An Age-Old Holiday Treat
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is gearing up to begin their seasonal show, to play from November 7th to December 31st. With performances taking place at Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, this is sure to be a dynamic and magical experience. Led by the world renowned Rockettes, the show features dancing and immersive entertainment that is fun for the whole family. Every year, the Rockettes train harder and the show design is more innovative, aiming to up the ante from the many years before.
Insanely Busy Schedule for Performers
This year, the Rockettes will be kept very busy. On Saturdays in December, they will play an extraordinary six shows per day. Furthermore, during the five day Christmas period between December 19th and 23rd, they will do 26 shows. Fortunately, the dancers rotate so that they do not all do all the shows. In New York, there are two casts each of about 36 women. The dancers divide their performances by morning/afternoon and evening casts, so that each cast can get a break each day. In past years, it was reported that each cast would perform about 108 shows over the course of the season. They are fortunate the show is only seasonal, because it is actually so tiring that many are so fatigued that they need the 10 months off!
What Do The Rockettes Do for the Rest of the Year?
Rockettes are professional athletes who train rigorously not only in dance, but in other forms of fitness to keep them athletic year round. Furthermore, many of them are students, or pursuing careers in other areas of the entertainment field. It is common for them to be models or actors, and many of them work year round in musical theatre. Still, for many Rockettes, this is their only time dancing on stage in a given year. The Rockettes tend to be hired year after year, which allows the team to remain strong while the dancers retain a sense of seasonal stability. This is only one of the many reasons it is such a competitive gig, as year after year countless women compete for the opportunity to dance onstage in the timeless role of a Rockette.