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Melissa Barak in rehearsalChoreographer Melissa Barak, who launched her dance career with New York City Ballet and then Los Angeles Ballet, fittingly draws much of her inspiration from her dancers. While still performing, she became the youngest choreographer to create a work for NYCB. But in 2013, she launched her own company, Barak Ballet, in L.A.

You've probably heard about the documentary Ballet 422, which is in theaters February 6. The film is directed by Jody Lee Lipes, and chronicles the making of New York City Ballet's 422nd world premiere: Justin Peck's Paz de la Jolla.

DanceMedia is accepting applications through March 1 for summer interns (June-August) to work on Dance MagazinePointe, and Dance Spirit. All internships are unpaid, and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment. We do not accept high school students.

 

Black History Month is right around the corner, and to kick it off, Philadelphia and New York-based company Dance Iquail is holding a free panel discussion on February 2 at 6:30 pm, at NYC's Riverside Theatre.

Florida Youth Dance Gala

Students from The Art of Classical Ballet school in last year's gala.

Photo by Neil-Cohen Photography

 

Not only is Julia Erickson a principal dancer at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, but she's also the co-founder of Barre: A Real Food Bar--a company that makes healthy energy bars. It's safe to say she knows a thing or two about finding balance in a busy life.

When you're reaching for an orange in the morning before rehearsal, is it better to grab a piece of whole fruit or drink a glass of juice? The answer you may be used to hearing is fruit, since the juice has less of its beneficial fiber and is higher in sugar.

If we saw Mikhail Baryshnikov dressed in a suit and chewing gum, we wouldn’t expect to be watching from the seats of a theater. But as he moves across the stage with his arms swaying in a confident swagger, he captures our attention as a different sort of character. As in many classical ballets, he and his partner, former American Ballet Theatre soloist Elaine Kudo, are telling a story. Except now, Baryshnikov is a foil to Princes Siegfried or Charmant—he almost cares less about his partner. But don’t be fooled!