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Carlos Acosta, a principal at The Royal Ballet and one of the most well-known dancers ever, will retire from the classical stage during the summer of 2016. However, he's already begun to lay his next plans: Running his own dance company.

Two years ago, Elizabeth Murphy was in the corps of Pacific Northwest Ballet (check out Dance Magazine’s feature of Murphy in August 2013) and sewing leotards for her friends as a hobby. Today, Murphy’s dance career has taken leaps and bounds—both onstage in principal roles and into the soloist ranks—and now she is jetéing into the world of commercial design. This summer, Murphy released her first line of leotards on Etsy.com.

Isn't it funny how you can be totally confident performing for a full house, but the thought of walking into a summer intensive class where you don't know anyone fills you with nerves? Or maybe you feel fine spending time with your best friend, but you feel anxious when you're with a larger group from your studio.

In English, “le jeune homme et la mort translates to “the young man and death.” There’s no missing the somber tone in this clip of Roland Petit’s short ballet. As the young man, Rudolf Nureyev dances in a reverie to the melancholic organ chimes. Throughout the technical tricks and complicated prop maneuvering that peppers Petit’s choreography, Nureyev never loses his trance-like stare. The reason for his reverie soon strides through the door.

If you’ve been following season two of Teen Vogues reality web series “Strictly Ballet,” you know that the stakes are high for its anxious stars. The show, which follows six pre-professional dancers at the Miami City Ballet School, has been leading up to a major school performance—and MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez is closely watching. For Carlos, Valeriia, Mayumi, Gustavo and Ella, their futures are on the line.

 

American Ballet Theatre just wrapped up its 2015 spring season, but that doesn’t mean newly promoted principal Misty Copeland is slowing down any. Yesterday, The New York Times announced that from August 25–September 5, Copeland will be dancing—and singing—as Ivy Smith in the Broadway musical On the Town.

National Ballet of China in Red Detachment of Women

National Ballet of China in The Red Detachment of Women, Courtesy Lincoln Center Festival

 

This July, the National Ballet of China tours New York and the D.C. area with two of the company’s original productions: The Peony Pavilion and The Red Detachment of Women.

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you're celebrating this weekend, a summertime picnic is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables in season right now. We've rounded up a few options with dancer-friendly benefits:

Blueberries and raspberries: Juicy and delicious, these berries are packed with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. And one study found that eating blueberries may help boost short-term memory.

Carlos Acosta’s name is synonymous with virtuosic and passionate performances. A principal with The Royal Ballet since 1998, Acosta soared onto the world stage in 1990 when he won the gold medal at Prix de Lausanne. With his powerful technique and Cuban charisma, he’s been stunning audiences ever since.

 

NYC-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will move to Atlanta, GA, in the spring of 2016.

According to ArtsATL, the company is seeking a permanent home and a less-saturated dance environment. Complexions has never had a permanent rehearsal space and that has acted as a major deterrent to expanding its education programs.

The company is in talks with the Woodruff Arts Center, and will have a fundraising performance in October before its inaugural season in the spring.