DISCLOSURE: I was provided tickets to see the Rockettes and attend a Kick Class in exchange for sharing my experience. All opinions are my own.
Standing at just under five feet tall and with no growth spurt in the foreseeable future… or EVER, my dream of becoming a Rockette will be just that. A dream. BUT I can still kick with them!
I was invited to a Kick Class led by one of the world famous dancers when they brought their Radio City Christmas Spectacular show to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. It was all thanks to GoGo squeeZ who makes all natural applesauce in a pouch. GoGo squeeZ recently conducted a national playfulness survey and found that nearly 3 out of 4 (74%) parents with kids 4 to 12 years old have problems including playfulness into their daily life. The company wanted to change that. Enter a Kick Class with the Rockettes.
GoGo squeeZ invited me along with several other bloggers to this exclusive opportunity. I could only bring one guest, and since Monkey fit into the age range of 4 to 12, I decided to take her. Plus, she had seen the Rockettes twice already - once at Radio City Music Hall and another in Kansas. Here she is in the parking lot of the Kravis Center before we headed to the class. Note the excitement in her face.
Now check her out once inside the dance room. As a former dancer, I felt at home at the barre. Hmmm… wish I could say the same about Monkey. Despite her previous dance and gymnastics classes, she seems uncomfortable maybe even scared to be there. And no, I'm not laughing. Okay… yes, yes I am. Just thinking about how funny this picture will be when she gets older. I predict a Throwback Thursday in about ten years.
Our one-hour class began with Stacy introducing herself. She is part of the traveling troupe which includes two casts of 20 Rockettes each. There are two casts of 40 who perform at Radio City Music Hall. If you do the math, there's a total of 120 in the company. Did you know each Rockette has to re-audition every year? I'll fill you in on other tidbits of info later during our Q & A, but first, back to the class.
Stacy led us through a Rockette warm up. See how I can point my toes in my cute ballet flats?
We then learned part of a routine which brought me back to my dancing days. Stacy also taught us how to walk like a penguin or rather how they walk in the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers dance which has been part of the show since the beginning in 1932. Stacy explained that since the white pants are so stiff they could stand up on their own, the Rockettes need to have perfectly straight legs as they walk. Monkey got a kick out of this particular part of the class. FINALLY! She wanted to participate. She had been pouting the whole time while another 4-year-old girl was making her mommy proud. I, on the other hand, was embarrassed that the guest I decided to bring wanted NOTHING to do with this exciting opportunity. I kept thinking and even said aloud a few times that I should've brought her little sister instead. Lil Tank would've kicked with the best of them, maybe even done a little booty dance, which is her go-to move when she hears music. Wonder where she learned that??
After the dancing was done, we had a Q & A with Stacy. One blogger asked if there is a height requirement. I already knew that answer. Read how here (I also share my experience of kicking with the Rockettes the first time). We also found out how often they work - 6 day weeks during their season which lasts several months. During the off season, Stacy says she teaches dance, choreographs routines and judges competitions.
We couldn't have asked for a better Rockette to lead our class. Stacy was so personable, making sure the children were included as well. We took lots of pictures. You would think Monkey would crack a smile, but nope. It's as if I dragged her kicking and screaming. I didn't by the way. Remember that picture in the parking lot? She was excited.
As you'll also see, Monkey and I are the shortest by far. No, not short, vertically-challenged. Yes, vertically-challenged by A LOT.
After the class, we were invited to watch the show. It's as amazing as I remember. This touring stop is a first for the Rockettes in West Palm Beach. What a treat for us all! I hope they come back again because seeing them really helps me get into the Christmas spirit and Monkey, too. Apparently, she would rather watch the Rockettes than dance with them. I'm just glad to see her smiling face again.
If you missed the Rockettes in West Palm Beach, here's the rest of their schedule.
- Tampa (12/12 – 12/29)
- New York (11/1 – 12/31)
- Nashville (11/16 – 12/24)
Have you seen the Rockettes perform live? Is it a family tradition? Did you ever dream of becoming a Rockette? Share with us by commenting below.