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In a controversial move, former Bolshoi Ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze has been appointed rector of the renowned Vaganova Academy, associate school of the Mariinsky Ballet.

There have been rumblings about Christopher Wheeldon's Broadway project for a while now, but yesterday the official word went out: Wheeldon is directing and choreographing a new production of the Gershwins' An American in Paris. The show will premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in December of 2014 before coming to Broadway in the spring of 2015—Wheeldon's Broadway debut.

American Ballet Theatre announced its 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season today, and the lineup includes some lovely surprises.

It seems like the whole world is fascinated by Misty Copeland. The American Ballet Theatre soloist is constantly featured in mainstream publications, television ads and fashion campaigns (and, of course, in Pointe!).

Congratulations to James Whiteside! American Ballet Theatre announced today that the talented dancer, who joined the company as a soloist last season, will be a principal as of October 30th.

 

Congratulations to choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Kyle Abraham! Both have been named 2013 MacArthur Fellows, an honor that earns them a $625,000 "genius" grant—and entry into a very exclusive club, which includes the likes of Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones and Arthur Mitchell.

 

Check out our iPad health exclusive! "Your Guide to Ultimate Ballet Body" is now available as an in-app purchase within the Pointe iPad app. You’ll get health tips, exercise secrets, nutrition surprises (you should be drinking chocolate milk—really!) and special exclusives. Features include energy-building recipes by dancers for dancers (don’t miss Jennifer Kronenberg’s Asian Garlic Salmon), the skinny on Drew Jacoby’s workout and more.

Finally, Covent Garden is expanding its popular big screen broadcasts to the U.S., and Royal Ballet fans will be able to get their fill of their favorite stars.

Back in January, Starz announced that they were working on a scripted drama that would "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Think Black Swan as a television series.

Got Nutcracker auditions coming up? You might want to avoid texting right before you take your place at the barre.

 

Fascinating new research from Harvard Business School found that people who spent a few minutes typing on a small, handheld gadget were only half as assertive in follow-up tests as those who had typed on a desktop computer. They were also far more meek on an additional test that measured power and self-confidence.