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Sarah Jessica Parker has a few identities: Little Orphan Annie, Carrie Bradshaw, and more recently, #1 celebrity ballet advocate. Today from 12–2 pm EST, she will guest host WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show to talk all things ballet. Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov will chat about their Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet.
Most long-running dance shows—"So You Think You Can Dance," "Dance Moms"—are high on drama. AOL On's city.ballet., though, didn't need shock value to get viewers to tune in. That's one reason I'm excited to report that Sarah Jessica Parker's project is getting a second season.

There are many dairy trends out there right now. People are obsessed with everything from Greek yogurt to reportedly diet-friendly full-fat milk. And though most dairy products are packed with calcium, it turns out the specific source it comes from is important.

Much of ballet's magic is the otherworldly presence dancers have when they step onstage—it's hard to imagine our favorite stars having lives outside the theater. But that's what makes documentaries like "The Dancer," a new short film by former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz, so fascinating. During its six minutes, we follow New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia through his day. We meet his fuzzy cat inside his small NYC apartment, see his subway commute to Lincoln Center and even peek into the NYCB locker room.

 

The School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary has announced a new scholarship program for boys ages 9 and older. Up to 25 boys will be selected this spring to train in its Professional Division for free. Remaining auditions include Edmonton on April 6 and Calgary on April 13 and 14. For more information, see schoolofalbertaballet.com.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden is bringing F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic The Great Gatsby to the stage. The work will premiere in Russia in October 2014 before embarking on a world tour. Though it has yet to be officially cast, the flashy trailer stars Ukrainian National Opera's Elizaveta Cheprasova as Daisy and Mariinsky Ballet's Denis Matvienko as Gatsby. And it seems to borrow a bit of drama from Baz Luhrmann's recent film adaptation. (If only Leonardo DiCaprio could dance his way into this ballet version, too.)

 

 

The whole reason we log on to Facebook or Twitter is to stay in the know about what's happening with our friends and family. But it turns out that overusing social media can actually deflate your self esteem. Studies have shown that people who spend more time on Facebook tend to have less self-worth and more frequent patterns of disordered eating.

It's news that, as a New Yorker, I am selfishly sad to report: American Ballet Theatre has announced that its The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, will move to the west coast in 2015. Its last New York performance will be this December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before it calls the Segerstom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, "home." Ratmansky's production premiered in 2010 and received instant praise for its fine use of students and quick wit.

 

We all felt a little defeated when "Bunheads" and "Breaking Pointe" were taken off the air. But news of Starz's "Flesh and Bone" cheered us up a little. And now High Strung, a movie about a musician who meets a ballerina who "changes his world," is in the works.

Whether it's yogurt, milk or cheese, dancers usually opt for non-fat dairy products. But it turns out that cutting dairy fat to stay lean might be counterproductive. New studies suggest that people who consume whole milk products tend to weigh less than those who choose low- or non-fat ones. The reasons haven't been pinpointed, but researchers are guessing it's because full-fat dairy fills you faster while also satisfying your craving, so you ultimately consume fewer calories.