This Week in Dance

Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga is one of the most inspiring dancers I've ever met. After losing her apprenticeship with San Francisco Ballet, instead of giving up, she begged the School of American Ballet to train her. She went back to school, back to the basics, completely reworking her technique. Now she's one of ballet's most beloved stars. This photo is one of my favorite outtakes from our August/September cover shoot.

Maintaining a student-teacher bond in ballet requires a balancing act more difficult than any exercise on pointe. Built on a foundation of trust and understanding, dancers must feel comfortable enough to place their budding careers in the hands of their instructor, but not so at ease that boundaries are crossed and respect is lost. During this week’s episode of "Bunheads," Michelle learned that befriending students comes at a cost.

Before opening its new purpose-built facilities this winter and relaunching its school this fall, Pennsylvania Ballet just unveiled a new website—and it's kind of great. By that I mean it's loaded with amazing photos and videos of the dancers rehearsing, performing, warming up, cracking up. Check it out at paballet.org.

Whether it’s as simple as transferring their weight before a pirouette or as complicated as transitioning into a new phase of their career, dancers always need to be on their toes and ready for anything. In this week’s episode of "Bunheads," Michelle did just that, setting aside her apprehensions and assuming an unfamiliar role.

 

Next time you open your fridge in search of a nutritious breakfast, consider adding a slice of cake to the mix. Yes, you heard me right—dessert with breakfast! Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel believe that adding a something sugary to a high-protein meal in the morning could result in long-term weight loss. Their study showed that those who had a treat with their healthy breakfast had stable blood sugar levels and ate fewer calories throughout the rest of their day because their sweet tooth was already satisfied.

This summer, Pointe is taking a peek inside the Joffrey Ballet's International Summer Intensive with guest blogs from dancer Rachel Davis of New Jersey.

 

Heading to a performance after class? Showing up with pink tights and a red face is not your best look. Here's a funky trick to quickly bring your skin back to a calmer shade: Suck on an ice cube. Pressing ice to the roof of your mouth will constrict the blood flow in your cheeks, almost instantly reducing redness.

Recitals have their own awkward charm. The littlest dancers always look adorable; the older ones try so earnestly that with every variation’s successful coda the audience breathes a sigh of relief.

 

This summer, Pointe is taking a peek inside the Joffrey Ballet's International Summer Intensive with guest blogs from dancer Rachel Davis of New Jersey.