An overview of the dancers in New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre's Nutcrackers by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.
Ashley Laracey and Russell Janzen made their debuts as the Sugar Plum couple on Dec. 22; I caught their second performance in the lead roles at Saturday’s matinee. Ms. Laracey, who joined the company in 2003 and reached soloist rank last February, has left a general impression of stylish grace in a number of parts, but the Sugar Plum role makes all her qualities newly distinctive. She has delicacy, authority, refinement: sweetness among the child angels, graciousness to the child visitors, rapture and serenity combined in the great adagio. Like Teresa Reichlen and Laura King, she does unsupported double pirouettes to both left and right during the adagio. She carries her head with distinction; her figure is ravishing, with slender, tapering limbs.