The Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall is a cornerstone of New York City’s end of the year holiday season. Along with the famous dancers kicking up their legs in perfect unison, the extravaganza features dancing Santas, a nativity scene with real camels, fireworks and a Santa Claus flying through the clouds on a sleigh.
AFP’s New York-based photographer Timothy A. Clary has been photographing Rockettes’ rehearsals and tryouts since 2003 and this year decided to take a look behind the scenes.
“Their show is perfection,” he writes. “But backstage, it’s perfection with organized chaos. If you stand in the wrong place, you’ll get run over. I finally got to see what goes on behind the curtain.”