Rockette Blogger Recap

It’s Opening Night: We couldn’t be more excited to kick-off the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes here in Omaha! Making their Omaha debut at the Orpheum Theater, 18 Rockettes will be performing 34, 90 minute, shows throughout their 18 day run.

Earlier this fall, a group of Omaha bloggers were chosen for an exclusive meet & greet/Q&A with two visiting Rockettes. Over the past few months, these bloggers have been introducing you to the Rockettes in new ways through a variety of topics from fashion and family to history and travel! In celebration of Opening Night, we are revisiting these fabulous, Rockette-inspired, posts!

Blogger 1 – Sara Sabaliauskas
Rockette Glitz & Glam
Blogger 2 – Dana Zucker
Life On The Road As A Rockette
Rockettes Meet & Greet 011

Blogger 3 – Erin Fairchild
Food & Fitness With The Rockettesrockette workout
Blogger 4 – Mardra Sikora
Beyond Skin Deep – Rockette Beauty

Blogger 5 – Ashley Rich
Behind The Rockette’s Signature Look

Blogger 6 – Lisa Collins
Family Support Encourages Rockettes
Blogger 7 – Kim Reiner
The History of the Rockettes1971
Blogger 8 – Heather Longnecker
A New York Christmas Comes To Omaha
Blogger 9 – Michelle Bazis
Where to find the Rockettes in Omaha
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What’s Next?
Heroes’ Night – November 18th
Omaha Performing Arts & The Rockettes salute our military
with a dedicated performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at

For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Beyond Skin Deep – Rockette Beauty

Written by Mardra Sikora
Twitter: @mardrasikora

By day Mardra balances a patchwork of community, advocacy, work and family. Also by day she writes, using fiction and nonfiction to advocate for and with her adult son, Marcus. Join them on Facebook at Grown Ups & Downs.

Rockettes in OmahaThe Radio City Rockettes’ Real Beauty Tip is No Secret

Rachel Borgman and Karilyn Surrat both graciously
shared Rockettes’ beauty and fitness tips with Omaha readers, and also the wisdom “Class and grace are always on point,” which is the epitome of the Rockettes’ timeless effect.  Today let’s look at the Rockettes’ beauty that is beyond “skin deep” – the commitment of this sisterhood to the community.

I understand about commitment to the community, in fact I catch a little grief for the habit of spreading myself too thin. My son and I involve ourselves with a variety of causes from disability rights and education to literacy within the community and, of course, the arts. (Marcus is Omaha’s biggest Broadway Fan, but that’s for another day.) Recently while chatting with one friend from out of state about the variety of our commitments, she waved her hand and said, “That’s a Nebraska mentality.”

It’s true. The folks around here give generously with their time or money or both on a regular basis in an effort to assist the well-being of our community.  In fact, philanthropy is a point of pride for many Omahans and throughout the state. For example Omaha Gives, in only its second year, raised over six million dollars for local not-for-profit groups and for many Nebraskans volunteerism is a way of life.

So, it came as no surprise to me to learn that Rachel Borgman, a native of Norfolk, Neb., and one of the Rockettes scheduled to perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular here in Omaha this November, volunteers in several different capacities in her new home of New York City.  “I volunteer at a lot of events with New York Cares (lots of senior citizen events), Gala Gear (organization that gives high school girls prom dresses), and a church soup kitchen.” I’m sure she represents that Nebraska mentality with pride at each event.

Already the Rockettes donated time to the Omaha community earlier this fall by sharing their expertise in dance with local students and also reading with families at a Bellevue Public Library event.

IMG_1863 IMG_1858However, those are just the teasers that show their enthusiasm for contributing to the metro Omaha community while they are in town this Christmas Season.

The Rockettes are a staple at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting in NYC, an event to see, however a few of the touring Rockettes may help kick off the giving season right here at The Omaha Salvation Army Tree of Lights ceremony, November 7. Also, don’t be surprised if you see a long legged beauty ringing bells to raise funds for the Red Kettle campaign around town between performances. (Of course, I expect those legs will be well hidden when the Nebraska winter begins.)

