The casting requirements for becoming a Rockette are quite short: they must have a height between 5 "and 6" and 5 "10 1/2" and be familiar with ballet, rap and jazz , It goes without saying that you also need to be in incredible shape to earn a place. Performing hundreds of kicks during a show is no joke, and the dancers must have the stamina to make them look pleasant . According to People they rehearse six hours a day six hours a day when they occur. During the low season, they offer rigorous fitness exercises, engaging in sports such as indoor cycling, barre, boxing and fitness. In short, the nickname "athletes in diamonds" is not an elongation. (Read more: Exactly what it takes to become one of the Radio City Rockettes)
Last year, when the Rockettes took us behind the scenes of their Christmas Spectacle, they shed some light on how they got between the two To recover shows and keep their energy during the performance They also discussed a particularly exhausting number: Here Comes Santa Claus. "If the Rockettes made a training video of Here Comes Santa Claus, it would roll off the shelves," said a Rockette named Brooke. "Because this dance is full of cardio, arms, abdominal muscles, inclinations, that's all." Each dancer wears sweet Santa Claus costumes weighing about 1
There's no Rockette's fitness video in the works we know – this retro VHS is the next one you'll get for the time being – but you can also do exercises inspired by the challenging numbers. This full-body workout direct from Rockette's creative director Karen Keeler and the director of Athletic Training and Wellness Elaine Winslow targets the muscles that are trained during the dance (AKA burned out). It prepares you to move like a rockette, whether you want to go to New York or not. (For a focus on the lower body, try these exercises, which make the Rockettes strong, slender legs.)
How it works: Perform each movement for the specified number of times.