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Which Broadway Shows Are Performing in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

As you're prepping your Thanksgiving meal, why not throw in a dash of dance?

This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is stuffed (pun intended) with performances from four stellar Broadway shows, the Radio City Rockettes and students from three New York City dance institutions.

Tune in to NBC November 28 from 9 am to noon (in all time zones), or catch the rebroadcast at 2 pm (also in all time zones). Here's what's in store:


Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

Ephraim Sykes, in a dark suit and black-rimmed glasses, stands in a spotlight while holding a microphone stand.

Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud

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Catch Sergio Trujillo's Tony-winning choreography, and the especially phenomenally smooth moves of Ephraim Sykes as Temptations frontman David Ruffin.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice, in a white-and-black striped suit, waves his jazz hands.

Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice

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Set aside tradition and dive into the deathly fantastical world of Beetlejuice, brought to life by Connor Gallagher's choreography.

Hadestown

Amber Gray dances in a green dress, while a man plays trombone. The Workers Chorus dances behind her.

The cast of Hadestown, featuring Amber Gray

Helen Maybanks, Courtesy DKC/O&M

Head into the Underground with the cast of Hadestown, which took home eight Tonys this year. David Neumann's dances bring an understated, contemporary flair to this poignant retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

A production still from Tina. Tina, in a short gold dress, sings, flanked by a band to her right and backup singers to her left.

Adrienne Warren and the cast of Tina

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The parade floats will be rolling. And Tina Turner, played by the fiery Adrienne Warren, will be "rollin' on the river," with moves courtesy Anthony Van Laast.

Radio City Rockettes

A group of Rockettes in gold costumes laugh in their dressing room.

The Radio City Rockettes

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A parade staple, the Rockettes will add to the holiday cheer with their signature kickline.

Plus, appearances from the next generation of dancers

The celebration wouldn't be complete without some tiny dancers. Keep an eye out for kids from Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute in the opening number, joining characters from the Muppets and "Sesame Street." Later on, students from The Ailey School will perform "Rocka My Soul" from Ailey's Revelations, and Manhattan Youth Ballet dancers will join Lea Michele of "Glee" fame.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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