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January 05, 1988|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Jennifer Jones, the first-ever black Rockette, will join the famed high-kicking chorus line this month for rehearsals and then will perform during half time of the Super Bowl later this month with the other 87 dancers of the troupe. Jones was chosen late last week and given the news Friday. "When I heard on the news that the Rockettes were about to have (their) first black dancer, I didn't think it was me," Jones said. "I was so shocked. I'm glad it is me." The Rockettes, who began performing 62 years ago, began looking for a black dancer last October. Jones appeared in several music videos before getting the good news from the Rockettes.

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