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Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, tonight. It's Scarlett's first work for an American company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado has been documenting the rehearsal process for Pointe. (Read her first entry here.)

Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, this Friday. It's Scarlett's first work for an American ballet company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado is documenting the experience for Pointe.

 

The Bolshoi seems hungry for Americans right now. In addition to the company's high profile hiring of ABT principal David Hallberg, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy keeps finding new ways to open its doors to US students.

Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning News featured David Hallberg, the first American to become a full-time dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. It offered a peek inside Hallberg's journey to Moscow. Along with some current shots of him rehearsing Nutcracker at American Ballet Theatre with Gillian Murphy, the most amazing part of the segment was archival footage of a pre-teen Hallberg.

There are certain choreographers whose movement just feels good on the body; it makes you want to never leave the studio. Lar Lubovitch is one of those choreographers. If you've never learned any of his work, I highly recommend his company's 2012 winter intensive this January.

 

Dates: January 9–14, 2012

Location: The Juilliard School, New York City

Sample Schedule: 9 am body conditioning; 10 am technique; 11:30 am lunch; 12:30 repertory; 2:30 lecture demonstrations

Fee: $350

After retiring from her illustrious career dancing for then directing the Finnish National Ballet, Doris Laine wasn't about to take up knitting. Instead, she created the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Now in its seventh iteration, HIBC will accept 100 promising young dancers to fly to Finland to compete this summer. Applications are open until January 31.

 

Dates: May 29–June 7

Location: Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland

Founded: 1984

Recently, I was lucky enough to get some gorgeous photographs of dancers from San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet to post in pointemagazine.com's web exclusives section. Most of the images we run in Pointe feature professionals.

South Africa seems like an unlikely place for ballet. But Cape Town actually attracts its fair share of top talent, especially since the inception of the Cape Town Internationl Ballet Competition in 2008. Royal Ballet director designate Kevin O'Hare, Washington Ballet director Septime Webre, National Ballet School of Cuba director Ramona de Saá and other powerful players will be there this spring to judge promising young dancers from around the world.

 

Dates: February 27 to March 4

Location: Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa

Maybe I'm a snob, but I always saw 3D movies as a gimmicky fad that should never have left the '80s. Dance films in 3D seemed especially specious. Do you really want Giselle jumping out of the screen at you?

 

The French style of ballet has always been one of my favorites. I love that elongated line, that precision, that elegance. Francois Perron, a graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School, recently opened the French Academie of Ballet in New York City, and this month he's offering a French Masters' Workshop to give students a quick immersion into the French style. Students will take technique, variations, partnering, and even jazz, modern and Gaga from top-notch French teachers.

 

Dates: December 18–21