Our Best Tips: Five Ways to Have a Stress-Free Performance Season

Spring performance season is an exciting time, but it’s also a hectic one. Between performance prep, studying for school exams and gearing up for summer intensives, your stress levels may be higher than usual. Here are some of our best tips for taking care of yourself during this busy time. Watch out for hidden stress.More »

Could Dark Chocolate Improve Your Workouts?

Good news for dancers with a sweet tooth: New research may have just given you another reason to reach for dark chocolate. We already knew about the many dancer-friendly benefits of the treat, from improved heart health to stress reduction—but a recent study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition foundMore »

How Spring Flowers Could Help Your Dancing

There are so many reasons to love spring: more chances to get outside, milder temperatures, longer days. Not to mention, an abundance of flowers. While spring blooms add a little more color and brightness to the world, their presence can have a very real effect on your mood and energy level—which just might help yourMore »

Simple but Effective Ankle Strengtheners

Even after years of pointework, ankle strengthening never stops. Freshen up your warm-up routine with these three daily exercises from Leigh Heflin Ponniah, MA, MSc, from the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries of the New York University Langone Medical Center. Although the movements are subtle, “these work on building stamina in the ankle and supportingMore »

The Workout: Rachel Van Buskirk

Om at home: Three days a week, Van Buskirk spends about 20 minutes waking up with yoga. “I build muscle easily,” she says, “so I like to balance it out by stretching and lengthening.” She moves through sun salutations and warrior poses to get her heart rate up but pauses when her body needs aMore »

Our Best Tips: Stellar Sleep

No matter how many times you think you’ve heard it all, new information about the importance of sleep is coming out constantly. From how many winks you get to the quality of your shut-eye, sleep has a big impact on helping you dance your best. Watch your social media use. One study found that checkingMore »

The Best Way to Boost Creativity

As a dancer, you’re doing creative work every day—whether you’re experimenting with your own choreography, coming up with a fresh approach to a role or troubleshooting a tricky section of a new piece. But even the most accomplished artists get stuck in a rut sometimes. There are little tricks you can try when inspiration isn’tMore »

Could a Messy Dance Bag Affect Your Eating Habits?

Most dancers have experienced the stress of sifting through a cluttered dance bag to search for just one more bobby pin before class starts. And while that hectic exchange may make you feel less calm during your first plié combination, you probably haven’t considered how it could affect your eating habits. A recent study fromMore »

Is Facebook Affecting Your Sleep?

You already know how essential it is to get enough sleep—and how a night spent tossing and turning can affect everything from the amount of energy you’ll have at barre the next morning to your anxiety levels and your appetite. The latest information about getting a good night’s rest may be related to dialing downMore »

What’s Really Going on When You Learn a New Ballet?

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your brain when you’re learning a new ballet? A new study from York University, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, used ballet dancers to shed new light on the learning process and its long-term effects. To understand the changes that happen in the brain whenMore »