I’ve always been ashamed to admit that I try harder in class when I know the teacher is looking at me. I also elevate my arabesque higher when I'm standing next to the girl with great extension. While I realize competition is part of our human nature, I wish I could push myself on my own. Now, there's a new (free!) app, Proof!, that helps you accomplish your goals by adding a little friendly virtual competition. Through the app, you set up personalized goals and share them with friends or family.
The monthly cycle of blues and bloating before your period can make dancing feel infinitely more difficult. But there's good news: A recent study from the University of Massachusetts shows that simply adjusting your diet can reduce PMS symptoms. The researchers followed 3,000 women over 10 years, assessing physical and emotional PMS symptoms as well as diet. The results showed that a high intake of iron decreased PMS symptoms. The type of iron that works best is found in plants and supplements, not in meat.
This blog could easily turn into a daily feed of fashion-meets-ballet news and nothing else. Don't worry, I won't let that happen. But indulge me just once more this week, because I can't help sharing this photo that David Hallberg just posted of his fashion spread in this month's Vogue.
It seems like the catwalk has become a sort of second stage for dancers these days. The latest ballerinas moonlighting as runway models are Miami City Ballet's Callie Manning, Suzanne Limbrunner and Adriana Pierce. The three dancers made their fashion debut last Friday while showcasing Palm Beach County-based designer Robin Fleming's DUCHESA couture collection for Miami Fashion Week.
Last fall, American dancer Eva Mohn joined Sweden's eclectic Cullberg Ballet. The company, founded in 1967 as part of Sweden's National Touring Theatre, showcases zany choreography and distinctive stage personalities.Here, Mohn shares her experience with pointemagazine.com.
Have you gotten your April/May issue of Pointe yet? Click on the photo at right for an exclusive sneak peek. It's an outtake from Jim Lafferty's photo essay, which chronicles Ballet West, Nevada Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet's historic shared production of George Balanchine's Jewels. Lafferty captured the dancers backstage: warming up in company class, soaring in performance. The result is a kind of magical series of intimate images. Keep your eyes peeled for the full feature.
Need a quick workout on the go? Download Yogify, a free app for the iPhone or iPad produced by EA Sports. It comes with five sample classes ranging from 15 to 45 minutes long, beginner to advanced level—plus the option to purchase up to 40 additional classes. Although it's not the same as having a live teacher in the room, the program makes everything super clear. Before you even start the video, you can preview the series of poses with a step-by-step list of pictures (including tips on how to perform each correctly). Best of all?
Want to improve your turnout? Of course you do. (What ballet dancer wouldn't?) Check out this excellent clip of movement guru Irene Dowd explaining two exercises that can help you increase your outward rotation. Dowd, a longtime faculty member at Juilliard and author of the iconic kinesiology book, Taking Root to Fly, uses imagery and anatomical concepts to help dancers find more stability and ease of movement.
Few things in life are more beautiful than Alessandra Ferri. Personally, I could watch old videos of her for hours on end. And it turns out I'm not the only one still in love six years after her retirement: This Friday, the Italian International Dance Festival will present the former prima with the IIDF A Heart For Art Extraordinary Dancer Award at the festival's gala performance in New York City.