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Finally, Covent Garden is expanding its popular big screen broadcasts to the U.S., and Royal Ballet fans will be able to get their fill of their favorite stars.

Back in January, Starz announced that they were working on a scripted drama that would "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Think Black Swan as a television series.

Story ballets are back. On Monday, when the Joffrey Ballet announced a $500,000 challenge grant from Chicago’s Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation to develop new full-length narrative works, it felt like a tipping point. A company best known in recent decades for its abstract contemporary repertoire, the Joffrey’s new grant steers it toward a different model, and signals that storytelling has returned to the creative mainstream.

As a ballet lover who watches "Breaking Pointe" for the dancing, my heart sank a little when I heard that the title of last night's season finale was "The Story of Us." A whole episode devoted to offstage love stories? Oh, dear. And I was right to be afraid.

You know a ballet meme is good when it makes you chuckle to yourself and think, "So true." The most recent meme to capture what it's really like to be a ballet dancer is Ballet Monsters, a series of cartoons created by artist Keith Lin that are now circling the internet.

Got Nutcracker auditions coming up? You might want to avoid texting right before you take your place at the barre.

 

Fascinating new research from Harvard Business School found that people who spent a few minutes typing on a small, handheld gadget were only half as assertive in follow-up tests as those who had typed on a desktop computer. They were also far more meek on an additional test that measured power and self-confidence.

 

What would Giselle be like if she were plopped into the 21st century? Kind of hilarious.

 

David Hallberg has reached unprecedented heights as an American dancer. His switch from jazz to ballet as a teenager, his promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre at the age of 23, his status as the first American star at the Bolshoi Ballet—these milestones were the focus of an hour-long interview with Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser this Saturday.

 

What does Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella look like? Although it's been the focus of the current season of "Breaking Pointe," up until last night's episode, we never actually saw much of the ballet. But we finally got a good dose of stage time this week.

September is National Yoga Month—which means there are lots of ways to find your zen for free over the next few weeks.

 

The Yoga Health Foundation is offering new students a complimentary week of yoga at more than 2,200 studios around the country. Use their search function to find one in your area, then print out the coupon, which is redeemable anytime in September or October.