Charlotte Checkers show happy feet in 'Nutcracker' ballet auditions (Video)

Ever want to see minor league hockey players audition for ballet and then get beat out by a ringer?

This happened to the Charlotte Checkers in this hilarious video (s/t to Alexis) where Keegan Lowe, Brock McGinn, Brody Sutter, Justin Shugg, Trevor Carrick, and Brendan Woods show their dancing skillz against, well... a real dancer, who is not identified as one, in auditions for the Charlotte Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker."

The video please:

It's clear that Pete Walker -- the man who won the coveted spot -- was better than the hockey players. That's probably because here is part of his bio, provided by the Charlotte Ballet:

Pete began his training at Dansations Performing Arts Center and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Pete was accepted into Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts on full scholarship. While at Nutmeg Conservatory he performed with MOMIX for Pope Benedict XVI. He also performed DonQuixote pas de deux and Sleeping Beauty pas de deux, both staged by Kirk Peterson, and Diane and Actéon pas de deux, staged by Eleanor D’Antuono.

Walker is seriously good. His splits are just unmatched. Also, when Duane Sutter and Kevin Lowe were playing in the NHL, would anyone have predicted that we would be privileged to seeing their kids trying out for ballet?

Regardless of the obvious jokes -- jocks dancing ballet, hockey players in "The Nutcracker" -- the video does show that you need to be a seriously good athlete with a particular set of skills to play hockey ... and dance.

Also, "The Nutcracker" will run Dec. 12-23 at the Charlotte Ballet, hockey player free as far as we know.

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