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The School at Steps in New York City is hosting a pointe shoe workshop at their studios next Saturday. This year's event is geared toward dancers who are just starting out on pointe, but all levels are invited to attend. Hear from podiatrists, expert pointe shoe fitters, master teachers and professional dancers. After the discussion, representatives from Capezio, Freed, Grishko, Gaynor Minden and Sansha will be on hand to speak with dancers about their shoes and let them try on a variety of styles.

 

Date: October 15

Time: 5 to 7:30 pm

What would your ideal body look like? Unfortunately, in the ballet world, too many of the answers you'll hear in response to that question in no way resemble a realistic, healthy physique.

 

The New York Times just reported that David Hallberg, currently a principal with American Ballet Theatre, just signed a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer for the 2011-2012 season. (The story even made the newspaper's homepage!) Hallberg will be the first American ever to join the Russian company. Read the full story here.

 

Got the choreography bug? The Bay Area's Company C Contemporary Ballet is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with a new commission project.

 

To kick of its 10th anniversary season, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is offering a free performance. On Friday, August 28 at 8 pm in Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater, the small but mighty contemporary ballet troupe will present a mixed rep of audience favorites. The bill includes Walsh's Medea, Clair de Lune, and multidisciplinary Time out of Line as well as Mats Ek's Pas de Dans. Go to dwdt.org for more info.

Calling all NYC dancers: Dance/NYC, Buglisi Dance Theatre and The September Project are collaborating on a new work to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Table of Silence Project, to take place at Lincoln Center will be an opportunity for the New York dance community to gather and, through dance, offer a prayer to the city.

 

This summer, students attending summer intensives around the country are sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Lindsay Karchin checks in from the 2011 ABT New York Summer Intensive.

 

The hugely popular Chicago Dancing Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with five days of free dance events, starting on August 23. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet West and The Joffrey are all scheduled to perform at a variety of venues around the city. The Chicago Cultural Center will even screen The Red Shoes. Tickets will become available on July 19. Get 'em quick before they're all gone—past years' events have "sold out" within hours!

If Step Up can do it, why not Giselle? On July 12, you'll be able to watch ballet dancers sauté off the screen in 3D for the first time in history! Movie theaters nationwide will present the Kirov Ballet's Giselle at 12 pm and 7:30 pm (local time). Bolshoi Ballet star Natalie Osipova and Kirov phenom Leonid Sarafanov perform the leads in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. For a list of participating theaters in your area, check out fathomevents.com.

For everyone getting ready to head off to summer intensives, here's another thing to add to your packing list: some good books! Reading can be a great way to give your exhausted body a much-needed rest. Books in print, e-reader editions, books online, whatever floats your boat, check out some of the great works out there about dance. 

The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp