Tag: running

Ask Deb: Is Running a Safe Cross-Training Option for Professional Dancers?

Is it OK to include running, leisurely walking or speed walking in an advanced/professional ballerina’s exercise routine? Absolutely! Advanced and professional dancers know the importance of cardiovascular fitness. Running, speed walking, swimming, Nordic tracking and the elliptical (my personal favorite) are all OK cross-training options for elite dancers. I don’t necessarily advise dancers to run […]

Summer Cross-Training

Encouraging students to stay active during vacation will help them smoothly return to dance in the fall. Running keeps Ailey’s Alicia Graf Mack strong during off-season. The leggy and lean Alicia Graf Mack needs to keep herself in top form when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has time off. When she returns to rehearsal in […]