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Summer is here! Whether you're hanging out under a beach umbrella or passing the time between rehearsals, it'll be more fun with a book in hand. Check out these ballet page-turnersall written by dancers themselves.

 

Bunheads

By Sophie Flack

Pointe is on Instagram, and we want to see your photos!

 

There's nothing better than a stunning dance photograph. But instead of only posting our own pictures for you to see, we want to share yours, too.

 

This summer heat might leave you craving a cold snack after class to cool down. But did you know that reaching for an ice cream cone or a flavored slushie could actually make you feel hotter? Barry Swanson, a food scientist at Washington State University, recently spoke to Time about which foods can spike your body temperature, and which can help bring it down. His insights might surprise you.

 

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?

Saratoga Springs may not be a major city, but it's definitely a major dance town. It's played host to the New York City Ballet’s summer season since the '60s, and been home to the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame since the '80s. So how has the city chosen to honor this notable part of its culture? With a collection of two dozen five-foot tall pointe shoe sculptures, of course!

 

Strategic snacking can help your body get through, and recover from, an intense dance class or rehearsal. But what foods should you be eating when?

 

Before class, you need to fuel for maximum energy. That's best achieved by eating a snack with a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein anywhere from four hours to 30 minutes before class. The carbs will provide the energy you need to dance your best, while the bit of protein will keep your stomach from grumbling by the time you reach petit allégro.

 

Yesterday, Ballet San Jose named former American Ballet Theatre principal Jose Manuel Carreño its new artistic director, effective September 3, 2013. As one of the most admired dancers of the past two decades, Carreño brings plenty of experience to the job, and strengthens the growing relationship between BSJ and ABT.
 
BSJ has changed direction over the last few years. In December 2011, it announced a partnership with ABT that would allow the company to use ABT’s National Training Curriculum for students.

It seems like there's a point where dance critics have seen so much ballet that they forget to watch the performance. They've watched the same dancers and the same (or virtually the same) choreography so many times, their minds start to wander during a show. They find something onstage that bugs them, and think, "Aha! A brilliant idea for tomorrow's review."

 

As ballet nerds, we love when celebs fess up about how dancing fits into their fitness routine. Who’s the most recent to reveal his dedication to the ballet barre? None other than Rolling Stone lead singer and notorious bad boy Mick Jagger.

 

With sun-up to sun-down summer intensive hours approaching, remember that there are some vitamins you can’t get from snacks and meals alone. Researchers have found that athletes who train indoors have low levels of vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. Vitamin D allows bones to absorb the calcium they need to stay strong and it helps to strengthen the immune system.