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Sometimes you just want to get in the studio not to "train" or to "work," but to play. Enter The Playground, a workshop started last year by New York choreographers Loni Landon and Greg Dolbashian. The idea is to bring together dancers and  dancemakers to explore, bond and network—all for just a $5 entrance fee.

 

They've got an awesome lineup this fall at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Check it out:

 

Although performance weeks are the highlight of the season, they can be tricky to get through. Opening night is filled with excitement and adrenaline. But as you repeat the performance night after night, it becomes ever more difficult to find that same energy. One secret weapon? Post-show protein. It helps your muscles recover and loads you up with stamina for the next day.

 

DanceMedia has several current openings for winter/spring interns (February-April) to work on Pointe, Dance Magazine,Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and dancemedia.com. Internships are unpaid, and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment. We do not accept high school students. To intern at one of our magazines this winter, please send a cover letter, updated resume, and two writing samples to Hanna Rubin at hrubin@dancemedia.com. Be sure to put "winter/spring internship application" in the subject line.

I have a serious weakness for great swan arms. When Odette pulls off smooth ripples outwards from the center of her spine through to her tips of the fingers, it gives me chills. Because I know how crazy hard they are to do well! Swan arms can take hours of practice and many varying ways of thinking about the movement. I've even watched top ballerinas continue working on them over and over in rehearsal—even after already having performed the ballet dozens of times.

 

Will Morphoses succeed without Christopher Wheeldon? It was the question of the evening last night at The Joyce Theater during the company's first performance since their celebrated founding artistic director left.

 

Fall has officially arrived. With Thanksgiving just one month away and Christmas two months away, cold-weather cravings have kicked into high gear. And yet Nutcracker looms right around the corner. Luckily, one of my favorite dancers, Shelby Elsbree of the Royal Danish Ballet, emailed today with her recipe for a seasonal, yet nutritious spiced granola.

Can any style of dance be used to portray a narrative? I started to think about whether certain types of movement tell stories better than others after seeing  Edward Clug's Radio And Juliet at NYU's Skirball Center this weekend. I'd been super excited for it. The hour-long work is a contemporary ballet version of Romeo and Juliet set to the music of Radiohead. Sounds awesome, right?

 

Like countless other companies, Festival Ballet Providence has hit a rough patch during this recession. But after 33 years as Rhode Island's only professional ballet company, they're not going to go down without a fight. Artistic director Mihailo Djuric gathered dancers from all over to perform in a benefit gala for FBP tonight.

 

As a teenager, I'd spend hours at a time trying on pointe shoes at San Francisco Dancewear. The search for the perfect fit felt as elusive as Ponce de León's Fountain of Youth. I really had no concrete idea what I was looking for, other than something that made my feet look good and didn't hurt—too much.

 

It's been over 60 years since the last time The Joffrey commissioned a new full-length ballet. So there's been a bunch of buzz surrounding the company's world premiere of Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, which opens tomorrow night at Roosevelt University. To drum up even more excitement, the Joffrey Academy of Dance is presenting a Don Q–themed master class next week. Dancer Ericka Mac will give a brief history of the ballet's story and choreography, then launch into a full barre warm up set to Don Q music and teach students Kitri's sassy variation.