After what appears to have been an emotionally draining injury-rehabilitation program, American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star David Hallberg has returned to the stage. A little over a year ago, Hallberg buzzed his hair, posted a semi-cryptic message on Instagram and dropped out of the ballet world altogether. He moved to Australia to treat … More »
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Onstage, Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado is known for her artistic range. Outside of the theater, though, she’s a bona fide cross-training queen. From hand weights to swimming to Gyrotonic, she’s tried it all, and has found the perfect mix to maintain her petite but muscular 5′ 4 1/2″ frame. Strange as it may sound, Delgado … More »
Drink Up As a dancer, you know you should drink plenty of water, but do you know why? It keeps nearly all of the body’s major systems in working order. And if they’re not functioning properly, your dancing could suffer. The body uses water to help you regulate your core temperature via perspiration. When you’re … More »
Being injured can be a frustrating experience—it feels like losing control of your body. But there’s an app that can put you back in the driver’s seat by showing you the inner workings of your anatomy, from the largest muscle to the smallest nerve.
When you get sidelined by an injury, you try physical therapy, Pilates, swimming—anything that might get you back onstage ASAP. But when you return, something always seems a little different. Maybe that right knee doesn’t feel as secure when you’re jumping, or your left hip grips a little more during développé. It’s hard not to wonder: Was there something else you should have been doing while you were out?
I’ve always told myself that when my ankle swells, that’s just my body attempting to heal itself. I’m not completely wrong: Inflammation—and the swelling, heat, pain and redness that comes with it—is our body’s first response to injury. However, sometimes this attempt to destroy the damaged tissue goes a little too far and our body starts attacking healthy tissue, too. That’s where anti-inflammatory medications come in, preventing the negative consequences of inflammation. The only problem?
Injuries can be devastating to a dancer. How do you survive when you can’t perform or even take class?
The Dancers’ Resource, part of The Actor’s Fund in New York City, is offering a support group for injured dancers. The eight week program, led by The Dancers’ Resource social worker, offers a space for professionals to confidentially discuss the emotional issues that accompany an injury.
Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to March 1
Times: 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Location: The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor