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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular


For those of us with the flexibility of the Tin Man, executing an eye-high leg kick is a thing of dreams. But nailing 1,500 high-kicks in a single day? You've got to be effing kidding.

During their annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the New York-based Rockettes perform up to five shows a day--at around 300 kicks per show--for weeks on end. According to The New York Times' Susan Dominus, the Rockettes are such hardasses that they ease their sore legs and backs not with a massage and a glass of wine but with a 45-degree ice bath. Machines.

Luckily, this year you don't have to make the trek all the way to New York City to watch the Rockettes execute their perfect kick-lines with gleaming white teeth and nary a grimace. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22, the ladies are making a special stop in Boise at Taco Bell Arena. The whole fam can watch dazzling classic dance numbers like "The Living Nativity" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," which have been included in the Christmas Spectacular show since its inception in 1933, along with snazzy, modern skits.

The touring Rockettes crew will perform two shows on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and three shows on Wednesday, Dec. 22, during their stay in the Treasure Valley.