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Ballet training and all of its associated fees provide a serious barrier to entry for many aspiring dancers. Tuition, appropriate dancewear, pointe shoes and summer intensives add up, and up...and up. Nowadays, many students also compete and the cost to travel to competitions, pay for custom tutus and contract private coaching is astronomical. Then there's room and board at a professional school or conservatory, and the private lessons and coaching that many dancers receive regardless of whether they go the competition route.

Royal Danish Ballet star Amy Watson will perform as a guest artist in Oregon Ballet Theatre's fall production of Amore Italiano, which will include Act III of the Bournonville ballet Napoli, and the world premiere of Sub Rosa by James Kudelka.

Peter Stark, the artistic director of Next Generation Ballet will come on board at Boston Ballet as the associate director of Boston Ballet II and as the head of the Men's Program at the Boston Ballet School.

New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin will step into the role of Ivy Smith, aka Miss Turnstiles, from August 11–23 in the Broadway musical On the Town. She'll be filling in for New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild who will take her last Broadway bow (for now!) on August 9.

Pazcoguin will be followed by American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland, who will perform the role August 25 to September 6. While we love the run of ballet dancers on Broadway, we're excited to have Fairchild back onstage with NYCB for the company's fall season.

Aaaand...cue music!

 

If you've been following Season 12 of "So You Think You Can Dance," you know Houston Ballet demi-soloist Jim Nowakowski can dance. The pro decided to put his classical career on hold to pursue something a little bit different, and his gamble paid off. He's now in the Top 16 dancers on the show going into next week's episode.

Daniil Simkin's Intensio project will have its premiere on July 22. The project features choreography by Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and dancers from American Ballet Theatre—along with Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. You can read more about the project in Pointe's June/July Callboard story.

 

Carlos Acosta, a principal at The Royal Ballet and one of the most well-known dancers ever, will retire from the classical stage during the summer of 2016. However, he's already begun to lay his next plans: Running his own dance company.

NYC-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will move to Atlanta, GA, in the spring of 2016.

According to ArtsATL, the company is seeking a permanent home and a less-saturated dance environment. Complexions has never had a permanent rehearsal space and that has acted as a major deterrent to expanding its education programs.

The company is in talks with the Woodruff Arts Center, and will have a fundraising performance in October before its inaugural season in the spring. 

Ballet San Jose is no more. In its place is the new Silicon Valley Ballet—a re-branding meant to show that the ballet company belongs to the whole region, not just the city of San Jose. The company was able to beat its budget shortfall with help from the larger community, so the new name is fitting.

 

Albert Evans, a NYCB principal who was only the second African American principal dancer in the company's history, died on Monday night following a short illness. He was 46 years old.