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Last night I got to see American Ballet Theatre in Alexei Ratmansky's Nutcracker. I absolutely love this production. The choreography is thrilling, with psychological twists and an epic grand pas de deux. I'll admit it: I even cried at the end.

 

Wish your pointe shoes were slightly less painful? Get more sleep! A recent study found that when people stayed in bed for at least 10 hours a night, by the fourth day they experienced a 25 percent decrease in pain sensitivity. Researchers think this happens because we have more pain receptors in our blood system when we're exhausted. How's that for an excuse to sleep in?

In Pointe's December/January issue, three dancers looked back at the summer intensive teachers who helped inspire and inform their careers. Here, Tiler Peck remembers her own seminal summer teacher, as told to writer Joseph Carman.

 

Jirí Kylián’s classically rooted Petite Mort has become a repertory staple for many ballet companies. But tonight, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s contemporary dancers will perform the ballet for the first time. “So many dancers dream of doing Petite Mort,” says Patrick Delcroix, who’s setting the work on the company. “The Ailey dancers—I think it was a dream for them, too, but they never really thought they'd get a chance.”

Say what you will about Nutcracker, but there's something magical about the ballet. The snowflakes falling on the stage, the little girls in the audience falling for tutus and pointe shoes.

 

Each December, Pointe chooses the top 10 standout ballet performances of the year. We poll our contributors from around the globe about every dancer they’ve seen, then a team of editors dukes it out to decide the final list. This year’s group was a pretty incredible bunch, ranging from the inimitable Sylvie Guillem to up-and-comer Grace Shibley to the historic day-long livestream from The Royal Ballet.

Picture this: You have a personal invite to David Hallberg's rehearsals and performances with American Ballet Theatre. He regularly gives you individual training and coaching advice. He takes a special interest in your career.

 

This interview appeared in the December 5 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

James Whiteside was a Nutcracker Cavalier many, many times during his 10 years at Boston Ballet. But now that he's a soloist at American Ballet Theatre, he's tackling the very different Prince role in Alexei Ratmansky's Nutcracker. Pointe's e-news spoke with Whiteside about learning Ratmansky's take on the part.

When hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29, Colleen Cericola's Staten Island home, which she shared with her two children, was completely destroyed, along with all of her possessions. That same night, her neighbor Patricia Dresch, lost her husband George and her 13-year-old daughter Angela in the storm.

 

What's Kevin O'Hare planning to do with The Royal Ballet? A video feature published today by online magazine Crane.tv interviews the new artistic director about his vision for the company. Get a peek inside the Royal's studios, hear O'Hare's plans for the future and watch footage of the dancers performing a number of ballets, including a new Wayne McGregor work. It's like a 3-minute trip to Covent Garden.