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Love Thanksgiving but not the love handles that come with it? Finish your feast this Thursday with some black tea. A study in the journal Nutrition suggests that black tea may prevent your body from absorbing fat from food. The one caveat is that you have to drink it plain; milk may inhibit the fat-fighting effect.

Helen Pickett has just been named resident choreographer of Atlanta Ballet. The former Forsythe dancer has a contemporary aesthetic that intricately weaves ballet steps into quirky phrases, and she's made work everywhere from Boston Ballet to Vienna State Opera. Her new three-year appointment in Georgia will include both a series of premieres and an annual "Choreographic Essentials" workshop.

 

There are so many fantastically unhealthy “health” products out there. Granola, fat-free salad dressings, yogurt that comes loaded with corn syrup. Japan just came out with the latest diet illusion: fat-blocking Pepsi Special. Yes, you read that right. The new product includes wheat dextrin, a soluble fiber that moves food through your system so quickly you can’t absorb as much fat as you usually would.

Los Angeles is getting all the best dance news lately. Just weeks after the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project, University of Southern California announced that it will launch its own dance department in 2015, in a brand new building that will be called the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

There's only one thing better than getting into the summer program of your dreams: Getting in with a full ride. The Joffrey Ballet School is running a brand new kind of scholarship contest this year. It has nothing to do with your technique or talent—just your passion. Returning students are invited to write a short essay about their past experiences at the Joffrey, while new ones can write about why they want to attend this particular program and what makes it so great in their minds.

Last week, Tom Gold Dance performed at the Cuban International Ballet Festival. The NYC-based pickup troupe includes a number of top New York City Ballet dancers, including Abi Stafford, who writes about the trip here.

 

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet's Kennedy Center run, which begins tonight, will add four more Balanchine ballets to the company's repertoire, including Prodigal Son and the Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Pointe spoke with longtime Farrell Ballet dancer (and Ballet Arizona principal) Natalia Magnicaballi about dancing for Farrell.

I don't know about you, but these prickly low temperatures make me want to hibernate under a duvet. Luckily, I can still get my ballet fix right from the couch: First Position, the award-winning documentary about Youth America Grand Prix, is now available to stream or download on SundanceNow.

Ethan Stiefel's only been in charge of the Royal New Zealand Ballet for a year, but he's already brought his signature pizazz to the company. The former ABT star is currently co-choreographing and producing a new Giselle with The Royal Ballet's Johan Kobburg—and the rehearsals and performances are being recorded for an upcoming feature film. The live ballet premieres Wednesday night, with none other than Gillian Murphy in the title role. Stay tuned for details about the film's release.

The Royal Ballet just announced today that Liam Scarlett has been appointed the company's first-ever artist in residence. The position will allow him to focus solely on creating work for The Royal (his last appearance as a dancer will be in the current run of Swan Lake). He joins resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon as one of three dancemakers who will now be making work on regular basis for The Royal. It's a sign of the company's serious commitment to new ballet choreography.