Watching the Radio City Rockettes perform a dazzling array of precision dance routines in their annual Christmas Spectacular show is a tradition many New Yorkers use to welcome the winter season. But how do these leggy ladies spend their off-season and what do they do to maintain their pristine technique, strength, and stamina when they're not on stage? We caught up with the Rockettes a few months before the opening night of the Christmas Spectacular to find out exactly what they do to keep those legendary leg kicks year round.
Yes, Dance Spirit, there really is a Santa Claus. And we've got proof—namely, the delightfully silly stunt Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Bear pulled off last week to celebrate the start of ticket sales for BB's 2017 production of the holiday ballet classic.
A merry, happy, holly-jolly Christmas to everyone celebrating!
This is one of those days when—as we sit in a pile of wrapping paper debris, snuggly in our snowflake onesies, eating delicious cookies and celebrating the end (or near-end) of an insane Nutcracker season—we can't help but be intensely grateful for all the good things in our lives. It's a day for feeling feelings.
And here's a dance story that—partly because it involves people who aren't able to enjoy the comforts of home on Christmas—might make you shed a holiday tear or two.
Today, Lincoln Center is hosting a broadcast of New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. It's not the first time this has happened; the Nut performance has already aired twice in U.S. theaters over the past few weeks as part of the Lincoln Center at the Movies series.
But today's broadcast is different. It's being beamed to about 400,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, who are serving abroad in 175 countries and U.S. territories.
So, nearly half a million service men and women—people spending Christmas in Afghanistan and Iraq and even on naval ships in the middle of the ocean—will have their holidays brightened by one of the world's greatest ballets, danced by some of the world's greatest artists.
Snow has never made us feel so warm inside. (NYCB in Nutcracker; photo by Paul Kolnik)
Goodness, I must have a Christmas cookie crumb stuck in my eye. You too? So weird.
Happy holidays, everyone.
So if you're a procrastinator and have yet figure out what you want for Christmas, then turn your attention to Andrew Barret Cox's most recent Instagram video:
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Yup, that pretty much sums it up. This video, those dance moves, on repeat until the morning. We'll be dancing the night away like this, and we hope you'll all be doing the same. Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!
Hi! How are you? Busy, I bet! Har har. (Ho ho?)
Look, I know I'm late—it's Christmas Eve, and I'm sure you're dealing with all kinds of #reindeerprobz—but I thought I'd reach out to you anyway. Because I'm not just some girl who'll be happy with a Kylie Lip Kit and Adele tour tickets. (Actually, if you can get me either of those things, you are an actual MAGICIAN and I will worship you forever. But I digress.)
No, Santa: I'm a dancer. And that means I have special gift needs. Needs that I want to make sure don't go undocumented.
And so here, in no particular order, are the things I really, actually, genuinely want for Christmas. Take notes.
2) Gisele Bethea's feet. Gimme.
3) The Fraternal Twins' swagger in general, and facial expressions in particular.
4) Yanis Marshall's everything. Just...everything.
5) Speaking of everything: all the things from Maria Kochetkova's t-shirt line.
6) Tickets to Hamilton sometime before next summer. Again, you'll need to work some magic here, but I believe, Santa. I BELIEVE.
7) My very own pointe shoe Christmas tree. (And, on a related note, several air fresheners.)
WANT. (screenshot via YouTube)
9) For the following people to make cameos in Center Stage: Dance Camp:
- Zoe Saldana
- Ilya Kulik
- Susan May Pratt
- Julie Kent
- The girl who said "Did you see how on I was?"
- That old salsa club lady
- Warren Carlyle—specifically, Warren Carlyle doing this
- Channing Tatum (a little series crossover never hurt nobody)
- AMANDA SCHULL, OBVIOUSLY. WHERE IS AMANDA SCHULL???
10) To live inside the Bieber "Sorry" video. Forever.
Got it? K thanks Santa! Safe sleighing! Tell Dancer and Prancer I say hi!
Get it, Santa. (via netanimations.net)
We wish you a merry Christmas, a happy belated-Hanukkah and a joyous early-Kwanzaa! If you're celebrating today, we hope you've had a magical morning—filled with hot cocoa, holiday carols, bear hugs and Santa surprises.
While old Kris Kringle may be through making his rounds for this year, we've still got a few holiday hopes and dreams up our sleeves. So in the (dance) spirit of the season, I asked my fellow editors to share their Chrismakwanzika wishes, and this is what they all had to say:
"...for more and more people to discover the genius of ballet choreographers like Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck...and for more and more women choreographers to experience that same level of success." —Margaret Fuhrer, editor in chief
"...to be a guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 12...and for this movie to actually, finally get made (please, please, please??) and somehow incorporate Ryan Gosling, too." —Jenny Dalzell, managing editor
"...that more companies make it part of their mission to bring regular dance training to under-served communities." —Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, assistant editor
"...for a chance to see The Nutcracker with my best friend!" —Meggie Hermanson, fashion editor
As for me, I wish that by this time next year, I'll be able to post a video of the DS editors performing an ugly-Christmas-sweater dance routine. Fingers crossed it rivals the smooth moves of these dads from the Sainsbury's Christmas jumper commerical. (Fun fact: Apparently "jumper" is a British word for sweater.)
Start learning your choreo, guys. I call the whacking solo that starts at 0:55!
...gooey cinnamon buns for breakfast, a giant mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top and a roaring fire in the fireplace.
OK, and a few other things. We'll get to those in a sec.
First: Merry Christmas, everyone, from all of the Dance Spirit editors!
It's arguably the most festive day of the year, and if you're a Christmas celebrator, we hope you're in the midst of a very merry day. (Pajamas mandatory all day long. Deal? Deal.)
But you don't have to celebrate Christmas in order to make a lengthy wish list, right? Here's what the Dance Spirit editors are dying for this year...
Sophia's shoes are from Steve Madden. Get 'em while you still can! (Photo by Erin Baiano)
"Sparkly wedge high-tops, like the ones Sophia Lucia is wearing on our January cover. As a fellow shorty, I understand her need for a little extra height—even when it's a sneaker day." —Rachel Zar, managing editor
"I want another live musical on TV! How about Singin' in the Rain? Ryan Steele in the Gene Kelly role? Cloud Campos in Donald O'Connor's part? Somebody get Rob Ashford on this, stat!" —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
"I want to go to a taping of 'So You Think You Can Dance' during Season 11 so I can scream 'judges' in a Cat Deeley-esque British accent. That, and a pair of harem pants so I can feel like less of a bunhead in hip-hop class." —Maggie McNamara, assistant editor
"In a perfect world, stores would play Nutcracker music all year long—and the rest of the world would love it as much as I would." —Meggie Hermanson, fashion editor
Simi! Let's be twinsies. (Photo by Erin Baiano)
As always, I've got quite the list of my own going: I want Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring something—anything—to Broadway ASAP. I want to go shopping with Simrin Player. I want to put an end to "Dance Moms" and in its place create a TV show about all the great things that happen in the competitive dance world. I want Juliet Doherty to take home the top prize at the Prix de Lausanne. I want Nick Lazzarini to be the next President of the United States. I want newlyweds tWitch and Allison Holker to have, like, millions of little dancer babies. And I want to grow just one more inch so I can be tall enough to audition for the Radio City Rockettes.
Get busy, Santa—you've got some serious work to do for us this year.