What Rockettes Want for Christmas: Respectmore...
by GIA KOURLAS for the New York Times
published: November 5, 2006
Ms. Haberman, 51, who has succeeded John Dietrich this year to become the first female director and choreographer of the Christmas show, may be strict, but she has quite a task ahead of her. Her plan — a noble one to those who revere the dying art of precision dance — is to save the Rockettes from mediocrity.
Under Ms. Haberman’s care, the Rockettes are tighter technically, because she demands more from them. While new numbers in recent years have had too much posing and not enough steps, Ms. Haberman is creating choreography for them that is both deceivingly difficult and wholly glamorous. Yes, the eye-high kicks are still around, but she is actually giving the Rockettes something sophisticated to dance.