Last week, my friend — the illustrious Taylor Gordon! — invited me to watch her dance in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (Taylor, trained in classical ballet, is not a Rockette but a seasonal dancer in the show.) As last year, the show is a lot of fun, very Christmassy, very geared toward the tourist crowd and to children, with a somewhat corny story-line (younger boy strives to and eventually convinces older, more skeptical boy of Santa’s existence). But the dancing and the costumes and the sets are tremendous and are the reason you really go (if you’re an adult, that is ).
The Rockettes in particular are wondrous. Talk about astoundingly perfect synchronicity…
The soldier scene is my favorite. They march, they step, they turn in formation in almost mind-boggling unison, and then they fall, one by one, s-l-o-w-l-y, ever so slowly, one after and onto the other, in, again, mind-bogglingly perfect timing.
And now a few pictures of Taylor! She’s in the middle, in the coolly colorful tights.
Pink scarf, green bag, cool tights. So proud of her … again!
As a Santa — I’ve no idea which one.
And as a tutu-clad bear.
And a few more of the Rockettes.
Taylor’s also a writer. Visit her blog for her accounts of what it’s like to be in the show.
And here is our friend Michael’s write-up of the evening.