Radio City Rockettes spread holiday cheer in Glen Rock


Photo Credit: Jenny DeStefano

Radio City Rockettes, Megan Levinson and Christine Sienicki, interact with Glen Rock residents at the public library on Sept. 24.

by Jenny DeStefano, Managing Editor

The Radio City Rockettes met children and parents at the public library for a holiday arts and crafts event this Tuesday, promoting their upcoming 2019 Christmas Spectacular.

One of many stops on the Rockettes’s preseason tour, Glen Rock served as the sole New Jersey library to host the dancers, according to Danielle Cesena, a Children’s Librarian who organized the event. Rockette fans were able to meet, create snowglobes, and interact with two costumed performers.

“Every year, they visit about six libraries in the tri-state area to promote the Christmas Spectacular,” Cesena said. “As with all our children’s programs, this is a way to kind of just bring kids together.”

Promotion of the event came from news outlets, including News 12 New Jersey and The Record, as well as the library’s own website and flyers. 

Rockettes Megan Levinson and Christine Sienicki, both New Jersey natives, said they were excited to meet with local fans and get more in touch with audiences. 

“I think my favorite part was seeing the expression of all the kids and getting them to pose around like us,” Levinson said. “Asking their name, and them telling us about school; Just getting to talk to the fans.”

Children talked to the dancers and took pictures with them. Parents lined up with cellphone cameras to snap photos.

“A lot of kids don’t have opportunities to go and see the Rockettes in the city,” mother Silvia Snell said. “So the fact that the community brings it here to us and makes it this easy and accessible is great.”

Home to numerous other community engagement opportunities, the Glen Rock library will feature similar programs throughout the fall, such as a cooking club, STEM workshops, and pumpkin decorating.

“Libraries are the social hub of townships,” Cesena said. “It was free of charge, so people could just come and enjoy themselves, and the kids are going to take home a snow globe, so it’s just a lasting memory for them.”