Backstage with the Rockettes

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is about to take the stage at the Peabody Opera House in downtown Saint Louis.  We caught up with some of the ladies to talk about everything from hair and makeup to pre and post-show rituals.

To tryout for a position in the iconic kick line you must be at least 18 years old and be between 5'6 and 5'10.5. The girls are required to to be proficient in tap, ballet and jazz. They also have to sing as well.

"I started auditioning as soon as I could when I was 18 and I didn't make it my first time or my third time or my 9th time or my 11th time, but my 14th time I did make it," said Becky Elizabeth Stout, Rockette.

Laura Iberg is from Highland, IL and she's a Lindenwood University graduate. She is thrilled to be back home performing at the Peabody.

"I can't believe that I'm here like with everyone to do a show for all my friends and family to see. I'm really excited," explained Iberg.

The girls have eight costume changes during the show and that includes shoes and jewelry to match. The Rockettes have dressers backstage to help them out. Their fastest change is 90 seconds.

"It's kind of a crazy madhouse, but organized at the same time," said Iberg.

The girls are constantly moving, but their hair doesn't appear to move.

"We use a lot of bobby pins, hair pins, hair spray, and just practice," explained Stout.

The girls say they do get sore, but make it a point to take care of themselves. Many of the Rockettes spend more time wrapping their feet than they do stretching before performances. The girls say they eat plenty to fuel up and reward themselves with an ice bath at the end of the day.

Sometimes the Rockettes perform four shows a day equalling out to more than a thousand kicks.

"It's so worth it.  I wouldn't give it up for the world," said Iberg. 

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes will be at the Peabody Opera House November 8-17.  Visit for tickets or call 800-745-3000 to reserve your spot. A portion of each ticket benefits the St. Louis Children's Hospital.












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