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On Monday night I got to attend the 2011 Dance Magazine Awards. The event is always chock-full of dance luminaries—both on stage and in the audience—but this year they seemed to shine extra bright.

 

If dreams of becoming the next Alexei Ratmansky are dancing in your head, it's time to start creating some work. There are endless outlets for budding choreographers, and now there's one specifically for those ages 18 to 25: the Young Choreographer's Festival. Entering its third year, this annual event gives 10 to 12 dancemakers a chance to present their work at New York City's Symphony Space.

 

Date: June 2, 2012

Location: Symphony Space in New York City

To apply: Send an application, $50 and DVD of your work by January 31

For Pointe's December/January issue, photographer Matthew Murphy went behind the scenes of Daniel Ulbricht's "Dance Against Cancer" benefit. The event, featuring performances by dancers from all over, raised $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. Murphy captured splendid shots of the dancers rehearsing, organizing, performing, texting, giggling, getting dressed, and more.

 

A month after retiring from New York City Ballet,  Benjamin Millepied is launching a new dance company in California, called L.A. Dance Project. He has a commission, expected to last for two years, from the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. Millepied previously had a pick-up troupe (called both Danses Concertantes and Benjamin Millepied & Company) in which he used NYCB and American Ballet Theatre dancers during their summer breaks.

Instead of lazing around the house waiting for classes to start back up again post-Christmas, why not try a winter intensive?

 

For most dancers, when it comes to cooking, they want three things: something easy, something healthy, something tasty. Miami City Ballet principal Jennifer Kronenberg has just the thing: asian garlic salmon. It's her go-to recipe for weekday dinners. “My husband, MCB principal Carlos Guerra, and I love this recipe—it's super tasty,” says Kronenberg. “And it’s perfect for preparing after a long rehearsal day.”

Asian Garlic Salmon

Ingredients:

It's that time of year again: So You Think You Can Dance producers are looking for their next batch of talent! The show will travel to five different cities early next year—and the top contenders will earn a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they'll learn multiple styles by top choreographers and compete for a coveted place in the top 20. Here's the just-released audition schedule:

 

Sometimes you just want to get in the studio not to "train" or to "work," but to play. Enter The Playground, a workshop started last year by New York choreographers Loni Landon and Greg Dolbashian. The idea is to bring together dancers and  dancemakers to explore, bond and network—all for just a $5 entrance fee.

 

They've got an awesome lineup this fall at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Check it out:

 

Although performance weeks are the highlight of the season, they can be tricky to get through. Opening night is filled with excitement and adrenaline. But as you repeat the performance night after night, it becomes ever more difficult to find that same energy. One secret weapon? Post-show protein. It helps your muscles recover and loads you up with stamina for the next day.