Gretchen Smith, Jared Angle and Sara Mearns in NEW BODIES.

What Wendy's Watching: Ballet and Modern Mingle at Works & Process

The Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series is where dance artists show what they are working on and talk about it.


New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns and downtown luminary Jodi Melnick both have a larger-than-life stage presence in their separate dance genres. Mearns is used to filling the stage with grand movements, and Melnick gives style and verve to small, seemingly unconnected phrases. For this collaboration, called NEW BODIES, Melnick has guided Mearns and two other NYCB dancers to blend gesture with classical line. NEW BODIES was sold out at Works & Process last fall. This coming weekend it's being reprised with a slightly different cast: Sara Mearns, Jared Angle and Taylor Stanley, replacing the original dancer of this trio, Gretchen Smith.

Also on the program is a very unusual collaboration—a solo that Melnick created with the late Trisha Brown called One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures. Although Jodi never danced in the Trisha Brown Dance Company, she and Brown worked in the studio together in a conversation of shared movement. What they have in common is an interior impulse that travels through the body and is made visible by a strong sense of body design.

Catch One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures/NEW BODIES on Jan. 14 and 15.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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