Christmas Spectacular- The Rockettes
The Radio City Rockettes are the finest precision dancers in all of North America. The Rockettes are currently stationed out of the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York. The Manhattan dancers originally got their start in 1925 as the "Missouri Rockets" (hence the current adaptation "Rockettes"). The then St. Louis troupe was founded by Russell Markert, who was inspired by a performance of the earliest precision dancers, the John Tiller Girls. The Tiller Girls of Manchester, England were the most popular dance troupe of the early 1900's, and performed all over Europe and in the U.S.
Until Markert's Rockettes hit the scene, the Tiller girls were arguably the most popular dance troupe in the world at the time. The Tiller troupe popularized the art of precision dancing, which was characterized by the highly syncopated and geometric dance patterns. High-kicking dance steps were the centerpiece of the tap-and-kick routines, and mesmerized audiences. The Radio City Rockettes keep the tradition of the Tiller girls alive in their performances, adding a touch of American tradition and style to the art of precision dancing.
The famous Rockette kick-line features 36 women, arranged by their height with the tallest in the center and the shortest at the end of the line. The original Rockette troupe featured a 16 woman kick-line.
Every year, the Rockettes perform the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall. The performance is the most watched live show in the U.S., being viewed by over 2.1 million spectators each year. The annual performance is one of the longest-running productions in American history. During the Christmas Spectacular season, the Rockettes perform up five 90-minute shows a day.
The Rockettes also perform annually at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Columbus Day Parade, America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, and the NBC Rockefeller Center Tree-Lighting Ceremony in New York City. The Rockettes performed for George W. Bush’s 2001 Presidential Inauguration ceremony, and the 1988 Super Bowl.