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Quirky and appealing as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Bunheads” can be, the charm flags quickly when she gets too far away from the dance studio. Last night’s winter season premiere spent many long minutes getting Michelle (Sutton Foster) back under the wing of Madame Fanny (Kelly Bishop) and the dancers back in training under Fanny’s eagle eye.

 

Choreographers get inspiration from all sources. This winter, Diablo Ballet's Robert Dekkers is getting his from Twitter. Starting today, the California company is inviting people to Tweet their ideas for a new ballet using the hashtag #DiabloWebBallet. You can suggest emotions, moods, specific steps or music. Voting closes February 14, when Dekkers will choose the seven best suggestions and then spend two weeks putting them all together for The Web Ballet, to premiere March 1.

Stress fractures are one of the most common injures in ballet dancers. Keep your bones strong—don’t smoke. A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reports that even low or irregular amounts of smoking during girls' teenage years lowers their bone density. Adolescence is a critical time for bone growth: As much as 50 percent of your lifetime bone accrual happens during these years.

To kick off the new year, Pointe is offering up a fresh jolt of inspiration: We just released a special Photo Exclusive for the iPad. This digital edition, dedicated to our favorite images from the Pointe photo archives, is filled with never-before-seen shots of the most riveting dancers on the planet. See Polina Semionova perform from the wings. Catch a glimpse of Beckanne Sisk before she went pro. Take a peek at Misty Copeland in company class.

 

"Bunheads" returns this Monday night, bringing back the adorably nutty antics and zany ballets of Paradise Dance Academy. To celebrate the winter premiere of the show, Pointe is doing something a little different with our next cover: We're giving you an inside peek into the story of Kaitlyn Jenkins, the actress who plays Bettina "Boo" Jordan on "Bunheads." Jenkins grew up training intensively in the hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. But the reality was that her body never fit the ballet ideal.

This interview appeared in the January 2 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

American Ballet Theatre just announced an intriguing transatlantic dancer swap. Royal Ballet principal Steven McRae will come to New York to perform in ABT's Le Corsaire this June and Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf will dance with the company in Sleeping Beauty this July. In exchange, ABT will lend principal Cory Stearns to The Royal Ballet in December and soloist Isabella Boylston to the Royal Danish Ballet for their Nutcracker.

After the abrupt departure of artistic director Christopher Stowell last month, the fate of Oregon Ballet Theatre seemed up in the air. But the picture's looking brighter already. Anne Mueller, who was the company's star dancer until her retirement in 2011, has taken over as interim artistic director through the end of the 2013 season.

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Abi Stafford

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointereached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Shelby Elsbree

Company: Royal Danish Ballet

Rank: Corps de ballet