Of all our holiday traditions—baking (and eating) cookies, lighting candles, tracking Santa’s progress—we think a December visit to see The Nutcracker might be our favorite (cookies are a close second though). And when it comes to perfect Nutcracker performances, George Balanchine’s timeless choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score makes the The New York City Ballet’s staging about as classic and perfect as it gets. We’ve already visited with our own families and –for that magical hour and half– became our eight-year-old selves again, so we’re beyond excited to share our talented friend Skye Parrott‘s photos of a recent performance. Skye made her way behind the scenes at Lincoln Center to get a glimpse of dancers preparing to go on stage, and her photos capture all the energy, creativity, and magic that go into producing such a special ballet. And with so many beautiful photos to choose from, we couldn’t decide which to share so we’re just going to share them all! Check back tomorrow for Part Two with a special appearance by a troupe of waltzing snowflakes…

In the holiday spirit, consider spreading a little of the magic yourself by supporting the NYCB’s Nutcracker Project, which helps kids all over the city learn to express themselves creatively through ballet.

Photos by Skye Parrott



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