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It’s been a whirlwind year for American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland. In addition to publishing her book, starring in a viral Under Amour ad campaign and being appointed a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (oh, and gracing our June/July cover), she can now add television star and executive producer to the list. Last week, Oxygen Media announced that a new reality series, “The Misty Copeland Project,” is in the works.

Joshua Burnham as Colin Wolfe

Joshua Burnham in Colin: Son, Marine, Hero. Photo Courtesy Manassas Ballet Theatre.

 

Mark your calendars: "city.ballet.," the popular AOL Originals web series that took us behind the scenes at New York City Ballet last year, is about to launch its second season. The show, executive-produced by Emmy winner (and ballet lover) Sarah Jessica Parker, returns to the AOL On channel on Tuesday, November 4.

 

Wendy WHelan and Tyler Angle

Wendy Whelan and Tyler Angle in For 2 With & From. Photo: Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

 

What better way to open the season than with a trailer? The Washington Ballet has done just that, releasing this video of the company preparing for its season opener next week (October 22–26). The program, entitled Taking Flight, has a distinctly European flavor, and includes Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort, Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. The behind-the-scenes video shows the dancers rehearsing with Kylián répétiteur Urtzi Aranburu, highlighting the sweat and hard work that goes behind every finished performance. Enjoy!

Whether you’re or not planning a wedding, make sure to check out the October/November issue of Brides magazine for a seriously dance-inspired photo spread. The models? Six American Ballet Theatre dancers, all of who were engaged at the time of the shoot last spring (five have since gotten hitched).

Stella Abrera

American Ballet Theatre's Stella Abrera. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT.