Look, guys, we know: It is too darn early for holly-jolliness. But the Rockettes appeared on the "Today" show this morning to promote the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and we can't help it—as soon as we see that iconic kickline, we start daydreaming about sleigh bells and mistletoe and gingerbread lattes.
The Rockettes know a thing or two about winter—after all, their Christmas Spectacular is pretty much the pinnacle of the holiday season. And now that winter finally seems to be here with its freezing temperatures (NYC's 75 degree Christmas was only a few weeks ago, after all!), we could certainly use some tips to help guide us through another few months of snowstorms, scarves and sniffles. That's where the Rockettes come in! Not only did they help us master their iconic dance moves last month, but they've got our backs again with nine tips for beating the winter blues. Rockette Katelyn G. says to just "embrace the snowy weather," Sarah G. says to "keep busy" and avoid the urge to hibernate until warm weather graces us with its presence again. All their tips might seem like no-brainers, and I can't speak for you guys. But I know I'm guilty of using winter as an excuse to a) never leave my house, b) sleep until noon and c) use the weather as an excuse for anything and everything, so thank you, ladies—I'll most certainly be using your tips for motivation. Promise! Check out the rest of the tips here.
The Rockettes showing us how a high kick is truly done. (Photo via Alive Mag)
The cutest. (Ladies auditioning for the Rockettes, photo Mark Bonifacio/New York Daily News)
I've always been obsessed with the Rockettes. I mean, they're basically the definition of glamor. Alas, I've also always been waaay too short to audition. Ladies need to be between 5' 6" and 5' 10.5" tall.
So go, leggy dancers, and live your Rockette dreams. Merde!
When we watch the Rockettes perform in the
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, we see a group of impeccable dancers moving in perfect unison—not a sequin or an eyelash out of place. But it takes a lot of intricate behind-the-scenes work to keep the Rockettes stage-ready. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular experience, with insider information from NYC dance captain Traci Reszetylo.
Michelle Quiner is the epitome of technique and artistry in perfect harmony: Sure, she makes quintuple pirouettes on pointe look like a cinch, but it’s this 15-year-old’s emotive quality that captivates audiences. Michelle’s talent has won her such titles as National Miss Teen Onstage New York and Miss Junior Starpower, as well as first place at both Starpower and Legacy Dance Championships Nationals. It also landed her the part of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, TN, in 2010.
(Photo courtesy Beyond the Stars)
Birthday: April 17, 1999
Hometown: Chester, NJ
Dance studio: North Jersey School of Dance Arts
Favorite dancers of all time: Gillian Murphy, Paloma Herrera and Catherine Hurlin. “I love American Ballet Theatre!”
Favorite dance movie: First Position
If she were a superhero…“I would have an amazing memory. I’d learn all of the combos and never forget them.”
Go-to stress relievers: “I like to crochet dolls for my seven siblings, and I like to read
Dream dance roles: Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake
"In the dance world, you’re gonna hear ‘no’ a lot. You just have to learn how to work through that without getting discouraged. Never give up on what you love to do."