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Most of the news out of Cairo over the past week has been horrific: Dozens of citizens have been killed and many more injured in the violent protests surrounding the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi. Yet somehow, the Cairo Opera House found a way to present a ballet.

 

American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg is back in Moscow again. Although he has danced as a principal with the Bolshoi Ballet since 2011, this is the first time he's been in Russia since the devastating acid attack on the company's artistic director Sergei Filin in January.

 

Summer is here! Whether you're hanging out under a beach umbrella or passing the time between rehearsals, it'll be more fun with a book in hand. Check out these ballet page-turnersall written by dancers themselves.

 

Bunheads

By Sophie Flack

Pointe is on Instagram, and we want to see your photos!

 

There's nothing better than a stunning dance photograph. But instead of only posting our own pictures for you to see, we want to share yours, too.

 

This summer heat might leave you craving a cold snack after class to cool down. But did you know that reaching for an ice cream cone or a flavored slushie could actually make you feel hotter? Barry Swanson, a food scientist at Washington State University, recently spoke to Time about which foods can spike your body temperature, and which can help bring it down. His insights might surprise you.

 

Boston Ballet is about to take off for England for a six-performance run at the London Coliseum next week. To show off the company's range, the dancers will be performing Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Plan to B, Forsythe’s The Second Detail,  Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Kylián’s Bella Figura. How does a dancer prepare for such an intense program overseas?

Saratoga Springs may not be a major city, but it's definitely a major dance town. It's played host to the New York City Ballet’s summer season since the '60s, and been home to the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame since the '80s. So how has the city chosen to honor this notable part of its culture? With a collection of two dozen five-foot tall pointe shoe sculptures, of course!

 

There’s nothing worse than pulling on your tights and watching a run make its way down your leg. All of the harsh wear we put our tights through on a daily basis can cause them to rip. But there are a few simple steps you can take to help extend their lifespan.

 

  • Read the label: Make sure your tights are made of a sturdy material, like Nylon and Lycra, to ensure a strong hold but also elasticity.
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  • Wear the right size. Tights that are too small are more likely to run when they’re overstretched.
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Strategic snacking can help your body get through, and recover from, an intense dance class or rehearsal. But what foods should you be eating when?

 

Before class, you need to fuel for maximum energy. That's best achieved by eating a snack with a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein anywhere from four hours to 30 minutes before class. The carbs will provide the energy you need to dance your best, while the bit of protein will keep your stomach from grumbling by the time you reach petit allégro.

 

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.”