Go Behind the Scenes at New York City Ballet

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

"We are the largest ballet company in America; we dance more performances in the course of a year than any other ballet company earth; we have close to 200 ballets in our entire repertoire -- that requires a tremendous amount of concentration from everybody," Peter Martins, the Ballet Master in Chief at New York City Ballet explains. "Somehow it is a fantastically smooth running machine." 

It's hard to comprehend the sheer size and scope of the world-renowned dance company, but this recent promotional documentary reveals the many moving parts that come together. From the orchestra pit to rehearsal studios, it's a virtual back stage tour. The film was directed by Nick Bentgen for N.Y.C. Ballet, following on the heels of documentaries about the costume shop, the perfect pair of ballet slippers, and how to dance a pas de deux. For ballet fanatics and laypeople alike, the series is a visual treat. 

For more films from New York City Ballet, visit http://nycballet.com.

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