The Real Reason You’re Late For Your Morning Class

If you identify as a “night owl,” then you’re probably all too familiar with the feeling of running late. Maybe you’ve been trying to get into an early-morning cross-training routine for months, but when the alarm goes off, the struggle becomes all too real. Or you have no trouble performing until late at night, butMore »

Our Best Tips: Boost Creativity

As dancers, you know how rewarding creative endeavors can be—but you also know how tremendously challenging they are. Sometimes we just don’t feel inspired, or new ideas seem out of reach. Creativity is complicated: Earlier this month, researchers at Kent University and Sussex University identified 14 different components that make up the creative process, likeMore »

The Workout: Andrea Yorita

Cross-training keeps Andrea Yorita prepared for the demanding variety in BalletX’s repertoire. Choreographic chameleon: At BalletX, Andrea Yorita performs a wide range of contemporary ballet by dancemakers like Matthew Neenan, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Trey McIntyre. “It’s very hard on our feet,” she says. “Even within a show, we’ll go from socks to bare feetMore »

5 Ways to Release Your IT Band and TFL

You may not understand exactly what causes a tight IT (iliotibial) band, but you’ve probably experienced that uncomfortable tension along the outside of your thigh. While it’s not actually a muscle, the IT band may require daily stretching, says Suzanne Semanson, physical therapist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.More »

The Flavors of Fall—And What They Can Do For Your Dancing

As autumn gets into full swing, it’s time to wave goodbye to summer produce and start embracing the rich, savory fruits and veggies of the harvest season. They come with a host of nutritional benefits, sure to help you power through months of Nutcracker rehearsals and increasingly chilly temperatures.   Here are a few toMore »

Why Six Hours of Sleep is Not Enough

We all do our best to get enough sleep, but sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. And dancers have crazy schedules, whether you’re in the midst of a busy performance season, touring, or juggling classes and rehearsals. It’s easy to convince yourself that if you can just get sixMore »

Make the Most of Your Turnout

Think fast: Would you like a few more degrees of turnout? If your answer is a resounding “yes” (perhaps even punctuated by a grand jeté), you’re not alone. Although natural turnout is largely dictated by the anatomy of your femur and hip socket, if your turnout muscles are weak, you could be missing out onMore »

Our Best Tips: Boost Confidence

From competitive auditions to performances to the challenges of mastering each technical and artistic feat, dancers face many nerve-wracking situations. Sometimes, though, confidence eludes us when we need it most. But there are ways to practice giving yourself a boost when you need it. Here are a few of our best tips for beating self-doubtMore »

Your Guide to Summer Produce

Whether you’re heading off to a summer intensive or loading up on classes at your hometown studio, buying fresh and seasonal produce is a great way to get the fuel you need for dancing. Fruits and veggies are tastier (and often cheaper) when they’re in season, since they are more locally abundant and don’t haveMore »

Squats to Make You Feel the Burn

Though you may not think about it much, building strength in the muscles around the hips is a must for ballet dancers. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s physical therapist Boyd Bender even likes to think of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus and the deep external rotators of the hips as integral core muscles. “They’re as importantMore »