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The new Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" has been described as the television version of Black Swan—so it's only fitting that the show's lead is a veteran of the film.

Starz announced today that Dresden Semperoper's Sarah Hay—a talented dancer who was a member of Black Swan's corps (we interviewed her about the film back in 2010)—has been cast as "Flesh and Bone"'s Claire, an aspiring ballerina with "a distinctly troubled past."

We've talked about the benefits of caffeine many times before. It can boost your short term memory and improve your physical performance. But drinking coffee has always come with a warning: Just a few cups can lead to dehydration.

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Good news for our Joffrey Ballet-obsessed readers: You now have a chance to work alongside the Chicago companyon a full scholarship. The Joffrey Studio Company will launch with the 2014-15 season. Like most second companies, it will serve as a bridge between student and professional life. The 10 members, all of whom will receive full scholarships, will study alongside trainees and have opportunities to perform with the main company.

Mark your calendars: The Royal Ballet's cinema broadcast series will bring the company's Giselle to movie theaters across the U.S. next Monday night.

Nobody understands dancers quite like...other dancers. That's why some of the world's best ballet photographers were once performers themselves.

At 92, Cuban prima ballerina Alicia Alonso is a living legend. Now director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, she had a brilliant dancing career despite being partially blind from the age of 19. Here she is (with the none-too-shabby Azari Plisetsky) in excerpts from the Black Swan pas de deux—showing off, among other things, her prodigious turning ability. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

First "Bunheads" and now "Breaking Pointe"—it seems like the ballet-on-television trend might be on its way out.

The CW has announced that it has not ordered a third season of "Breaking Pointe," the docudrama following Ballet West. The news isn't particularly surprising, as "Breaking Pointe" had very low ratings throughout the show's first season, and continued to fall during its second. Nevertheless, we'll miss our weekly dose of soapy ballet.

Here at Pointe, we just can't get enough of San Francisco Ballet's Maria Kochetkova. Yes, she's an incredible powerhouse dancer, but she's got personality, too. Last night, she posted a delightfully silly Instagram video of her messing around in the studio. She is impressively flexible: This is over-splitting at its finest.

We all know how things get toward the end of long runs of The Nutcracker. Come late December, as the performance tally gets higher and higher, many of us begin to feel a little crazy. (Some companies even channel that cabin fever into spoof performances, like Ballet West's Nutty Nutcracker.)

In this video, posted yesterday, a Moscow Ballet "Arabian" background dancer (the one on the left whose costume vaguely approximates the Cheetos mascot) decided to have a little extra fun during a performance. The result is, we're sorry to say, very funny.