One of the things I look forward to during the Holidays is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring The Rockettes. New York City is a magical place, especially around Christmas time. It brings out the child in all of us.
Radio City Music Hall, decorated for 75th edition of The Christmas Spectacular in 2007
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show features over 140 performers, lavish sets and costumes and an original musical score. The 90 minute revue combines singing, dancing and humor with traditional scenes in spectacular stage settings. The star performers are the women's precision dance troupe known as the Rockettes. Since the first version was presented in 1933, the show has become a New York Christmas tradition seen by more than a million visitors a year.
In 2011, the show will run from November 11 until January 2, 2012. Titled The Rockettes Magical Journey, the show will incorporate into the production new production numbers including a new 3D Live scene as well as new scenes and songs. Source: Wikipedia
When I was in Junior High School, my gym teacher, Miss J was a former Rockette. I looked forward to her class three times a week. She was an amazing dancer, and instead of the usual exercise, we would get dance lessons. Our class gathered in the auditorium and lined up in rows of six.
Our teacher wore tap shoes with a short shirt. Miss J had long beautiful legs. At the end of a month’s lesson, we were able to perform a dance routine. It happened to be an all girl class, and it turned out pretty good. It was a fantastic experience.
I don’t think it would be acceptable today, but in the sixties, she got away with it. I still remember the steps Miss J taught us, and the music, too.
I plan to attend the show with my family this year. The best part will be the expressions on my Grandsons faces when they see the Rockettes dressed as wooden soldiers. Later, I’ll tell them the story about how Grandma was taught by a former Rockette. Maybe I’ll even teach them the dance steps.
Family memories are precious. Madeline, my heroine from Echoes at Dawn adores the holidays. Since she is a chef, around this time of year Madeline enjoys surprising her family with their favorite treats.
Happy Holidays everyone!
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