The Rockettes’ with their fabulous red, white and blue image combined with a long patriotic history that  began back in WWII including several USO tours continues their support of our troops right here by hosting a Heroes’ Night in cooperation with the Omaha World Herald. November 18’s Radio City Spectacular event will be all the more spectacular with a color guard present, activities and recognition to and for the military and their families. In cooperation with Blue Star Families, 200 members of military families will be guests of the Rockettes, The Omaha World-Herald and Omaha Performing Arts. Also a military discount is available for that night’s performance.


Ms. Borgman is particularly excited about being performing at the Orpheum, her No. 1 reason? Being close to home and family during the holiday season. In this, her 10th year as a Rockette, she has spent many holidays far from home. Perhaps this is part of why she also often makes time for stops at the Ronald McDonald House Charities & hospital visits.

Marcus kissing handAs I witness the values demonstrated by this 80+ year sisterhood, I’ve learned this: The next time I begin to worry or complain about my time commitments, I’ll remind myself that at least I don’t have to squeeze philanthropy in between high kicking performance eight times each week!

I think it’s easy to see that all of the smiles, hugs and time shared by these ladies proves that the secret to their beautiful glow is simply this: It comes from within.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at

For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Food & Fitness with the Rockettes

Written by Erin Fairchild
Twitter: @herheartland
Instagram: @herheartlandsoul

Erin is the blogger behind Her Heartland Soul, a lifestyle blog focused on the joys of putting down roots in Omaha. Erin is a Marketing professional that lives with her husband and cat in Downtown Omaha. She loves to travel, eat good food, wear pretty dresses, and document it all on her blog.

7 food and fitness secrets – straight from the Rockettes!


Have you ever wondered how the Rockettes are able to dance so well? How they look so good in their costumes? How they are able to smile through hours of workouts on stage?  I was recently invited by Omaha Performing Arts to meet two Rockettes that will be performing in this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I asked them these and many more questions. There they dished on their fitness and food routines and shared seven secrets we all can apply to our own lives.

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1. ABD (Always be dancing)

Rockettes not only love to dance, they’ve likely been dancing since they were toddlers. Dancing is an incredible way to lean out, get strong, and stay in shape. Rockettes dance all year round, from onstage during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, to dance classes they teach off-season, to barre, tap, and ballet classes they take for fun and fitness purposes. You don’t have to be a professional dancer to reap the benefits of dance. Find a form that interests you and sign up for a class at your local gym and/or studio.

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2. Train hard

Rockettes know that practice makes perfect and hard work is the key to success. Before they hit the stage for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, they train 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 6 weeks. Imagine how much you could improve at something by doing it even one hour a day, six days a week, for six weeks.


3. Pucker up!

The Rockettes know how important it is to stay hydrated and replenish their electrolytes in between dance routines. One of the ways they do this is with pickles and pickle juice! A pickle only has about 16 calories, but it has electrolytes your body needs after a strenuous workout.

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4. Take care of your body

A Rockette does 300 kicks a show, 4 shows a day, 6 days a week. That’s 7,200 kicks a week! To help their bodies recover, they stretch all the time, take ice baths at the end of each day, and visit with the Rockette’s athletic trainer if they have any aches or pains. This allows their body to recover for the next day of work. They know warm ups and cool downs are just as important as the actual workout. And that it’s always important to see a professional if there is the possibility of injury.


5. Prep your food ahead of time

Food is fuel for the Rockettes. They need a lot of it, but they need it to be clean and healthy to keep their bodies strong. They have a full size refrigerator backstage at all shows so that they can bring snacks and meals. They plan ahead and pack foods full of proteins and healthy fats so that when hunger strikes they aren’t reaching for a candy bar. Some of their favorite snacks include: fruit, protein shakes, bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, and tuna packs.


6. Have a support team

While the Rockettes are always striving to be the best dancers, performers, and athletes that they can be, they still sometimes struggle and have off days just like the rest of us. When that happens, they call on their sisterhood and know they can lean on each other for advice, encouragement, and support. We’re all bound to get burned out on our health and fitness goals. When that happens, it’s important to have friends we can turn to that will help and support us.

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7. Never settle

The Rockettes are the best at what they do and that’s because they never settle. A personal motto of theirs is, “Make today’s best tomorrow’s worst.” Always be striving to improve, learn, and grow. That’s how good turns into great.

Your turn: Do you like to dance? What is a health and fitness goal you’re working on? Do you have a secret to success?

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at

 For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.