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Want to keep your inner cookie monster in check this holiday season? Don't deny yourself treats—just cut them up into smaller bites so you don't go overboard. A recent study at Arizona State University found that the optical illusion of cutting up a bagel into four pieces made test subjects feel fuller; those given a quartered bagel ate less bagel, and ate less at a complimentary lunch afterwards. Fewer calories now, fewer calories later: win-win.

The Joffrey’s Anastacia Holden is more than just a dancer; she’s a force in her community. In 2010, she co-founded EMBARC, Inc, a non-profit that offers cultural experiences for high school students in Chicago’s historically underserved neighborhoods. Through partnerships between public schools, local businesses and arts organizations, EMBARC offers teens exposure to the fine arts, takes them to visit local farms, gets them involved in their communities.

Are you an energy drink fiend? You might want to think twice before getting your next fix. On Monday, the FDA announced that it was investigating five deaths and a heart attack that were allegedly caused by caffeine toxicity after drinking Monster Energy.

 

Ballet and modern dance constantly steal from each other. The styles sometimes become so closely entwined that labeling a piece as just one or the other doesn't even make sense. But there's still so much more we could learn from one another. Watching Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, I couldn't stop thinking, Ballet could use a little more of this. Here's why:

 

Nikiya’s forbidden love is taken to a whole different level in the Royal Danish Ballet’s new production of La Bayadère. At the Guggenheim’s Works and Process showing, artistic director Nikolaj Hubbe spoke about RDB’s restaging, and his dancers performed excerpts wearing costumes by Richard Hudson (who also designed costumes for The Lion King).

 

He may be British, but Christopher Wheeldon was just given one of America's oldest honors. Earlier this month, the choreographer was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780. He joins a list of such notables as Thomas Jefferson, Washington Irving, Duke Ellington, Mark Morris and thousands of others. Congrats!

20-year-old Daniel Russell Cooke is in his first season with Ballet Memphis. Cooke documented the beginning of his professional career—including work on the company's mixed-repertory program The River Project, which opens tomorrow and runs through October 28—for Pointe.

Some days, it seems like however much I eat, my stomach just won't fill up. One possible culprit? A lack of Zzzs.

 

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that four nights of sleep deprivation reduced insulin sensitivity in fat cells by 30 percent—which means the body's producing that much less leptin, a hormone that inhibits our appetite. On top of that, previous research has also shown that getting only four hours of sleep a night slows our metabolism. Double oof.

 

Boston Ballet's fall program features the return of William Forsythe's The Second Detail, which the company danced for the first time last year.  Pointe's e-news talked with soloist Whitney Jensen about tackling the popular ballet.

Does the Forsythe style come naturally to you?  

It turns out that Queen Elizabeth was quite a fan—and friend—of Sir Frederick Ashton. A new book is publishing many of her private letters, including the one at right to the Royal Ballet choreographer. Check out her sketch of "ballet on a pinnacle"!