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The Rockettes in a kickline

A kickline is a show dance figure consisting of a series of dancers who throw their legs synchronised up to eye level in the air, forming a straight line.[1] The difficulty here is not only to lift the leg in a coordinated manner to create a uniform impression, but also to lower it again quickly enough to switch between the standing and throwing leg in quick succession.[2]

Well-known kicklines are formed by the New York Rockettes[3] or the ensemble of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast.[4] Kicklines are also performed in cheerleading and drill team.[5]


  1. ^ Funkenstein, Susan (2020). Marking Modern Movement – Dance and Gender in the Visual Imagery of the Weimar Republic. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. p. 96. ISBN 9780472054619. kickline dancers kicked in unison to precisely the same height, performed detailed footwork in strictly the same sequence, and peeled off from the line with exact timing.
  2. ^ Rockettes: Summer Series, Ep. 7 - Kickline! on YouTube
  3. ^ Rockettes Dance Moves: Eye-High Kicks on YouTube
  4. ^ Friedrichstadtpalast Ballett-Weltrekord Girlreihe on YouTube
  5. ^ Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders kick line on Thanksgiving Day 2013 on YouTube