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Monday, November 24, 2008

I've Changed My Mind

I've decided I don't want to train for a triathlon.

I want to be a Rockette instead.

Now, I know I'm probably not quite tall enough for them (I say I'm 5'9" but I'm really only 5'8.5"), and I know that despite the high kicking I did as a drill team flag twirling dancer in high school half-time shows, I am not 1/4 of the dancer they are. But seriously, we just saw their "Christmas Spectacular" yesterday, and I am hooked. THAT is now what I want to be when I grow up.

The glamor. The shiny costumes. The mile-long legs. Seriously...don't you think that if it's possible to train for a triathlon, it's possible to train to be a Rockette? It just takes time and practice, right? And wouldn't it be awesome to have legs good enough to wear one of those flouncy little Santa dresses they wear?


Don't think I don't get that I would currently look better in the other Santa suit that appears in their show.


But here's the thing. The show was just so impressive, so gorgeous, so impeccable in every detail -- from the fact that all 24 of them in the kick line manage to kick to exactly the same height every time to the splendor of the costumes on the Three Wise Men and their entourage (which included either several camels or one that did a quick change a few times during the parade, but either way, Rockettes get serious props for traveling to Detroit with a camel) -- that it made me whistle softly under my breath and say, "oh, I wish I could dance like that."

Apparently I'm not alone in that wish. Every little girl who has ever donned tap shoes (which you know I have, but there's the reminder -->, just in case you forgot) dreamed of being a Rockette at some point in her life. I did when I was nine. But then, I had never really seen them in person. So here I am a little older than nine, and hoping perhaps there's still enough umph in my giddyup to learn to do what they can do.

Whatever.

Don't rain on my parade. (please)

If Meredith Viera can do it, so can I, don't you think? And isn't it good to have a really exciting dream?

20 comments:

LceeL said...

I would never, ever make fun of a person's dream. No, quite the contrary. You'll find me quite supportive. If being a Rockette is an ambition for you, then I say, "Go for it." Really. Go for it. Because if you want it badly enough, you can do anything.

The Roaming Southerner said...

My bestie, Bufallo Betty, has the same dream. So I can't laugh...but I can snicker a little.

calicobebop said...

Sounds like a good workout routine to me! I would love to be more flexible, but I'm not sure it's in the cards...

Rachel said...

This was always MY dream, too! Rockette (as a child in tap class), Vegas Showgirl (as a teenager with big ambitions to cut out of my one-horse-town), and now... Dancing With the Stars...

Alas, only dreams for me. I say I'm 5'1", but I'm really only
5'3/4"... Other than my height, you know, it's completely realistic! ;)

I just blogged something about this recently, too!

Mrs F with 4 said...

Ohhh, MT, I WISH... but I have the legs of the camel you were so admiring.

Kimmylyn said...

I would love to be a Rockette.. those cute outfits.. the only time I do not envy them is the Thanksgiving Day parade when it is always so cold out and they are out in their cute outfits..

Yah..and they have to smile a lot.. lol

Jaina said...

SO cool. Can I join you with that?

E... said...

I just found out last year that my great aunt was a Rockette. I always knew she was a dancer -- she still owns a dance studio in Maryland, but then I saw this glossy brochure of her doing a high kick, and I was just blown away. Gave me this whole new picture of that branch of my family. While I'm not a dancer, I can imagine how awesome this would be. You go, girl.

Tooj said...

I love the reminder of you in tap shoes. LOL Thanks!

Karen said...

That is such a cool dream to have. Always believe in your dreams. They will not come true if you don't.

supertiff said...

i have no comment. i just can't get over how HORRIBLE i feel that you're ONLY 5'8.5.
you poor, poor girl.

p.s.
i better be there when you make your rockette debut. even if it is only in one of our living rooms.

All Adither said...

Would you believe I've never worn tap shoes? Ballet slippers, yes. But tap shoes, no. And I'm a little bitter about it.

Ree said...

Oh, you so could be a Rockette. The minimum height requirement is 5'5"!

http://www.nycinteractive.org/2008/issue3/dancer/index.html

Momisodes said...

My dance team director was friends with someone managing the Rockettes. They came to meet us and provided free tickets to see their show.

Hands down, their Christmas Spectacular is the BEST show I have ever seen. Ever.

I nearly cried up on that mezzanine. Never in my life did I want to be a Rockette so badly.

Sweetie, we can fan kick together :)

soupisnotafingerfood said...

I would love to be a Rockette, but I am knock-kneed and don't get me started about my bunions and my new hammertoe, neither of which are conducive to those shoes. Sigh. May I live vicariously through you instead?

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Totally. If she can do it, you're in. :)

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

bejewell said...

You are still crazy.

:)

Daisy said...

The Rockettes visited Green Bay and did a PR visit with Mason Crosby, the field goal kicker. He taught them to kick, and they taught him to kick! Guess who has better legs....never mind.

Desiree Fawn said...

Awe, thank you so much for the well wishing on my blog -- it means a lot :D
Merci!
Des.

gosduck said...

Ah, I saw the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular for the first time this year. I was absolutely blown away. It was fantastic.

But I think I liked the Reindeer costumes the best.

Found you through Scribbit - glad you did a guest post!

 

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