The Workout: Katie Critchlow

A fresh perspective: Last year, Katie Critchlow went through seven months of recovery for a debilitating ankle sprain, but the process transformed her outlook on cross-training: “You think that doing ballet class every day is enough, but it’s not,” she says. “Ballet dancers are hypermobile, and in order to execute everything onstage when you’re tiredMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Devin Larsen

In her first season as a corps member with Oklahoma City Ballet, Devin Larsen stood among the 17 dancers who made the audience gasp as the curtain came up on Balanchine’s Serenade. But her path to getting there would make anyone gasp. At age 3, Larsen was diagnosed with epilepsy. She averaged 20 complex partialMore »

Beating Audition Anxieties

How do you “perform” at auditions without being obnoxious? —Mikayla Auditions are no place to hide or act self-consciously—but there’s a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive. Focus on keeping your movements lush without getting in the other dancers’ way. Keep your face pleasant and relaxed (emphatic nodding and sky-high eyebrows signal thatMore »

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 »

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 »

How to Power Through the Rest of Nutcracker Season

Chances are, you’re a couple weeks into your Nutcracker run, and the exhaustion is starting to set in. With so many performances, your joints and muscles have less time to recover between shows, and you have less time to wind down and relax. For those days that you aren’t sure your body and mind canMore »

Super Sweets: The Health Benefits of Nutcracker Treats

This time of year, we’re used to seeing dancers embodying the flavors of The Nutcracker‘s magical Land of Sweets. But the real-life equivalents of those seasonal treats are more than just holiday guilty pleasures, and have benefits that could help you get through a crazy month of performances. Here are a few reasons to indulgeMore »

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 »

The Real Reason You’re Late For Your Morning Class

If you identify as a “night owl,” then you’re probably all too familiar with the feeling of running late. Maybe you’ve been trying to get into an early-morning cross-training routine for months, but when the alarm goes off, the struggle becomes all too real. Or you have no trouble performing until late at night, butMore »

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 »