Advice for Dancers
Thinkstock

Why do I keep getting stress fractures? I menstruate normally, dance on a sprung floor and take calcium supplements to strengthen my bones. I also follow my orthopedist's instructions and did rehab after previous stress fractures. What's wrong with my body?

—Rose, Yonkers, NY

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Photo by Matthew Murphy

My nerves have been a mess since auditioning for a Nutcracker my teacher recommended me for. I freaked out because I was afraid to disappoint her. I didn't get hired, although my audition material is being kept on file by the artistic director. I feel like a complete failure.

—Loser, Hoboken, NJ

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Stock Snap

I had to stop physical therapy for a chronic subluxing knee after suffering a second-degree leg burn from spilling hot cooking oil. I've been to the doctor, used antibiotic cream, and washed and bandaged the burned area daily based on his directions. But it's taking forever to heal! I don't understand why my body won't respond.

—Burn Victim, San Diego, CA

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Thinkstock

My noisy roommates are driving me crazy, but I can't handle the cost of an apartment on my own. I'm trying to make money by catering between dance classes and performing. I'm also looking into babysitting. Do you have any other ideas about how I can move out?

—Tom, New York, NY

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Photo by Nathan Sayers, modeled by Jane Anthony.

I've noticed that my flexibility, which is pretty good, varies throughout the company's season. Why does this happen, and what can I do about it?

—Jillian, Brooklyn, NY

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Thinkstock

I developed the habit of taking seven spin classes a week during my summer break. It's been great for my endurance, but my muscles are looking bulkier in ballet. Is spinning bad for dancers?

—Ashley, Miami, FL

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Stock Snap

I thought I'd be fine after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament. Instead, I'm depressed and hopeless that I'm still not able to perform. My therapist tells me I'm making good progress, but I don't see it. Why not?

—Ashley, San Francisco, CA

Keep reading... Show less
Advice for Dancers
Thinkstock

I did a musical number with lots of jumps on a tour stop without a sprung floor. Now my leg really hurts. An orthopedist told me I have shin splints but not a stress fracture. Is the recovery time different?

—Bob, Riverdale, NY

Keep reading... Show less

Sponsored

Videos

Sponsored

mailbox

Get Dance Magazine in your inbox

Sponsored

Win It!