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Most of the ballet world would agree that there’s a glut of fresh choreographic talent. That’s not to say there are no interesting artists making work; there’s just not enough of them. (Wheeldon and Ratmansky can only be stretched so thin.)

Collaborating with a composer is one of the great joys of choreographing. But it's a luxury that's usually reserved only for the most successful (or well-funded).

 

Tomorrow night, Wendy Whelan will make her debut as a guest artist with the Stephen Petronio Company at New York’s Joyce Theater, dancing the choreographer’s Ethersketch 1. Pointe talked to Petronio about working with the celebrated New York City Ballet principal on the solo.

 

It sometimes seems like modern dancers have it easy. There are dozens of great college dance programs that can lead to successful contemporary careers. But for aspiring bunheads, the options are narrower, and the competition is tough. Indiana University at Bloomington's ballet department only takes about 10-20 dancers each year.

 

For a week (or weeks) now you’ve been waiting for that email. You check your inbox every hour and constantly hit refresh—did I get in or not? Summer intensive audition season is coming to an end, and the results are finally being released.

If you’ve ever been curious about ballet competitions, you need to check out First Position. The new documentary follows a handful of super-talented ballet students as they train for and compete in Youth America Grand Prix. All of them make it to the finals in New York, and (spoiler alert) most place in the top 12.

 

Istanbul may not be the first place you’d look for great ballet. But the Turkish city is an emerging arts capital, and one reason is the new International Istanbul Ballet Competition. The event brought in some heavyweight jury members in its first two editions, including Julio Bocca, Vladimir Malakhov, Irek Mukhamedov, Septime Webre and Yury Grigorovich. And this year, its offering an added bonus: Bolshoi ballet master Mikhail Lavrovsky will teach daily master classes open to any and all ballet students and professionals.

 

Craving some crunch? Put down the Pringles and reach for some kale. Or at least some kale chips. This leafy green superfood is having something of a moment right now, and it's a health food fad every dancer should follow. Why? Kale's vitamin A feeds bone formation, its B vitamins boost your metabolism and its vitamin C helps your body fight inflammation. That's not to mention the loads of fiber that keep your stomach from gumbling in the middle of rehearsal.

 

Attention DC dancers: The Joy of Motion Dance Center is offering a free Gaga technique master class this upcoming Sunday, February 12. Batsheva dancer Tom Weinberger will teach the class from 5:30 to 6:45, then host a short question and answer session. Any intermediate or advanced–level dancer is invited to attend—for free!

 

Good evening, and welcome to the show. Please take a minute to take out your cell phones and tweet.

 

Yup, Diablo Ballet is looking for real-time Tweeters. For their upcoming performance next month, the company is creating complimentary "tweet seats." A section at the back of the house will be reserved for audience members who promise to tweet throughout the show in exchange for a free ticket. Diablo Ballet hopes to encourage "citizen critics," and encourage artistic conversation between audience members.