As it turns out, maybe the Rockettes don't all feel the same way about performing at Donald Trump's inauguration. Earlier today, BroadwayWorld reported that they received an email from the Rockettes' union, American Guild of Variety Artists, that made it sound like the Rockettes were being forced to perform at Trump's inauguration, or else they'd be fired. "Any talk of boycotting this event is invalid, I'm afraid," the email from the union to the dancers read.

In bolded print the email plainly stated, "if you are not full time, you do not have to sign up to do this work. If you are full time, you are obligated." In a since-deleted Instagram post, one Rockette, Phoebe Pearl, said that since hearing the news she and her fellow dancers, "have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts."


But now, in the face of massive backlash, Madison Square Garden is saying that none of the Rockettes are being forced to perform at the inauguration against their will and that participation is voluntary. In fact, according to MSG, they've actually had more Rockettes express interest in the performance than they have slots.

In a statement issued a little after 12pm on Thursday, a representative for Madison Square Garden said:

"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. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations."


This seems to directly counter the statement issued by the Rockettes union yesterday that said full-time Rockettes were required to sign up for the event. But it also means that there are plenty of Rockettes excited to perform for the inauguration. Cue the Rockettes looking around the locker room at each other nervously, wondering who among them secretly voted for Trump this whole time. I guess just because they're dancing is in sync doesn't mean their politics are.

Sources: BroadwayWorld | Vulture