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  • Editor’s Letter: What Does it Mean to Be a Role Model?

    I think most of us would agree that a mix of strength, integrity and grace make up a large ... More »

  • Call Board

    Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Simone Messmer

    Don’t expect to catch Simone Messmer wearing a leotard—at least, not for company class. “Ballet class is for me,” ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Stefanie Roper

    At first glance, Ballet Hispanico second-company member Stefanie Roper looks as though she has been dancing since she could ...

  • Ask Amy: Getting a Cold for Christmas

    I always get sick during Nutcracker. Help! —Emily Long days, late nights, chilly weather and overworked bodies make the ...

  • Her Time

    At some point during her long career with American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera started to think it would never ...

  • In Defense of Patience

    When I was about 10, I auditioned for New York City Ballet, to be in their Harlequinade. I got ... More »

  • The Season of Crystal Pite

    Crystal Pite considers herself to be on the contemporary end of the dance spectrum, but she’s playing in the ...

  • The Standouts

    Miami City Ballet’s National Tour In late April at the Harris Theater, Chicagoans found Miami City Ballet firing on ...

  • A Summer of Style

    As a young student, Shea McAdoo’s classes at the Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, were “strict, straightforward, very ...

  • Finding Balance

    Courtney Henry knew she wanted to dance for Alonzo King LINES Ballet while she was still a student in ...

  • Upcycle Your Workout (Without Buying New Stuff)

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  • Nutcracker Survival Tips

    Alana Griffith Artist, Milwaukee Ballet Favorite role: Clara “Clara was my first soloist role and the first role I ...

  • The Judges Roundtable

    We asked five frequent judges for their advice, their pet peeves and their approach to the scoring process. Peter ...

  • Dancer to Dancer

    Holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Related

  • Your Style: Get Cozy

    Patterned warm-ups in black, gray and purple evoke starry winter nights. Related

  • Beyond Six-Pack Abs

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  • The Workout: Jessica Collado

    Morning zinger: Jessica Collado makes a pitcher of a spicy drink with turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, coconut water and ...

  • “They Hate Me!”

    When Lilliana Hagerman auditioned for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive, she felt overwhelmingly intimidated. “The other dancers were all ...

  • Finding Prodigal

    New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to ...

  • On the Upswing

    As the dancers processed through downtown Orlando—smiling, laughing, heads held high—Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill allowed himself to ...

  • Not Just For Kids

    While New York City Ballet was off last August, corps member Sasonah Huttenbach was hard at work at the ...

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Modeled by Daria Ionova. Darian Volkova, Courtesy Elevé Dancewear.
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Boston Ballet's Kathleen Breen Combes, María Álvarez and Dawn Atkins. Christopher Duggan, Courtesy Jacob's Pillow.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.

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Ballet Stars
Alexandra MacDonald (front row, third from left) didn't win a medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition, but says she came home inspired and newly motivated by the people she met there. Photo Courtesy Genée IBC.

Ballet competitions are an exciting part of any dancer's career. Yet while scholarships, prize money, job offers and the prestige that comes with winning a medal are compelling incentives to participate in one, they're not the only benefits. In fact, many dancers who go home empty-handed still look fondly on the experience and go on to become successful professionals.

This week, the 2019 Genée International Ballet Competition kicks off in Toronto. From August 20-29, over 50 dancers, ages 15–19 and trained in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, will perform three solos in the hopes of winning a medal and a $10,000 cash prize. Many past medalists have gone on to illustrious careers—but so have those who didn't win anything. We spoke with three Genée alumni now dancing professionally who know what it's like not to place. Read on to find out why they deem their comp experiences a success, and how you can make the most of yours—whether you win or not.

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Ballet Stars
Skylar Brandt and Josephine Lee. Screenshot Courtesy Lee.

Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop chats with American Ballet Theatre soloist Skylar Brandt to hear about how she prepares her pointe shoes. We think Brandt might win an award for how long she makes her shoes last; watch the below video for the staggering number of days (or weeks!), and to hear about all of her unique customizations and pro tips.