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Ashley Laracey in Martins’ Swan Lake. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

Justin Peck rehearsing with NYCB's Lydia Wellington. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB.

NYCB’s Chase Finlay as Apollo. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB © Balanchine Trust

Justin Peck's Paz de La Jolla photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB

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Janie Taylor in The Nutcracker. Photo (c) Paul Kolnik.

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NYCB's Darci Kistler and Stephen Hanna in 'Octet'. Photo by Kolnik.

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Fearless and expressive: National Ballet of Canada’s Chelsy Meiss was cast as one of Ratmansky’s Juliets. Photo by Sian Richards, Courtesy NBC.

Parisa Khobdeh. Paul Taylor’s Also Playing. Costume by Santo Loquasto, photo by Matthew Karas.

Veronique Tamaccio in Swan Lake. Photo (c) Bill Cooper.

Who teaches the stars of the Mariinsky? Get an insider's look at the relationships between ballerinas and their pedagogues. Pictured: Ekaterina Kondaurova with Evgeny Ivanchenko. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy Mariinsky.

Ashley Bouder and Carla Körbes in Vogue, 2001

Peter Martins and Suzanne Farrell in Balanchine's Chaconne.

NYCB's Sterling Hyltin. Photo by Nathan Sayers

Lauren Lovette as the Sugar Plum Fairy in NYCB's production of The Nutcracker. December 2012.

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*by Gina Uhlmann