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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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!