Behind the Scenes at the "Nutcracker"

ABC's Ginger Zee gets an inside look at the world's most popular ballet.
2:46 | 12/25/14

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The nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the world and a true holiday tradition. This year George balechene's version is celebrating the 60th anniversary. Ginger, you went behind the scenes. Was that you? Mine was not as graceful. Not making the cut this year. But, hey, I had fun. ? the pageantry, the tradition. The nutcracker. Brought to life by the New York City ballet at Lincoln center. But it starts here behind the scenes where the costumes, the studios and the magic begin. Hello. How do I look? Fabulous. Yeah, I haven't ever worn this. I feel kind of weird. Part one in the crash course, becoming a mouse. I feel like my dog would like to chase me right now. That's what I feel like. My teachers and fellow mice, Charlotte, Lisa and grace. The most difficult part of the dance? Definitely the costume. You know I did a sky dive live and it was more easy than this? No sooner had I become one with the mouse head that I was thrust into a new costume, candy cane. It's like it was made for me. Daniel Albrecht has been dancing the candy contain role in the show-stopping number for 16 years. And he says it's all about that hoop. Not regular, it's made out of bamboo. Reporter: My middle name is not graceful. Just when I thought I was getting pretty good. Right. Reporter: Down, pivot. Daniel shows me how it's really supposed to look. Now that I was warmed up, it's time for my swan song. Oops. Wrong ballet. I mean, plum song. As in sugar plum fairy. With the help of sterling and Andrew, I learned a thing or two about lifts. Like that's sterling's. And these -- well, these are mine. Good. Yeah. Reporter: Not bad for a day's work. I am nutcracker ready. And now we know why I quit ballet at age 4. No way. No, they were so incredible. And these people do it every year. What was so great, every it's brand new. The music's the same, the dances are the same, but the dancers change. Go and see it. It's outstanding. You were outstanding. My own little sugar plum fairy. Maybe in the mouse costume.

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