TheaterEars: A Conversation with Lillian Colón: The First Latina Rockette and a True Latina Inspiration

TheaterEars, October 20, 2022

TheaterEars is an exciting free app that allows in-cinema moviegoers to watch and enjoy films in their native language with a professionally dubbed soundtrack (typically Spanish) using their smartphone and headphones.

Lillian Colón: la primera ‘rockette’ latina de Nueva York

NY1, March 14, 2022

In Dialogue: Lillian Colon On Being The First Latina Rockette And Taking Her Career Back After Motherhood

Over the summer, the world was introduced to Lillian Colon. At sixty-five, this long-retired dancer and former Rockette auditioned for–and was cast for–In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical love letter to Upper Manhattan and the thriving Latinx community that lives there. Read more on forbes.com

Meet the only dancer over 50 who auditioned for — and got cast in — ‘In the Heights’

Lillian Colón, 66, is no stranger to finding success in her own time. She became the first Latina Rockette at the age of 32, gave birth to her daughter at 46 and is currently writing a memoir. Read more on nbcnews.com

Veteran dancer, Lillian Colon on her journey from being the First Latina Radio City Music Hall Rockette to performing in In the Heights

Lillian Colon is a veteran dancer, having been in the entertainment industry since the age of 16… Read more on http://getthefunkoutshow.kuci.org/

First-ever Latina Rockette dances “In the Heights” at 66

34 years before Lillian Colón appeared in the new film, she was the first Latina Rockette.

Watching “In the Heights,” the hot summer movie launching in theaters and on HBO Max this week, you’ll see the effervescent 66-year-old dancer Lillian Colón. This is the first big film for Colón, a native New Yorker and Puerto Rican who became the first Latina Radio City Rockette in 1987. Read more on https://www.nextavenue.org

The Visionary List: Meet The Women Over 50 Shaping The Future Of Science, Technology And Art

It also includes women who are singularly focused on one discipline grounded in either art or science. For Lillian Colón, 66, that discipline is dance. In 1987, she became the first Latina Radio City Rockette, but she didn’t stop dancing once she retired from the New York City dance company in 2002. Instead, Colón kept taking classes, and in 2019, walked into an audition for the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” musical. Colón was not just the only dancer over 50 who performed in the movie, but she was the only dancer over 50 who even auditioned. Read more on https://www.forbes.com/

Lilly The First Latina Rockette Live

Thalia Spanish Theatre announced their reopening. “A year after our abrupt closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thalia Spanish Theatre is thrilled to announce the comeback of our LIVE performances.” Read more on https://www.queensscene.com/

Thalia Spanish Theatre kicks off its season with “Lilly: The First Latina Rockette”

Among the first theaters to re-open its doors is the venerable Thalia Spanish Theatre, which is kicking off its season with “Lilly: The First Latina Rockette,” the story of the great Puerto Rican dancer Lillian Colon, an orphan from the Bronx who would eventually find herself kicking up her heels on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. Colon herself employs music and dance to bring the story to life in this one-woman show, with performances — in English — running through April 25. Read more on https://www.qchron.com/

First-ever Latina Rockette dances “In the Heights” at 66 | SmartBrief

Meet The 66-Year-Old Dancer In ‘In The Heights’ | My Financial Maestro

The First Latina Rockette’s New Act – NewsBreak

LILLY LA HISTORIA DE LA PRIMERA ROCKETTE LATINA | La Guía Cultural (laguiacultural.com)

Arts and entertainment on the rebound | Queenswide | qchron.com

#PickoftheWeek | Live Theater Returns to Queens with a Former Rockette’s Dance-Filled Autobiography – QEDC | It’s In Queens (itsinqueens.com)

Hard Work Behind the Rockettes’ High Kicks

Lilly and other dancers talk about their experiences with the Radio City Rockettes in conjunction with a tour of the Rockettes in Buffalo, NY. Read more on buffalonews.com.

Dancers Over 40 – Diversity: Lilly Moderates Panel

Lilly moderated a panel on community at Dancers Over 40’s diversity celebration, Can’t Stop the Music! Can’t Stop the Dance! Diversity All Around Us! – on Wednesday, October 14th at  St. Luke’s Theater in NYC. Read more on dancersover40.org.


Despierta America: Lillian Colón, la primera Rockette latina que conquistó los escenarios y la pantalla grande en ”In the Heights’.

Lillian Colón: la primera “rockette” latina de Nueva York: Watch the video from Telemundo Puerto Rico

Dancing Through Life

Lillian Colon spoke and performed at the Forbes 30/50 Summit in Abu Dhabi. Read more on forbes.com

The Donna Drake Show Welcomes Lillian Colón (September 29, 2021)
Veteran dancer, Lillian Colon, First Latina Radio City Music Hall Rockette & In the Heights
In The Heights (2021) – No Me Diga

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