Victoria Maranan, playing the part of Clara, shows off her new nutcracker doll; Denison Dance Academy (photo Chris Jennings)

  1. Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
  2. Aperture: f/3.2
  3. Exposure: 1/250th
  4. Focal Length: 194mm

Dancer Noelani Pantastico practices backstage while dancers perform the snow scene from “Nutcracker.”

Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet

Enchanting!

  1. Camera: SONY DSLR-A700
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Backstage before Battle

  1. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/15th
  4. Focal Length: 28mm

Cue the Sugar Plum Fairy

Nutcracker - Santa Rosa

Nutcracker Tea Party

  1. Camera: Nikon D300
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/800th
  4. Focal Length: 116mm

Fairy in the wings