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New Port Richey native on Radio City Rockettes Tampa tour

Tampa, Florida-- The Radio City Rockettes have a new home this holiday season. The dancers have left chilly New York City, and taken up residence at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

They got their first chance to test out the stage Wednesday before their two-and-a-half week run at the Straz Center begins, and among the high-stepping ladies is one who's been here before- first-year Rockette--and New Port Richey native--Carissa Fiorillo.

Photos: Radio City Rockettes practice before two-weeks at Straz

"In 2007, the last time the Radio City Rockettes were here, my amazing mother entered me into a contest and I won, and I got a private class with a Radio City Rockette," Fiorillo told 10 News. "And it's surreal to know that now I'm here, and I'm hopefully going to be able to inspire young girls as well to live their dreams and become a Radio City Rockette."

If you've seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular before, you'll recognize some familiar numbers like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", but Carissa promises new favorites too.

"There's a life-sized, double decker bus that the Rockettes board and it takes you on a tour, and then we end dancing in Times Square, so it definitely brings the New York side of the show to Florida," she explained.

The Rockettes will bring their holiday spirit the Straz Center stage three dozen times over the next 18 days, but at least one of the dancers knows she'll see a familiar face each day.

"My mom has a ticket for every single night in Tampa. She will be here every single night to support me and all the wonderful ladies out there on stage with me."

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