In desperate need of a vacation? Hop in the car (or on a plane, bus or train) and head to Saratoga Springs, NY! On Monday, July 8, the National Museum of Dance will host a Dancers' Health Day that you don't want to miss.

The FREE program features a bunch of experts that will share their best advice for keeping your mind and body in top shape, including tips about:

-physical therapy and rehabilitation

-proper pointe shoe fitting

-pilates for dancers

-holistic health

And bonus! All participants will get to take a free tour of the museum's 2013 exhibits, including EN POINTE, the giant pointe shoe exhibit! Click here for more info about Dancers' Health Day.

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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