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Today, two of American Ballet Theatre’s longtime stars, Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes, retire from the company in—what is sure to be emotionally charged—back-to-back performances of Giselle. Herrera, who has danced with ABT for 24 years, will say good-bye during this afternoon’s matinee, while Reyes will give her final performance tonight. The departure of both dancers marks an end of an era, and a sign of change for ABT’s future. In two seperate interviews, both dancers offered reflections on their careers, retirements and future plans.

 

As a dancer, you know how important it is to keep your energy up throughout the day, especially so it doesn't wane during long afternoon rehearsals. But which dance bag snacks are most helpful? A recent study by researchers from the University of MissouriColumbia found that choosing high-protein snacks in the afternoon can have a host of benefits that go beyond the short-term. 

Another regional company is weathering financial instability. Sacramento Ballet announced on Tuesday that it was laying off all of its dancers for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season due to a budget shortfall. After Ballet San Jose's near miss earlier this year, the news is an especially disheartening look at the reality of arts funding in the U.S.

It's easy to convince ourselves that there's no free time in our schedules for an extra cross-training session or catch-up dinner with an old friend, especially as spring performances and school deadlines approach. And sometimes that's true—but recent studies published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that we often have more time than we think.

 During ballet competitions or gala performances, dancers have only a short amount of time to convey the power of a pas de deux. Without the context of the entire ballet, they must bring the story's energy to life with only their bodies, costumes and the music. This clip from 2011 shows American Ballet Theatre principal Xiomara Reyes and Rolando Sarabia performing the Diana and Actaeon pas de deux at the 5th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei.

In 2004, as dancers waited in the hallway for their usual morning class at Steps on Broadway in New York City, they could catch a glimpse of teacher Edward Ellison privately coaching individuals in a small studio near the reception desk.

American Ballet Theatre, in the midst of their 75th Anniversary celebration, opened their spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House this week. But fans unable to make it to New York City need not worry—on May 15, “American Ballet Theatre: A History,” a documentary nine years in the making by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ric Burns, premieres on PBS stations nationwide.

 

For an all-too-brief period of one month, both American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet will perform at the Lincoln Center. Though the repertoire of each company differs greatly, their theaters are steps away from each other, and it's wonderful to walk by and see people streaming into the respective buildings for a night at the ballet.