Taking your TEFL course in New York in December is very special. The city is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. There are festive concerts in the Metropolitan Opera House, and Radio City Music Hall invites you to join one of their 200 legendary Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows.
This is the season for the Rockettes, a precision dance company of 80 women which is synonymous with New York. The iconic group of women was actually created in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1925 as the “Missouri Rockets.” The group’s founder was inspired by the John Tiller Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. The Missouri Rockets eventually moved to New York City. In 1932, they performed at Radio City Music Hall as the Rockettes.
There aren’t any divas among the Rockettes. These women are self-sufficient; they do their own hair and makeup. Tiny microphones in their shoes amplify the taps during “12 Days of Christmas” and “Rag Dolls.” The microphones are under the arch of the shoes. Their costumes can weigh as much as 40 pounds each, due to the sequins and diamonds. Throughout the show, the Rockettes have to quickly change their costumes. The fastest change needs to be completed within 78 seconds.
The Rockettes have been kicking up their heels to perennial favorites “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” since 1933. Everyone waits for the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” It may appear as if the Rockettes are clinging on one other, but they are not. During the famous synced high kick, they actually rest their hands on the fabric.
New York is famous for the Rockettes and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Visiting one of those magic shows creates a beautiful memory that may want you to come back to New York during the holiday season again and again.