Look, We Know It's Too Early for Holiday Stuff, But Watch the Rockettes on "Today" and Just TRY Not to Feel Jolly

It is November 7, ladies and gentlemen. It is two-and-a-half weeks before Thanksgiving and a full 48 days before Christmas. It is objectively too darn early for anything related to mistletoe and jingle bells and chestnuts roasting on open fires. (Especially for us dancers, who have already been drowning in Nutcracker rehearsals for two months and just want to plug our ears and "lalalalala" our way to oblivion whenever we hear the Trepak music at the mall because NO LORD NOT YET.)

But! Here's the thing: We can't be cynical about anything to do with the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, because it is real holiday magic of the highest order. Those leggy ladies could perform "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" in the dead of August—which totally happens every year, btw—and we would still clap and giggle and squee with delight. They are that wonderful.

Since the Christmas Spectacular opens this Friday, the Rockettes have been out and about in the world a lot recently. This morning, they stopped by "The Today Show" in all their sparkly glory to give us a taste of the holiday goodness that'll be on offer at Radio City up to five times a day (seriously!) for the next two-plus months. The full video isn't available online, boo, but even this preview snippet will be enough to get you in the ho-ho-holiday spirit. (Also, it was like 40 degrees in NYC this morning and those ladies were gettin' it in halter dresses and tights, which, hello, #MotivationMonday.)

Get your Christmas Spectacular tickets here, and be sure to check out our behind-the-scenes look at a newbie Rockette's first show in the December issue!

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When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

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