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If you've been following Season 12 of "So You Think You Can Dance," you know Houston Ballet demi-soloist Jim Nowakowski can dance. The pro decided to put his classical career on hold to pursue something a little bit different, and his gamble paid off. He's now in the Top 16 dancers on the show going into next week's episode.

Have you ever taken a walk in the middle of the day and spent the whole time worrying about things that were bothering you? Maybe you were counting every mistake you made in your last class, or thinking of all the things you should have said during a conversation with your teacher. 

Misty Copeland isn’t the only ballerina to grace the glossy pages of mainstream magazines these days. The August issue of Glamour magazine features First Position star and Dutch National Ballet coryphée Michaela DePrince and her remarkable story. DePrince’s childhood in an orphanage in Sierra Leone and her rise to prominence in ballet’s world of swans and sylphs is without question inspiring, and not only for dancers.

 

Miami City Ballet is celebrating its 30th anniversary this coming season, and what better way to kick it off than by announcing promotions and company additions?

Daniil Simkin's Intensio project will have its premiere on July 22. The project features choreography by Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and dancers from American Ballet Theatre—along with Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. You can read more about the project in Pointe's June/July Callboard story.

 

There are some days when it feels like things just aren't going your way: Maybe your train is late on the way to class, you forgot to pack lunch in your dance bag or the new variation you're learning just isn't sticking.

But what if there was a quick fix for the frustration that builds up?

The ballet Sylvia has undergone many reincarnations since its 1876 premier by the Paris Opéra Ballet. Some of the past two centuries’ most notable choreographers—Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Mark Morris and John Neumeier—have seemed inescapably drawn to creating their own versions of this ballet, as if it was an artistic scratch they simply had to itch. In this 2005 clip, Darcey Bussell dances the title role in Ashton’s revived version for The Royal Ballet.

 

Carlos Acosta, a principal at The Royal Ballet and one of the most well-known dancers ever, will retire from the classical stage during the summer of 2016. However, he's already begun to lay his next plans: Running his own dance company.

Two years ago, Elizabeth Murphy was in the corps of Pacific Northwest Ballet (check out Dance Magazine’s feature of Murphy in August 2013) and sewing leotards for her friends as a hobby. Today, Murphy’s dance career has taken leaps and bounds—both onstage in principal roles and into the soloist ranks—and now she is jetéing into the world of commercial design. This summer, Murphy released her first line of leotards on Etsy.com.