Coping with the Holidays

Nothing says Christmas like dozens of bedazzled, leggy women kicking their hearts out. Seriously.

The Rockettes are back and, thanks to some vibrant new choreography, better than ever. This year's revamped Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the 75th anniversary, boasts some luscious new numbers for these precision-dancing wonders. So maybe the language on the Web site sounds a bit cult-like and scary (audiences are promised "immersive moments that will envelop you and your loved ones in the true meaning of Christmas"). So what? There will be glitter. And Santa. And magical shots of New York City during the holidays—you know, the kind you can never enjoy, because of all the tourists. If you want a traditional holiday extravaganza, this is the place to be.

But maybe you'd rather give back than shell out. In that case, head down to Danspace Project at St. Marks Church on December 20th, 21st or 22nd, for the latest installment of the "Food for Thought" series, which gives you an evening of dance for a mere $10, or $5 and two cans of food. Danspace has partnered with the AIDS Service Center NYC for this worthy event, which includes such artists as Christopher Williams, K. J. Holmes and Heidi Latsky, and even promises a little Rockette action, courtesy of, ahem, the Butoh Rockettes. Ho Ho Ho.

For the true scrooges among us, one of the month's dance highlights will certainly be Catch 27, the eclectic contemporary series curated and hosted by Andrew Dinwiddie and Jeff Larson. This time around, Catch is heading to P.S. 122, for two weekends (the 13th and 20th) of ridiculously packed performances. Dean Moss, Neal Medlyn, Heather Olson, Jennifer Monson, Ivy Baldwin, Big Dance Theater, asubtout and Laura Stinger are just a few of the artists involved. For a ticket price of just $10-20, this really is the gift that keeps on giving.