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Most long-running dance shows—"So You Think You Can Dance," "Dance Moms"—are high on drama. AOL On's city.ballet., though, didn't need shock value to get viewers to tune in. That's one reason I'm excited to report that Sarah Jessica Parker's project is getting a second season.

Last night, I attended the final round of Youth America Grand Prix's New York City finals. Every year, I'm overwhelmed by the level of talent at the competition, and this year was no exception. There's nothing more exciting than spotting the stars of tomorrow, today.

There are many dairy trends out there right now. People are obsessed with everything from Greek yogurt to reportedly diet-friendly full-fat milk. And though most dairy products are packed with calcium, it turns out the specific source it comes from is important.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has been director-less for nearly a year. Longtime leader Benoit-Swan Pouffer, who shaped the company into an avant-garde powerhouse with a European accent, stepped down last May. Yesterday, however, it was announced that Alexandra Damiani will become Cedar Lake's new artistic director.

Being injured can be a frustrating experience—it feels like losing control of your body. But there's an app that can put you back in the driver's seat by showing you the inner workings of your anatomy, from the largest muscle to the smallest nerve.

Much of ballet's magic is the otherworldly presence dancers have when they step onstage—it's hard to imagine our favorite stars having lives outside the theater. But that's what makes documentaries like "The Dancer," a new short film by former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz, so fascinating. During its six minutes, we follow New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia through his day. We meet his fuzzy cat inside his small NYC apartment, see his subway commute to Lincoln Center and even peek into the NYCB locker room.

 

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Jerome Robbins Dance Division has an astonishing collection of dance videos—more than 24,000 films, including hundreds of hours of ballet footage. Recently the library has begun digitizing its remarkable archives, and have even made some of those digitized films available online to the offsite public.

The School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary has announced a new scholarship program for boys ages 9 and older. Up to 25 boys will be selected this spring to train in its Professional Division for free. Remaining auditions include Edmonton on April 6 and Calgary on April 13 and 14. For more information, see schoolofalbertaballet.com.

The most recent TED Conference, in Vancouver, Canada, recently came to a close. But the TED (technology, entertainment, design) organization—whose conferences feature all kinds of innovative presentations—isn't done sharing, as its slogan states, "ideas worth spreading."

There have been rumblings about Wendy Whelan's New York City Ballet retirement for a while now. As of this morning, it's official: The revered principal dancer will take her final bow with the company on October 18.

There's no word yet on what she'll dance for that last show, the culmination of three decades of extraordinary work with NYCB. Yet, however emotional that moment is guaranteed to be, this is just the end of one chapter in Whelan's remarkable career.