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Sterling Hyltin (Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB)

Every July since 1966, New York City Ballet has headed to Saratoga Springs, NY, to perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the company's official summer home. This summer, the open-air amphitheater celebrates its 50th birthday—and to honor the anniversary, the company will present 17 different ballets, including the world premiere of resident choreographer Justin Peck's latest work. We chatted with NYCB principal Sterling Hyltin—who first performed at the venue in 2003 as a corps member and has been back every year since—about what makes SPAC special.

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OK, not exactly.

But Saratoga Springs' National Museum of Dance is about to launch a nifty giant-pointe-shoe-related art project, dubbed Saratoga En Pointe.

The museum has chosen 24 artists to decorate 5-foot-tall fiberglass pointe shoe sculptures. On May 31, the creations will be revealed at the Museum; after that, they'll be displayed at locations around the city of Saratoga Springs.

And it's not just ginormous pointe shoes that are poised to invade Saratoga. The town is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where New York City Ballet has performed every summer since 1966. The company's SPAC season runs July 9-13 this year, and will be followed by performances by the National Ballet of Canada and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Take a look at some of our favorite artist sketches from the Saratoga En Pointe project—and a few of the finished shoes:

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