Got Tight Hip Flexors?

If you constantly find yourself reaching for a foam roller, you’re not alone. “Dancers’ hip flexors are very often tight because of how much they use them every day,” says Michelle Rodriguez, founder and director of Manhattan Physio Group. Each développé devant and cambré forward fires this set of muscles, so it’s no wonder whyMore »

Your New Year’s Resolution: Read More

As a dancer, you’re used to thinking kinetically, physically, actively. Your language is movement. But curling up with a good book after a long day of rehearsal may be just what you need to add balance to your in-motion lifestyle. Reading has more dancer-friendly benefits than you may realize. Relieves stress. A study from theMore »

Last-Minute Shopping Tips from Pointe

When you’re powering through a marathon of Nutcracker performances, holiday shopping may feel more like a stressful chore than a fun seasonal activity. If you still haven’t crossed everything off your list, consider these meaningful dance-inspired gifts that are backed by research: Handmade legwarmers or baked goods. A study from the Journal of Marketing foundMore »

Could Meditation Relieve Pain?

It seems like we’re reading about new potential health benefits of meditation all the time—and from helping you beat procrastination to reducing anxiety, there’s a host of possible ways it could come in handy for dancers. The latest reason to give it a try? A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found new evidenceMore »

The Power of Gratitude—All Year Long

As a dancer, you have a lot to be thankful for, starting with the fact that you’re doing something you love every day. Though the spirit of gratitude is in the air at Thanksgiving, it can get lost in the stressful whirlwind of Nutcracker season and holiday family obligations. But remembering to be grateful paysMore »

Is Anxiety Holding You Back?

Lying awake in her hotel bed in Washington, DC, the night before her audition, Richmond Ballet dancer Valerie Tellmann-Henning was tormented with anxiety. At 31 years old, she was comfortable in her career. So comfortable that she decided to seek new artistic challenges. With the support of her director, she decided to audition for TheMore »

The Workout: Kathryn Boren

When Kathryn Boren joined the corps of American Ballet Theatre last spring, after two years with Boston Ballet, it meant adjusting her cross-training schedule, too. To accommodate ABT’s longer rehearsal days, she moved most of her workouts to her day off, Sunday. “I don’t want to tire myself out too much during the week,” BorenMore »

Your New Strategy for Beating Stage Fright

San Francisco Ballet dancers backstage at Swan Lake. Photo by Erik Tomasson, via SFB. From time to time, every dancer gets nervous before performing, no matter how well-prepared they are or how much they try to calm their nerves. And although stage fright can give you a useful adrenaline boost, if it becomes too extreme,More »