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 »

The Workout: Kimberly Braylock

Growing up, native New Yorker turned San Francisco Ballet corps member Kimberly Braylock learned to swiftly navigate the city streets and studied flamenco at Ballet Hispanico. Now, she infuses her cardio workouts on the treadmill with her city smarts and a dash of flavor.   Like New Yorkers do: Since she’s from Manhattan, Braylock isMore »

Your Best Body

Valentine’s Day All Year Long On February 14, you’re likely to nosh on chocolate. But here are five dancer-friendly reasons to enjoy one to two small squares of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao daily. 1. Your mind: The flavonols in dark chocolate help increase blood flow to certain parts of the brain,More »

The Workout: Patricia Delgado

Onstage, Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado is known for her artistic range. Outside of the theater, though, she’s a bona fide cross-training queen. From hand weights to swimming to Gyrotonic, she’s tried it all, and has found the perfect mix to maintain her petite but muscular 5′ 4 1/2″ frame. Strange as it may sound, DelgadoMore »

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Stress Less for More Energy As winter’s chill sets in, you may be tempted to fill up on comfort foods like chicken pot pie, meatloaf or cheeseburgers. Though it’s okay to indulge occasionally, new research from Ohio State University says you should pay attention to when you eat heavy, high-fat meals. In the recent study,More »

The Workout: Emma Hawes

National Ballet of Canada corps member Emma Hawes isn’t afraid to admit her weaknesses, like loose shoulder joints—because she knows just how to overcome them. After successfully recovering from a fractured metatarsal last year, her current cross-training regimen—swimming, Pilates and biking outdoors—is all about building strength to prevent future injuries and keep her body inMore »

Your Best Body

Cross-Train in the AM Between class and auditions, rehearsals and performances, it may seem like there’s not enough time in the day to fit in cross-training. That’s why many dancers swear by hitting the elliptical or their yoga mat early in the morning instead of hitting snooze. Aside from fitting your workout in, research showsMore »