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Ahwatukee native Logan Reginato will perform in this year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, Tenn.

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Ahwatukee native Logan Reginato has always shown a passion when it came to dance. Now, she will display her talents on stage as a Rockette in this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Reginato has participated in countless dance groups across Ahwatukee since she was 5 years old, and she was a cheerleader throughout her four years at Desert Vista High School.

After graduating Desert Vista, Reginato attended Arizona State University, where she still kept up with her passion for dance as a member of the spirit squad; she was also recognized as Sports Illustrated’s cheerleader of the week.

She traveled with the football and basketball teams throughout each season, and was the spirit squad’s choreographer for two years.

Once Reginato, 24, graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2013, she taught dance at Center Pointe Dance in Ahwatukee for two years, but she longed for the excitement of dancing in front of an audience.

“I kind of missed that hunger of being on stage and performing,” she said.

Reginato was inspired by one of her mentors, Stacy Tato, to continue to perform as long as she could, and she landed a chance to participate in the Rockettes Summer Intensive program this past summer in New York City.

The Rockettes Summer Intensive is a week-long program where dancers from all over learn how to perform as a Rockette and incorporate different genres of dance from jazz to tap.

“This is where we really learned the style and discipline it took to become a Rockette,” Reginato said.

Reginato made it to the final round of auditions and then received a phone call informing her that she had earned a spot as a Rockette for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular’s national tour show in Nashville, Tenn., this November.

Her father, David, said he has enjoyed watching his daughter grow and mature through dance.

“Seeing her progress, mature and the lessons she has learned through dances has brought so much enjoyment to my wife and I,” he said. “It’s nice to see her continue with it.”

Currently, Reginato is preparing for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular by making sure that her endurance level is up to par to be a Rockette.

“I’ve been working on my endurance for a 90-minute show that has more than 300 kicks in one show,” she said. “I’ve also been taking various dance classes here and there to keep my technique and technical training up. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to be part of a tradition of being a Rockette.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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