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Happy New Year, ballet lovers! As we plunge into audition season, 2015 will bring an abundance of new challenges and opportunities. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by our New Year’s resolutions, but what better way to keep us inspired than a throwback of Sylvie Guillem? In our dreams we have her feet, her legs and her forever-motivating extensions. No doubt, she has helped push expectations for ballet dancers to new heights. That’s why 2015 arrives with a sense of closure and sadness. After an over three-decade long career, Guillem will retire at the end of the year. 

If you've ever needed to take time off from dance due to injury, then you know how frustrating it can be to rebuild muscle strength after a long period of inactivity. But a recent study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology found that the mind—not just the body—may play a key role in maintaining strength.

When I was a young ballet student, I remember writing out a lengthy list of New Year’s Resolutions on a small piece of paper and taping it to the headboard of my bed. It included things like “stretch every day,” “180 degree penché,” "get foot to ear in grand battement," “high arabesque,” and “triple pirouettes.” Each morning when I woke up, my list stared back at me, giving me a boost of motivation.

"Wearable tech" usually means something like Google Glass. But now, it can apply to ballet dancers too.

Brooklyn Ballet teamed up with local hacking collective NYC Resistor to make wearable tech for the company's Nutcracker. The results of their effort were glittering LED tutus for the snowflakes and a light-up shirt for Drosselmeyer that responded to his arm and chest movements.

You probably remember that New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild got married earlier this year. They're two of the ballet world's most capable artists, and their courtship has traced the path of their careers: growing up together as dancers, dating on and off, getting promoted through the company and finally getting married.

Kanses City Ballet's Tempe Ostegren

Kansas City Ballet's Tempe Ostergren, Photo by Kenny Johnson

 

This winter, as you juggle busy rehearsal schedules, Nutcracker performances and New Year's plans, it's important to stay health-conscious to fight off those nasty seasonal colds that can slow you down. Try these foods to give your immune system a boost, so you'll head to the studio feeling your best: 

 

After a particularly rough day in the studio, or a long and tiring performance, last-minute holiday shopping might be the furthest thing from your mind. But a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology found that shopping can actually boost your mood. 
The research showed that when people were feeling down, shopping was 40 times more likely to cheer them up than other activities.