The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

This past Sunday, The Rockettes performed their Holiday Spectacular at the Benedum Center in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh. The Benedum is a gorgeous old building, full of opulent splendor – sparkling crystal chandeliers, gilded molding and arches, sweeping stairways, regal tapestries, and somehow, it always smells like freshly-baked cookies! I took my seat just minutes before the performance, and waited for the lights to go down and the band to strike up. Although I initially wasn’t too keen on attending, I now must admit that I walked away a little merrier…

The opening sequence featured an abundance of glittering garments, choreographed high-kicks, and a whole lotta green and red. The dancers were fantastic, and while all the scenes were fabulous, there were two that really stood out!

“The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” has been a part of the Rockette’s holiday show since 1933. The number is based on military marching, features the ladies in elaborate toy soldier costumes, complete with tall, black, tasseled hats, and ends in a fantastic finale during which the “soldiers” fall like dominoes, collapsing into one another in slow-motion. The amount of precision that maneuver must take boggles my mind!

My other favorite scene took place inside “Santa’s Workshop”. The Rockettes performed as various “toys,” including robots and dolls, but three ladies dressed as poinsettia flowers stole the spotlight. Their costumes were show-stopping – floor-length mermaid gowns, shimmering with green sequins from toes to neck, and finished with a crown of twinkling red flower petals. I was just as in awe of the costumes as I was of the dazzling dance display.

So, what have I taken with me from the Rockette’s performance? Well, I’ll never be capable of dancing like that, for one. And two, you can never have enough sequins on a holiday ensemble! Lately, I’m finding myself inexplicably drawn to the S-equined Stunner Dress. And you know what? I may even pair it with the Sequin-tially Essential Leggings and the 24 Karat Heels. It may be a super sparkly look that’s not for the faint of heart, but for a Rockette, it’s barely an hour’s worth of glitz and glamor!

About Natalie

Natalie is a native Pittsburgher who enjoys dinner for breakfast, breakfast for dinner, and Trader Joe's Chocolate Croissants any time. She thinks that a lady can never have too many pairs of boots. She is also a big believer in retail therapy. She'd like to take this opportunity to tell her mother that she thinks she's the most amazing woman ever. Asparagus is her favorite veggie. Green is her favorite color. And last, but not least, Winston holds a very special place in her heart.

5 Responses to The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

  1. Tori 12/01/2009 at 11:46 pm #

    If you put those three items together you would look so adorable. I like it better than the Rockette look shown above. And let’s all be honest those 24 Karat heels are to die for. I’m Lovin it!

  2. jenna 12/02/2009 at 7:15 am #

    can i ask who the rockettes are?

  3. Natalie 12/02/2009 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Jenna,

    The Radio City Rockettes are an infamous American dance troupe that is most known for their incredibly perfect kicklines. Their home is Radio City in NYC, but they travel and perform in other cities, as well! Hope that helped.

    -Natalie

  4. aire 12/02/2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Great post! I was lucky enough to see the Rockettes at Radio City when I lived in NYC, and the show truly is magical! :)

  5. c_tyler 12/03/2009 at 10:34 am #

    Love it! I caught them in NYC @ Radio City last year – such a perfect way to get into the holiday season. I definitely loved all the sparkle too …

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