Your Best Body: Boosting Your Back Flexibility

Click for a larger image. Your 20-Minute Savior If you’re bogged down by stress, what’s the best way to spend downtime in between rehearsals? While getting lost in a book may sound like a smart escape, deep-breathing exercises can be more beneficial. A recent study in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine analyzed adults’More »

The Workout: Sophia Lee

Travel savvy: Touring seven to eight weeks a year means Sophia Lee hits hotel gyms a lot. “I usually pack my runners and workout clothes,” she says. Once she arrives at a tour stop, she’ll hop on the elliptical for 20 to 30 minutes. If there’s no gym, she’ll walk around the city to relieveMore »

The Workout: Jessica Collado

Morning zinger: Jessica Collado makes a pitcher of a spicy drink with turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, coconut water and cayenne pepper at the start of each week. “It’s the first thing I drink when I get up. It’s good for my body and wakes up my mind.” For her turnout: Twice a week, Collado findsMore »

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: All Things Feet

The elusive banana arch, that make-or-break detail looming large in the minds of ballet students, isn’t as important as you might think. That is, the hyper-curved foot might be a beautiful blessing for some, but pursuing strong and articulate feet is far more important than obsessing over mere aesthetic. After all, no one is hiredMore »

Squats to Make You Feel the Burn

Though you may not think about it much, building strength in the muscles around the hips is a must for ballet dancers. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s physical therapist Boyd Bender even likes to think of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus and the deep external rotators of the hips as integral core muscles. “They’re as importantMore »

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 »