It's the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means: NUTCRACKER SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN.
Frankly, given that everyone's been nutcrack-ing away in rehearsals for a solid couple of months now, we're all already feeling a bit burned out. But the dancers of New York City Ballet—who perform no fewer than 47 Nutcrackers each year—know exactly how to deal with that nuttiness.
Namely, by having an "alternate cast" of brilliant male dancers tackle Dew Drop.
I'm sorry/not really. (Original photo of Taylor Stanley by Erin Baiano)
Thanks to corps dancer Indiana Woodward—who, for what it's worth, we'd love to see make her own Dew Drop debut sometime soon!—we have video evidence of the fabulous Dew performances given by principals Amar Ramasar and Andrew Veyette and soloist Taylor Stanley. They may have been rehearsal-only specials, but they were the specialist of specials.
Did these guys ever do the Dew. They DID the DEW UP.
And my personal favorite, the impossibly elegant Taylor:
(By the way: Stanley also got his Odette on back when the company was performing Swan Lake. GO WATCH IT NOW.)