Our Best Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

Love it or hate it, this is the time of year when people start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. While it’s exciting to think about what you want to work on in 2017, it can also feel daunting—especially because we often set unrealistic goals for ourselves, and wind up frustrated a few months in. BreakingMore »

The Workout: Andrea Yorita

Cross-training keeps Andrea Yorita prepared for the demanding variety in BalletX’s repertoire. Choreographic chameleon: At BalletX, Andrea Yorita performs a wide range of contemporary ballet by dancemakers like Matthew Neenan, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Trey McIntyre. “It’s very hard on our feet,” she says. “Even within a show, we’ll go from socks to bare feetMore »

5 Ways to Release Your IT Band and TFL

You may not understand exactly what causes a tight IT (iliotibial) band, but you’ve probably experienced that uncomfortable tension along the outside of your thigh. While it’s not actually a muscle, the IT band may require daily stretching, says Suzanne Semanson, physical therapist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.More »

Our Best Tips: Cross-Training

Every dancer has their own cross-training regime, tailored to their workload, injury prevention, rehab or particular roles. It’s up to you to talk to a physical therapist about what exercises you should be doing to meet your own technical goals. But in the meantime, here are some of our best tips for effective cross-training: DoMore »

#MotivationMonday: Steal this Boston Ballerina’s Workout Playlist

Symptoms: Your morning cup of coffee, or other stimulant of choice, feels like a distant memory, as does your New Year’s resolution to cross-train. (Guilty.) Diagnosis: A serious case of the Mondays. Complications: The lure of Netflix and the thought of 30 mind-numbing minutes on the elliptical. Treatment: You’re one workout away from a goodMore »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »