The Rockettes' rehearsals kick off

Our very own Caroline Voagen Nelson headed to Radio City this morning for a behind-the-scenes look at the Rockettes. "I was so impressed by [choreographer] Linda Haberman and Karen [Keeler, assistant choreographer and dance captain]. They both held such a commanding presence and their strength and experience in dance was really evident. "

Asked if going to a special, media-only rehearsal of the Rockettes was a life dream come true, Caroline told me, "Well, my favorite part of the rehearsal was one of the dancers who wore some very hip boots that were actually dance shoes! It was nice to see something edgy in a show where everyone is meant to look uniform." We'll take that as a yes.—-Sophie Friedman

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starts November 13 and runs through December 31 (Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St). Tickets are $42--$105 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (212-307-1000,

Photographs by Caroline Voagen Nelson