Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer by the American Ballet Theater, becoming the company’s first black female principal in its 75-year history. Hell yes.
Gene Kim started his NYU Tisch undergraduate thesis film Fighting Spirits before Black Swan came out, but it also plays with the classic image of dueling ballerinas in black and white. But when these ladies battle on stage, they fight with something heavier than toe shoes.
Upon learning that Natalie Portman worried about dying during the filming of Black Swan, we stumbled upon this Access Hollywood Live video that shows you how to achieve your own "amazingly toned" ballerina body! (Sorry—an Oscar isn't guaranteed.)
If you haven't heard, Natalie Portman achieved a Mr. Salty-style level of skinnytude during the filming of Black Swan by eating tiny meals and working out for hours on end. Now some people are celebrating her "discipline." Please.
If you're planning to see the New York City Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, be warned: According to the New York Times review, the Sugar Plum Fairy looks like she's "eaten one sugar plum too many."