Simple but Effective Ankle Strengtheners

(Hannah Foster, photo by Nathan Sayers for Pointe) 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 workMore »

The Mirror: Friend or Foe?

Suddenly, all I could see in the mirror was a fuzzy, dancer-shaped outline. I had accidentally rubbed out my contacts right before pliés and, frustrated, resigned myself to an unproductive two hours. As class progressed, however, something strange happened: I felt far more relaxed and placed. My balances at barre were steadier, I didn’t haveMore »

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 »

Ask Amy

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! I’m having trouble balancing schoolwork and dance. I come home from a long day and rush through my homework without worrying about whether I did it correctly. Doing homework late at night makes me stressed forMore »

Ask Amy: June/July 2009

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! I’ve been dancing for eight years and still have poor turnout. I’ve tried many techniques and stretches, but nothing helps. Any advice? —Allison, Kansas It’s so frustrating when our bodies refuse to bend to ballet’s will!More »