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September is National Yoga Month—which means there are lots of ways to find your zen for free over the next few weeks.

 

The Yoga Health Foundation is offering new students a complimentary week of yoga at more than 2,200 studios around the country. Use their search function to find one in your area, then print out the coupon, which is redeemable anytime in September or October.

 

Robert Fairchild, we are more than happy to show you our love. The New York City Ballet principal appears in Vanity Fair's October issue with his fiancée, Tiler Peck. There are two gorgeous photographs by Bruce Weber, but our favorite is this one (right), where Fairchild's wearing a shirt that asks, "Show Me Your Love."

 

Contemporary choreographer Josh Beamish has been all over the ballet news lately thanks to his work as one of four dancer/choreographers in Wendy Whelan's "Restless Creature" project. But he's actually spent the past two years setting movement on a whole gaggle of ballet dancers, including Pacific Northwest Ballet's Carla Körbes and Lindsi Dec, Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Jo-Ann Sundermeier and National Ballet of Canada's Harrison James. These performers are part of MOVE: the company, his troupe of rotating dancers.

It's a question every dancer asks herself: If I want to perform my best, should I eat before or after rehearsal? The answer: Both.

 

According to an article in The New York Times, it turns out that eating easily digestible carbohydrates (think white bread or white rice) in the hour before exercising helps athletes work out for longer. That means your fouettés won't lose steam by hour two or three in the studio.

 

It was announced last month that "Bunheads" wouldn't be renewed for a second season—but Boo and crew weren't ready to hang up their pointe shoes just yet. The cast, choreographer Marguerite Derricks and director Amy Sherman-Palladino reunited last Saturday for one final farewell dance, and they filmed it for their fans. Check it out here: 

There are many ways to amp up your focus before rehearsal. Some dancers meditate. Others chug a latte. A recent study found that the key to concentration could be as simple as sipping some water: People who drank three cups just before beginning a task increased their brain’s reaction time by up to 14 percent. Apparently, even being a little thirsty can distract you. So the next time you start trying to learn a tricky new phrase, fill up your water bottle. You’ll feel perkier in no time.

What makes a great ballet partnership? To most of us, it seems to be some mysterious combination of sweat and magic.

 

Got any plans early tomorrow morning? The Telegraph will be streaming a Bolshoi Ballet company class live from London.

A few years ago, Isabella Boylston told Pointe there's an elite club at American Ballet Theatre: "The Princesses." It's corps member Blaine Hoven's nickname for the dancers like David Hallberg and Gillian Murphy who've been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Award.

 

In our August/September issue, Pointe asked a handful of directors what they feel is missing from pre-professional training today. The group found many holes—from a lack of professionalism to a need for more articulate pointework. Here, Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch offers his view.