Cheryl Davidson Steinthal

RC 1972-1974 ​​

I was 17 & 1/2 years old when I arrived at The Rehearsal Club in June, 1972.  In my senior year of high school I had passed an audition to be a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and two weeks after graduation I left Atlantic City for NYC. I moved into the 4th floor (Kathie Kellogg's room - she was away for the summer) and started taking three dance classes a day while waiting to be called in to join the line at RCMH. ​
In addition to dancing with the Rockettes, I had wonderful experiences in New York; studied dance in classes held in Carnegie Hall, worked as an assistant to legendary tap teacher Bob Audy, danced at a Ziegfeld Club Gala honoring Liza Minnelli, coached Ann Miller's standby in a production of ​​​​​​​​Anything Goes, and launched a successful career as a choreographer.​​
​​I met my husband when he hired me to choreograph a show he was directing. That was the beginning of what has become a 39-year marriage and a director/choreographer partnership for many high school and community theater productions. Ten years ago we moved to Florida and have even continued our work down here. Now we can add "over 55" communities to our resume! I also offer a tap class for experienced adult tappers here in South Florida.

Four years ago I went back to the dancer side of the footlights with The Original Florida Follies, an organization that raises money for children's charities. In addition to dancing I am now also their choreographer. We rehearse twice a week in preparation for six performances held in January, February & March. All of the dancers are over 60 years old, all the way up to 90!! Five of them (including myself) are former Rockettes! Our group can be found on Facebook or at the website: .


We only get in to NYC once or twice annually. When we do, we try to squeeze in as many shows on Broadway as we can see in the short time we have. I also like to fit in a tap class at Broadway Dance Center.

I have a 33 year old daughter who works in Manhattan as a recruiter and lives in Queens. I also have a 36 year old son who lives in South Jersey with his wife and 12 year old step-daughter. He works as an EMT and a 911 dispatcher.

I have remained friends and kept in touch with Joyce Chapman Nadler, my first NYC friend at The Rehearsal Club.  We attended each other's weddings and now we're attending each other's children's weddings!

The Rehearsal Club was my very first home in New York. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to live there. It is a shame that there are not any places like it for young performers just starting their careers today.