6 Dance-Filled Reasons to Tune in to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Don't get us wrong: We're totally looking forward to enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. But one of our favorite parts of the holiday actually happens in the morning. We've got six reasons for you to wake up early on Turkey Day, and they're all part of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The 92nd annual holiday event airs at 9 am Eastern on NBC, and this year, you can catch live performances from five Broadway shows, plus everyone's favorite high-kicking dancers, the Radio City Rockettes.
Dance has long been a part of the festivities. The Rockettes' first Macy's parade appearance happened in 1957, and performances from Great White Way musicals have been a tradition since 1977. Here's what to look out for on Thanksgiving morning.
Head Over Heels
This gender-bending musical comedy will have you tapping your toes to the beat, thanks to its infectious soundtrack by The Go-Gos. But Spencer Liff's electric choreography will really make you want to dance. Call it a pre-Thanksgiving meal workout.
Which Mean Girls characters will make an appearance at the parade? The Plastics? Cady Heron? Janis and Damian? Hopefully all of the above, and maybe even faves like Kevin Gnapoor and Principal Duvall. Whoever's there, they're sure to be serving up Casey Nicholaw's choreography. And maybe Glen Coco will even be passing out candy cane grams. 'Tis the season!
My Fair Lady
The parade may air in the morning, but the cast of My Fair Lady will likely dance all night with moves courtesy of Christopher Gattelli. Here's hoping they'll perform the raucous number "Get Me to the Church on Time," starring a soft-shoeing, split-jumping Norbert Leo Butz.
Here's your chance for a first look at the newest musical to hit the Great White Way. After opening last week to rave reviews, The Prom, another Casey Nicholaw special, hits the streets of New York City. It tells the hilarious yet poignant tale—through song-and-dance extravaganzas—of what happens when narcissistic Broadway celebrities decide to be activists to keep their stars from fading. Their cause? To help a lesbian teen in small-town Indiana after her high school prom is cancelled, only because she wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date.
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Sergio Trujillo serves up his stylized take on disco dancing in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Tune in to see the all-female ensemble get down as they (and probably you) belt out the Queen of Disco's catchy hits.
Radio City Rockettes
The Rockettes are synonymous with Christmas in New York. Their annual parade performance will feature plenty of precision, sequins and, of course, their iconic kick line. What better way to kick off the season?
Now that you've got your marching orders, don't forget to tune in!
William Forsythe is bringing his multi-faceted genius to New York City in stripped down form. His "Quiet Evening of Dance," a mix of new and recycled work now at The Shed until October 25, is co-commissioned with Sadler's Wells in London (and a slew of European presenters).
As always, Forsythe's choreography is a layered experience, both kinetic and intellectual. This North American premiere prompted many thoughts, which I whittled down to seven.
"Law & Order: SVU" has dominated the crime show genre for 21 seasons with its famous "ripped from the headlines" strategy of taking plot inspiration from real-life crimes.
So viewers would be forgiven for assuming that the new storyline following the son of Mariska Hargitay's character into dance class originated in the news cycle. After all, the mainstream media widely covered the reaction to Lara Spencer's faux pas on "Good Morning America" in August, when she made fun of Prince George for taking ballet class.
But it turns out
, the storyline was actually the idea of the 9-year-old actor, Ryan Buggle, who plays Hargitay's son. And he came up with it before Spencer ever giggled at the word ballet.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.