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Any dancer who plans on auditioning for companies anytime soon should watch "A Chance to Dance." The new series on Ovation follows the affable British BalletBoyz Billy Trevitt and Michael Nunn as they audition dancers across the US in order to form a new troupe. The show gives an inside peek at their process, and what they're thinking as they decide which dancers to hire. Pointe asked the two directors a few questions about the project.

 

Sundays in Indiana just got a whole lot more interesting. Ballet greats will be flocking to the state over the next few months to participate in Indianapolis City Ballet’s Master Class series. SAB’s Darci Kistler, ABT’s Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, JKO’s Franco De Vita, NYCB’s Wendy Whelan and Daniel Ulbricht, John Cranko School director Tadeusz Matacz—these are some legit “masters” offering technique class.

When DanceMedia launched four years ago, we had no idea what would show up on the site. But the Pointe Video of the Month contest has ended up attracting some of the most amazing ballet clips on the web. We've gotten a peek inside The Joffrey dancing Lar Lubovitch's Othello.

Pointe is accepting applications for fall interns (September-December). Internships are unpaid, and require a two-day-a-week, onsite commitment at the magazine's NYC offices. We do not accept high school students. To apply, please send a cover letter, updated resume, and two writing samples to Hanna Rubin, hrubin@dancemedia.com.

The best "Bunheads" episodes—at least from the perspective of us bunheads—are the ones that involve lots of dancing. And the series' Nutcracker-themed summer finale episode last night certainly had plenty of dance, from Boo and Carl's sweet Fred-and-Ginger number to Michelle's fantastic Cabaret dream sequence (more of Sutton Foster doing what Sutton Foster does best, please!). Was most of the choreography a bit on the wacky side, as per "Bunheads" tradition?

Fall is almost here. What will you do this year to take your training to the next level? Smart dancers know they need to stay on the lookout for opportunities that will improve their artistry, whether it's a new competition, a mock-audition course or a master class in a technique they've never tried before.

 

The Ballet Boyz just might be Britain's coolest classical rebels. Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt broke off from that company in 2000 to start their own thing, choreographing a ballet for the two of them and Sylvie Guillem, launching an all-male troupe called TALENT, producing Darcey Bussell's farewell, creating a documentary about Christopher Wheeldon's work at The Bolshoi, collaborating on films with choreographer Russell Mailphant. They're remixed ballet into a truly 21st-century art form.

 

When Angelin Preljocaj asked Bolshoi Ballet dancers to improvise while creating a joint ballet on that company and his two years ago, the room exploded. “They went crazy!” he told Scotsman reporter Kelly Apter, “and did things very differently from the dancers in this part of Europe, who are used to improvising.

Raisins may be small, but their benefits are huge. A recent study published in the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition found that athletes who ate raisins before a workout had more energy, moved more quickly and burned more fat than those who didn't. The dried grapes are chock-full of fiber, potassium and iron, and have no added sugars. Plus, their price tag is easy on the wallet, making them an all-around excellent choice to stash inside your dance bag.

Extra photos of Ashley Bouder at home in her New York apartment. Videos of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in performance. An exclusive look behind the scenes with cover ballerina Misa Kuranaga. Pointe's August/September iPad edition is loaded with goodies!