behind the scenes

Actor Bill Irwin rehearses for his 2015 Fall for Dance performances of "Old Hats."

Actor Bill Irwin rehearses for his 2015 Fall for Dance performances of "Old Hats."

New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns rehearses SWAN LAKE onstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Dara Johnson warming up before New York City Ballet's morning company class.
New York City Ballet principal dancer Janie Taylor warming up her feet before New York City Ballet's morning company class.
NYCB dancers Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild rehearse Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet before the company's premiere of the ballet.
Fabrice Herrault teaching a summer ballet intensive at the Ailey Studios in New York City.
NYCB dancer Alina Dronova prepares for class during the company's 2006 Saratoga Springs season.
New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan and Nikolaj Hubbe in a run-thru of Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKER.
The dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet onstage before a performance at The Joyce while on tour to NYC.
NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins, gives Jennie Somogyi last minute notes before a performance of Balanchine's SYMPHONY IN C.
Henry Blumenkranz rolfs Sofiane Sylve's calves in the physical therapy room at the New York City Ballet.
Dancers auditioning for Karole Armitage's company Armitage Gone! Dance.
Choreographer Hofesh Shechter demonstrates a step for the dancers of the new Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
A rehearsal of Twyla Tharp's THE ONE HUNDREDS, with Savannah Lowery, Kaitlyn Gililand, Daniel Baker and Amy Ruggiero.
American Ballet Theater's Irina Kolpakova coaches principal dancers Marcelo Gomes and Diana Vishneva in Ratmansky's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
A School of American Ballet "Party Scene" rehearsal for GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER at New York City Ballet.
Balanchine ballerina Merrill Ashley teaching company class at the New York City Ballet.
The New York City Ballet ladies rehearsing Balanchine's SYMPHONY IN C.
New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns rehearsing herself onstage for Peter Martins' SWAN LAKE.
Gelsey Kirkland directs her charges at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.
Gelsey Kirkland directs her charges at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.
Actor Bill Irwin rehearses for his 2015 Fall for Dance performances of "Old Hats."
Actor Bill Irwin rehearses for his 2015 Fall for Dance performances of "Old Hats."
New York City Ballet's Rosemary Dunleavy rehearsing multiple casts of "Tea" for BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER.
New York City Ballet principal dancer Ashley Bouder has her back worked on during a stop into the physical therapy room.
Peter Martins and a School of American Ballet student during a rehearsal for Balanchine's Mozartiana.
New York City Ballet principal dancers Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans in a rehearsal of Wheeldon's AFTER THE RAIN.
Twyla Tharp répétiteur Rika Okamoto teaching a Tharp technique class at Barnard College.
Michael C. Hall and choreographer Spencer Liff in a rehearsal of the 2014 Broadway production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
Physical therapist Katy Keller working on NYCB's Seth Orza.
Intermediate Men's class at the School of American Ballet.
New York City Ballet's Rebecca Krohn and Sebastien Marcovici rehearsing Balanchine's MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA.
New York City Ballet's Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck rehearsing Robbins' AFTERNOON OF A FAUN at the Vail International Dance Festival.
American Ballet Theater's Isabella Boylston, Cory Stearns, Hee Seo, and Marcelo Gomes irehearse Liam Scarlett's WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN.
NYCB's Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild rehearse Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse.
Jean-Pierre Frohlich coaches a rehearsal at the New York City Ballet of Jerome Robbins' THE CAGE, with Sterling Hyltin and Justin Peck.
New York City Ballet's Philip Neal and Wendy Whelan in an onstage rehearsal of Balanchine's CHACONNE.
An overhead view of Ballet Academy East students warming up before their performance.
Ballerina Alessandra Ferri and American Ballet Theater's Herman Cornejo rehearse Martha Clarke's CHERI.
Ballerina Alessandra Ferri and American Ballet Theater's Herman Cornejo rehearse Martha Clarke's CHERI.
New York City Ballet ballerina Wendy Whelan rehearses by herself in a studio of the Palais Garnier in Paris.
Students at the Texas Ballet Theater's school watch class.
New York City Ballet's Darci Kistler rehearses the Last Waltz of Balanchine's VIENNA WALTZES.
Peter Martins and Sara Leland rehearse Nikolaj Hubbe and Wendy Whelan onstage for Balanchine's Mozartiana.
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century's production of Bob Fosse's "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar." Choreography by Bob Fosse.
Choreographer Hofesh Shechter demonstrates a step for the dancers of the new Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
Physical therapist Rocky Bornstein teaching a core-stabilization class at the New York City Ballet.
New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns in an onstage rehearsal.
Sean Lavery teaching onstage company class during New York City Ballet's tour to Chicago.
Former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel rehearses NYCB ballerina Tiler Peck and actor Bill Irwin for the 2015 Fall for Dance performances of "Old Hats."

New York City Ballet's director Peter Martins oversees a rehearsal for his Romeo and Juliet.
New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan and Nikolaj Hubbe before a rehearsal of Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns rehearsing the Fourth Movement of Balanchine's BRAHMS SCHOENBERG QUARTET.
Saskia Beskow and her NYCB colleagues prepping their pointe shoes before a performance of Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan and Nikolaj Hubbe rehearse a complete run-thru of Peter Martins' Sleeping Beauty.
Miami City Ballet's Jennifer Kronenberg prepares for a performance of Jerome Robbins' FANFARE.
New York City Ballet's Craig Hall and Wendy Whelan rehearsing Christopher Wheeldon's LITURGY.
Suzy Alvarez, NYCB's Hair and Make-up Supervisor, preparing Tiler Peck for a performance.
New York City Ballet's Aaron Severini before a performance of Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
Behind the scenes of Texas Ballet Theater's production of DON QUIXOTE.
New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck speaks to Balanchine ballerina Karin von Aroldingen before a performance.
New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan dons her wig for Robbins' The Cage. Stanley Tines assists.
Young dancers rehearsing onstage before competing in the 2015 Youth America Grand Prix.
Sterling Hyltin watches Adam Hendrickson dance Balanchine's SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS at New York City Ballet.
A view from the wings during the "Snow Scene" of Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKER.