Jennifer Stahl's blog

It was announced last month that "Bunheads" wouldn't be renewed for a second season—but Boo and crew weren't ready to hang up their pointe shoes just yet. The cast, choreographer Marguerite Derricks and director Amy Sherman-Palladino reunited last Saturday for one final farewell dance, and they filmed it for their fans. Check it out here: 

On last night's episode of "Breaking Pointe," we were finally treated to tons of footage from inside the studio. We got to see the dancers rehearse Cinderella—and dance full out. Of course, it was just a quick clip here and a quick clip there, but at least we got a healthy dose of choreography in between all the chatter about marriage.

 

For most young boys in ballet class, dancing is a passion they have to fight for. Just yesterday, I got an email from a loyal reader who loves Pointe, and loves ballet more, but he never took ballet classes. He was too afraid of being bullied. And he is definitely not alone. 

 

The Red Shoes, that most classic of all ballet movies, is getting the ultimate cool-kid treatment next week. The hipsters at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema and the bad boys of VICE Media have teamed up to present the film in 35 mm print, thanks to a meticulous restoration done by Martin Scorsese.

It's rare to find a ballet dancer without a sweet tooth—after hours of rehearsing, sometimes you just need a little sugar! Next time a craving hits, try this healthy chocolate pudding recipe from San Francisco Ballet corps member Luke Willis. He makes it with all raw and vegan ingredients, and uses avocados as a base, which means you get a nice dose of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and heart-healthy fats to go along with your dessert. Best of all? It's super simple to make after a long day in the studio.

 

Ingredients:

2-3 avocados (ripe)

Each week after "Breaking Pointe" airs, we always hear the same complaint: "Too much drama, not enough dancing!"

 

I get where the reaction comes from—these are amazing dancers, so why can't we see more of them doing what they're best at? We're teased with three-second clips of rehearsal, but then the camera always breaks away to a close-up of someone sitting there talking. Every time, I want to scream out, "No! Show us more!" I hate getting just a taste of these dancers as artists, and not being able to tell what they actually look like on stage.

 

There's only one thing better than a ballet nerd fully embracing his white tights stereotypes: A ballet nerd doing so while being directed and filmed by contemporary cool kid Alexander Ekman. Take a look at this cheeky film of ABT's adorably dorky Daniil Simkin dancing and bowing his way through New York City to Lincoln Center.

What makes a great ballet partnership? To most of us, it seems to be some mysterious combination of sweat and magic.

 

Is it possible for a ballet dancer to get both her dream job and her prince? This week's episode of "Breaking Pointe," titled "Love or Ballet," would make it seem that in ballet, careers and relationships are two parts of life you can't have at the same time.

 

We see Christiana and Chris trying to deal with their fracturing marriage while working together in the studio. As hard as they try to save their problems for after hours, it can't help but distract their focus.

 

Got any plans early tomorrow morning? The Telegraph will be streaming a Bolshoi Ballet company class live from London.