NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Holidays in New York City don’t feel right without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes.
After the pandemic hiatus from last year’s show, this year they’re back.
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The famous high kicks could not be stopped.
In a rehearsal room on the Upper West Side was Radio City Rockette LaTarika Pierce, who dreamed of doing this since her childhood in Orange, New Jersey. This is her second year as a Rockette.
“I started dancing in college. It ended up like a class in my schedule for some reason, and I was very shy growing up, so I was like, “No way, I don’t want to do this. And then we played and I was like, ‘Oh, I love that. I will continue, ”Pierce told TBEN’s Dave Carlin. “And then my teacher said, ‘Have you ever heard of the Rockettes? And I said, ‘No, I’ve never heard of the Rockettes.’ I looked for them, and then I thought, wow, that looks so amazing. I did a Rockette Experience and immediately fell in love with the style. It took me about 10 tries to get it, and I’m really grateful because every time I learned something new about myself, about the choreography, I would come back and when I finally got the call , it was, I cried.
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To borrow the word spectacular, this part comes later with the great sets and lights, but right now it’s all sweat and preparation.
“You know, it’s hard work. We’re here six hours a day, six days a week, ”Pierce said.
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Joanna Richardson is in her 15th year with the Rockettes.
“We’ve worked a lot to perform on stage, so we can wear the costumes, dance under the lights and we can all do what we love to do,” she said.
She says during the pandemic break, the Rockettes dispersed, but they haven’t lost contact.
“One thing the Rockettes offered was live lessons on Instagram, so we were able to stay in touch with each other and then also connect with fans around the world,” she said.
“It’s an amazing group of women who can dance pretty much anything I throw at them,” said Julie Branam, choreographer and director of the Christmas Spectacular.
“I think everyone this year needs Christmas more than ever. Last year was a little depressing and it didn’t smell like Christmas, and this year Christmas is back, and I’m so excited, ”Pierce said. “Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I’m excited to take the stage and spread the joy to everyone. We’ve got nine issues, which is more than ever before, and we’re bringing back a fan favorite, who easily became one of my favorites in the series, “Snow”. So I’m very excited to play in front of everyone.
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Performances begin November 5 at Radio City Music Hall. For more information on tickets, Click here.