Rockettes producer: Dancers won't be forced to perform at inauguration
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The producers for the Radio City Rockettes say the group's members won’t be forced to perform at President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE’s inauguration next month.

The Madison Square Garden Company released a statement Friday that said dancers always had a choice in whether to perform, despite previous reports that it was mandatory.

“For a Rockette to be considered for an event they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural,” the company said in a statement. “It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”

The statement comes after one Rockette dancer posted a now-deleted Instagram image saying she was “embarrassed an disappointed” to perform at the event.

Earlier reports said the union had told the dancers that they could not boycott the inauguration and that performing was an "obligation."

The producers' statement didn't comment on the backlash over the group's decision to perform at the president-elect’s swearing in.