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Articles by Kathleen McGuire Gaines

Pliable Power

August 1, 2015 by

Ways to shift your stretching routine from passive to dynamic

If you are like your students, you get in at least a few stretches before class. Perhaps you prop your foot on the barre and stretch … Continue reading

Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

June 1, 2015 by

How two fad diets affect your dancing body
Fueling your body for dance is essential, but deciding what to eat isn’t always easy. And with new diets surfacing every month, it can be hard to know … Continue reading

Safe, Sensational Flexibility

September 1, 2014 by

Effective alternatives to dangerous stretching practices 

There is a flexibility freak show going on in the dance world. Between out-of-this-world extensions on “So You Think You Can Dance” and a boundaries-pushing contemporary scene, it seems the … Continue reading

When Water Isn’t Enough

February 1, 2014 by

Choosing the right drink to boost performance

Sports drinks are designed to provide electrolyte replacement and energy for athletes. When dancers are working hard, these drinks—as well as natural alternatives like coconut water and fruit juice—can … Continue reading

Food Allergies

December 3, 2013 by

Creating a studio policy can help prevent an emergency.
When Ballet West performed The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center last year, they couldn’t fly every Academy student who played a party girl or soldier from Utah … Continue reading

Combating Cramps

August 30, 2013 by

Simple ways to prevent and relieve pesky muscle spasms.

Miami City Ballet corps de ballet dancer Christina Spigner has always suffered from foot cramps. But the problem was especially troublesome during the company’s 13-show run of … Continue reading