Our Best Tips: Boost Your Memory

Whether you’re polishing choreography for your upcoming student showcase, or boosting your stamina for your summer intensive (or both!), these tips for better memory will come in handy! Better learning through oil. Yep, rosemary oil contains a compound that helps with memory formation. Understand that the first few weeks will be a struggle. Common senseMore »

Company Life: Brain Drain

Rowe and Daniel Devison-Oliveira in "Giselle" (photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy SFB)

San Francisco Ballet corps member Julia Rowe’s first run-through of Mark Morris’ intensely complicated ballet Maelstrom did not go the way she’d planned. “I went to do my first entrance and blanked—completely,” she says. “I’d already had a full day of learning other ballets and my brain was fried, but there was no time toMore »

Your Best Body

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Calf Stretching 101From the first plié at barre to the last grand jeté of class, your calves are extremely active. But do you devote the same attention to those muscles during your cooldown? According to Michelle Rodriguez, founder and director of Manhattan Physio Group, sitting in a lazy lunge or hanging your heels off aMore »

Pick Up Choreography Faster: Try This!

Do you have difficulty remembering choreography? Try spraying on some rosemary oil before rehearsal. A recent study at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in the UK found that smelling the scent of rosemary could help boost your memory. Researchers think this might be due to eucalyptol, a compound found in rosemary oil that evaporates into the air and can be absorbed as you breathe, and has been shown to play a part in memory formation when it reaches the brain.