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Last night, the Dance Magazine Awards at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City had more ballet candy than any DM Awards I can remember. The delightful Ashley Bouder opened with an excerpt from Balanchine's Square Dance, staged by awardee Patricia Wilde, once a New York City Ballet principal and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director. Then we got a video dose of the dagger-footed Sylvie Guillem dancing Mats Ek's work.

There are few things more captivating than the body of a great ballet dancer. Last year, director Ben Shirnian and National Ballet of Canada principal Guillaume Côté created "Lost In Motion," a short film exploring the full range of Côté's extraordinary abilities. This year, they've continued the series, in a new video featuring Côté's equally brilliant wife, NBC principal Heather Ogden. It just might hypnotize you.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Jared Angle.

Most of us have performance rituals that calm our nerves. (Mine includes lucky socks.) If you don't already do so, you might want to consider adding a playlist to your pre-show routine. A study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences found that listening to music can actually change the chemistry in your brain, lowering the levels of cortisol—the stress hormone—that your body produces. In one experiment, participants listened to music before undergoing surgery.

On February 2, 2014, dancers everywhere will have something to celebrate: World Tutu Day. And though it won't happen for a couple months (on 2/2—get it?), you can start declaring your love for tulle now. The project, a fundraiser for The Australian Ballet School, challenges you to get a team together to raise money—through a tutu-making event, a studio party or a sponsored fitness challenge.

Not closure, perhaps, but a milestone in the Sergei Filin acid attack saga at the Bolshoi: Earlier today, dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was convicted of organizing the crime and sentenced to six years in prison. His co-defendant, Yuri Zarutsky, received 10 years after admitting that he was the one who threw sulphuric acid into Filin's face last January, and Andrei Lipatov was given four years for driving Zarutsky to and from the scene. The trio has also been ordered to pay 3 million rubles ($90,200) in moral damages and 508,000 rubles ($15,300) in material damages.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Sara Mearns.

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is an easy way to load up on calories. But did you know there are actually nutrition benefits in that slice of pumpkin pie? It's loaded with potassium (for muscle recovery), vitamin A (to support bone growth) and iron (for fitness and energy). Plus, it usually has less sugar than it's counterpart, apple. So don't restrict yourself tomorrow—your health depends on it!

Last week, New York City Ballet announced that four beloved principals—Jenifer Ringer, Jonathan Stafford, Janie Taylor and Sébastien Marcovici—will retire during the company's winter and spring seasons.

Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to soloist Craig Hall.