Body Talk: 4 Therapeutic Strategies for Dancers

Body Talk: 4 Therapeutic Strategies for Dancers

Ballet is a total body workout. Regardless of age or ability, every student experiences a degree of fatigue or discomfort as a result of their training. If you’ve developed a chronic problem spot, or maybe class just has you wiped, consider four alternative...
5 Muscular Hot Spots That Affect Dancers

5 Muscular Hot Spots That Affect Dancers

Different sports and athletic activities engage different muscles in the body. Since ballet requires immense lower body strength, ballet dancers tend to develop problem spots and injuries from the waist down. Consider five common hot spots that affect dancers and how...
10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

You should never go to class on an empty stomach; you should also never go to class with a gut full of the wrong stuff. Selecting healthy meals and snacks from a wide range of whole foods will give you the energy and nourishment you need to get through class. Starving...
Morning, Noon, and Night: When To Go To Ballet Class

Morning, Noon, and Night: When To Go To Ballet Class

When do you go to class? Perhaps your flexible schedule has allowed you to try different class times. If not, consider the pros and cons of going to ballet class at key times of the day. Morning Pros: If you’re a morning person and you don’t have to jet...
3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

Ballet is a wonderfully challenging form of exercise. But what else do you do to stay fit when you’re not in the studio? Jog at sunrise? Or do you prefer downward dog? Professionals and novices alike do well to maintain a fitness regimen outside the world of...
25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

During my teen years, my second home (besides the studio), was the library. I immersed myself in ballet culture: memoirs, how-to’s, encyclopedic histories of dance companies, even Angelina Ballerina, for crying out loud. While this list is by no means a...
Retirement With Class: Ballet class, that is.

Retirement With Class: Ballet class, that is.

‘ Retirement can bring on a host of mixed feelings; some feel liberated from the workforce, while others struggle with boredom or loneliness. Regardless, you can take advantage of this new stage in your life to experience the benefits of adult ballet. Consider...
Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

‘ I have a booty. Even when I struggled with anorexia in high school, I still looked like a stack of ribs with a rump roast in the back. When people asked me how I got my bodacious backside, I told them “it’s in the genes, and I don’t mean...
3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

Mornings can be rough, but there are simple stretches you can do to start the day off right. If your first inclination is to reach for the coffee, try these 3 exercises instead to get your mojo going. 1. Cambré Cambré is the perfect morning stretch....
4 Common Health Conditions That Affect Dancers

4 Common Health Conditions That Affect Dancers

Ballet requires intense effort, and as a result, no dancer goes unscathed. While some students suffer from a preexisting condition, ballet can definitely cause aches and pains for others. Here are 4 common health conditions that affect dancers, and how to address them...
3 Signs of Burnout

3 Signs of Burnout

As an adult ballet student, you typically do not have the schedule of a professional. For those aspiring to carve their niche in the professional world, the following signs of burnout may ring true. Regardless of your training program, life’s circumstances, its...
5 Tips For a Better Warmup

5 Tips For a Better Warmup

A good warmup is like a good breakfast: simple, healthy, and prepares you for the rest of your day (or class). Here’s 5 tips for a better warmup. 1. Arrive early. Stuff happens, and sometimes we’re late to class. But if this becomes routine for you,...
3 Fitness Hacks For Adult Ballet Students

3 Fitness Hacks For Adult Ballet Students

So you’re not a kid anymore. You don’t bounce back from a tumble down the stairs, you don’t have lightning fast metabolism, and you wake up each morning with newfound aches and pains.  You love going to ballet class, but you’re...
3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Summer is here, and ballet can help you stay in shape. If you’re desperate to flaunt your new bikini but you want to trim up, these three exercises will help you reach your goals. 1. Pliés Got saddlebags? Pliés are a foolproof way to stronger,...
Plus-Size? 3 Reasons You Should Take Ballet

Plus-Size? 3 Reasons You Should Take Ballet

“Ballerina” is almost synonymous with “thin”. Adult ballet students, however, come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re plus-size, you should never be shamed or self-conscious about joining adult ballet. Here’s 3 reasons why: 1. You...
5 Life Hacks For Adult Ballet Dancers

5 Life Hacks For Adult Ballet Dancers

Adult ballet students have different lifestyles and schedules. Between work, family, and other activities that may consume their time, keeping track of one more thing can be overwhelming. Whether your goal is to exercise more, or save a few bucks on dance wear, check...
5 Common Ballet Ailments And How To Manage Them

5 Common Ballet Ailments And How To Manage Them

It may look beautiful, but ballet technique definitely has the potential to produce aches and pains, or at least aggravate existing ones. Whichever area of your body is giving you trouble, consider five common sources of pain and how you can manage their negative...
7 Ways Adult Ballet Students Can Find Inspiration

7 Ways Adult Ballet Students Can Find Inspiration

If you feel like you’re in a rut, or could use a creative boost, there are ways to get inspired. Ballet has many artistic elements to appreciate. Here’s a list of things you can do for a jolt of inspiration. 1. Listen to classical music. The next time...
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