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Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to soloist Megan LeCrone.

One of the reasons we find city.ballet. is so appealing is that the show's production team managed to get honest—sometimes brutally honest—interviews out of NYCB's dancers. There isn't a sense that they're on their best behavior. They just seem like themselves.

The news coming out of the Bolshoi these days is dismal. But let's not forget the exceptional artists who transcend the ugly company politics. In that spirit, here's one of the company's greatest ballerinas, Maya Plisetskaya, dancing The Dying Swan in 1986—at the tender age of 61. She's truly incredible. Happy #ThrowbackThursday, everyone.

More scandalous news from the Bolshoi Ballet: American dancer Joy Womack claims that one of the company's directors—whom she has not named but made clear was not artistic director Sergei Filin—demanded she pay $10,000 to secure a role. "Joy, you don’t have a sponsor," the official told Womack, as she recalled to Russian paper Isvestiya (according to TIME). "You need to have some kind of sponsor who can somehow sort of speak for you.

After my internship at Pointe, I wanted to keep learning about the ballet world. So I recently began working as a shoe fitter at Chacott by Freed of London's store in Manhattan. Fitting shoes is a bit of a science. It requires anatomical knowledge of feet, an understanding of how they should be supported, and an appreciation of ballet's particular aesthetic.

For years, nutritionists have been telling us never to skip breakfast. The belief behind the truism is that forgoing a morning meal results in overeating later in the day to make up for the lost calories—and that eating within an hour or so of waking up kick-starts the metabolism, resulting in a greater calorie burn over the course of the day.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to corps member Silas Farley, who found out on-camera that he'd be joining NYCB .

 

American Ballet Theatre is dancing Theme and Variations, made for the company by Balanchine in 1947, this fall season. To celebrate, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Theme interpretations of all time: that of Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Here they are dancing the masterpiece in 1978. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

If you're having trouble getting through a tiring variation, give yourself a little mental coaching. A recent study shows that telling yourself you're not as tired as you think you are may have a positive effect on your performance. Scientists asked fit young men and women to ride a bike to the point of exhaustion, while monitoring their power and pace. Later, the participants were split into two groups.

The Clive Barnes Awards—given by the Clive Barnes Foundation in honor of the late New York Times, New York Post and Dance Magazine critic—have a history of recognizing talented dancers on the cusp of a career milestone. In 2010, New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay took home the prize; a year later, he was promoted to soloist.

New York City Ballet's eagerly anticipated AOL On docu-series, city.ballet., went live yesterday. While the twelve short episodes are geared toward a general audience (you already understand a ballet company's ranking system, which the first few segments explain in some detail) and occasionally include clunky imagery (fewer shots of pointe shoes in the subway, please), they're still wonderful peeks into the offstage lives and personalities of the dancers we know and love onstage.