Ask Amy: Getting a Cold for Christmas

I always get sick during Nutcracker. Help! —Emily Long days, late nights, chilly weather and overworked bodies make the perfect recipe for disaster during Nutcracker season. I’ll never forget burning up with a fever backstage in my Arabian costume, or the time when a flu outbreak caused major casualties in our Snow and Flower corps.More »

Ask Amy: Degree Dilemmas

Should I turn down an apprenticeship to finish my dance degree, or should I put my education on pause? —Ashleigh Congratulations on receiving an apprenticeship offer! They don’t come every day. If you think you’re ready for company life, and will be full of regrets if you turn the offer down, you can always resumeMore »

Ask Amy Web Exclusive: Tips for Petit Allégro

I can’t seem to get off the ground in petit allégro. Help! —Sara Developing ballon begins with basic technique: correct alignment throughout the body, strong core and leg muscles, a deep plié, and proper articulation of the feet during push- off and landing. Then, of course, there’s coordination and timing. Here are some basic things toMore »

Maintaining Motivation

Coming home from my summer intensive was such a letdown. How can I carry my summer inspiration into the fall? —Hailey I remember the feeling, too. After weeks of intense dancing, exciting master teachers and new friends, it can be hard to go back home. You have to channel that inspired energy back into yourMore »

How to Deal with a Pulled Muscle

As dancers gear up for year-end performances, the extra workload can take its toll. If you’ve pulled a hamstring, or are worried it might happen, read up on Amy’s advice for proper healing. A pulled hamstring—tears that occur in the muscle when the hamstring is suddenly overstretched or overloaded—needs to be taken seriously if youMore »

Ask Amy: Gaining Perspective

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I can’t stop beating myself up over past mistakes. How can I focus on what’s in front of me? —Susan One of the most beautiful things about dance is that it exists only in the “now”—once the movement’s moment is over, poof! You can never get it back. But you can always try again—and that’sMore »

Our Best Tips: Pirouettes

A beautiful pirouette is one of ballet’s most elusive elements. Sometimes you float through multiple rotations and sometimes you can hardly balance on one leg. Here are some of our best tips for nailing your turns, every time. Go back to basics. Make sure you’ve mastered the fundamentals of correct alignment before you go forMore »

Ask Amy: Are Pools Good for Cross-Training?

Do you have a question for Amy? Click here to email her and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! If you’re looking for a cardiovascular workout, swimming laps can be a great option. But it shouldn’t be your primary source of cardio exercise, says Michael Velsmid, DPT, MS and owner of Boston SportsMore »

Ask Amy: Balanchine-Style Pirouettes

Do you have tips for prepping a pirouette with a straight back leg? I’m dancing a Balanchine ballet and I’m having trouble changing my technique. —Liza I was in a similar situation when I joined the Balanchine-based Suzanne Farrell Ballet mid-career. I had trained preparing for pirouettes with both legs in plié, so it wasMore »

Ask Amy: Supplementing an Unpaid Apprenticeship

Is it possible to balance an unpaid apprenticeship with a side job? I don’t want to pass up a great opportunity, but I need to support myself. —Caroline It is possible, as long as you choose the right type of job and maintain a very frugal lifestyle. You don’t want to pass up your apprenticeship,More »