Health

Dancers on the Run

November 1, 2014 by

How to safely incorporate running as a cross-training activity—and reap the benefits
When Amanda Lea LaVergne was performing eight shows a week in the adult ensemble of Broadway’s Annie, rehearsals, performances and press obligations took up … Continue reading

Fuel a Day of Dancing

October 1, 2014 by

Three pros share their favorite breakfasts, pack-and-go snacks and recovery foods for long days of classes.

One of the best ways you can help dancers prepare for success during long days of classes or rehearsals is … 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

The Flexion Connection

August 1, 2014 by

Coaching dancers with poor spinal flexion
As a young competition dancer, Lauren Saglimbene struggled with spinal flexion, or the curving of the spine that contracts the front of the body and elongates the back. “My modern … Continue reading

Put Out the Fire

July 1, 2014 by

Alleviate unnecessary inflammation to feel and dance your best.

When Arthur Stashak injured his foot at 16, he did everything he could to get his training back on track. Then a student at Canada’s National Ballet … Continue reading

Extreme Measures

June 1, 2014 by

Recognizing the warning signs to help a troubled teen

Two students on Valerie Ramsey’s middle school dance team seemed happy and confident, but earlier this year, both independently attempted suicide within two weeks of each other. … Continue reading