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We've all got our favorite ballet dancers and choreographers. Who's yours?

 

It's not hard to see why ballet dancers around the world have fallen in love with Yumiko's sleek leotards, which are not only stylish but also cut and constructed to flatter real dancers' bodies.

The Erik Bruhn Prize may be a quirky competition (participating dancers must come from one of the companies that Bruhn was associated with during his lifetime), but it has showcased many top dancers when they were just starting their careers.

Ever wish you could soar like American Ballet Theatre’s Jose Manuel Carreño? This summer, aspiring professionals can train with the soon-to-retire principal at Carreño Dance Festival in Sarasota, Florida, and can learn a few of his tips and tricks. 

Although some companies have tightened their belts over the past few years, the Princess Grace Foundation has remained a reliable source of financial support for emerging artists. Each year, the judging panel chooses five or six up-and-coming dancers to receive a Princess Grace Award.

 

It's that time of year again—audition season! The seemingly endless schedule of cattle calls and company classes can tire out even the most energetic dancer.

 

One of the things we love most about Black Swan is that it gets all the little details right--down to the practice clothes. Nina and Lily's refined leotards are exactly the sort of chic, understated pieces real ballerinas would wear. That's unsurprising, given that dancewear superstar Yumiko designed the leos especially for stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

For all of the endless groaning that goes on backstage during Nutcracker season, the holiday warhorse brings many benefits for the ballet world. Aside from the influx of revenue for companies and opportunities for dancers, Nutcracker also often gives audiences a chance to see top-notch guest artists from all over the world. Here are just a few of the exciting guests scheduled to perform this December—leave others you know about in the comments.

 

 

Got the choreography bug? The Young Choreographer's Festival in New York City is now accepting applications for their June 2011 performance. For the second year in a row, this program presents work by up-and-coming young artists of all dance genres. Any budding choreographer ages 18 to 25 is invited to submit their work to be performed at Symphony Space alongside prestigious guest artists. The advisory board includes esteemed teachers and choreographers such as Kat Wildish, Sheila Barker, Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo, and others.

Yesterday, Pointe's assistant editor Margaret Fuhrer asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers a question: 

 

We love it when the world of high fashion meets the world of ballet, like Rodarte costuming the "Black Swan" stars. Which ballet classic would you like to see re-designed--and by which designer?