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Monday, January 7

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Judith Mackrell checks out the Talent in video clips.

So much of the detail is vivid and acute: the intricacy of the sculptural grouping at 3.30, the eel-like grace of the martial arts riff at 3.45, the rapid changes in grip that continually shift the balance of the men's cantilevered holds at 3.56. Nuances such as these keep the choreography alive and fluid – they also mean most of this material could be danced equally well by women.

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"Bunheads" returns with new episodes.

....Foster recalled Sherman-Palladino having more confidence in the idea. “She said, ‘We’re gonna do a dance. It’s not gonna make any sense, but it’s gonna be awesome.’ Of course it’s everyone’s favorite moment on the show.” For the opening number of tonight’s kick-off episode, she’s planned a ballet-jazz mash-up set to Björk’s cover of “It’s Oh So Quiet” as sweet and raucous as the showrunner herself.....

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“Bunheads,” the strangest, most flawed show I am totally head-over-heels for, returns for the second half of its first season tonight on ABC Family. As if to pat us all on the head for waiting patiently, it contains an extended scene of a terrible, depressing, Nevada-based magic show, an Auto-Tune-the-news-style viral video about a mass-macing incident, and a scene that takes place inside a cardboard box that has been wired for electricity and remodeled to look almost exactly like Madam Fanny’s kitchen, except a little smaller. Also, it made me cry....

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A review of Plano Metropolitan Ballet in "Peter Pan" by Katie Dravenstott for TheaterJones.

Choreographers Natalie Anton, Cloe Coleman, Cindi Lawrence Hanson and Katie Puder did an admirable job of incorporating new characters and movement into scenes without obstructing the flow of the performance. The placement of the adagio and more dramatic up tempo numbers also kept the performance moving and the audience engaged. The music ranged from John Williams and Dmitry Kabalevsky to Charles Gounod and Walter Murphy.

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Charming Charlie becomes the official jewelry sponsor of Houston Ballet.

Houston Ballet's wardrobe manager Laura Lynch chooses the jewelry pieces for tiaras, headpieces, bib necklaces, tutus and other costume pieces, takes it apart and creates something new and, of course, beautiful.

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France issues commemorative coins in honor of Rudolf Nureyev.

A limited edition of gold and silver coins featuring Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev goes on sale on Monday. The French Mint issued the coins to mark the 20th anniversary of the dancer’s death.

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Colorado Ballet's Nutcracker sells a record number of tickets.

“An audience of 2,000 is considered sold out and we had an average attendance of 1,981 per show,” Gil Boggs, the ballet’s artistic director, said in a statement.

The ballet also said Monday that it ended fiscal year 2012 in the black, helped by restructuring and cutting expenses as well as increasing ticket sales and contributions

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Carolina Ballet gets some emergency funding from the Raleigh City Council to cover a budget shortfall.

The allocation didn’t come without some discussion.

Councilors Mary-Ann Baldwin and Eugene Weeks supported pulling money out of the fuel contingency this year and working the additional funding into next year’s budget. Councilor Bonner Gaylord said he supports the ballet, but thought the organization should go through the Arts Commission grants process. He worried that the Council was setting a bad precedence by not following its own funding policies.

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