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As much fun as social media can be, you may also be familiar with the unpleasant side effects of constantly comparing yourself to others. Maybe a bunch of your dance friends posted photos from a performance you couldn't make it to, or your classmate got into the summer intensive you wanted and then boasted about it on Facebook.

We’ve all tried to find the best way to three-quarter pointe shoes. Now, Mary Carpenter, a professional fitter based in New York City, has launched DancewithmaryNYC, a YouTube channel dedicated to answering pointe shoe-related questions. Besides having over 20 years of pointe shoe fitting experience, Carpenter is also a ballet teacher, a Pilates mat instructor and a former dancer who worked with David Howard for 23 years.

 

Happy New Year, ballet lovers! As we plunge into audition season, 2015 will bring an abundance of new challenges and opportunities. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by our New Year’s resolutions, but what better way to keep us inspired than a throwback of Sylvie Guillem? In our dreams we have her feet, her legs and her forever-motivating extensions. No doubt, she has helped push expectations for ballet dancers to new heights. That’s why 2015 arrives with a sense of closure and sadness. After an over three-decade long career, Guillem will retire at the end of the year. 

If you've ever needed to take time off from dance due to injury, then you know how frustrating it can be to rebuild muscle strength after a long period of inactivity. But a recent study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology found that the mind—not just the body—may play a key role in maintaining strength.

When I was a young ballet student, I remember writing out a lengthy list of New Year’s Resolutions on a small piece of paper and taping it to the headboard of my bed. It included things like “stretch every day,” “180 degree penché,” "get foot to ear in grand battement," “high arabesque,” and “triple pirouettes.” Each morning when I woke up, my list stared back at me, giving me a boost of motivation.

"Wearable tech" usually means something like Google Glass. But now, it can apply to ballet dancers too.

Brooklyn Ballet teamed up with local hacking collective NYC Resistor to make wearable tech for the company's Nutcracker. The results of their effort were glittering LED tutus for the snowflakes and a light-up shirt for Drosselmeyer that responded to his arm and chest movements.

You probably remember that New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild got married earlier this year. They're two of the ballet world's most capable artists, and their courtship has traced the path of their careers: growing up together as dancers, dating on and off, getting promoted through the company and finally getting married.

Kanses City Ballet's Tempe Ostegren

Kansas City Ballet's Tempe Ostergren, Photo by Kenny Johnson