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Articles by Kathleen McGuire Gaines

Cut It Out

April 1, 2017 by

What dancers should know when eliminating dairy, gluten or animal products from their diets
Last spring, Miami City Ballet corps de ballet dancer Chloe Freytag decided to eat vegan. With a passion for nutrition, she was … Continue reading

Health: Preventing Pulled Muscles

December 1, 2015 by

by Kathleen McGuire

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