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The news coming out of the Bolshoi these days is dismal. But let's not forget the exceptional artists who transcend the ugly company politics. In that spirit, here's one of the company's greatest ballerinas, Maya Plisetskaya, dancing The Dying Swan in 1986—at the tender age of 61. She's truly incredible. Happy #ThrowbackThursday, everyone.

For years, nutritionists have been telling us never to skip breakfast. The belief behind the truism is that forgoing a morning meal results in overeating later in the day to make up for the lost calories—and that eating within an hour or so of waking up kick-starts the metabolism, resulting in a greater calorie burn over the course of the day.

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 corps member Silas Farley, who found out on-camera that he'd be joining NYCB .

 

American Ballet Theatre is dancing Theme and Variations, made for the company by Balanchine in 1947, this fall season. To celebrate, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Theme interpretations of all time: that of Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Here they are dancing the masterpiece in 1978. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

New York City Ballet's eagerly anticipated AOL On docu-series, city.ballet., went live yesterday. While the twelve short episodes are geared toward a general audience (you already understand a ballet company's ranking system, which the first few segments explain in some detail) and occasionally include clunky imagery (fewer shots of pointe shoes in the subway, please), they're still wonderful peeks into the offstage lives and personalities of the dancers we know and love onstage.

New York City Ballet luminary Allegra Kent's delightful children's book, Ballerina Swan, was a hit with fans and critics when it came out last year. Now the tale of Sophie, a swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina, is coming to the New York City stage. Making Books Sing's production of Ballerina Swan opens November 9 at Theater 3 on 43rd St—and it features Edward Villella as the voice of Mr. Balletski, the choreographer who gives Sophie a chance.

In a controversial move, former Bolshoi Ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze has been appointed rector of the renowned Vaganova Academy, associate school of the Mariinsky Ballet.

It's hard to believe it's been a year since Superstorm Sandy terrorized the East Coast. The milestone must be especially surreal for the devastated Jersey Shore communities still feeling the storm's effects.

There have been rumblings about Christopher Wheeldon's Broadway project for a while now, but yesterday the official word went out: Wheeldon is directing and choreographing a new production of the Gershwins' An American in Paris. The show will premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in December of 2014 before coming to Broadway in the spring of 2015—Wheeldon's Broadway debut.

This interview originally appeared in the October 16 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

This month, the Joffrey Ballet presents Stanton Welch's production of La Bayadère for the first time. Pointe's e-news spoke with 22-year-old Jeraldine Mendoza, who will make her debut as Nikiya this Saturday, about learning the ballet.