All of the Best Moments From ABT's Spring 2017 Gala

The New York City premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's sugary sweet story ballet, Whipped Cream, made for one of the most exciting spring galas at American Ballet Theatre yet. While we're usually in awe of the gowns the dancers sport on the red carpet beforehand, this time around, it was all about Whipped Cream's colorful and over-the-top costumes by Mark Ryden—and, okay, a few major dress moments, too. Ahead, check out what went on behind-the-scenes.



Whipped Cream and Princess Tea Flower's Attendants costumes are ready to go.

Princess Praline is ready to take the stage.

Princess Praline's Swirl Girls, Skylar Brandt and Luciana Paris pose backstage.

The cutest onstage moment between Princess Praline (Sarah Lane) and The Boy (Daniil Simkin).

David Hallberg's first curtain call back on the Metropolitan Opera House stage (with Stella Abrera).

Red carpet-ready looks from Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston.

#Squadgoals.


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Sometimes you're thrown a big opportunity mid-season—but aren't always given all the rehearsal you need to fully prep for it. At Houston Ballet, for instance, there are often 12 casts of Sugar Plum, according to ballet master Amy Fote. That means some dancers might only get one full run before performing the role.

But not all of the preparation happens in the studio. For aerobically demanding choreography, dancers need to put in their own overtime to build the necessary stamina. Red flags for Fote are when footwork loses its precision and line, and movement looks less efficient and more labored—these are not necessarily signs of technical deficiencies, but often point to the need to increase cardiovascular fitness. "You have to do your homework and cross-train," she says.

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