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Between Nutcracker and holiday madness, it's all too easy to wear your body down and become vulnerable to colds. The moment we start sneezing, most of us instinctively reach for a glass of orange juice. A better bet? Grab a kiwi! One cup of the fruit has 273 percent of your daily vitamin C. And with 5 grams of fiber and only 100 calories, it's waistline-friendly, too.

Getting to attend the annual Dance Magazine Awards is one of my favorite perks of this job. The caliber of artists you get to rub shoulders with each year is kind of amazing, if a bit overwhelming. The first time I went, as a Dance Magazine intern, I remember seeing Alessandra Ferri float up the aisle to accept her award with the exact same effortless fluidity she moves with onstage.

Wish your pointe shoes were slightly less painful? Get more sleep! A recent study found that when people stayed in bed for at least 10 hours a night, by the fourth day they experienced a 25 percent decrease in pain sensitivity. Researchers think this happens because we have more pain receptors in our blood system when we're exhausted. How's that for an excuse to sleep in?

Say what you will about Nutcracker, but there's something magical about the ballet. The snowflakes falling on the stage, the little girls in the audience falling for tutus and pointe shoes.

 

Each December, Pointe chooses the top 10 standout ballet performances of the year. We poll our contributors from around the globe about every dancer they’ve seen, then a team of editors dukes it out to decide the final list. This year’s group was a pretty incredible bunch, ranging from the inimitable Sylvie Guillem to up-and-comer Grace Shibley to the historic day-long livestream from The Royal Ballet.

Picture this: You have a personal invite to David Hallberg's rehearsals and performances with American Ballet Theatre. He regularly gives you individual training and coaching advice. He takes a special interest in your career.

 

When hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29, Colleen Cericola's Staten Island home, which she shared with her two children, was completely destroyed, along with all of her possessions. That same night, her neighbor Patricia Dresch, lost her husband George and her 13-year-old daughter Angela in the storm.

 

What's Kevin O'Hare planning to do with The Royal Ballet? A video feature published today by online magazine Crane.tv interviews the new artistic director about his vision for the company. Get a peek inside the Royal's studios, hear O'Hare's plans for the future and watch footage of the dancers performing a number of ballets, including a new Wayne McGregor work. It's like a 3-minute trip to Covent Garden.

Love fruit smoothies? If you drink one to keep you going through a long day of dance, make sure it’s nice and thick. Recent research at the University of Sussex has shown that thicker drinks not only make you feel fuller more quickly, but they also keep you satiated for a longer period of time. In fact, the quality of food texture has a greater impact on your sense of fullness than either creaminess or calorie content. Next time you make a smoothie, add thick frozen fruits, like bananas or mangoes, or even fiber-rich thickeners like tara gum or spinach. You’ll feel satisfied for hours!

An earthquake in Portland this week sent rumbles throughout the national dance scene. It was centered at the studios of Oregon Ballet Theatre on Wednesday, when artistic director Christopher Stowell announced to the dancers and staff that he was resigning.