Suzannah Friscia's blog

The number of ballerinas dipping their pointe shoes in the musical theater pool has been noteworthy this season—and between Misty Copeland joining the cast of Broadway's On the Town (in the role played by New York City Ballet's Megan Fairchild), Leanne Cope's Tony-nominated performance in An American in Paris and Tiler Peck's recent turn in Little Dancer, we're loving the trend.

Have you ever taken a walk in the middle of the day and spent the whole time worrying about things that were bothering you? Maybe you were counting every mistake you made in your last class, or thinking of all the things you should have said during a conversation with your teacher. 

There are some days when it feels like things just aren't going your way: Maybe your train is late on the way to class, you forgot to pack lunch in your dance bag or the new variation you're learning just isn't sticking.

But what if there was a quick fix for the frustration that builds up?

Isn't it funny how you can be totally confident performing for a full house, but the thought of walking into a summer intensive class where you don't know anyone fills you with nerves? Or maybe you feel fine spending time with your best friend, but you feel anxious when you're with a larger group from your studio.

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you're celebrating this weekend, a summertime picnic is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables in season right now. We've rounded up a few options with dancer-friendly benefits:

Blueberries and raspberries: Juicy and delicious, these berries are packed with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. And one study found that eating blueberries may help boost short-term memory.

The word "summer" conjures images of long days, warm beaches and endless sunshine, but we're often busier than we remember during those much-anticipated months. Whether you're packing up to head to a new summer intensive or fitting in extra classes at your studio to prepare for next season, here are three quick fixes for when things feel chaotic, to help you tap into an easy, breezy summer mindset:

It's no secret that dancers can be perfectionists, and when you're working through the nuances of a demanding new role or juggling an above-average busy schedule, that type of self-discipline and attention to detail has its benefits. 

Up until now, those of us in the U.S. were expecting to hear about Sylvie Guillem's international retirement tour from afar. But yesterday brought some exciting news: Guillem has added one stop in New York. Her program, Life in Progress, will run November 12–14 at New York City Center. It will be a final chance for U.S.

As a dancer, you know how important it is to keep your energy up throughout the day, especially so it doesn't wane during long afternoon rehearsals. But which dance bag snacks are most helpful? A recent study by researchers from the University of MissouriColumbia found that choosing high-protein snacks in the afternoon can have a host of benefits that go beyond the short-term. 

It's easy to convince ourselves that there's no free time in our schedules for an extra cross-training session or catch-up dinner with an old friend, especially as spring performances and school deadlines approach. And sometimes that's true—but recent studies published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that we often have more time than we think.