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In this week’s episode of "Bunheads," we see playful performances from two dancers, each at different stages of life, each confronting different insecurities. As Ginny watches her dance friends leave the studio to socialize—Sasha flirting with Roman and Melanie being captivated by Cozette and roller-derby—she isolates herself in the dressing room alone. Her friends ignore her when she states her intention to audition for the school play, convinced that, based on her past actions, she will chicken out at the last moment.

It's fashion week in New York City, and the Joffrey Ballet School is getting its moment in the style spotlight. Louis Vuitton has sponsored "Reconstruction 3.0," a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and New York's Joffrey Ballet School. Five teams of students from each program have created original choreography and music inspired by the French fashion house's heritage of travel, as well as costumes constructed from previous Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear garments.

Dwyane Wade, ballerina? "We feel at times on the court that we're like graceful ballerinas in the air," admits the Miami Heat superstar in a just-released video of a photo shoot with Miami City Ballet. Both Wade and his teammate LeBron James posed with MCB principals Patricia and Jeanette Delgado for a special marketing campaign.

This interview appeared in the February 6 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

 

Many artistic directors, especially of contemporary companies, arrive at their post after making a name for themselves as choreographers. But what makes a choreographer a good fit to lead a company? For Nederlands Dans Theater director Paul Lightfoot, whom writer Laura Cappelle profiles in our February/March issue, the transition wasn't necessarily natural.

 

This week’s episode of "Bunheads" opens with the dancers rehearsing in the studio, all in black leotards and tight buns. Watched with the volume turned down, the dancers appear to gracefully and seamlessly dance in unison. Turn the volume on and this vision of mature young ballerinas dissolves as Melanie and Ginny partake in a catty repartee about Melanie’s friendship with Cozette, which Ginny experiences as a best-friend betrayal.

You might not have heard, but today's a holiday: It's national pancake day! To celebrate, we're sharing Miami City Ballet principal Tricia Albertson's recipe for whole wheat blueberry oatmeal pancakes. “I love this recipe because it sustains me through morning class and rehearsals,” she says. “I get high-density carbohydrates, protein, omega-3s, antioxidants—and a little bit of sugar that makes it all taste great.”

Whole Wheat Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup whole wheat flour

Artistic directors who hire straight from cattle calls are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Today, networking and building connections before the audition have become the far more common routes to a job. But how do you do that successfully? Our sister publication Dance Magazine has a great story this month with advice from five directors on how dancers can take charge.

How do choreographers create a ballet? Youth America Grand Prix invites audiences to take a peek inside the process this Monday, February 4, with a special benefit program called "Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes." Although the American Ballet Theatre principal has only recently begun choreographing, a number of his works have been seen at YAGP galas.