Sarah Grooms

Ali on the Run Show Episode 194: Sarah Grooms, Rockette Turned Marathoner

“In dance, you’re kind of always told what to do, how to do it, how perfect it has to be. Running has been a way for me to let all of that go.”

Sarah Grooms spent 13 years doing hundreds of eye-high kicks a day as a Radio City Rockette. On this episode, she talks about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about performing at one of the world’s most famous venues (including how Radio City’s famous camels get their exercise between shows!), and explains why she decided to hang up her heels last year in favor of running shoes. Today, Sarah is a certified personal trainer, and is a fitness instructor at Precision Run in New York City and obé Fitness online — and she’s a marathoner!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Sarah reflects on her 13-year tenure as a Radio City Rockette (5:50)
  • On getting — and then losing — the dream job (12:50)
  • What it’s like performing at Radio City Music Hall (16:40)
  • What don’t audiences see from the Radio City Rockettes? (20:00)
  • The physical demands of being a Rockette (33:15)
  • Why Sarah decided to retire from the Rockettes — and how she became a runner (38:00)
  • What’s next for Sarah? (46:40)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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