Legacy 36, LLC was founded in 2013 when the first show called “A Salute to Rockette History” was presented. This show interspersed the history of the Rockettes with precision dance performed by the Legacy Dancers, a line of former Rockettes as well as specialty dances. In 2014, the second show “A Salute to Rockette History II” was created featuring Carol Lawrence who talked about her time performing with the Rockettes and who performed a song and dance number as well. “On Tap from Broadway to the Silver Screen,” presented in 2015 focused on the many styles of tap dancing including precision tap. The individual stories of several former Rockettes were featured in the 2016 show called “Legacy On the Line.” The show in 2017 called “Legacy 36 Celebrates the Stars” featured speeches by Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan, Don Correia and Rosie Novellino-Mearns all of whom performed with the Rockettes. The show also featured precision dancers performed by the Legacy Dancers, a line of former Rockettes, many specialty dances and was dedicated to Violet Holmes, the director of the Rockettes from 1972-1991. The 2018 show was called “Forever Linked – The Early History of Precision Dance Troupes,” which featured precision dances and a march performed by the Legacy Dancers as well as novelty performances and dances with a vaudeville feel.
Mary Six Rupert
Mary Six Rupert created Legacy 36, LLC because of her passion for preserving, choreographing and presenting the art of precision dance. Mary Six performed as a Radio City Rockette for 13 years, was dance captain of the Radio City 60th Anniversary Show national tour, assisted Joe Layton in directing and choreographing the Ann Margret show at Radio City and the Anniversary Tour and she worked in Rockette Operations for two years.
Mary Six was born in Dallas, Texas and began performing at the age of 21/2 with a song and tap routine to “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” Besides her 13 years as a Rockette, she performed in musical theatre in shows such as 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Gypsy, My One and Only, and Can Can with Chita Rivera. She also performed a tap duet with Harold Nicholas, of the famed tap dancing Nicholas Brothers, at the London Palladium.
Mary Six has taught master classes in Vienna (Austria), Paris (France), Bayreuth (Germany), Fukuoka (Japan), Fairbanks (Alaska) and Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Bridge for Dance in New York City. She is currently a professor of tap and jazz at Wagner College.