Dancer born with one hand makes Radio City Rockettes history

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In this Oct. 22, 2019 photo, Rockette Sydney Mesher center right, takes part in a rehearsal at the Rockette’s rehearsal space in New York. Mesher, who was born without a left hand due to the rare congenital condition symbrachydactyly, is the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York’s famed Radio City Rockettes. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(AP) – A dancer born with one hand is the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York’s famed Radio City Rockettes.

Sydney Mesher tells Newsday she doesn’t want to be known as โ€œthe dancer with one handโ€ but as a hard worker.

Mesher is missing a left hand due to symbrachydactyly, a rare congenital condition.ย 

The Pace University graduate from Portland, Oregon, says she’s been โ€œmesmerizedโ€ by the Rockettes ever since first seeing them on TV in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Rockettes creative director Karen Keeler called Mesher โ€œan incredibly versatile dancer with a strong work ethic.โ€ย 

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