Inside Prix de Lausanne: Raked Floors and Private Coaching

Prix de Lausanne

How does it feel to be a competitor at the Prix de Lausanne? It’s day three of the annual week-long competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the more than 70 dancers are managing long yet exhilarating days full of classes and coaching sessions, while being evaluated by a nine-member jury. On top of that, the studentsMore »

Our Best Tips: Summer Intensive Auditions

Kirov Academy of Ballet

Just as all the Nutcracker madness comes to an end, summer intensive audition season begins. Whether you’re looking to spend your first summer away from home or hoping to get your foot in the door at your dream company, auditioning can be a daunting process. To help you manage this anxious time of year, we’veMore »

Xiomara Reyes’ Advice for Making 2017 Your Best Year Yet

Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes racked up invaluable experience as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Now, she’s sharing that wisdom with students as head of The Washington School of Ballet. Pointe asked Reyes her best advice for dancers as they head back to class in 2017. What’s your goal for your students right now? For me, the most importantMore »

#FBF: New Year’s Resolution Edition

After combing the Pointe archives for some much-needed New Year’s resolution #inspo, I found these gems from 2012: Five professional dancers on what they hope to accomplish in the new year. Their thoughts are as applicable now as they were then. Enjoy! Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Lindsi Dec: Seek positivity and gratitude. Miami City Ballet principalMore »

Our Best Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

Love it or hate it, this is the time of year when people start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. While it’s exciting to think about what you want to work on in 2017, it can also feel daunting—especially because we often set unrealistic goals for ourselves, and wind up frustrated a few months in. BreakingMore »

12 Stunning Outtakes from Our 2016 Cover Shoots

As you might imagine, one of the most difficult aspects of our job as Pointe editors is choosing just one image to grace the cover of each issue. We have the privilege of shooting such amazing dancers that it can feel like an impossible task to find the right image. Please enjoy a selection of some of ourMore »

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping? We’ve Got You Covered

Holiday shopping is fun (and a good way to boost your mood), but when you’re in the middle of a Nutcracker run, it can be hard to get anything else done. If you’re still scrambling to find something for everyone on your list, we have a few ballet-inspired ideas. For the bookworms and dance historyMore »

The Trock Life: Alberto Pretto on Pointe Shoes, Giselle and Channeling Carla Fracci

Alberto Pretto, as Esmeralda, with Matthew Poppe

Giselle is a dream role for most any dancer, and now, Alberto Pretto can count himself as one of the few men to perform it. This month, he made his debut in Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Giselle (Act II). Pointe spoke with Pretto (aka Nina Immobilashvili) about the all-male company’s comic twist on the classic.  More »

How to Power Through the Rest of Nutcracker Season

Chances are, you’re a couple weeks into your Nutcracker run, and the exhaustion is starting to set in. With so many performances, your joints and muscles have less time to recover between shows, and you have less time to wind down and relax. For those days that you aren’t sure your body and mind canMore »