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.
Set the DVR: There's a new ballet drama coming to TV. It basically sounds like a serialized version of "Black Swan": The project, described in The Hollywood Reporteras "dark and gritty," will follow a young female ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a ballet company in New York City. The show promises to "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Sound familiar?
This week’s episode of Bunheads, “The Astronaut and the Ballerina,” showcased the direction and meaning that ballet gives dancers’ lives. The characters participated in a human choreography as they tested their relationships and searched for a purpose.
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Pointe is on the hunt: We're searching companies across the globe for today's most promising corps de ballet dancers—and we want your input! Which up-and-comers do you think are destined for stardom? Send your ideas to email@example.com, leave a list in the comments here or on Facebook, or shoot us a Tweet. We'll read every nomination to decide who to include in an exclusive feature in Pointe's June/July issue.
Benjamin Millepied has been named as the next director of dance at the Paris Opéra Ballet. He will succeed current director Brigitte Lefèvre starting in October 2014. Although most of Millepied's career—as both a dancer with New York City Ballet and a freelance choreographer, notably for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan—has so far been based in the United States, he is originally from Bordeaux, France. Nonetheless, the choice came as a surprise, since most people expected the company to select a candidate from inside their own ranks.
Want to keep your appetite in check? Start running. Even though exercise often makes us hungrier, certain types of workouts appear to increase hormones that cue us stop eating once our bodies have enough fuel. A study done at the University of Wyoming last year found that after walking, women overate, consuming more calories than they had burned.
Ballet politics turned ugly yesterday: Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was attacked outside his home last night. A masked man threw a bottle of acid at his face. It's been reported that Filin's eyesight might be compromised and he will need extensive plastic surgery for his face. After a 15-hour operation in Moscow, Filin was flown to Brussels, Belgium this morning for special burns treatment. Doctors say his recovery may take up to six months.