Dancer born with one hand makes Radio City Rockettes history

NEW YORK (AP) — A dancer born with one hand is making hoofer history as the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York's famed Radio City Rockettes.

“I don't want to be known as the dancer who has one hand, and not because that's a bad thing," Sydney Mesher, who joined the Rockettes this season, told Newsday. “But because I've worked very hard to be where I am.”

Mesher, 22, is missing a left hand because of symbrachydactyly, a rare congenital condition.

The Pace University graduate from Portland, Oregon, was hired by the Rockettes after her fourth audition. She said she has been “mesmerized” by the troupe, which dates to 1925, ever since first seeing them on TV in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Rockettes creative director Karen Keeler caled Mesher "an incredibly versatile dancer with a strong work ethic." Keeler said Mesher “is smart and determined, with an eye for detail.”

The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs through Jan. 5.