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The Rockettes coming to Peabody Opera House

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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - Mention the Rockettes and New York City probably comes to mind, but the high-kicking precision dance company actually started in St. Louis as the Missouri Rockets in 1925.

"It transferred to Radio City with Roxy Rockefeller in 1932," explained Stacy Paydo, one of the long-legged dancers.

And well they're still kicking up their heels 300 times in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in case you were wondering in seven different costumes.

"We have 350 sets of costumes and about 2,500 pieces to keep track of. When we built these sets of costumes five years ago it took a mile of label tape," Jan Creger, the wardrobe supervisor, pointed out.

Of course, it's the ladies perfectly placed, eye-high kicks that continue to amaze, but that's not the only thing that has to be precise.

"I have to make sure as they're standing in a line that we create the illusion that everyone is just the same," Creger added.

So she has a couple of secrets up her sleeve.

"Well, we might put a pair of shoulder pads to make them look like they're about the same height. Also the hems of the sleeves we might hem a little bit shorter some a little longer to make the illusion that they all have the same length of arms," Creger said.

She also has to make sure it all fits properly and most of the time it does.

"I think the thing that makes me most nervous is my shoes with all of our eye-high kicks sometimes they get a little loose and I've definitely lost a shoe in the audience," Paydo said.

Just like a foul ball in a baseball the audience is welcome to hold on to it.

"They could, but I don't know if they'd want to we dance pretty hard in those," Paydo added.

They've been rehearsing from ten to five, six days a week for the last month and the final product is sure to be exactly what America has come to love about the Rockettes.

You can see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes starting Thursday at Peabody Opera House.

For ticket prices and show times, visit the Peabody Opera House's website.

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