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Nutcracker dancers dazzle at Fernbank among prehistoric skeletons.


Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Great Hall

Pint-size starlets from the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker ensemble treated excited museum visitors to a special performance to kick off Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland exhibition’s Celebration Day. Photographer Deanna Smith knew what was in store and was poised to capture some dynamic shots. “This is the third year the Ballet has performed at Fernbank Museum during the holidays,” Smith recalls. Shooting from the floor next to the performance area, she wanted to be able to get both the dancers and the Great Hall’s dinosaur figures in the shot—“It’s not every day you see that combination,” she adds. As for the mood of the crowd, Smith sums it up in one word: “Joyful!” Seems pretty fitting to us.