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We love it when ballet pops up in unexpected places. Our excitement levels nearly went through the roof after stumbling across the new Lexus IS advertisement, “Poise." The ad features the stunning Tamara Rojo, artistic director and lead principal dancer of the English National Ballet, leaping, turning and generally rocking out to a new hip-hop track, Step It Up by Kozmeniuk. The only problem? The commercial was produced by Lexus UK and won’t be airing in the States. Still, we love the ad’s message: “A stronger body for greater control.”

Yesterday, Ballet San Jose named former American Ballet Theatre principal Jose Manuel Carreño its new artistic director, effective September 3, 2013. As one of the most admired dancers of the past two decades, Carreño brings plenty of experience to the job, and strengthens the growing relationship between BSJ and ABT.
 
BSJ has changed direction over the last few years. In December 2011, it announced a partnership with ABT that would allow the company to use ABT’s National Training Curriculum for students.

It seems like there's a point where dance critics have seen so much ballet that they forget to watch the performance. They've watched the same dancers and the same (or virtually the same) choreography so many times, their minds start to wander during a show. They find something onstage that bugs them, and think, "Aha! A brilliant idea for tomorrow's review."

 

As ballet nerds, we love when celebs fess up about how dancing fits into their fitness routine. Who’s the most recent to reveal his dedication to the ballet barre? None other than Rolling Stone lead singer and notorious bad boy Mick Jagger.

 

With sun-up to sun-down summer intensive hours approaching, remember that there are some vitamins you can’t get from snacks and meals alone. Researchers have found that athletes who train indoors have low levels of vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. Vitamin D allows bones to absorb the calcium they need to stay strong and it helps to strengthen the immune system.

 

Forty-plus years of history mixed together in one traveling exhibition—can it really be done? Dance Theater of Harlem took on the task, and is now touring Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts around the country for fans to enjoy.

 

Whether you're wilting in the summer heat or steaming under hot theatrical lights, your sweat can wreak havoc on your stage makeup. Make sure your look stays put, no matter how toasty things get.

 

1. Apply primer for an extra layer of sweat-proof hold underneath foundation.

2. Try using tinted moisturizer around the eyes instead of a heavier concealer. That allows the skin to breathe, and the lighter formula is less likely to get caked or clumpy.

Many dancers arrive home and pull out their foam roller to ease those sore muscles after rehearsal. But could the need for a post-rehearsal rollout be avoided altogether? Studies show that if you want to help prevent injuries and ease muscle tension, rolling is most useful when done before dancing.

 

David Hallberg is everywhere right now—from the Bolshoi and ABT to fashion magazines to TV. Today, NOWNESS.com, a luxury lifestyle website, premiered a new short dance film called "Hallberg at Work" featuring the ballet star in the ABT studios, performing a solo created for him by Marcelo Gomes. It's an intense, up-close five-minute clip that kind of feels like what would happen if Darren Aronofsky made a dance film...oh, wait.

 

What does it take for a dancer to become a dancewear designer? An eye for fashion—and a lot of sewing. Colorado Ballet's Tracy Jones, one of the dancers highlighted in Pointe's "Stars of the Corps" this issue, also owns her own skirt business, Tulips By Tracy. Enter our giveaway to win one of her skirts here.

 

What inspired you to start making skirts?