Behind the scenes of the ever-enchanting Nutcracker

Ballerinas, choreographers, makeup artists, and designers prepare for the magic of a time-honored holiday tradition

A ballet dancer puts on her shoes while sitting on a stage behind the curtain before Nacho Duato's "The Nutcracker" at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Jackie Friedman

Jackie Friedman is the assistant photo editor at She is a graduate of the photojournalism program at Kent State University and now lives in New York.