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This week's episode of "Bunheads" featured "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 5 winner Jeanine Mason's debut as sophisticated new girl Cozette. I love that choreographer Marguerite Derricks has been bringing in "SYTYCD" alums—Kent Boyd has been especially great—who elevate the level of the dancing on the show. But I was a bit disappointed with the way "Bunheads" decided to use Jeanine.

This interview appeared in the January 2 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

This interview appeared in the December 19 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

 

Jirí Kylián’s classically rooted Petite Mort has become a repertory staple for many ballet companies. But tonight, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s contemporary dancers will perform the ballet for the first time. “So many dancers dream of doing Petite Mort,” says Patrick Delcroix, who’s setting the work on the company. “The Ailey dancers—I think it was a dream for them, too, but they never really thought they'd get a chance.”

This interview appeared in the December 5 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

James Whiteside was a Nutcracker Cavalier many, many times during his 10 years at Boston Ballet. But now that he's a soloist at American Ballet Theatre, he's tackling the very different Prince role in Alexei Ratmansky's Nutcracker. Pointe's e-news spoke with Whiteside about learning Ratmansky's take on the part.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet's Kennedy Center run, which begins tonight, will add four more Balanchine ballets to the company's repertoire, including Prodigal Son and the Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Pointe spoke with longtime Farrell Ballet dancer (and Ballet Arizona principal) Natalia Magnicaballi about dancing for Farrell.

20-year-old Daniel Russell Cooke is in his first season with Ballet Memphis. Cooke documented the beginning of his professional career—including work on the company's mixed-repertory program The River Project, which opens tomorrow and runs through October 28—for Pointe.

Boston Ballet's fall program features the return of William Forsythe's The Second Detail, which the company danced for the first time last year.  Pointe's e-news talked with soloist Whitney Jensen about tackling the popular ballet.

Does the Forsythe style come naturally to you?  

Both the ballet and fashion worlds are still abuzz about the costumes Valentino Garavani designed for New York City Ballet's gala last week. Jewelry designer Robert Sorrell, of Sorrell Originals, added extra sparkle to the glamorous ensembles with his elegant headpieces. Pointe talked to Sorrell about his creations.

How did you get involved with this project?

Miami City Ballet announced today that founding artistic director Edward Villella bid farewell to the company this morning. It set the ballet world abuzz, since successor Lourdes Lopez wasn't scheduled to take over until until April 2013.