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Ballet dancers often make good business people. They have the training and discipline to bring their ideas to life and the artistic streak to dream up a new, creative product. In fact, Pointe's "Dancer Spotlight" column often features dancers who have a non-dance business on the side. 

Ballet San Jose, the Silicon Valley-based troupe led by former American Ballet Theatre star José Manuel Carreño, is facing shutdown if it fails to raise $550,000 by March 14. The company made the announcement earlier this week. BSJ launched a fundraising drive in January that's raised a little over half a million dollars, and now must match that figure in order to keep the company going. 

If you call yourself a “bunhead”, you’ve seen the movie Center Stage. It’s ballet's pop culture classic--and for some dancers outside of New York, it may be their first time seeing American Ballet Theatre principal Julie Kent. Since she appeared on the big screen as the famous Kathleen, Kent has become an icon of beauty, leaving us in a state of endless admiration.

 

Jeanette Delgado in MCB's Carmen

Jeanette Delgado with MCB dancers in Richard Alston's Carmen. Photo by Daniel Azoulay, Courtesy MCB.

 

Richmond Ballet dancer Valerie Tellmann will appear on an upcoming episode of "Say Yes to the Dress." Tellman, who's known for having a big, bright personality both onstage and off, will appear on the show with a few friends—including fellow Richmond Ballet dancers—and family members and will choose her wedding dress at the top bridal boutique Kleinfeld Bridal.

Each year the Vail International Dance Festival, helmed by former New York City Ballet principal Damian Woetzel, presents a festival of dance stars in Vail, CO, from July 27 through August 10.

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet members with Mahlia and Samantha Venegas. Photo by Kara Przybyl


Contemporary choreographer and native Belgian Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has been appointed the artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. The company has functioned without an artistic director since August, 2014, when former director Assis Carreiro was fired.

When you're anticipating a high-pressure audition, it's no wonder if your stress levels are heightened. And a little performance anxiety isn't necessarily a bad thing. But a recent study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that high stress levels could affect your confidence and decision-making skills in competitive situations.

It’s no secret that as mainstream newspapers have folded or cut costs in recent years, dance criticism has taken a major hit. And while some dancers may have adverse feelings towards critics (especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of a bad review), criticism is nonetheless a vital facet of arts coverage, one that sparks debate and conversation about a performance and draws interest to the company in question.