The Road to Recovery

Freelance dancer Rebecca Greenbaum was looking forward to a fun and lucrative Nutcracker gig when she became plagued by ankle pain. An orthopedist diagnosed her with tendonitis and sent her to physical therapy. Though it was informative, her ankle troubles persisted. “I would maybe feel better for a day, but the pain would come back,”More »

David Hallberg Returns to the Stage

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 treatMore »

How to Deal with a Pulled Muscle

As dancers gear up for year-end performances, the extra workload can take its toll. If you’ve pulled a hamstring, or are worried it might happen, read up on Amy’s advice for proper healing. A pulled hamstring—tears that occur in the muscle when the hamstring is suddenly overstretched or overloaded—needs to be taken seriously if youMore »

Ask Amy: Strength and Stamina

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Have a question? Click here to send it to Pointe editor and former dancer Amy Brandt. I’m preparing to dance my first lead and I’m worried about my stamina. Do you have any tips for keeping your energy up during a taxing role? —Kennedy Building stamina is a gradual process—it’s not something you can whipMore »

The Workout: Patricia Delgado

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, DelgadoMore »

Your Best Body

Stress Less for More Energy As winter’s chill sets in, you may be tempted to fill up on comfort foods like chicken pot pie, meatloaf or cheeseburgers. Though it’s okay to indulge occasionally, new research from Ohio State University says you should pay attention to when you eat heavy, high-fat meals. In the recent study,More »

Ask Amy: Training During Time Off

Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! I’m going on a month-long vacation this summer, and I’m afraid I’m going to lose my technique. How can I stay in shape if I’m not taking class? —Clara, WI A month is a long timeMore »