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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland's Protégé Opens Dance Studio >>

From example comes inspiration. Leah Monet Simpson, protege of the famed American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland, has opened up her own dance studio in Florida.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lil Buck Dance in Amazing Rag & Bone Fall Collection Video >>

Rag & Bone sure knows how to advertise. The popular American fashion label has enlisted ballet icon Mikhail Baryshnikov and jookin’ superstar Lil Buck to dance and model in their 2015 fall menswear collection. The label showcased their latest collection by releasing a video starring the two different performers dancing together in perfect harmony.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland Talks About How to Survive in the Dance World and Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' >>

Misty Copeland recently spoke to "Business Insider" about what it takes to survive in the dance world, how she keeps herself disciplined and how her life is not really like Darren Aronofsky's 2010 psychological thriller "Black Swan." “With the ballet world, you have to have a certain type of personality to succeed,” Copeland said. “You have to push yourself beyond what a normal person in there everyday life would not want to do — physically, mentally and emotionally.” Copeland has become more then a ballerina. She is now a public figure. Still reeling from her widely successful Under Armour campaign, Copeland defied the odds by becoming the second black woman to become a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre. Getting to this point, however, was not easy. Copeland, who only began taking ballet lessons at 13, was heavily criticized for her not-so-average ballet body. With a full bust and curvy waistline, Copeland is the perfect spokeswoman for achieving your dreams even when they seem impossible. When asked about "Black Swan," she said her life is nothing like the film. Like any other professional athlete, she has a rigorous training schedule in addition to her daily performances in "The Nutcracker."

High-Tech Ballet

High-Tech Ballet Shoes Trace Dancer's Movements >>

Designer and amateur dancer Lesia Trubat has created a new type of ballet shoe for the high-tech ballerina. Electronic Traces records the foot’s contact with the floor, allowing the dancer to “draw” all of their movements in brush-like strokes. “E-Traces,” as it is known, starts with a small electronic device affixed to the bottom or side of a dancer’s shoe. The sensors come from Lilypad Arduinos, which can be purchased online and has been used for all kinds of different wearable electronics. Trubat wove the wires and circuits into the soles of the shoes, and the hardware detects the pressure on the shoe as well as the force of motion from the dancer. A computer program then translates the data and sends it to a custom mobile app program. The result is a beautiful constellation of delicate “paint” marks that look almost as graceful as the dancers themselves. The ballet shoes were designed by Trubat as a degree project for ELISAVA design school in Barcelona, Spain.

Ryan McNamara’s “MEEM 4 MIAMI: A Story Ballet About the Internet.”

Art Basel Presents Immersive Dance Piece -- Ryan McNamara’s "MEEM 4 MIAMI: A Story Ballet About the Internet" >>

Year 13 of Miami Beach's Art Basel fair presents a new kind of ballet for all art enthusiasts -- Ryan McNamara’s “MEEM 4 MIAMI: A Story Ballet About the Internet.”

BBC Scotland Web Documentary 'The Perfect Fit' Puts Dancer and Shoemaker in the Same Light

BBC Scotland Web Documentary 'The Perfect Fit' Puts Dancer and Shoemaker in the Same Light >>

While it may never characterize the dancer, it might give him or her a softer edge to plié. For burly Scottish ballet shoemakers, not unlike Patrick K, their own grace when making top-notch shoes for dancers has been documented in a new BBC Scotland film by Tali Yankelevich: "The Perfect Fit."

Misty Copeland

American Ballet Theater Soloist Misty Copeland's Rise Above Adversity Profiled by Rivka Galchen of The New Yorker >>

Classcialite has covered the enchanting American Ballet Theater soloist ballerina Misty Copeland extensively, from her infamous Under Armour campaign commercial, to her writing endeavors by way of a memoir and forthcoming bio-pic — followed by a children’s book — on up to her debut as the lead in "Swan Lake."

John Lam

The Brilliance of John Lam and the Charity That Changed His World >>

If you're a fan of ballet, then chances are you're already familiar with the super talent that is John Lam. At just 29--years--old, the artist has seemingly redefined the world of dance, yet--somehow--he has remained a humble, caring man that jumps at the opportunity to praise the charity that first gave him his start--Performing Stars of Marin.

An American in Paris

Broadway-Bound 'An American in Paris' to Premiere in Paris >>

A new stage musical based on the Academy Award-winning 1951 film with music by George and Ira Gershwin debuts this December prior to a spring 2015 Broadway opening.

The Washington Ballet Announces 2013/2014 Season: SOARING >>

The Washington Ballet announced 2013/2014 Season: SOARING! New season will include innovative contemporary and classical performances including Giselle, Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, The Jazz/Blues Project, Tour-de-Force: Balanchine among others.

New York City Center And Flamenco Festival Present Ballet Flamenco De Andalucía >>

New York City Center and Flamenco Festival presents Ballet Flamenco De Andalucía on mainstage from March 6-9, 2013.

The National Ballet Of Canada Announces Principal Casting For ‘Nijinsky’ >>

Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain, announced principal casting for 'Nijinsky.' The title role of Vaslav Nijinsky will be performed by Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, Skylar Campbell and guest artist Alexandre Riabko, who is a Principal Dancer with The Hamburg Ballet.

Houston Ballet To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite Of Spring’ >>

Houston Ballet is readying to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ballet 'The Rite Of Spring.' 'The Rite Of Spring' is a ballet and orchestral concert composed by Igor Stravinsky, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, which had its premiere in Paris in 1913.

The National Ballet Of Canada Artistic Director Karen Kain Unveils 2013/2014 Season >>

Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain, unveiled 2013/2014 Season.

Noche De Pasion 2013, Residence Of The Ambassador Of Brazil To Celebrate Establishment Of The Washington Ballet's Latino Scholarship Fund >>

Noche de Pasion 2013 will be held at The Residence of the Ambassador of Brazil celebrating the establishment of The Washington Ballet's Latino Scholarship Fund.

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