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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.

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.

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.

Today, Irina Kolpakova is a beloved and esteemed coach at American Ballet Theatre. For many years, however, she was the star of the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Ballet, renowed for the crystalline precision of her technique. Here's a video of Kolpakova in her prime, dancing three rare variations from Raymonda. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

It was nearly a year ago that Starz announced it was working on a scripted drama exploring "the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world"—and the network has been auditioning professional-level ballet dancers for months.

U.S. ballet fans did a little sauté for joy when it was announced earlier this year that the Royal Opera House would be bringing its popular movie broadcasts stateside. Tonight, The Royal Ballet's production of Christopher Wheeldon's fanciful Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will air in cinemas across the country at 7 pm local time.

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 Megan LeCrone.

One of the reasons we find city.ballet. is so appealing is that the show's production team managed to get honest—sometimes brutally honest—interviews out of NYCB's dancers. There isn't a sense that they're on their best behavior. They just seem like themselves.