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Plains Midstream Canada, an energy company located in Calgary, Alberta, will sponsor a new international partnership between Alberta Ballet and Houston Ballet. Though Alberta Ballet is Canada's second largest ballet company, the organization is seeking to raise its international profile. Houston Ballet will perform in Edmonton and Calgary in late April and early May, while Alberta Ballet performed in Houston in January, 2015. At that point, it wasn't clear that the tour would develop into its current partnership between the companies.

Justin Peck, the prolific resident choreographer at New York City Ballet, was recently profiled on CBS news. The piece features performance and rehearsal clips from several of his newest creations: 'Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Belles-Lettres, Heatscape (choreographed for Miami City Ballet) and scenes from the documentary film Ballet 422.

The much anticipated (at least in the ballet world) Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" finally has a premiere date: Sunday, November 8.

We've chronicled each development in the show's production as it came to light, and were sad to hear that the release had been postponed from earlier this year. Now, dance-on-TV fans only have to wait until November for the next big thing to air.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Joseph Gorak will be awarded the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, along with several other young professional artists. The prestigious award includes recognition and a $50,000 a year stipend (for up to two years) to use toward professional development. For a dancer this might mean private coaching, college courses, physical trainers, studio space or investment in entrepreneurial or artistic interests outside of dance.

Michaela DePrince, the aspiring ballerina made famous in the documentary First Position, has grown up into an elegant and successful dancer. She's now performing with the Dutch National Ballet.

MGM recently announced that the company has bought the rights to adapt Michaela's memoir Taking Flight, co-written with her mother Elaine DePrince, into a feature length film. The movie will be produced with Alloy Entertainment.

Cedar Lake rocked the dance community on Friday, announcing that the company would close in June at the end of its 2015 season. Were you planning to attend the Cedar Lake 180 summer intensive? It's canceled. Hopefully you bought travel insurance for your plane tickets because the upcoming March 27 and 28 company auditions are canceled too.

Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Helen Pickett will premiere her first full length ballet on Friday. The work, titled after and based on Tennessee Williams' play Camino Real, will be the choreographer's fourth work for the company. Pickett spoke to Pointe about Camino Real for the February/March issue, and explained how she had found new inspiration in written text and the creation of a narrative ballet.

Ballet dancers often make good business people. They have the training and discipline to bring their ideas to life and the artistic streak to dream up a new, creative product. In fact, Pointe's "Dancer Spotlight" column often features dancers who have a non-dance business on the side. 

Richmond Ballet dancer Valerie Tellmann will appear on an upcoming episode of "Say Yes to the Dress." Tellman, who's known for having a big, bright personality both onstage and off, will appear on the show with a few friends—including fellow Richmond Ballet dancers—and family members and will choose her wedding dress at the top bridal boutique Kleinfeld Bridal.

Each year the Vail International Dance Festival, helmed by former New York City Ballet principal Damian Woetzel, presents a festival of dance stars in Vail, CO, from July 27 through August 10.