Backstage at NYCB’s Nutcracker

A few weeks ago, The Huffington Post did a piece on dancer fashion at New York City Ballet. Now they have an up-close-and-personal look at the backstage world of the company’s Nutcracker.

While some of it is a little basic for those of us well-versed in the world of Nut, other bits are totally fascinating. Yes, you already know how to apply stage makeup. But have you seen Ashley Bouder apply her stage makeup? And yes, you know that costumes always look better from the stage than they do up close. But did you know that one of the reasons NYCB’s costumes are dingy is because they’re iconic designs Barbara Karinska created 60 years ago, and replacing them requires hunting down specific fabrics and trims that may no longer exist?

We’ve posted some of our favorite photos from the piece below. You can find the whole story here.

(All photos Raydene Salinas/HPMG)

Ashley Bouder applying her makeup

Bouder lashing up

The Sugar Plum Fairy tutu


Pretty pretty snow costumes

The Nutcracker suit

The mustache board for party scene dads! This is the best.

Mother Ginger's wig

The Rat King's multiple heads

The pointe shoe room. Ooo.

A party girl warming up backstage

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