not originally published in LIFE. Rockettes rehearsal, 1964.

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Not originally published in LIFE. Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, 1964.

(Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Not originally published in LIFE. Rockettes in rehearsal, 1964.

(Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Not originally published in LIFE. First-year Rockettes in New York, 1964.

(Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Behind the scenes with the Rockettes in 1964

The holiday season is here and LIFE.com is celebrating by sharing never-before-published photos of the iconic Rockettes in 1964, preparing and auditioning for that year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Click here to see more of the pictures by Art Rickerby.

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