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  • Editor’s Letter: Be Your Own Best Advocate

    At our cover shoot, American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary was so easygoing that it was hard to believe ... More »

  • Callboard

    Changing Directors at Paris Opéra Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is gearing up for another transition. This summer, Benjamin ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Dores André

    Dores André doesn’t like shopping, but she loves clothes. Her favorite source of style inspiration is the 1964 comedy ...

  • Show and Tell: Inside Kayla Rowser’s Dance Bag

    Nashville Ballet dancer Kayla Rowser is one organized woman—her teal Lug bag is full of compartments. “That’s why I ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

    On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of ...

  • Ask Amy: Gaining Perspective

    I can’t stop beating myself up over past mistakes. How can I focus on what’s in front of me? ...

  • The Tipping Point

    It seems that, in ballet careers, everything happens at once. For a few years, you notice a dancer and ...

  • Inside the “Golden Cockerel”

    Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is passionate about promoting the splendor of early Russian ballet and has, over the last few ...

  • Building Brand “YOU”

    New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, a prolific user of Instagram, discovered she had an eager following ... More »

  • Endless Summer

    Jackie Nash: Atlanta Ballet Typical summer break: mid-May–August  On rest: I need to take one solid week, at least, ... More »

  • East Meets West

    As Hong Kong Ballet corps member Xia Jun rehearses his solo from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, a ...

  • Confessions of a Pointe Shoe Fitter

    For many dancers, the quest for the perfect pointe shoe is a long one, littered with years’ worth of ... More »

  • Anchors Aweigh

    Sail into summer with nautical-inspired rehearsal looks. Related

  • Squats to Make You Feel the Burn

    Though you may not think about it much, building strength in the muscles around the hips is a must ...

  • “Am I Ready to Leave Home?”

    Harper Ortlieb knew something needed to change. Her three-hour commute to daily classes at the School of Oregon Ballet ... More »

  • The Workout: Georgina Pazcoguin

    Sock walk: As soon as she wakes up, Pazcoguin pulls on compression socks and takes her dog for an ...

  • Brokenhearted Heroine

    In John Cranko’s Onegin, based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, Boston Ballet’s Anaïs Chalendard taps into her own ...

  • Steel City Strength

    “I was tricked into it,” says Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Terrence S. Orr, recalling his introduction to ballet. ...

  • Taking the Lead

    From the outside, one might assume that the stars onstage are leaders offstage, too. It might be so, but ...

  • Reverence: Laura Morera, Modern Muse

    You’ve been a muse to Liam Scarlett. What’s your relationship like? I owe him a rebirth. He completely gets ...

Ballet Stars
Karolina Kuras, Courtesy NBoC

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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News
Alice Pennefather, Courtesy ROH

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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Viral Videos

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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