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Radio City Rockettes Ticket Information

For nearly a century, the Radio City Rockettes have captivated America, wowing hundreds of thousands with their perfectly timed routines, elaborate costumes, and incredible high kicks. They’ve appeared at Radio City Music Hall in hundreds of stage spectaculars and on everything from morning shows and TV competitions to military stages as part of the USO. Since 1932, they’ve been dazzling audiences with their annual Christmas Spectacular, in which Radio City is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Grab tickets to see this iconic troupe and become a part of American history.

Radio City Rockettes History

Inspired by the British dance troupe The Tiller Girls, the group first known as the Missouri Rockets were formed in St. Louis in 1925 by Russell Markert. Markert aimed to achieve absolute precision and sought out dancers between the heights of 5’2” and 5’6 1/2” who were proficient in tap, jazz, and ballet. Starting with just 16 women, the show became an instant hit and soon traveled to New York City to be part of the Broadway show Rain or Shine. There, they were discovered by showman S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel, who pleaded with Markert to create another troupe that would call NYC home.

In 1932, the group, first dubbed the Roxyettes, made their debut at Radio City Music Hall and that same year premiered the annual Christmas Spectacular. By the following year, they were performing unique stage productions that accompanied weekly movie premieres. Throughout the next several decades, their shows took on themes that reflected the changing times, from feminism to breakthroughs in technology. In the 1980s, they stopped showing movies and began performing nightly 90-minute stage shows. They also started hitting the road, going to cities like Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Through the ‘90s, they continued to perform their ever-popular Christmas Spectacular and Easter Extravaganza.

The Rockettes Today

Today, the Rockettes have grown to a troupe of roughly 80 dancers, with up to 48 performing on the Great Stage at one time. Though their height requirements have changed to be between 5’6” and 5’10 1/2”, the women are still required to be proficient is jazz, tap, and ballet. In 2015 and ‘16, the Rockettes performed spring productions but have since gone back to solely performing the Christmas Spectacular—a show that still features the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a routine that’s remained nearly unchanged since 1933. With tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes, you can immerse yourself in their delightful world and have an unforgettable evening that’s fun for the whole family.

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