Just When We'd Stopped Crying About Wendy Whelan's NYCB Retirement...

...New York Magazine had to go and re-open that big bag of feels.

This week's issue of NYMag includes a gorgeous group of behind-the-scenes photos from Wendy Whelan's final performance with New York City Ballet. We see a little of everything: the three pairs of pointe shoes she wore during the show, her last bow, an emotional hug with her mom in her dressing room, an adorable moment from the speech her husband gave at the after-party. And each photo is accompanied by a lovely quote from Whelan.

Are you hunting for a box of tissues? Don't—because Whelan is so funny, and makes it so clear that these were all happy moments, that you'll end up grinning rather than crying. (On her husband's speech, for example: "[He] was talking about when we first hooked up and how I chose class over spending the morning with him having coffee. Argggh—too much information!")

Here are a few of our favorite images from the story. Click here to see the whole thing.

(All photos by Henry Leutwyler for New York Magazine)

One of Whelan's final bows

Pointe shoes from her last NYCB performance

A great big hug from her mom

Husband David Michalek talking early hook-ups at the after party

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