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Our very own advice columnist, former Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Amy Brandt, recently did an interview for the ballet podcast Balancing Pointe. In it she shares her personal—and not entirely traditional—journey through the professional ballet world, and her words of wisdom for aspiring dancers. (Faithful "Ask Amy" readers know just how wise Amy's words are.)

Elegant Darcey Bussell was one of The Royal Ballet's star ballerinas for two decades, impressing audiences with her beautifully refined technique (and those legs). Here she is breezing through a fiendishly difficult variation from Frederick Ashton's Sylvia. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

If you're having difficulty embodying a character you're dancing in a ballet, you might want to schedule some reading time before the performance.

It sounds like there's a little turmoil over at the Royal Ballet. The Telegraph has reported that soloist Dawid Trzensimiech left the company for a principal contract at the National Romanian Ballet, citing a "lack of care and coaching." Meanwhile, the Royal's corps de ballet was recently in talks with their union about being overworked. (The compromise resulting from the discussions is a lunch break scheduled into the dancers' days.)

Viktor & Rolf presented its spring Spring/Summer 2014 collection last week, and the show featured a symphony of fluid confections. Nearly every piece looked like it might be right at home in a ballet studio—even more so because all were modeled by corps dancers from Dutch National Ballet, who bourréed down the runway en pointe. "We literally wanted to elevate the whole collection," designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren told Vogue. The duo is also slated to create costumes for a new work by Jorma Elo, which Dutch National Ballet will premiere in April.

The new Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" has been described as the television version of Black Swan—so it's only fitting that the show's lead is a veteran of the film.

Starz announced today that Dresden Semperoper's Sarah Hay—a talented dancer who was a member of Black Swan's corps (we interviewed her about the film back in 2010)—has been cast as "Flesh and Bone"'s Claire, an aspiring ballerina with "a distinctly troubled past."

We've talked about the benefits of caffeine many times before. It can boost your short term memory and improve your physical performance. But drinking coffee has always come with a warning: Just a few cups can lead to dehydration.

Want to work at Pointe? Apply by February 1 to be considered for a Pointe magazine summer editorial internship. Internships are unpaid, and interns must commit to two days a week on-site in our New York offices.

Good news for our Joffrey Ballet-obsessed readers: You now have a chance to work alongside the Chicago companyon a full scholarship. The Joffrey Studio Company will launch with the 2014-15 season. Like most second companies, it will serve as a bridge between student and professional life. The 10 members, all of whom will receive full scholarships, will study alongside trainees and have opportunities to perform with the main company.

Mark your calendars: The Royal Ballet's cinema broadcast series will bring the company's Giselle to movie theaters across the U.S. next Monday night.