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Few things in ballet are more satisfying than the feeling of soaring around effortlessly in a perfect pirouette. Los Angeles Ballet wants to teach you how to nail that smooth sailing sensation every time. This Sunday, February 24, LAB’s monthly community day will include a free workshop on turning, taught by master teacher Ikolo Griffin (a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem).

This week’s episode of Bunheads is all about men and women, sex, love and marriage. The only dance scene features modern choreography in miners' hats, dancing in the dark with headlights. Even though the paucity of dance is disappointing, the episode makes up for it with a choreography of flirtation and independence set in the dance studio when it becomes the evacuation center for Paradise during a fire. After finding a condom under the girls’ lockers, Michelle worries that her bunheads are having sex, and makes the boys move their cots away from the girls.

Perfect your fondu: Watch a special tutorial from School of American Ballet faculty member Suki Schorer at dancemedia.com. Our sister publication Dance Teacher has a fantastic how-to clip with the iconic Balanchine teacher. Hear her tips on tempo, line and placement—and then get to the barre to put them in action!

 

Sir Anthony Dowell, principal dancer at The Royal Ballet from 1966 to 1984 and director of the company from 1986 to 2001, celebrates his 70th birthday this Saturday, February 16th.

When Diablo Ballet of California announced its new “Web Ballet” in January, nobody knew quite what to think. The company asked its fans to help choreograph the ballet, requesting Tweeted suggestions for the emotion of the dancers, the mood of the piece and even specific steps. Voters also chose their favorite of three music options.

Although the New York Philharmonic's upcoming production of Carousel focuses on Rodgers & Hammerstein's iconic music, the show will also feature one exceptional moment of dance: It's just been announced that New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild will guest star in a pas de deux in Act II. Peck will dance the role of Louise and Fairchild will portray the Carnival Boy, dancing choreography by Warren Carlyle. The show, performed in New York February 27–March 2, will be telecast nationally on PBS through "Live From Lincoln Center" on April 26.

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.