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Just For Kicks: Rockettes Dancers Thrill Ridgewood Fans

Rockette Sarah Staker fields questions from star-struck fans.
Rockette Sarah Staker fields questions from star-struck fans. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Rockettes Sarah Staker of New York City, left, and Nicole Baker Luftig of Upper Saddle River with their favorite Rockette flavor of ice cream: peppermint stick.
Rockettes Sarah Staker of New York City, left, and Nicole Baker Luftig of Upper Saddle River with their favorite Rockette flavor of ice cream: peppermint stick. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Autographing a Christmas Spectacular shirt.
Autographing a Christmas Spectacular shirt. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Chris Roberts of Elmwood Park enjoys a moment in the spotlight with two Rockettes at Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream in Ridgewood.
Chris Roberts of Elmwood Park enjoys a moment in the spotlight with two Rockettes at Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream in Ridgewood. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Rockettes Nicole Baker Luftig, left, and Sarah Staker.
Rockettes Nicole Baker Luftig, left, and Sarah Staker. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Rockettes Sarah Staker, left, and Nicole Baker Luftig present a certificate to the owners of Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream - Corinna and Demetrios Kotrokois.
Rockettes Sarah Staker, left, and Nicole Baker Luftig present a certificate to the owners of Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream - Corinna and Demetrios Kotrokois. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Even the counter help at Van Dyk's, brother and sister Jake and Jenna Russo of Wyckoff, get some Rockette love.
Even the counter help at Van Dyk's, brother and sister Jake and Jenna Russo of Wyckoff, get some Rockette love. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Upper Saddle River Rockette Nicole Baker Luftig took a taste of her peppermint stick ice cream cone.
Upper Saddle River Rockette Nicole Baker Luftig took a taste of her peppermint stick ice cream cone. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Two Radio City Rockettes met wide-eyed little girls and other fans at Van Dyk’s Ice Cream in Ridgewood Thursday.

For Rockette Nicole Baker Luftig of Upper Saddle River, it was her first visit to the popular, 60-year-old homemade ice cream shop on Ackerman Avenue.

“We’re visiting different businesses around the community – places where people can make time for joy,” said Rockette Sarah Staker of New York City.

“That’s exactly what the Christmas Spectacular does every year,” she added. “We’re really excited to do that this year from Nov. 11 through Jan. 2.”

For the occasion, Van Dyk’s owners Corinna and Demetrios Kotrokois made sure they had lots of peppermint stick ice cream on hand.

The shop specializes in making small batches of seasonal flavors, Corinna Kotrokois said, with apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin, and cinnamon caramel trending now.

But the Rockettes requested peppermint stick for obvious reasons: it provides residents of Ridgewood and nearby towns with a little bit of Christmastime all year.

“It has broken up candy canes in it,” Kotrokois explained, “and a lot of people come here because it’s one of their favorite flavors.

“It’s also hard to get in other places,” she added. “It’s something that makes us special.”

The Rockettes presented the owners with a certificate of recognition from the Radio City Rockettes as being a spectacular place to make time for joy.

“Congratulations to everyone who’s part of the Van Dyk’s Ice Cream family from our family to yours,” Luftig said in making the presentation.

Most of the dancers’ attention was taken up by children, especially little girls whose faces lit up to see them.

“When did you start taking dance lessons?” one asked Staker.

“Is this how you kick?” asked another, showing her best kick line form. “How far up does your foot have to go?”

“To eye level,” Staker replied.

Tickets for this year’s Christmas Spectacular at Radio City can be purchased here or at the Radio City box office.

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