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 »

The Workout: Edward Watson

Watson rehearsing Alexei Ratmansky's "24 Preludes" (photo by Johan Persson, courtesy ROH)

Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson is known the world over for his incredible range, whether he’s dancing dramatic works like MacMillan’s Manon or creating roles with contemporary forces Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. But when he’s working out, Watson leaves his creativity at the door. “For me, it’s all about maintenance,” he says. “I thinkMore »

Your Best Body

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Perfect Your Posture When you begin your first plié combination of the day, you’re likely feeling refreshed and ready to go—not to mention standing tall with good posture. But as class goes on, and the mind fatigues, bad habits can creep in. By center, your upper back may be slumping forward, and your posture lessMore »

The Workout: Lia Cirio

Just like her crystalline technique, Lia Cirio’s workout is extremely fine-tuned. Consistency is key to staying on top of her game, and her cross-training regimen includes specific daily exercises for total-body stamina and strength.   Shoulder strengtheners: Cirio’s arm workout involves morning Thera-Band exercises, followed by a routine with 4-pound weights in the PT roomMore »

Your Best Body

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Calf Stretching 101From the first plié at barre to the last grand jeté of class, your calves are extremely active. But do you devote the same attention to those muscles during your cooldown? According to Michelle Rodriguez, founder and director of Manhattan Physio Group, sitting in a lazy lunge or hanging your heels off aMore »

Your Best Body

Amp Up Your Arabesque You’ve probably heard it time and again throughout your training: Flexibility isn’t all that helpful unless you have the strength to support it. Leigh Heflin Ponniah, MA, MSc, from the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, offers this exercise to build lower-back strength to betterMore »