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Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Jared Angle.

Most of us have performance rituals that calm our nerves. (Mine includes lucky socks.) If you don't already do so, you might want to consider adding a playlist to your pre-show routine. A study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences found that listening to music can actually change the chemistry in your brain, lowering the levels of cortisol—the stress hormone—that your body produces. In one experiment, participants listened to music before undergoing surgery.

On February 2, 2014, dancers everywhere will have something to celebrate: World Tutu Day. And though it won't happen for a couple months (on 2/2—get it?), you can start declaring your love for tulle now. The project, a fundraiser for The Australian Ballet School, challenges you to get a team together to raise money—through a tutu-making event, a studio party or a sponsored fitness challenge.

Not closure, perhaps, but a milestone in the Sergei Filin acid attack saga at the Bolshoi: Earlier today, dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was convicted of organizing the crime and sentenced to six years in prison. His co-defendant, Yuri Zarutsky, received 10 years after admitting that he was the one who threw sulphuric acid into Filin's face last January, and Andrei Lipatov was given four years for driving Zarutsky to and from the scene. The trio has also been ordered to pay 3 million rubles ($90,200) in moral damages and 508,000 rubles ($15,300) in material damages.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Sara Mearns.

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is an easy way to load up on calories. But did you know there are actually nutrition benefits in that slice of pumpkin pie? It's loaded with potassium (for muscle recovery), vitamin A (to support bone growth) and iron (for fitness and energy). Plus, it usually has less sugar than it's counterpart, apple. So don't restrict yourself tomorrow—your health depends on it!

Last week, New York City Ballet announced that four beloved principals—Jenifer Ringer, Jonathan Stafford, Janie Taylor and Sébastien Marcovici—will retire during the company's winter and spring seasons.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to soloist Craig Hall.

Now this is dedication to ballet: A video of a young dancer after getting her wisdom teeth pulled has been making its way around the internet. Through the Novocaine fog, she insists on going to ballet class that night—and then gives us a little grande battement combo to prove it.

When I got my teeth pulled, I'm pretty sure all I wanted to do was sleep and eat ice cream. I guess some of us can never take a break!

Today, Irina Kolpakova is a beloved and esteemed coach at American Ballet Theatre. For many years, however, she was the star of the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Ballet, renowed for the crystalline precision of her technique. Here's a video of Kolpakova in her prime, dancing three rare variations from Raymonda. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!