How is dancing with your husband, Maxim Beloserkovsky, different from dancing with another partner?
There is silent language between us. If I improvise without letting him know, he’ll come with me. It’s something that you cannot rehearse in the studio.

What do you do together on your days off?
We get massages and spend time with our 8-year-old, Emma. We giggle, swim, play tennis. I cook fish or chicken or some sweets and Emma likes to help me.

You’re the daughter of two dancers. Does that have special challenges?

My mother, father and me, all of us have strong personalities, and we’re very emotional. They have suggestions, but I’m extremely critical of myself. I wish I could learn to have a bigger ego and love myself more.

Is there anything you always do before performing?
I drink coconut water. At school, they prohibited us from drinking water during class because they said it made our muscles weak. So I don’t have that habit, but when you’re working hard, your muscles need hydration.

You have the greatest clothes. Who is your fashion icon?

My mother. When I was growing up, she always looked glamorous. I like to project strength and sensuality in my clothes. My husband also helps me with my style—he appreciates high heels.

We’ve heard you’re a painter.

My father taught me how to paint. I’ve done some sunsets, a self-portrait and also my mom’s portrait. I’d like to teach Emma to paint; it takes the stress out.

You’re giving your farewell ABT performance in May. What’s been your biggest achievement?

First, to be a mom. Then, I’m proud I came from a different country without any hesitation or help. I became a principal at one of the best companies in the world with just my talent, strength, and passion, and danced almost every role I desired. I became the ballerina of my dreams.

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It's hard to imagine the National Ballet of Canada without ballerina Greta Hodgkinson. Yet this week NBoC announced that the longtime company star will take her final bow in March, as Marguerite in Sir Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.

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Today's ballet dancer needs a lot from a pointe shoe. "What I did 20 years ago is not what these dancers are doing now," says New York City Ballet shoe manager Linnette Roe. "They are expected to go harder, longer days. They are expected to go from sneakers, to pointe shoes, to character shoes, to barefoot and back to pointe shoes all in a day."

The team at BLOCH developed their line of Stretch Pointe shoes to address dancer's most common complaints about the fit and performance of their pointe shoes. "It's a scientific take on the pointe shoe," says Roe. Dancers are taking notice and Stretch Pointe shoes are now worn by stars like American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston, who stars in BLOCH's latest campaign for the shoes.

We dug into the details of Stretch Pointe's most game-changing features:

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You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)

Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of:

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What do Diana Vishneva, Olga Smirnova, Kristina Shapran and Maria Khoreva all have in common? These women, among the most impressive talents to graduate from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in recent years, all studied under legendary professor Lyudmila Kovaleva. Kovaleva, a former dancer with the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky), is beloved by her students and admired throughout the ballet world for her ability to pull individuality and artistry out of the dancers she trains. Like any great teacher, Kovaleva is remarkably generous with her wealth of knowledge; it seems perfect, then, that she appears as the Fairy of Generosity in this clip from a 1964 film of the Kirov's The Sleeping Beauty.

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