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A Look Behind The Scenes At The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The Rockettes' Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes over Radio City Music Hall once again this year, and NY1's Stephanie Simon takes a look behind the scenes at the traditions, the costumes and, of course, the kicks.

The Rockettes are the most famous precision dancers in history, with a kickline that makes the Christmas show, well, spectacular.

As NY1 ventured back stage with Rockettes K.T. Curry and Dionna Littleton, we found the choreography off stage to be equally impressive.

"It depends on number, but our shortest change is 90 seconds to get into our New York at Christmas costumes," Littleton says.

"This is the 12 Days of Christmas," Curry says. It is our tap number, and each tap shoes are mic'd, so you're actually hearing live taps on stage."

The Rockettes date back to 1925. They've been performing at Radio City Music Hall since 1932.

NY1 ventured under the stage where we got a look at the massive mechanical operations

"For our new number, 'Snow,' we're turning the whole stage into a Winter Wonderland," Littleton says. "We have these wonderful floating snowflakes that go out over the audience."

The Rockettes are, of course, known for their eye-high kicks, but since the rest of us cannot possibly do that, they're going to instead teach me the strut kick.

"We want to start in a bevel, so that's popping your right toe. So then you want to cross your knees," Curry says. "And kick, and step, and kick."

Still very difficult. One secret: we're not touching. It's an optical illusion, so everyone stays balanced. That way, you avoid a reprise of the famed "March of the Wooden Soldiers."

Coming this spring is a brand new Rockettes show, "Heart and Lights."

"We feature fosse style of dance in this show a lot, and that's a new element for us," Curry says.

Until then, expect the Rockettes to light up the Music Hall with as many as six shows a day through the end of the year. Tickets start at $46. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP