Ballet Love From All Corners of the Internet

It seems like everyone is completely ballet-crazy right now—and we're totally okay with that. We've told you what's up (and what's coming) on the small screen and the big screen. We've given you the low-down on clothing collaborations, and on Misty Copeland's every move.

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's "Everywhere We Go." (photo by Jessica Chou for Opening Ceremony)

Now, Opening Ceremony—the brand of choice for celeb it-girls—is in on the action. Their latest (and most awesome) blog post takes readers backstage at New York City Ballet during a performance of Justin Peck's Everywhere We Go. Opening Ceremony, being what it is, was drawn by Peck's collaboration with the musician Sufjan Stevens. That makes sense: cool kids and indie rockers have always gone hand-in-hand. But DS, being who we are, cannot get enough of these pictures!

The guys doing their makeup? The ladies banging their pointe shoes?! Amar Ramasar blasting rap music in the dressing room?!? We especially love those shots of the dancers from directly above. Well done OC.

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