I found some fun Thanksgiving Trivia and had to share. I feel like Thanksgiving sometimes gets passed by too quickly with Christmas and Holiday celebrations right upon its heels. It seems like stores barely clear off the Halloween candy and costumes and make way for candy canes! Don't get me wrong -- I like candy canes just fine. But let's give Thanksgiving it's due moment of fame on the calendar. It's a great opportunity for me to pause and remember how much I am truly thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
The first Thanksgiving lasted three days.
Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fist, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives and their fingers.
The average American eats somewhere between 16-18 pounds of turkey each year.
Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
With the holidays approaching there are a variety of exhilarating dance performances throughout the valley to watch. One of our favorites is the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular! Their precision style of dance is a mixture of modern and classic ballet with a twist of tap every once in a while. Rockette hopefuls must show proficiency in ballet, tap, modern and jazz during the audition process. Approximately four to five hundred women will audition yearly for a coveted spot as a Rockette. Oh, to be a Rockette!
Founded in St. Louis, Missouri, they originally performed as the "Missouri Rockets." Founder Russell Market had been inspired by the Tiller Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 and said, "If I ever got a chance to get a group of American girls who would be taller and have longer legs and could do really complicated tap routines and eye-high kicks. . . they'd knock your socks off!"
The Missouri Rockets moved to New York City with Samuel Roxy Rothafel to perform at his Roxy Theater. They were renamed the "Roxyettes." (You can see where this is headed!) Later, when the group was moved to Radio City Music Hall they were again and finally renamed The Rockettes. In December of 1932 they performed the first Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Consecutive annual productions have been performed every since with two of the current dance numbers coming from the original performance!
Miss Kaley and I were able to see their Christmas Spectacular show in Phoenix a few years ago and it lived up to it's name--Spectacular! I left the show wanting to go home, stretch and work on my high kicks!
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I'm excited to start this blog with you and talk about this and that and other unique dance tid-bits! There is so much to explore and discover in the big wide world of dance. We hope you enjoy reading and sharing with us.
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!