Ask Amy

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! No matter what I try, I have trouble turning. What exer­cises can I do to improve my pirouettes? What should I think about when I’m turning? —Kiana, CA Turns are tricky—there’s a lot of room forMore »

Ask Amy: Training During Time Off

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! I’m going on a month-long vacation this summer, and I’m afraid I’m going to lose my technique. How can I stay in shape if I’m not taking class? —Clara, WI A month is a long timeMore »

Ask Amy: Handling Audition Nerves

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! How do I mentally prepare myself for an audition? I’m afraid of seeming unsure if my nerves start to take over. —Meghan, New Jersey Looking confident means feeling confident. Starting a few weeks before your audition,More »

Ask Amy: Easing Back After Injury

I just found out I fractured my talus (ankle) and can’t dance for 4-6 weeks. How should I ease my way into dance after my doctor gives me the okay? —Emily, Winchester, VA You’re wise to want to ease back into shape, because bone injuries need plenty of time to heal. I had a fracturedMore »

Ask Amy: Oct/Nov 2009

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! It seems like every other week I have a new injury: hip issues, Achilles tendonitis, back problems. I’m afraid this will stunt my career— it’s hard to improve when I’m always injured. What can I do?More »

Ask Amy: June/July 2009

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! I’ve been dancing for eight years and still have poor turnout. I’ve tried many techniques and stretches, but nothing helps. Any advice? —Allison, Kansas It’s so frustrating when our bodies refuse to bend to ballet’s will!More »