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Not closure, perhaps, but a milestone in the Sergei Filin acid attack saga at the Bolshoi: Earlier today, dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was convicted of organizing the crime and sentenced to six years in prison. His co-defendant, Yuri Zarutsky, received 10 years after admitting that he was the one who threw sulphuric acid into Filin's face last January, and Andrei Lipatov was given four years for driving Zarutsky to and from the scene. The trio has also been ordered to pay 3 million rubles ($90,200) in moral damages and 508,000 rubles ($15,300) in material damages.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Sara Mearns.

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is an easy way to load up on calories. But did you know there are actually nutrition benefits in that slice of pumpkin pie? It's loaded with potassium (for muscle recovery), vitamin A (to support bone growth) and iron (for fitness and energy). Plus, it usually has less sugar than it's counterpart, apple. So don't restrict yourself tomorrow—your health depends on it!

Last week, New York City Ballet announced that four beloved principals—Jenifer Ringer, Jonathan Stafford, Janie Taylor and Sébastien Marcovici—will retire during the company's winter and spring seasons.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to soloist Craig Hall.

Now this is dedication to ballet: A video of a young dancer after getting her wisdom teeth pulled has been making its way around the internet. Through the Novocaine fog, she insists on going to ballet class that night—and then gives us a little grande battement combo to prove it.

When I got my teeth pulled, I'm pretty sure all I wanted to do was sleep and eat ice cream. I guess some of us can never take a break!

Today, Irina Kolpakova is a beloved and esteemed coach at American Ballet Theatre. For many years, however, she was the star of the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Ballet, renowed for the crystalline precision of her technique. Here's a video of Kolpakova in her prime, dancing three rare variations from Raymonda. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

It was nearly a year ago that Starz announced it was working on a scripted drama exploring "the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world"—and the network has been auditioning professional-level ballet dancers for months.

Winter is coming, whether you're ready for the frigid temperatures or not. And it seems like no matter how much your studio cranks up the heat, warming up takes twice as long after shuffling in from the snow. Pointe got physical therapist Katie Lemmon, who works with Joffrey Ballet dancers, to share her favorite ways to fire up the body fast.

U.S. ballet fans did a little sauté for joy when it was announced earlier this year that the Royal Opera House would be bringing its popular movie broadcasts stateside. Tonight, The Royal Ballet's production of Christopher Wheeldon's fanciful Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will air in cinemas across the country at 7 pm local time.