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7 Quirky Pre-Performance Habits and Rituals

’12 Days of Christmas‘ cuffs with our costumes, so I always put those on first, then my tights, my unitard and my shoes in a very particular order—right first, left second,” says Rockette Taylor S. “I continue this ‘right before left’ order for the rest of the show; even my dressers have taken notice!”


Gettin’ goofy. Some backstage rituals are done to bring luck or to unify the company. “Before the curtain rises, the Rockettes take their places for the opening dance number. Near the end of the overture, there is a point in the song that has three quick beats. One of my Rockette sisters and I will clap the three beats with the music and take our opening pose. It’s like our own ‘ready, set, go’ ritual,” says Rockette Bailey C. “It’s fun, make us giggle and puts us in a good mood for the show.”


Bust a move.
Music can provide excellent inspiration and energize you for what’s to come. Rockette Sophie H. likes to play deejay in her dressing room and crank up some fun tunes before each performance. “We usually bust out some silly moves as we get into our opening Clear those sinuses. Stuffy nose, sore throat or whatever it may be, clearing up those sinuses may have just been one of those tasks you do when you’re under the weather, but for Rockette Alyssa E., it turned into a ritual she must do before each show. “I blow my nose before every show right before I go onstage. It may sound silly, but it’s very important. Even if I don’t really have to, it has become a superstition.”