Thursday To-Do: The Rockettes | Rock Candy

Thursday To-Do: The Rockettes



4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $25-$59.

The Rockettes call what they do precision dance for a reason. Every one of the 186 members worldwide, 24 of whom will perform at Alltel, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10. All wear 3-inch heels. All dress identically in things like sequined puff squirts, candy-striped corsets and giant bows. All maintain toothy smiles. When they kick —approximately 300 times per show — two-dozen legs snap up precisely waist high. This is the 76th anniversary of the founding of the dance troupe, and in routines that involve chorus lines and sassy hats there's an obvious sense of that history. But those leg kicks, with their whiplash-inducing thrust and straight-line symmetry, will always be modern. Plus, there's “snow” falling on the crowd, an “immense” LED screen that projects all sorts of holiday scenes and, at one point, Santa somehow flies over in his sleigh. Read more on the Rockettes in the Dec. 11 A&E feature on-line here.

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