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Listen to Al Blackstone's Epic Warm-Up Playlist

Al Blackstone leads a class at Steps on Broadway. Photo by Daryl Getman/Transmission-Roots to Branches, courtesy of Blackstone

"I totally manipulate the energy in the room with my warm-up music. I start with something really calm and then build to something energetic. I go with sweet songs for pliés, so people soften and are vulnerable. Then I go aggressive with high-energy music for abs, and soothing music for stretches on the floor.

"I finish warm-up with step-touches to a fun song that feels like a party, so everyone can feel good. I couldn't do my splits growing up, and that was always the last thing we did before center, so I would feel bad about myself. When I started teaching, I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun if we ended warm-up with a party instead?"


"Micro Melodies": The Album Leaf


"Next to Me": Emeli Sandé


"Stop This Train": John Mayer


"Hold Back the River": James Bay


"This Gift": Glen Hansard


"Crazy Love": Irene Diaz


"The Music": Hifi Sean (feat. Celeda)


"When I Come Around": Honeywagon


"All We Want Is Love": Ane Brun


"Work Song": Hozier


"Gonna Move": Paul Pena

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