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Richmond Ballet is currently making its international debut in a tour to London. Dancer Maggie Small is giving Pointe the inside scoop. Read her earlier post here.

 

If you dream of exploring your voice as a choreographer, you might want to check out Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive. The program, which runs July 30-August 4, gives advanced dancers ages 18-24 a chance to translate their ideas into movement with Helen Pickett and Jorma Elo as their guides. (Check out former student Leah Hirsch’s guest blog about the intensive during its inaugural year).

The CW series Breaking Pointe has thrust Ballet West into the national spotlight. One of the show's most compelling characters, Allison DeBona, chatted with Pointe about what it's like to have her personal life and career exposed in front of a million people. 

 

What was the filming like?

Everybody wants a piece of Alexei Ratmansky these days. Even Magnolia Bakery. In honor of the New York premiere of Firebird, his latest ballet for American Ballet Theatre, Magnolia is whipping up special Firebird Cupcakes. Vibrant orange date cake is frosted with orange meringue buttercream to match the ballet's strikingly vivid costumes and sets. Firebird is currently at Lincoln Center for a run from June 11–13, and will return June 21–23.

Now that we've seen the first two episodes of The CW's Breaking Pointe, I'm left feeling like the producers are missing the point. So far, at least.

 

The show tries so hard to be dramatic. Which is understandable. They have to sell this to a mainstream TV audience. From the shadowy opening dance shots, to the voiceovers of Allison DeBona talking about how ruthless the competition is and Adam Sklute's comments about the expendability of dancers, everything bangs us over the head with "drama."

 

Pennsylvania Ballet's new school is holding a second audition next weekend. The training program is set to kick off in the fall with 120 students. Dancers will learn a technique based in Balanchine, with a heavy emphasis on artistry and performance quality. They'll also have opportunities to perform with the company. The school just announed that current company member Laura Bowman and former principal Martha Chamberlain will join its faculty. Guest faculty will include current principal dancers Amy Aldridge and Zachary Hench and former principals Alexei Borovik and Alexander Iziliaev.

The Australian Ballet makes a rare visit to the U.S. next week. As part of its 50th anniversary season, the company is presenting a series of performances at New York City's Lincoln Center.

 

Looking at pictures from Jacob's Pillow, I always hear sounds of birds tweeting to the strains of Tchaikovsky. No, I'm not actually hallucinating; I'm just craving some great dance al fresco. Luckily, the dance festival’s 2012 season kicks off next weekend—and it looks like it’s going to be another great summer up in the Berkshires.

 

Jeraldine Mendoza has had quite the first season at The Joffrey—and it just got better. The 20-year-old dancer was chosen as the first performing artist in Chicago to win a grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts. The award comes with $50,000 and a load of prestige.

 

Move over, Kanye. Florence + The Machine's new music video for the song Spectrum features great ballet dancers with real technique. The dancers from California's Southland Ballet Academy perform a twisted version of Swan Lake-esque choreography that gets "crazier and crazier," as co-director David Lachapelle puts it in a behind the scenes peek at the the making of the video.