Girls everywhere used to dream of becoming one of the famous Rockettes when they were growing up. Who didn't want to dress up in those glamorous costumes, high-kick our legs up into the air, and tap dance our way to pretend stardom?
There are plenty of dance troupes out there, but what makes the Rockettes so famous is their absolute precision. In this video clip, when 10 "Rockettes" from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles dressed as wooden soldiers walk on stage, it's that instantly recognizable precision that makes the crowd lose it!
The Rockettes were originally formed back in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri by founder Russell Markert. He was inspired to create the dance troupe after he saw a group of British dancers known as "The Tiller Girls" do their thing at the Ziegfield Follies shows in 1922. He wanted America to have its own version of a glamorous chorus line.
Although the Rockettes now call Radio City Music Hall in New York City their home, their style of dancing has spread around the world and inspired others to entertain a crowd with the same great style and flair. Of course, style and flair are practically synonymous with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles!
The folks who attended the choir's "I Wanna Be A Rockette" show at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles probably thought they knew what they were in for. It was a group of gay men singing and dancing, after all. There's not much mystery in that!
However, the crowd could sense that they were in for a totally fabulous treat when ten soldiers sauntered onto the stage! The stiff-jointed men rock from side to side without moving their knees or elbows, but that wasn't the real fun part. When the soldiers lined up single file, that's when everyone got a taste of what was to come next.
Dancers fall all the time, and sometimes they even do it intentionally! In fact, the most breathtaking "fall" that was ever choreographed dates back to 1933 and involved 36 Rockettes who purposely collapsed onto the floor.
Check out the video to see the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles perform that same crazy illusion in what's known as "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers." It's just as breathtaking as the original!