A ‘Rockette’ claimed on Instagram that the company she works for, Madison Square Garden Company, is forcing performers to go to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump and against her free will.
However, the company pointed out that it is a voluntary deal, not obligatory:
“For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural,” the statement read. “It is always their choice.”
The statement also said that, among the dancers, Mr. Trump’s inauguration has been a popular opportunity: “In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”