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When you're anticipating a high-pressure audition, it's no wonder if your stress levels are heightened. And a little performance anxiety isn't necessarily a bad thing. But a recent study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that high stress levels could affect your confidence and decision-making skills in competitive situations.

It’s no secret that as mainstream newspapers have folded or cut costs in recent years, dance criticism has taken a major hit. And while some dancers may have adverse feelings towards critics (especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of a bad review), criticism is nonetheless a vital facet of arts coverage, one that sparks debate and conversation about a performance and draws interest to the company in question.

Don Quixote’s flirtatious and spunky Kitri is an exciting character for ballerinas to portray—any role is fun if it includes a prop fan! But it’s also an important stepping-stone in a dancer’s professional career, alongside Juliet, Odette/Odile and Aurora. In this 1998 recording, Paloma Herrera masters the role, raising the standard for future Kitris in only her third year as principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre. As she dances this variation, Herrera consumes the stage, abandoning all fear.

Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter is best known for his grounded, highly physical contemporary work. In March, he will take over the Royal Opera House stage in London, with a world premiere for The Royal Ballet.

This June, The Royal Ballet is making a long-awaited tour to Washington, DC, Chicago and New York City. But on February 17, ballet lovers across the U.S. can see the company in movie theaters for a one-night-only screening of Christopher Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale, which premiered last year.

It seems the Balanchine–Bournonville connection is alive and strong in the U.S. Not only did the Royal Danish Ballet recently complete a successful tour to NYC, and not only will New York City Ballet—helmed by Dane Peter Martins—present Martins' La Sylphide during its Spring Season, but on February 12 Ballet Arizona will be the first U.S. company to dance Bournonville's Napoli in its entirety.

You're probably not too excited when you look out your studio's window and see dreary, grey weather (especially if you've been affected by this season's blizzards). But it may be a good opportunity to improve your dancing.

Benjamin Millepied announced his first full season of Paris Opéra Ballet programming on Wednesday with a monumental coup: William Forsythe will join the company as associate choreographer. Lately, Forsythe has been largely absent from the classical world—he has directed the Forsythe Company since its foundation in 2005, and has dedicated his choreography to more experiemental contemporary dance. He stepped down from the company's directorship in 2013, and in May 2014, University of Southern California announced that he would join the faculty at the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.