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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    ABC's Juju Chang backstage before a performance of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet. Chang tries out dancer Adam Hendrickson's hoop he uses to warm up with before his stage performances. Hendrickson plays the lead role of Sugar Cane. The "Nutcracker" has been a fixture at the New York City Ballet for over 50 years.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    ABC's JuJu Chang meets in the backstage costume room with dancer Reiff, left, who plays the Princess, and Julia Stevenson, right, the Mouse, before a performance of "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffmans's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) with music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian and costumes by Karinska.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    Sara Mearns as "Drewdrop" in George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet. "The Nutcracker" debuted at the New York City Ballet Feb. 2, 1954. The success of the production inspired other ballets to put on their own performances of "The Nutcracker," making it a fixture of the holiday season today.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    Robert La Fosse plays the part of "Herr Drosselmeier" in George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet. Callie Reiff, 10, plays the part of "Marie" and Lance Chantiles-Wertz, 12, plays the role of the "Nutcracker Prince."
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    The Sugar Plum Fairy, Maria Kowroski, and her cavalier, Charles Askegard, in a performance of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at the New York City Ballet. "The Nutcracker" was New York City Ballet's first full-length ballet when it debuted in 1954.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    "The Nutcracker" has been performed at the New York City Ballet since 1954 and runs this season until Jan. 3, 2010, at the David H. Koch Theater.
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  • Nutcracker Behind the Scenes

    Lance Chantiles-Wertz, 12, plays the Prince in the New York City Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker."
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