Blogs

The Paris Opéra Ballet's American tour might be over, but they haven't completely abandoned us. On Sunday, August 5, movie theaters across the country will be showing POB's La Bayadère. This is no ordinary performance; it's Pointe cover girl Ludmila Pagliero's breakout as Gamzatti.

We’ve all heard the expression “putting pen to paper,” but what about “putting foot to paper?” Well, the “Body In-Sight: Action Drawings from the Dance Studio” exhibition at the Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco will be doing just that, with ballet dancers!

 Cincinnati Ballet is gearing up for its 50th anniversary season next year. To prepare, they're giving away free ice cream to anyone willing to donate historic Cincinnati Ballet paraphernalia—photos, newspaper clippings, recollections, programs, memorabilia and ticket stubs at least five years old. The event takes place this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center.

Whether it’s as simple as transferring their weight before a pirouette or as complicated as transitioning into a new phase of their career, dancers always need to be on their toes and ready for anything. In this week’s episode of "Bunheads," Michelle did just that, setting aside her apprehensions and assuming an unfamiliar role.

 

Next time you open your fridge in search of a nutritious breakfast, consider adding a slice of cake to the mix. Yes, you heard me right—dessert with breakfast! Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel believe that adding a something sugary to a high-protein meal in the morning could result in long-term weight loss. Their study showed that those who had a treat with their healthy breakfast had stable blood sugar levels and ate fewer calories throughout the rest of their day because their sweet tooth was already satisfied.

This summer, Pointe is taking a peek inside the Joffrey Ballet's International Summer Intensive with guest blogs from dancer Rachel Davis of New Jersey.

 

 If you have one ankle that’s stronger than the other, listen up! According to a recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes with uneven ankle strengths are nine times more likely to sprain an ankle, especially when landing from jumps. When the muscles surrounding your ankle don't have the same amount of strength in each foot, the impact of the jump doesn't get absorbed evenly, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments. Try some of these exercises to even yourself out:

 

Heading to a performance after class? Showing up with pink tights and a red face is not your best look. Here's a funky trick to quickly bring your skin back to a calmer shade: Suck on an ice cube. Pressing ice to the roof of your mouth will constrict the blood flow in your cheeks, almost instantly reducing redness.

When auditioning in person is just not possible, sending out a reel is your next best option. But make sure your video stands out for the right reasons. 

 

1. Pay special attention to what a school or company asks for. If the directions tell you to show a barre and center, don’t give a solo. Show you can listen; nobody wants an unruly dancer.