Jennifer Stahl's blog

A few years ago, Isabella Boylston told Pointe there's an elite club at American Ballet Theatre: "The Princesses." It's corps member Blaine Hoven's nickname for the dancers like David Hallberg and Gillian Murphy who've been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Award.

 

It's the start of a new season, and many pre-professionals will be making the transition from top student to second company member. Being in a second company is one of the trickiest stages of a dancer's career: It's an opportunity to launch your professional life, but there are no guarantees that you'll be asked to stay with the organization after your one- or two-year contract is up. How can you make the kind of impression that leads to a main company offer? Alfonso Martin, artistic manager of Tulsa Ballet II, shares his advice for newbies.

In our August/September issue, Pointe asked a handful of directors what they feel is missing from pre-professional training today. The group found many holes—from a lack of professionalism to a need for more articulate pointework. Here, Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch offers his view.

 

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It's the end of July, and many summer intensives are coming to a close. How can you make sure the corrections you've received stay with you all year long? As Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch wrote in Never-Ending Summer for Pointe, a few simple steps can make a huge difference:

 

Everybody seems crazy for kale right now. Some experts even argue that it's the superfood of superfoods. One cup has only 33 calories, but contains over 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, 200 percent of vitamin A, 10 percent each of folate and calcium, and even a couple grams of protein. But the vegetable in its raw form can be a bit rough (it's known as a go-to digestive aid for a reason). How can you make it tastier?

"Breaking Pointe" is back, and with new characters. Thank goodness! The newbies help flesh out the show, and give the company more realistic depth.

 

Chris Ruud is an especially welcome addition. He's got a real personality, and as both a principal dancer and artistic director of Ballet West II, he can offer intelligent insight into ballet—and what makes certain dancers successful.

 

Are you ready to go back inside Ballet West? The second season of "Breaking Pointe" premieres on Monday—and we can't wait. To tide you over the weekend, take a look at our photo essay, which follows a day in the life of Beckanne Sisk during filming this winter. And check out this preview clip, released by The CW.

Most of the news out of Cairo over the past week has been horrific: Dozens of citizens have been killed and many more injured in the violent protests surrounding the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi. Yet somehow, the Cairo Opera House found a way to present a ballet.

 

Boston Ballet is about to take off for England for a six-performance run at the London Coliseum next week. To show off the company's range, the dancers will be performing Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Plan to B, Forsythe’s The Second Detail,  Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Kylián’s Bella Figura. How does a dancer prepare for such an intense program overseas?