Chester Girl To Perform In Christmas Spectacular
Rachel Quiner, 10, of Chester, has been selected to perform the role of Clara for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show in New York City this holiday season.
Rachel, like many little ballet dancers, had hoped to be Clara in the Nutcracker someday. Last Christmas, she danced the part of Fritz with the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet at Centenary College in Hackettstown. Then in June she auditioned for the Radio City production. They choose only a handful of girls from more than 60 dancers to be the finalists in the running for the part. A few weeks later, Rachel was surprised and excited when they called to offer her the position. It was a dream come true!
Rachel began dancing at the age of two. She dances six days a week at the North Jersey School of Dance Arts in Hackettstown. And the hard work is paying off. In the spring, she danced at Lincoln Center as part of the Little Orchestra’s Society’s production of Cinderella. She has won scholarships at various dance workshops including: NYCDA, Jump, 24 Seven, ASH, and Adrenaline. She has modeled dancewear for Discount Dance Supply, Capezio, and Costume Gallery.
Rachel is the fifth oldest of eight children and is homeschooled. In preparation for her performance, she will begin rehearsals in mid-October. The show features the world-famous Rockettes and closes with a living Nativity. The show opens on Nov. 13 and runs through Jan. 3. There are over 250 shows and Rachel will perform a third of them. Rachel is looking forward to this amazing opportunity and to enjoying Christmas in New York.