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American Ballet Theatre announced its 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season today, and the lineup includes some lovely surprises.

It seems like the whole world is fascinated by Misty Copeland. The American Ballet Theatre soloist is constantly featured in mainstream publications, television ads and fashion campaigns (and, of course, in Pointe!).

Congratulations to James Whiteside! American Ballet Theatre announced today that the talented dancer, who joined the company as a soloist last season, will be a principal as of October 30th.

 

Former New York City Ballet principal Nilas Martins and former NYCB principal and American Ballet Theatre soloist Monique Meunier recently began their tenure as co-directors of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre (ANBT). Pointe asked the husband-and-wife team about their plans for the school, and their advice for pre-professional students.

What is your vision for ANBT?

Taiwanese ballet dancer Liao Yi Hsuan recently filmed an ad for denim company Lee Cooper—and it's unexpectedly heart-wrenching.

Liao isn't a world-class ballerina, an artist of such phenomenal gifts that she's guaranteed success. Instead, she's like many of us: Talented, yes, but above all, passionately committed to ballet.

Sometimes even dancers themselves don't realize how hard they work. But this fascinating time-lapse video, capturing a day of class and rehearsals in Boston Ballet's Studio 7, makes it clear just how much goes into the ballet dancer's average workday.

To a dancer, watching the film (which was created by David Gifford and Adrian Dalca of MIT with high-tech GoPro cameras) feels strangely dream-like. We've known days like this, and yet seeing one in a pseudo-abstract context is like having an out-of-body experience.

Congratulations to choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Kyle Abraham! Both have been named 2013 MacArthur Fellows, an honor that earns them a $625,000 "genius" grant—and entry into a very exclusive club, which includes the likes of Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones and Arthur Mitchell.

 

Check out our iPad health exclusive! "Your Guide to Ultimate Ballet Body" is now available as an in-app purchase within the Pointe iPad app. You’ll get health tips, exercise secrets, nutrition surprises (you should be drinking chocolate milk—really!) and special exclusives. Features include energy-building recipes by dancers for dancers (don’t miss Jennifer Kronenberg’s Asian Garlic Salmon), the skinny on Drew Jacoby’s workout and more.

Finally, Covent Garden is expanding its popular big screen broadcasts to the U.S., and Royal Ballet fans will be able to get their fill of their favorite stars.

Back in January, Starz announced that they were working on a scripted drama that would "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Think Black Swan as a television series.