New pointe shoes always take some getting used to, especially when you change models. You may even find that certain styles make it more challenging to balance on flat. According to research from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, the thickness of your shoe may be affecting your stability.
Who tires faster, ballerinas or football players? A recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine tested just that by measuring the lower-body endurance of ballet dancers and team sports athletes.
Grab your goggles! In one European study, researchers followed athletes who switched from doing just one kind of exercise to triathlons—swimming, running and biking. After multi-area training, the athletes actually performed better in their original sport. This news comes as no surprise to ballet dancers, who know that cross-training can improve their leaps and bounds by, well, leaps and bounds. Swimming in particular has a few upsides that you might not have thought about.
For a long time the eggplant was thought to be non-nourishing, but this purple plant is packed with helpful nutrients. Even the smallest portion of this peculiar-looking fruit can improve your health—and your dancing. Here are just some of the ways it can give you an edge: