3 Exercises to Improve Women’s Partnering

3 Exercises to Improve Women’s Partnering

The pressure for female dancers to be slim and feather-light is often at odds with their need to be strong. This contradiction is especially misleading in partnering. “Sometimes, a woman who has more muscle mass may weigh more but is actually easier to lift...

8 Things You Must Tell Your Personal Trainer

A qualified personal trainer can help create a workout regimen that meets your body and classroom needs.As a teacher, you already know you need to look outside the studio for regular workouts. If you’ve trained primarily as a dancer, however, establishing a gym...

5 Great Ways for Dancers to Cross-Train

Biking develops strength in the quadriceps and glutes. Working at a lower resistance will enable dancers to avoid building bulky muscles. An elliptical gives you an intense cardio workout without the impact on your joints. Adjustments to the incline and resistance can...

Prevent Pulled Muscles

“I think I pulled a muscle.” We’ve all said it, but what does it mean? There are many aches and pains that accompany a dancer’s daily practice, but there are important differences between muscle soreness and a strained or “pulled” muscle. While...

What Dancers Can Learn from CrossFit

Steph Lee, a dancer with Renegade Performance Group in New York City, spent more than 10 years of her dance career fighting recurring injuries. It wasn’t until she added CrossFit—the heavy-lifting, loud-grunting, specialized gym workout that has taken the world...

Healthy Hips Are Happy Hips

Our hips are overachievers. They are the main source of turnout and the axis of all leg movement. Dancers work them hard. No one knows this better than Heather Heineman, physical therapist at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center. She...

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