Jennifer Stahl's blog

Many artistic directors, especially of contemporary companies, arrive at their post after making a name for themselves as choreographers. But what makes a choreographer a good fit to lead a company? For Nederlands Dans Theater director Paul Lightfoot, whom writer Laura Cappelle profiles in our February/March issue, the transition wasn't necessarily natural.

 

You might not have heard, but today's a holiday: It's national pancake day! To celebrate, we're sharing Miami City Ballet principal Tricia Albertson's recipe for whole wheat blueberry oatmeal pancakes. “I love this recipe because it sustains me through morning class and rehearsals,” she says. “I get high-density carbohydrates, protein, omega-3s, antioxidants—and a little bit of sugar that makes it all taste great.”

Whole Wheat Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup whole wheat flour

Artistic directors who hire straight from cattle calls are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Today, networking and building connections before the audition have become the far more common routes to a job. But how do you do that successfully? Our sister publication Dance Magazine has a great story this month with advice from five directors on how dancers can take charge.

How do choreographers create a ballet? Youth America Grand Prix invites audiences to take a peek inside the process this Monday, February 4, with a special benefit program called "Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes." Although the American Ballet Theatre principal has only recently begun choreographing, a number of his works have been seen at YAGP galas.

 

Set the DVR: There's a new ballet drama coming to TV. It basically sounds like a serialized version of "Black Swan": The project, described in The Hollywood Reporter as "dark and gritty," will follow a young female ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a ballet company in New York City. The show promises to "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Sound familiar?

 

Want to spend your summer with Pointe? Come be our intern! Editorial interns have opportunities to write short items, conduct research, sit in on our meetings, collaborate with editors on special projects and sometimes even help out at photo shoots.

 

Internships are unpaid, and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment from the first week of June through the first week of August. We do not accept high school students, and we give a preference to college juniors and seniors.

 

Pointe is on the hunt: We're searching companies across the globe for today's most promising corps de ballet dancers—and we want your input! Which up-and-comers do you think are destined for stardom? Send your ideas to pointe@pointemagazine.com, leave a list in the comments here or on Facebook, or shoot us a Tweet. We'll read every nomination to decide who to include in an exclusive feature in Pointe's June/July issue.

Benjamin Millepied has been named as the next director of dance at the Paris Opéra Ballet. He will succeed current director Brigitte Lefèvre starting in October 2014. Although most of Millepied's career—as both a dancer with New York City Ballet and a freelance choreographer, notably for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan—has so far been based in the United States, he is originally from Bordeaux, France. Nonetheless, the choice came as a surprise, since most people expected the company to select a candidate from inside their own ranks.

An interesting twist has come out of the horrific attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin—for the first time in history, a woman is in charge of the iconic Russian ballet company. Former principal Galina Stepanenko will serve as acting director while Filin recovers. How long that recovery will take is unclear right now as Filin continues to undergo surgery on his eyes and face.